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Adrienne Rich was an accomplished poet that spoke up for the feminists right movement in her many books of poetry and collections of prose She published an essay in 1971 entitled When We Dead Awaken Writing as Re-Vision that addresses the issues of female literary and academic oppression Rich argues that Re-Vision 61630 the act of looking back of seeing with fresh eyes of entering an old text from a new critical direction 61630 is for women more than a chapter in cultural history it is an act of survival Until we can understand the assumptions in which we are drenched we cannot know ourselves And this drive to self-knowledge for women is more than a search for identity it is part of our refusal of the self-destructiveness of male-dominated society 540 The problems that Ive found with Richs criticisms is that they are a product of her radical liberal sexist views She uses men as an scapegoat I dont believe her views have any sustenance behind them Feminism does a lot of good things but not in the extreme case of Adrienne Rich The way she talks about men is patronizing and unreasonable Her essay seems extremely biased in the persona of the male influence on society I find her criticisms to be nothing more than the views of a typical feminist lesbian right-winged liberal Rich goes on to talk about the mans role in poetry stating that Man appears as if not a dream a fascination and a terror and that the source of the fascination and the terror is simply Mans power to dominate tyrannize choose or reject the woman The charisma of Man seems to come purely from his power over her and his control of the world by force not from anything fertile or life-giving in him 541 By that quote its easy to see why Richs views are so tainted and drenched in outlandish sexists influences She is so
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