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Sociology
Course
SOCY 2225
Professor
Robert May
Semester
Spring

Description
Chantz Delgado Journal Entry #1 September 5 , 2013 In No Turning Back the History of Feminism and the Future of Women by Estelle  Freedman, the author dives in to the origin of feminism. The two historical transitions  that have propelled feminist politics are the rise of capitalism disrupted older, reciprocal  relations within families in way that initially enhanced men’s economic opportunities and  defined women as their dependents, and secondly, the new political theories of individual  rights and representative government that developed alongside capitalism extended  privileges to men only. This caused pandemonium amongst the early feminists and  galvanized them to strongly fight for their beliefs. After Freedman discusses the history,  she then illustrates the history of the actual term. The term combines the French word for  woman, “femme,” and “isme,” which refers to a social movement or political ideology.  The term was always controversial because of its association with radicalism.  Consequently, many socialists who support their views rejected the label “feminist.” The  author then gives a definition for feminism detailing how it is a belief that women and  men are of equal worth. Feminism must recognize the integral relationship to other forms  of social hierarchy. Women of different color, sexuality, and backgrounds are all different  kinds of beings involved in this movement. The social movement must find a way to
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