The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary
Ann Snitow is Associate Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at Lang College, The New School, in New York City. A longtime activist, Snitow has cofounded The Network of East-West Women, No More Nice Girls, and New York Radical Feminists. She has written for The Village Voice, The Nation, The Women’s Review of Books, Dissent, and many other publications, and is coeditor of Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality and The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation.
Critiquing a Gender Diary
By now, thousands of college students have read A Gender Diary. Both colleagues and students have discussed the piece with the author over the years and in the early 1990s, Snitow collected some of this commentary, seeking to include some of these interesting responses inside the piece itself to create a dialogue. This critique section also includes the author’s more general speculations about the piece’s reception, limitations, and possible usefulness for moving with more clarity and empathy among feminist positions. Feminist ambivalence about central women’s movement goals is unavoidable and potentially productive.