Becoming Female

Perspectives on Development

  • Claire B. Kopp

Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Identity and the Immediate Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Phyllis A. Katz
      Pages 3-28
    3. Gloria Johnson Powell
      Pages 29-66
    4. Shirley Sargent
      Pages 67-88
    5. Michael E. Lamb, Margaret Tresch Owen, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
      Pages 89-112
    6. Phyllis R. Magrab
      Pages 113-129
  3. Characteristics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Sheila Balkan, Ronald J. Berger
      Pages 207-227
    3. Brian Sutton-Smith
      Pages 229-257
  4. The Larger Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Marilyn F. Graham, Beverly Birns
      Pages 291-312
    3. Thomas S. Weisner
      Pages 313-332
    4. Norma D. Feshbach, Arline S. Dillman, Tricia S. Jordan
      Pages 363-385
    5. Shane Adler
      Pages 387-397
  5. Biological Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. Kenneth K. Kidd
      Pages 401-426
    3. Charlotte Neumann
      Pages 449-461
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 463-469

About this book


Every woman ought to be filled with shame at the thought that she is woman. -Clement of Alexandria, c. 150-215 The five worst infirmities that afflict the female are indocility, discontent, slan­ der, jealousy, and silliness .... Such is the stupidity of woman's character, that it is incumbent upon her in every particular, to distrust herself and to obey her husband. -Confucian Marriage Manual Nature intended women to be our slaves. They are our property; we are not theirs. They belong to us, just as a tree that bears fruit belongs to a gardener. What a mad idea to demand equality for women.. . Women are nothing but machines for producing children. -Napoleon Bonaparte The fact of the matter is that the prime responsibility of a woman probably is to be on earth long enough to find the best mate possible for herself, and con­ ceive children who will improve the species. -Norman Mailer Read these quotes and wonder!! Wonder at the strength, tenacity, and grace of females who have endured outrageous slings and arrows without becoming violent, uncaring, or incapacitated. Sturdy stuff is contained in our double X, preserved and nurtured for other, less dis­ torted times. The Women in Context series is a reflection of the dawn­ ing light slowly illuminating woman as unique in some ways, but nei­ ther less than nor more than man. Surely, our imperfect world can well use all the talents and capabilities that men and women possess.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Claire B. Kopp
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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