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The Education of an Ambivalent Feminist
June 29, 2018
Jun 29, 2018
18 Min read time
Tara Westover's best-selling memoir may reveal more about the place of feminism in contemporary U.S. life than any book in recent memory.
Educated: A Memoir
Random House, $28.00 (cloth)
Since Educated debuted at number three on the New York Times best seller list in February, Tara Westover has been catapulted to that rare sort of literary celebrity the time she was twenty-seven-years old.
Published almost four years to the day since her dissertation’s approval, Westover’s memoir rings with the foundational U.S. stories of exceptionalism, rugged individualisms playing Alexander Hamilton is business as usual.)
Educated may reveal more about the place of feminism in contemporary U.S. life than any book in recent memory.
Indeed, reviewers and interviewers have most commonly invoked Hillbilly Elegy when describing Educated, highlighting the authors’ shared tough but loving eye on poor white people, their values, and promise and democratic opportunity.
Like Hillbilly Elegy, Educated has found popularity that spans divides of politics, identity, and geography. And while Westover’s book untry.
Westover makes no claim to providing these political and cultural insights, and her memoir’s choice and responsibility above all else.
She has insisted, for instance, that her memoir’s central takeaway on matters of schooling and education is that “you can teach yourself anything better than someone else solute perfect one.”
When Tara announces to her parents that she wishes to go to college like Tyler and will begin studying—which means learning from scratch—for the ACT exam, her father is livid. refusal to become the sort of young woman her father and brother wish her to be.
‘Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Simone de Beauvoir,’ Westover writes. ‘I read only a few pages of each book before slamming it shut.’
But Westover’s description of one of the first of these attempts is almost as disturbing—and as which she declined. A few days later a different man from the church asked her out.
“Again, I said no,” Westover writes. against marriage.”
She was summoned to the bishop’s since 1890 when prophecy ended the earthly Mormon practice of polygamy.
Westover is frank about having left the educated refusal to be that woman.
It is perhaps not surprising that Westover had no experience beyond negative associations with feminism in or out of her classrooms at BYU. The last part of her memoir, which opens with in the United States that she can get her hands on.
But polygamy presents a contradiction for seem to engage his corollary harm principle holding that the only rightful exercise of power against another’s will is to prevent harm to others.
Mill resolves this contradiction marriage institution.”
The women’s freedom of choice, intervention. The argument rings today with terrible familiarity.
So much must feel familiar in Mill for Westover. His last work published posthumously in 1873 was an Autobiography detailing Mill’s intensive education from widely recognized today as the progenitor of the Panopticon).
Raised as an ideal Enlightenment subject of pure reason and known by his twenties as a “manufactured man,” Mill sunk into deep melancholy, which he his own man.
In the process of becoming her own woman, Westover finds comfort in the individual freedoms of Classical the violent economies of extraction.
Westover’s arguments intersect equality of opportunity—not outcomes.
Like everything else in her memoir, Westover’s education rejects analyzing the collective conditions of social justice. She sees little beyond her own experience, knowledge, and the freedom of her choices—sheared as they are of their foundations apotheosis of individual choice as human liberty realized.
In the end, even though she is so persistently linked to Vance, Westover shares much more feminists at every opportunity.
Carlson found herself in need and awkward harassment. Today, she is an advocate for raising women’s awareness of their legal rights in the workplace and is the first Miss America iconic swimsuit competition.
Similar to Carlson’s unlikely narrative arc, which recently saw her paired in the New York Times with feminist legal icon, Catherine MacKinnon, Westover has quite a bit to show readers about the state of feminism woman he is not related to.
Indeed, Westover’s arguments outcomes—espoused by Vance, Chua, and Fox News.
But Westover is clearly still ps one day she will.
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June 29, 2018
18 Min read time