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The Power of the Image by Annette Kuhn

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Introduction

The twentieth century’s second wave of Western feminism has distinguished itself from other social and political movements in several important respects. Its espousal of non-hierarchical approaches to organisation and action have lent themselves particularly well to issue-oriented politics – campaigns around abortion legislation and direct action on peace and disarmament, for example. The movement’s insistence on bringing to centre stage areas of life hitherto considered secondary, even irrelevant, to ‘serious’ politics – the division of labour in the household, relations between men and women at home and in the workplace, emotions, sexuality, even the Unconscious – also sets it apart, giving ground to a conviction that the women’s ...

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