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Liberal Social Radical Feminism

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Department
Women's and Gender Studies
Course
WGST 1F90
Professor
Jenny Janke
Semester
Fall

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18/05/2012 1 WISE 1F90 Introduction AGENDA • MARS announcement & Admin. •LIBERAL, SOCIALIST AND RADICAL FEMINISM • Case Study: Body, consumption & feminist change •Cover Girl Culture & Ethics and the Consumer 2 Administration  God Loves Hair is required text + exam Ques. Essay Outline: Due in three weeks Review all readings in class to choose topic you can stay with Don’t limit yourself to material already covered in lecture 3 Lecture format & notes  THIS WEEK: FULL PP notes on SAKAI    Next week: SUMMARY PP notes on Sakai by 1pm on Monday  Bring notes and add analysis/info from lecture & film clips 4 What is Feminism? Many different understandings, but all believe: Women’s lower status results from social, not ‘natural’ or biological factors  Goal of feminism is to achieve gender equality 5 Liberal Feminism Definition: shaped by history of “liberalism” Individuals earn status through merit, not through gender or hereditary status  See women as equally rationale to men  Prioritize equality of opportunity with men 6 Key priorities for liberal feminists:  Education  Vote  Equitable access to labour force and political representation  Much as been achieved… 1 6 Key priorities for liberal feminists:  18/05/2012 Education  Vote  Equitable access to labour force and political representation  Much as been achieved… 7 Limits of liberalism: Indigenous women  Colonial interventions lowered their status  Indian Act determined who had status based on a woman’s father and husband Reservations, residential schools & pass system limited economic opportunities more than gender 8 Limits of liberalism: vote  White women NOT in favour of universal suffrage  ‘white ribbons’ signified white racial purity in white women’s lobby for political participation  Vote in 1918, excluded all people of Chinese origin and all Indigenous people  Chinese Canadians got vote in 1947, Indigenous people gained access to vote in 1960 9 Liberal feminist achievements… and complications Education – equity still in question based on class Work – women still earn 70 cents for every dollar earned by men  Representation in politics – Canada @ 21% still behind Uganda 50% 2006: Status of Women budget cut by 43% and removal of word ‘equality’ from agency goals 10 Socialist Feminism Definition: rooted in history of socialism Relates women’s oppression to their economic dependence on men  Aims to expose and challenge women’s unpaid labour in home & childcare  Highlights pay inequities and feminization of poverty 11 Priorities for Socialist Feminism Equitable access of women to labour force & re-defining what is considered ‘work’  Recognition of value of domestic labour, including childcare  2  Aims to expose and challenge women’s unpaid labour in home & childcare 18/05/2012  Highlights pay inequities and feminization of poverty 11 Priorities for Socialist Feminism Equitable access of women to labour force & re-defining what is considered ‘work’  Recognition of value of domestic labour, including childcare  Challenge feminization of poverty and increase in precarious work  Challenging the impact of globalization & ‘free trade’ on women 12 Contradictions in paid labour 81% of women now in paid labour force  But: domestic labour/
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