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Elinor Lenz interview
Lenz, Elinor
Martinson, Connie
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The Drucker Institute
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Claremont Colleges Library
Connie Martinson Talks Books
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Elinor Lenz discusses her book, The Feminization of America, which explores the impact of women's values and feminism on American's lives, both in the public and private spheres. Lenz begins the interview revealing how birth control leads to a small revolution America: the feminization of America’s private and public spheres. Lenz details how women have revolutionized the work place by making the personal more acceptable in the work place because women have emphasized the personal in the workplace via a focus on the family via day-care and family leave issues, which contrasts sharply with a masculine perspective that denies the personal in the workplace. Additionally, Lenz alludes to the impact masculinity has had on the feminization of the work place and the creation of a hybrid-woman who combines both the masculine and feminine aspects in the workplace-Corazon Aquino is used as an example of such hybridity. Lenz and Martinson also discuss the backlash against feminization, which Lenz terms the Rambo syndrome. However, Lenz also emphasizes that the backlash will not succeed because feminization is not a force that can be stopped; it is inevitable. This process of feminization, Lenz argues is a humanizing of America.
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Feminism - United States
United States - Social conditions - 1980 -
U-matic tape: Excerpt of show with Martinson interviewing Elinor Lenz before commercial break and Susan Littwin after the break
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