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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.

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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  • 1. Feminism Dr. Christopher S. Rice
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  • 3. “ Feminism is an entire world view of gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues.” Charlotte Bunch
  • 4. “ The true Republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” Susan B. Anthony
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  • 8. 33% 25%
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  • 11. 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…”.
  • 12. 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…”.
  • 13. 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…”.
  • 14. 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…”.
  • 15. First Wave Feminism
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  • 19. The Struggle for Suffrage
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  • 21. Second Wave Feminism
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  • 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.
  • 24. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibited sexual discrimination in employment and the EEOC was charged with enforcing this.
  • 25. Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique.
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  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 30. Problems with Second Wave Feminism
  • 31. Postfeminism?
  • 32. Third Wave Feminism
  • 33. Fall of the USSR
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  • 35. Third Wave Feminism vs. Second Wave Feminism
  • 36. Basic Idea: To re-invigorate feminist politics, to overcome a sentiment of postfeminism, by reconceptualizing feminism within a new global/local politics.
  • 37. Types of Feminists
  • 38. Liberal Feminists
  • 39. Equal Rights
  • 40. Legal Reforms Elections Change
  • 41. “ The Problem With No Name”
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  • 43. False Universalism: Just Like Men???
  • 44. Is liberal feminism too white, middle-class, heterosexual?
  • 45. Radical Feminists
  • 46. A little bit anarchist, a little bit Marxist…
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  • 48. Women’s oppression historical , not natural
  • 49. Modes of Production & Matrilineal societies
  • 50. Marriage is a Bad Deal
  • 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
  • 52. Does liberal feminism begin to look a little ridiculous?
  • 53. PROBLEMS
  • 54. Postmodern Feminists
  • 55. deconstruction
  • 56. The problem of objectivity
  • 57. Essentialism
  • 58. “ Woman” as a Strategic Concept?
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  • 62. The Problem of Political Resistance
  • 63. “ Strategic Essentialism”
  • 64. Discussion

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