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Presentation prepared for a series of lectures on Feminism for PS 240 Introduction to Political Theory at the University of Kentucky, Spring 2007. Dr. Christopher S. Rice, Instructor.

Presentation prepared for a series of lectures on Feminism for PS 240 Introduction to Political Theory at the University of Kentucky, Spring 2007. Dr. Christopher S. Rice, Instructor.

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    • Feminism Dr. Christopher S. Rice
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    • “ Feminism is an entire world view of gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues.” Charlotte Bunch
    • “ The true Republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” Susan B. Anthony
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    • Americans still support traditional feminist values…
      • 53% of Americans supported affirmative action programs for women.
      • 87% favored “training courses or policies that raise people’s awareness about fairness in hiring women.”
      • 71% favored hiring quotas for women.
      • Irony: feminist ideals now so accepted that they’re no longer associated with feminism. “I’m not a feminist, but…”.
    • Americans still support traditional feminist values…
      • 53% of Americans supported affirmative action programs for women.
      • 87% favored “training courses or policies that raise people’s awareness about fairness in hiring women.”
      • 71% favored hiring quotas for women.
      • Irony: feminist ideals now so accepted that they’re no longer associated with feminism. “I’m not a feminist, but…”.
    • Americans still support traditional feminist values…
      • 53% of Americans supported affirmative action programs for women.
      • 87% favored “training courses or policies that raise people’s awareness about fairness in hiring women.”
      • 71% favored hiring quotas for women.
      • Irony: feminist ideals now so accepted that they’re no longer associated with feminism. “I’m not a feminist, but…”.
    • Americans still support traditional feminist values…
      • 53% of Americans supported affirmative action programs for women.
      • 87% favored “training courses or policies that raise people’s awareness about fairness in hiring women.”
      • 71% favored hiring quotas for women.
      • Irony: feminist ideals now so accepted that they’re no longer associated with feminism. “I’m not a feminist, but…”.
    • First Wave Feminism
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    • The Struggle for Suffrage
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    • Second Wave Feminism
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    • Commission on the Status of Women created in 1961 by JFK to report on the status of women in America, in all 50 states.
    • Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibited sexual discrimination in employment and the EEOC was charged with enforcing this.
    • Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique.
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    • Power Feminism a conservative feminism, resembling many of Phyllis Schlafly’s arguments vs. liberal feminism (which holds that liberal feminism portrays women as the innocent victims of male desire).
    • Lifestyle Feminism An effort to reclaim femininity as “girl power”, portraying the sexualized female not as the image of male desire but as a liberating image of femininity.
    • Problems with Second Wave Feminism
    • Postfeminism?
    • Third Wave Feminism
    • Fall of the USSR
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    • Third Wave Feminism vs. Second Wave Feminism
    • Basic Idea: To re-invigorate feminist politics, to overcome a sentiment of postfeminism, by reconceptualizing feminism within a new global/local politics.
    • Types of Feminists
    • Liberal Feminists
    • Equal Rights
    • Legal Reforms Elections Change
    • “ The Problem With No Name”
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    • False Universalism: Just Like Men???
    • Is liberal feminism too white, middle-class, heterosexual?
    • Radical Feminists
    • A little bit anarchist, a little bit Marxist…
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    • Women’s oppression historical , not natural
    • Modes of Production & Matrilineal societies
    • Marriage is a Bad Deal
    • The wife differs from the prostitute only in that “she does not hire out her body like a wageworker, on piecework, but sells it into slavery once and for all.” Friedrich Engels
    • Does liberal feminism begin to look a little ridiculous?
    • PROBLEMS
    • Postmodern Feminists
    • deconstruction
    • The problem of objectivity
    • Essentialism
    • “ Woman” as a Strategic Concept?
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    • The Problem of Political Resistance
    • “ Strategic Essentialism”
    • Discussion