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Women's Studies
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WS 102
Tina Davidson

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Activisms What is activism? *Wikipedia defines activism as “intentional action to bring about social, political, economic or environmental change. *Thus activism requires an action/activity which is intended to create a change. *Activism is usually based on a perceived injustice or some other social wrong. How does activism work? *Activism can include a very wide range of actions (aka “methods”) ranging from letter- writing to boycotts, from parades to sit-ins. It can be completely passivist in approach or based in violent uprisings. *Methods also differ depending on the target audience. Some seek to change government policies and laws, while others seek to change individual’s behaviour. Lobbying and letter-writing may be appropriate to generate legal change, but will be less persuasive with individuals. Media attention might be a more useful way to gain the attention of a large # of individuals. *Some methods which attempt to persuade individuals to change their attitude toward a particular issue or behaviour may also be used to pressure institutions like businesses or laws or governments to change. This has been true with the environmental/conservation movement for example. Feminism and activism *Feminism is widely perceived as a form of activism. *Feminism is actually comprised of a number of theories, issues and focal points, most of which call for activist approaches. *Feminism thus incorporates a wide variety of types of activism in attempting to achieve its goals. First Wave forms of activism Second Wave forms of activism
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