Lesson 15 - As we talked about two weeks ago, the future of...

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As we talked about two weeks ago, the future of feminism is global! This week's lesson will consider all of the issues that we've touched on in this course (ranging from the differences in the education and socialization of boys and girls, limits on women's reproductive choices, barriers to economic advancement, poverty, racism, intolerance, patriarchy, etc.) in a global context. We'll talk about how women of every culture, color and class are claiming different aspects of feminism for themselves and what the future of feminism might look like for generations of women and men to come. Different women's movements around the world have made significant gains— increasing women's services , passing laws that help women , and just generally improving the quality of women's lives . The vast majority of this activism happens at the grassroots level, meaning that it begins with small groups of local, dedicated women and men organizing around a particular issue. Each issue is relevant to a particular region, but all connect to the broader goal of equality for both women and men. Whether it's ‘carpet grades' in Uganda or criminalizing domestic abuse in Chile it's amazing that a small group of concerned citizens can make such a difference in the world—feminist activism is rarely a single concerted effort and is much more likely to be a few committed individuals working slowly, and often tediously, to make small changes. But global feminism is more than just the separate development of feminism in different parts of the world. It is also the development of a global perspective that reflects an understanding of diversity, because we all need to learn from each other—especially from women who have different experiences, challenges and ideas of what's important. What makes feminism global is the realization that each woman is entitled to the power to control her own life and to be able to live it with dignity and freedom. Global feminism is really about the personal being political. That slogan should sound familiar; it dates back to the second wave of the feminist movement and acknowledges that individual acts of oppression are often indicative of a larger system of inequality. We can all agree that it is deplorable when a woman is raped or subjected to forced labor or contracts AIDS. The problem is that sometimes it's easy to dismiss these occurrences
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2010 for the course WMNST 001 taught by Professor Jenniferbeindorf during the Spring '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Lesson 15 - As we talked about two weeks ago, the future of...

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