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Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan the author of In a Different Voice and co-author of Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development, is a professor of psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has been teaching in Cambridge – in England, that is – for the last year and a half.

The Dream of Everywhere

Carol Gilligan, 10 March 1994

After reading Unbearable Weight, I began to notice the word ‘slim’. It seemed ubiquitous – on cans in drugstores and supermarkets, in the personal columns of the New York Review of Books. It was a cultural mantra, a synonym for ‘lovable’. In the personal ads, one man described himself as ‘trim’, as in ‘tall, trim, well-built, passionate’; he was also married, vigorous, in his sixties, discreet, and with excellent credentials. But it was in the women’s ads that ‘slim’ became repetitive, dispelling the ever-present suggestion that this woman was too large, too big, too heavy, fat.’

Popular Feminism

Lorna Finlayson, 4 July 2019

The important question is not whether a truly gender-blind capitalism is possible, but whether that would be an equality worth fighting for.

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