Class 11: in search of respect: race, class, and gender & the politics of representation. Women and the search for respect y what about their children and women, who are in the receiving end of vulnerability? y. In many ways, she experiences and reacts the historical, cultural constrains like other typical women in her society. She is straggling with the masculine and feminine. She has this feminine side, but takes but the masculine side to take up living. She cannot get welfare because of her husband going to jail. Her interaction with welfare system affects her decision. y at the time, if your a teen mother, you would be bumped to social housing one way of jump starting your life. Setting up your own independence. y penial system is always in their lives and have to be ready support their children when their men go to jail- so penial system on present in women s life.