Interview with Alice Schwarzer

Sabine Engel
2003 Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy  
is the Gloria Steinern of West German second wave feminism. Areporter by training, Schwarzer studied sociology and psychology at Vincennes from 1970 to 1974 and was actively involved in the French women' s movement. She first met Simone de Beauvoir in 1970. Schwarzer made herself a household name in West Germany in 1971 when she organized--on the model of French feminists-a campaign for abortion rights (HSelbstbezichigungskampagne") that used the mass magazine Der Stern and had high-profile
more » ... ad high-profile women in the arts, politics, and culture denounce themselves as having had abortions. It effectively sparked the new West German women's movement. In 1977 Schwarzer founded Emma, the first West German feminist magazine "by women for women" for which she continues to serve as publisher and editor. The author ofnumerous feminist books, a sought-after speaker, and an outspoken organizer against pomography and other forms of sexual violence, Schwarzer remains controversial. The following interview presents Schwarzer' s written responses to questions on the presence of Beauvoir's ideas in Schwarzer's work and her relevance to present-day feminism.
doi:10.5195/jffp.2003.448 fatcat:g2fwwzhbdjcpfoxaxwf3uqxswq