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Weimar ThoughtA Contested Legacy$
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Peter E. Gordon and John P. McCormick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691135106

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691135106.001.0001

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Weimar Femininity

Weimar Femininity

Within and Beyond the Law

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Weimar Thought

Tracie Matysik

Princeton University Press

The democratic revolution raised a new set of intellectual questions concerning the status of women in modern society. Specifically, theorists and activists alike had to ask what exactly the transition into political participation meant both for the political process and for conceptions of feminine subjectivity. This chapter examines efforts to contend with these questions from a variety of different perspectives: the pacifist-internationalist turn of the Nietzschean Helene Stöcker (1869–1943); the more sociologically informed intervention by Marianne Weber (1870–1954) and her concern about the bureaucratization of modern life; and a psychoanalytic contribution from Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861—1937). Together these three articulations provide a survey of the different ways in which theorists and activists interpreted feminine subjectivity amidst the transition to political participation. In their arguments we see a general struggle to affirm democracy and political participation, while using the notion of the feminine to expand the limits of political participation beyond parliamentary politics.

Keywords:   women, social status, Weimar Republic, political participation, feminine subjectivity, Helene Stöcker, Marianne Weber, Lou Andreas-Salomé, democracy

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