[Ads-l] Sorophobia

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 25 03:43:26 EDT 2020

The term was employed in the title of a 1992 book.
Michie, Helena. Sorophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and
Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. 216 pp.

Here is an excerpt from a discussion of the book:

[Begin excerpt]
Sorophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture.
Brandenburg, Sandra; Hill, Debora.
Iris; Charlottesville Iss. 30,  (Dec 31, 1993): 67.

In Sorophobia, Helena Michie argues that a feminism advocating
"sisterhood" risks negating undeniable cultural differences that exist
both among small communities of women and across nations. The book
studies textual representations of women's relationships to
demonstrate the diversity and opposition along lines of race, class,
and gender in seemingly homogenous sub-groups of feminist discourse. .
. . . Michie challenges feminists to continue the process of
recognizing difference while refusing to re-create negative images of
[End excerpt]

On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 1:57 AM Stanton McCandlish
<smccandlish at gmail.com> wrote:
> That's a new one to me.  I encountered this term in a news story, quoting
> something written by a professor.
> https://news.yahoo.com/iowa-state-university-forced-professor-195057364.html
> I have yet to find a clear definition, just a few rambling gender-studies
> papers about "negotiating dialectic spaces" among the "differences between
> women".  Etymologically it seems to mean "fear of sisters", if Latin-based,
> though someone on twitter joked that it could mean "fear of coffins" if you
> go the Greek route.
> Google hits for the term are almost all repeats of the same news story.
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