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.
The Feminism of Uncertainty: II
This conclusion of the book picks up where the introduction left off, in a return to a discussion of utopias and their shadows. The piece confronts the tension between utopian yearnings and the limitations of all intentional human acts. It mentions science fiction as one location of irony and doubt about fantasized futures. Several frightening versions of utopian thinking are described here, cautionary tales about any effort to clean up the world and make it perfect. Nonetheless the piece—and the book—ends with the need to confront the nightmare versions of one’s wishes without giving up on the generative power of political imagination.