A collection of classic feminist readings, this text presents the full diversity of women's issues and experiences, exploring their similarities as well as their differences. It offers analyses of the causes and consequences of gender inequality and introduces students to feminist theory and methodology. A sociological analysis opens each of the four parts and 11 sections of the book. This edition includes a new section on feminist perspectives and recent research on such topics as: women's music; hate radio; eating disorders; breast cancer, welfare policy; AIDS, women in politics; and the experiences of employees at abortion clinics. The book also includes a few selections on men and masculinity that present a wider view of men and look at such factors as race and class that affect their lives.