Title

The feminization of liberty, domesticated virtue, and the reconstitution of power and authority in early American political discourse

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1993

Publication Title

Quarterly Journal of Speech

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

In 1980, Michael McGee suggested that power is “feminized” to produce liberty. This study rearranges the terms of McGee's equation in order to describe and analyze the shifting terrain of early American political discourse. The essay seeks to reconstruct the metaphorical and discursive processes that led from the feminization of liberty to a political culture organized by the practices of “virtuous power.”

ISSN

0033-5630