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Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039003

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.001.0001

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Foreword to Deception Chronicles: From the Women’s Liberation Movement to a Commercial Trademark

Foreword to Deception Chronicles: From the Women’s Liberation Movement to a Commercial Trademark

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(p.270) Foreword to Deception Chronicles: From the Women’s Liberation Movement to a Commercial Trademark
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Feminist Writings
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Marybeth Timmermann
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.003.0041

In 1971, when I first made contact with the MLF [Mouvement de Libération des Femmes, or French Women’s Liberation Movement] about the manifesto that 343 women signed saying that they had had abortions, I only met a few isolated representatives. Later I learned that they belonged to different groups with diverse tendencies that all coexisted without trying to get organized. The movement questioned any centralized, bureaucratic, or hierarchical militant movements, and therefore had no leader. In order to belong, it was enough to be a woman, aware of the oppression endured by women and eager to combat it. This resulted in a certain disorder, sometimes annoying, but overall enriching. Unity was realized through actions accomplished in common....

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