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Unformatted text preview: Women, Culture, and Society Professor Yana V. Rodgers Class 9 Women, Culture, and Society Class 9 Development of Feminism Organization 1. Introduce bell hooks 2. Definitions of feminism 3. Radical feminists, social reformers 4. Reluctance to adopt word “feminist” 5. The personal is political 6. Struggle to end sexist oppression 7. Developing feminist theory Introduce Author and Reading 1. Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression • Reprinted chapter from her book, Theory: From Margin to Center 1. Author: bell hooks • Self-described “Black woman intellectual, revolutionary activist” • English professor, wrote poetry, books, and articles on how the popular feminist movements only benefited white American women and left women of other races disenfranchised • Argued that American society should teach its students to develop a “critical consciousness” by participating in their education instead of being passive recipients. • Writings inspired many women to take more dominant roles in society and in their love relationships. Definitions of feminism 1. A central problem with feminist discourse: inability to agree on a definition of feminism or to accept definitions that could serve as points of unification • Problematic because it indicates a growing disinterest in feminism as a radical political movement • Signals that solidarity among women is not possible • Sign that political naïveté abounds 1. Common belief that “feminism” and “women’s lib” are synonymous terms for the movement to make women the social equals of men. • Problematic because men are not equals in white supremacist capitalist class structure, so which men do women want to be equal to? • This idea dismisses race and class as factors that, together with sexism, determine the extent to which an individual will be discriminated against or oppressed....
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