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Social Sciences
David Penner

January 19, 2012 Feminist social policies Feminist activism and laws • Theme: laws in place that would not be if not for feminist activism • For these laws to work two things need to happen o They need to be applied o They need to be enforced • There are no enforcers • Is it up to the people • Laws would not be in place for feminist activism • For these laws that have been established for these laws to work the two things need to be done • If these two things are not done they are done without meaning • There might as well be no laws • They will not be enforced if don’t apply them • There are not work police to make sure there are equal hiring processes etc • There is no one making sure all the laws are being enforced • It is up to us to apply it • No one will do it for you Not so easy • To apply these laws one must accuse • Many variables to prevent accusation • Social, economic, political, personal, emotional • It’s not so easy to go against them because the people you work for is who you are accusing • Some of the bosses may seen likable so you keep your thoughts to yourself • Maybe where you work there is an older guy who comes from a previous generation and he talks not exactly dirty but he makes sexual comments and you know he is looking at you. You know that it is very unlikely that he will try something on you but he is creepy. What do you do? Do you report him? He is! But do you report it? For the most part, no. Not because you can handle him but, because it seems so serious. He might lose his job. If he ever finds out you filled an investigation he will end all contact with you and you will not be favoured at all. The people you work with either may applaud you or everyone might freeze you off. The point is nothing is ever going to change for future generations if you do not do anything. The law wont be enforced if no one applies the law. Are we sliding? • The laws that were created allow for the jobs that we have • However, the laws do not matter if not applied • Something is happening now. Is it a possibility that there is a return to the ways we were? • Consider: what would you id someone at work called you: honey? • The law is meaningless outside its application and many places and people are not going to abide by the law till they are told that they have to • A lot of places don’t have equal hiring processes • These places the law does not apply Culture and laws • These laws in many ways have become a part of our culture • We want our culture to have authority and not us • Avoid confrontation • Considering all things it is difficult to know what is appropriate, or what to do • People want many things • Feminist and working and/or traditional and feminine • We would like it and prefer it that everyone already knew this that we don’t like certain things • We want people to behave in certain ways because our culture tells them to not us • Having to do anything personally about the situation we are in we let things slide • People want to have everything this makes it difficult to know what to do and what to support • A lot of women love the opportunity to do so but, there is still an appeal for some women to live in a traditional manner • But this creates tension when a women wants to be a traditional women and a working women • These women don’t feel vigilant about the standards and laws • It’s because of this mixture and tension of both identities Double desire • Tensions to work illustrate this • Example: acceptance of praise of womanly characteristics • Sexism that hurts verses sexism that is fun and makes you feel special • Living as a woman • Living as an equal • Feeling both are important • Or feeling one or the other are not important • To some people both are important • For some other women being equal is not important in their view at all Difficult negotiation • Feminism has made life better for the woman • Women are not one thing, and nor do they desire one thing • Difficult to represent need of all women • Consider stereotypes and the discarding and holding onto of them • How to speak and how to represent the needs of all women to fight for equality in the work place? • The history of this fight has always had to battle and work against this other predominant image of women which is nurturing and caring • But there are pockets of women who does not at some level want to let go of this image • Many women are drawn to traditional understandings of who she is • There are certain women who are proud of these aspects of themselves • Feminism has to speak for all women • Not let women be understood by their biology and if this accepted then there would be no problems • The idea of womanly nature creates inequality • But if this is gotten rid of there would be equality • But we are very different in our nature • Sometimes we let ourselves believe that we shouldn’t have these equalities? • But feminisms believed that certain women are feeling this is shutting the doors to them receive appreciation of what they hold dear to themselves • Feminism has had to defend the principles and views of all women Two views • Feminism must defend both o Workplace equality o Caregiver in family • Reject political idea of separation of public and private • Protection everywhere is needed • The law of public and private division has a lot to do what is in society • That protection for women in society extends to the protection to the women in their homes • What is understood in our culture finds its way into our private houses • What happens on our streets starts to happen in our homes • The difference should be a choice • Whatever choice she makes she should expect to have the same rights as everyone else • It cannot
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