Second wave of women’s movements

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Second wave of women’s movements: 1960-1995 Radical feminism : (women’s liberation movement) grew out of new left politics that protested the Vietnam war and fought for civil rights so they were called the new left women -New left men treated new left women as subordinates Most basic principle: the oppression of women is the fundamental form of oppression on which all others are modeled “Rap” groups: consciousness-raising groups where women gathered to talk informally about personal experiences with sexism and link to larger social & political structures. Relied on revolutionary analysis & politics with high-profile events to call to attention the oppression of women Current groups: Missle Chick Dicks, Radical Cheerleaders Liberation of women in non-western countries -Irshad Manji—wants to reform Islam so that it provides women with the fairness it pledges (hasn’t delivered) Most important outcome: identification of the structural basis of women’s oppression; the connection between social practices and individual women’s situations was captured in radical feminists’ declaration that “personal is political” (launched women’s health movement). Refusal to organize has limited them, but has given a profound critique of sexual inequality Lesbian feminism: Radicalesbians—women first, do not orient their lives around men can truly be free; embraced lesbianism as a positive & liberated identity -Lesbian feminists are “women identified to distinguish themselves from
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