The jessie bernard reader

Michael S. Kimmel, Yasemin Besen

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Jessie Bernard was one of the foremost early feminist sociologists and public intellectuals in women’s studies. In The Jessie Bernard Reader, Michael S. Kimmel and Yasemin Besen have compiled her most intriguing and influential work on marriage, the family, sexuality and changing women’s roles in the United States. Bernard’s pioneering works bridged the gap between academic social science and public advocacy for gender equality. Her books were landmarks in demarcating the effects of the “separation of spheres.” Among her most celebrated arguments was that couples experienced two different marriages, “his” and “hers”-and that his was better than hers. This volume will inspire a new generation of scholars, a generation that inherits the gains for which Bernard struggled her entire career.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages221
ISBN (Electronic)9781317257226
ISBN (Print)9781594514821
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


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