Domestic Work- Choice or Coercion? Stone and Kuperberg, Opting out.docx

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Domestic Work: Choice or Coercion?
Theorists- Arielle Kuperberg & Pamela Stone
Opting Out-
-Sociological primarily.
-Pamela Stone- Women aren’t opting out their being shut out.
-Important concepts-rhetoric (vs reality), opting out, choice, motherhood, wifehood,
elitism, postfeminism, antifeminism, new traditionalist
-Methodology
-Review historical trends of how W are presented in the media, statistics of
women who opt out, interviews of women who opt out, afterwards- conclusions-
pointing out inconsistencies (“it’s a feminist revolution” vs. what’s really going on).
What’s going on rhetorically in the media doesn’t reflect what’s going on in reality.
There’s an inconstancy. The suggest that there isn’t really that free choice, it’s just
couched in democratic language.
-Assumptions
-referring to heterosexual women, married, have children, elite women-
women of privilege. Lots of people, minorities get left out. Glamorizes, makes it
appealing.
-Opting out- term was coined by New York Times 2003
-authors explore rhetoric and reality surrounding exist of college- educated
women from the workforce to become full-time mothers. Phenomenon deemed
“opting out”. Usually from reputable positions.
-The authors point out contradictions that women have personal choice to oo,
couched as a positive decision, idea that it’s democratic, free. Justify it as positive.
It’s the idea that women’s movement gave them the choice.
-Guise that it’s under the women’s rights movement, that sexism isn’t systematic
anymore.
-Rhetoric- persuasive language being used in the media, the way an ideas being
conveyed.
-Logos: logic of an argument, content of an argument. Pathos- How it effects
the audience, emotions, how images/argument are being received. Pathos is
rhetoric.
-The media cover the fact that opting out brings women into the private sphere.
-“New Traditionalist”
-Faludi’s term. The notion of a woman who opts out
“ . . . heterosexual women are
forsaking the contemporary role of
working mother, which is associated
with economic independence,
self-reliance, and self actualization to return to the
more traditional, economically
dependent role of full-time stay-at home mom”
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Review historical trends of how w are presented in the media, statistics of. Authors explore rhetoric and reality surrounding exist of college- educated. Pamela stone- women aren"t opting out their being shut out. Important concepts-rhetoric (vs reality), opting out, choice, motherhood, wifehood, elitism, postfeminism, antifeminism, new traditionalist. Methodology women who opt out, interviews of women who opt out, afterwards- conclusions- pointing out inconsistencies ( it"s a feminist revolution vs. what"s really going on). What"s going on rhetorically in the media doesn"t reflect what"s going on in reality. The suggest that there isn"t really that free choice, it"s just couched in democratic language. Referring to heterosexual women, married, have children, elite women- women of privilege. Opting out- term was coined by new york times 2003 women from the workforce to become full-time mothers. The authors point out contradictions that women have personal choice to oo, couched as a positive decision, idea that it"s democratic, free.

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