Trashing: The Dark Side of Sisterhood (1976)

1946-1989, Date

This essay explores and criticizes the culture within the New Left and Radical Feminist Movements that led members of these movements to aggressively and openly “trash” one another. According to the author, who speaks to her own personal experiences of being “trashed,” this phenomena often targets individuals in a way that suggests that they set back the progress of the movement as a result of their character, individual choices, or inherent personality traits. This culture, especially in the Radical Feminist Movement, became a highly problematic aspect of the movement, which at times sought to challenge women to sacrifice traditional sources of happiness such as motherhood and marriage.

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