Feminism

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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.

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Feminism

  1. 1. Feminism Dr. Christopher S. Rice
  2. 3. “ Feminism is an entire world view of gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues.” Charlotte Bunch
  3. 4. “ The true Republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” Susan B. Anthony
  4. 8. 33% 25%
  5. 11. Americans still support traditional feminist values… <ul><li>53% of Americans supported affirmative action programs for women. </li></ul><ul><li>87% favored “training courses or policies that raise people’s awareness about fairness in hiring women.” </li></ul><ul><li>71% favored hiring quotas for women. </li></ul><ul><li>Irony: feminist ideals now so accepted that they’re no longer associated with feminism. “I’m not a feminist, but…”. </li></ul>
  6. 12. Americans still support traditional feminist values… <ul><li>53% of Americans supported affirmative action programs for women. </li></ul><ul><li>87% favored “training courses or policies that raise people’s awareness about fairness in hiring women.” </li></ul><ul><li>71% favored hiring quotas for women. </li></ul><ul><li>Irony: feminist ideals now so accepted that they’re no longer associated with feminism. “I’m not a feminist, but…”. </li></ul>
  7. 13. Americans still support traditional feminist values… <ul><li>53% of Americans supported affirmative action programs for women. </li></ul><ul><li>87% favored “training courses or policies that raise people’s awareness about fairness in hiring women.” </li></ul><ul><li>71% favored hiring quotas for women. </li></ul><ul><li>Irony: feminist ideals now so accepted that they’re no longer associated with feminism. “I’m not a feminist, but…”. </li></ul>
  8. 14. Americans still support traditional feminist values… <ul><li>53% of Americans supported affirmative action programs for women. </li></ul><ul><li>87% favored “training courses or policies that raise people’s awareness about fairness in hiring women.” </li></ul><ul><li>71% favored hiring quotas for women. </li></ul><ul><li>Irony: feminist ideals now so accepted that they’re no longer associated with feminism. “I’m not a feminist, but…”. </li></ul>
  9. 15. First Wave Feminism
  10. 19. The Struggle for Suffrage
  11. 21. Second Wave Feminism
  12. 22. 3
  13. 23. Commission on the Status of Women created in 1961 by JFK to report on the status of women in America, in all 50 states.
  14. 24. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibited sexual discrimination in employment and the EEOC was charged with enforcing this.
  15. 25. Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique.
  16. 28. 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).
  17. 29. 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.
  18. 30. Problems with Second Wave Feminism
  19. 31. Postfeminism?
  20. 32. Third Wave Feminism
  21. 33. Fall of the USSR
  22. 35. Third Wave Feminism vs. Second Wave Feminism
  23. 36. Basic Idea: To re-invigorate feminist politics, to overcome a sentiment of postfeminism, by reconceptualizing feminism within a new global/local politics.
  24. 37. Types of Feminists
  25. 38. Liberal Feminists
  26. 39. Equal Rights
  27. 40. Legal Reforms Elections Change
  28. 41. “ The Problem With No Name”
  29. 43. False Universalism: Just Like Men???
  30. 44. Is liberal feminism too white, middle-class, heterosexual?
  31. 45. Radical Feminists
  32. 46. A little bit anarchist, a little bit Marxist…
  33. 48. Women’s oppression historical , not natural
  34. 49. Modes of Production & Matrilineal societies
  35. 50. Marriage is a Bad Deal
  36. 51. 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
  37. 52. Does liberal feminism begin to look a little ridiculous?
  38. 53. PROBLEMS
  39. 54. Postmodern Feminists
  40. 55. deconstruction
  41. 56. The problem of objectivity
  42. 57. Essentialism
  43. 58. “ Woman” as a Strategic Concept?
  44. 62. The Problem of Political Resistance
  45. 63. “ Strategic Essentialism”
  46. 64. Discussion

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