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Her long, meandering and cliche-ridden essay simply serves to validate Dr. Tavris's thoroughly researched argument: Anger is, indeed, a very misunderstood emotion. We are led to believe that Dr. Tavris's whole argument justifies the practice of female excision clitoridectomy by some third world families. We are also told that Dr. Tavris concludes that advocates for women's rights should ''settle for small gains. Regarding female excision, Dr. Tavris is by no means offering an ''apologia'' for the practice.
She is simply attempting to remind Western readers how crucial it is to consider the cultural realities of many women's lives - realities we do not share and find difficult to comprehend. In fact, it is brave of Dr. Tavris to step back from the current Western ''shock'' at the persistence of so-called barbaric practices and attempt to assess it from the point of view of the women who perform it.
Within the context of the chapter in which excision is discussed ''A Rage for Justice'' , the point made is that women who excise their daughters are no more angry and no more cruel than women who read The New York Times. They are simply faced with a different set of difficult moral choices. My own six-year-old research study on female excision confirms Dr. Tavris's conclusion. The second misunderstanding is Miss First's cruel suggestion that Carol Tavris is somehow concluding that our struggle for sexual equality in our own culture should take the form of polite moderation.
Tavris, a widely read feminist writer, says no such thing. She is instead giving us the same guidelines all successful warriors have followed - victory in battle is never won in the heat of anger but by careful, thoughtful ''ventilation'' of anger.
As the co-author of the popular book about women and equality ''The Longest War,'' Carol Tavris is one feminist whose care and keen insight are helping us make significant gains. Books 'Anger'.
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Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion
By Carol Tavris. It is a rare author who is given the chance for second thoughts about a book. But since this book was first published, several developments have occurred that made me want to get my hands back on it. I wrote it because I was angry, with a small a , at the destructive advice and commonplace notions about anger that I believe wreak much havoc in our society and our relationships. Nevertheless, as it must to all of us, anger came home to roost on my doorstep.
Her long, meandering and cliche-ridden essay simply serves to validate Dr. Tavris's thoroughly researched argument: Anger is, indeed, a very misunderstood emotion. We are led to believe that Dr. Tavris's whole argument justifies the practice of female excision clitoridectomy by some third world families. We are also told that Dr. Tavris concludes that advocates for women's rights should ''settle for small gains. Regarding female excision, Dr.