Last Lecture! 6/21/2011 7:10:00 AM
International Women’s Day
CBC – what we all talked about
Feminist framework – who wants to be a feminist?
o Is the stereotype still there? It serves to police the
o 3 rdwave issues – the media is important to criticize –
obsession with weight. Face of feminism has changed and the
issues have broadened. Not just separatists i.e. right to vote
o men are feminists – gender equity problem is a female
problem. Gender dichotomy – should be women’s worry, not
o masculinity and motherhood most criticized roles in society.
o Google – tie – representation – white collar masculinity -
breadwinner. didn’t choose a wrench.
o Radical – different – uncomfortable – stereotypes and hubris
needs to get out of the way so we can talk about inequality.
Who wants to be a feminist? The F word
Women who care about whats happening to women
Same opportunists, same value
1913 – opinions that differentiate from a doormat.
1911- International Women’s Day.
½ of NA university students = F, half of workforce. Why are we still
They have al the work –
UN make up 53% world population – 1%, 11% corporate positions,
20% less than male?
o What are the actual goals? Everchanging/
o Fought against alcohol – accelerated to violence in home.
Temperance movement – were in the street. Demanded
political action. Suffragist movement. 1918 – women won
right to vote US – 1920 –as men left for WWi WWII - took
jobs of men. Men who were working were expected to quit
o Rise of suburbs – women knew how to use appliances
o Second wave – 2 wave – is this all there is? Revolution, not a reform
Shockwaves – created fear, rocked status quo
60s – make policy, not coffee. John F kennedy –
presidential commission of womens status
equal pay, sexual harassment, stereotypes in media –
Equity law suits.
Paper and practice – long period of backlash.
Feminists – became seen as radicals
Passivity, dominance, - new myth - beauty myth –
SEXUAL body image – keeps them insecure and
crtiqueing themselves. Now this is a given.
90s wave – new fave
o second wave – large upper class participations
o race, class, sexuality, very youth oriented. Grew up with
o it is organic to us, sense of entitlement – makes us confident
o manifestA – call for young women to take care of unfinished
o some people think job is done – there is no systemic
oppression. What is left is human nature and decisions.
Equal Pay: at work – make less money, second shift.
Women respond by getting more qualified with
education and create unions. They are collected in part
time low paying jobs.
Wanted to successfully integrate women in work force –
now doing same jobs outside of home
How little housework men do
Can’t do it all – 7/8 stay at home moms – don’t get
Stay at home moms – should be making 120, 000
GDP – measure of economic strength as a measure – all
the work – doesn’t take unpaid work into account which
is responsible for other work. 4.5 hours vs. 2 hours housework
census – not measuring unpaid work anymore
current government has been eroding womens
rights – decrease – womens shelter, sexual help.
They give money to shelter but don’t want us to
question why women are there. No one has ever
given power voluntarily – need to make political
Queen – Nelley McClung – 1929 – womenlegally recognized as
persons in CA.
o 308 seats in parliament – 68 are women
o Peggy Nash – if you don’t have women at the table – no
o What is holding them back – 1) fear of raising money, no one
wants to invest in them
2) the fear of being exposed – too dyke, bad mom, etc.
Is it too masculine or feminine? No, ju