MARGARET MEAD AND RUTH BENEDICT

MARGARET MEAD AND RUTH BENEDICT - MARGARET MEAD AND RUTH...

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MARGARET MEAD AND RUTH BENEDICT The two most important women intellectuals of the 20 th century. One of the main themes of their lives is a perplexity over whether they are homosexual or heterosexual. Each resolves this confusion in the early 1930s: Mead by declaring herself bisexual, and Benedict deciding she is lesbian. These decisions are subtly indicated in their two major works: Ruth Benedict, Patterns of Culture, 1934 Margaret Mead, Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies, 1935 Both are married: Benedict marries once, after she has graduated from college; Mead marries three times. They become lovers in c. 1924. Their passionate affair last for about three years, but they remain close friends throughout their lives. Benedict is born in Norwich, New York, upstate, not far from Binghamton, in 1887 Her family are farmers, although they had a long history of reform involvement, especially abolitionism Her mother is a schoolteacher, with a strong involvement in the YWCA Margaret Mead is born in 1901, in Philadelphia
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2009 for the course HIST 245gm taught by Professor Banner during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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