To deny that assergiveness can be equated with a political position is
not to deny that those who hold the political position may not also have
the personal characteristic. Indeed they are apt to. It's the reduction
of the politics to mere assertiveness by a woman (Thatcher, Catherine I,
the wife of Edward II) that I objected to. The last named did not become
a feminist by joining with her lover in killing her husband the kind
with a heated iron rod up his rear.
Surely you would not want to consider Mrs. Norris in _Mansfield Park_ a
(Incidentally, I consider Mrs. Norris one of the most powerful
characters in English literature. Iago is a mean boy scout in
Marcia Karp wrote:
> Carrol Cox wrote:
> > It is absurd to
> > equate personal "assertiveness" etc. to a political position. Feminism
> > is nothing if it is not among other things a political position.
> Dear Carrol,
> "Nothing if not among other things" does not rule out the personal, does
> it? It was a feminist credo, during the late-20th-century wave, that the
> personal is political. Personal assertiveness was, absurdly or not to you,
> a part of that feminism.