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Ali G interviews Sue Lees Ali G interviews Sue Lees
Do you consider yourself a feminist? How do you define the term ‘feminist’? Has feminism made life in the UK better?
Equal opportunities in education Equal opportunities in employment Equal pay A woman’s right to control her body Sexual freedom Violence against women (rape, domestic abuse, etc) Maternity leave Childcare
To understand the key differences between the feminist theories. Be able to describe the methods used by feminists and know their reasons for using these methods. Be able to apply feminist theory to a sociological understanding of crime and deviance.
Liberal feminismRadical feminismMarxist/socialist feminism Difference feminism & poststructuralis m
The first organised wave of feminist protest occurred in the mid to late-nineteenth century with the activities of the Suffragettes and Suffragists. Both these groups aimed to introduce the right to vote for women, and both would utilise radical means to achieve it.
In 1928, all women aged over 21 were given the right to vote - and many suffrage groups disbanded. However, this did not mean that women stopped writing and campaigning for change. During the 1960s, a new, second-wave of feminism began to gain momentum in Britain - influenced by three key social events: The success of the Civil Rights movement New technologies – the contraceptive pill Women in employment during the war
1960s and 70s - women's liberation groups began to appear – dual function Consciousness raising - highlighting gender inequalities and arguing that women's lives should no longer be seen as trivial and unimportant. Campaigning to bring about direct social change feminists disrupting Miss World Contest 1970 feminists disrupting Miss World Contest 1970 a forum for battered husbands in 2006 a forum for battered husbands in 2006
Equality through legal reform. Change the existing system “from within”. 1970 Equal Pay Act 1969 Divorce Reform Act
Oakley (1972) Sex – Gender – Must change socialisation patterns Appropriate role models in education, family, media.
+Very optimistic view +Their work helped to demonstrate that gender differences are not inborn, but are cultural - Over-optimistic? - Ignores the deep-seated structures causing women’s oppression (capitalism & patriarchy) - Fails to recognise the underlying causes of women’s subordination
Use the handout on the sex discrimination and equal pay act. 1. What are the terms of the Sex Discrimination Act (1975)? 2.What are the terms of the Equal Pay Act (1970)? 3.What are the exceptions to these laws? 4.How might gender equality be improved if the 2008 Equality Bill is brought into law?
Society is patriarchal - that it is inherently and structurally biased towards men. Lobbying for legal change in the ways suggested by their Liberal counterparts is unlikely to bring about equality If the system itself is patriarchal, changes to the position of women brought about by working within that system will always be within the terms agreed by men. Suggest 3 ways in which patriarchal power may be exercised within the family.
Oppression in public sphere of work and private sphere of family Sexual politics Sexual and physical violence Sexuality
Personal and sexual relationships must be transformed if women are to be free. How could this be done? Separatism Consciousness-raising Political lesbianism Which of these do you think would be most successful? What are the problems with each strategy?
+ draw attention to the political dimension of areas such as marriage, rape & pornography - Marxists say that class, not patriarchy is the primary form of inequality - No explanation of why female subordination takes different forms in different societies - Assumes all women are in the same position - Inadequate theory of how patriarchy will be abolished
Patriarchy as a product of capitalism. Engels - the male dominated family is necessary for capitalism Subordination of women performs a no. of important functions for capitalism: Women a source of cheap, exploitable labour Women are a reserve army of labour Women reproduce the labour force Women absorb anger – Ansley – women as ‘takers of shit’
What do nurturing and socialising the next generation of workers and maintaining the current generation actually involve? How might women’s domestic role enable capitalists to pay male workers less?
Not just the economy that oppresses women Why do women and marry and live in nuclear families when this is what oppresses them? The ideology of familism Must overthrow this and capitalism in order to secure women’s liberation.
+ greater understanding of the importance of structural factors than liberal feminism. - Fails to explain women’s subordination in non-capitalist societies. - Unpaid domestic labour may benefit capitalism, but it doesn’t explain why it is women and not men that do it.
An attempt to combine Marxist feminism and radical feminism Hartmann – capitalism and patriarchy Domestic work limits women’s availability for paid work – but the lack of work opportunities drives many women into marriage and economic dependence on a man. Thus, the two systems reinforce each other.
+ shows how two systems interact and structure one another. - Patriarchy is not actually a system in the same sense as capitalism. Patriarchy is merely a descriptive term for a range of practices such as male violence and control of women’s labour.
Arose out of a concern that mainstream feminism only accounted for the experience of white women. Due to racism, black women faced a dual- oppression, and a new form of feminism was needed in order to explain their situation. Using your textbooks, find studies to support this theory. Also provide an evaluation of this theory.
The starting point for this school is the notion - first outlined by dual-systems feminism - that it is difficult to describe the experience of all women as an homogenous group. For instance, women of different ethnicities, localities, sexualities and (dis)abilities have different experiences - for which the broad-brush approach of traditional feminism fails to account. Postmodern feminists, such as Butler, therefore reject the notion of femininity as a “catch-all” - and instead argue that there are a range of different femininities. The research of postmodern feminists is consequently an attempt to sensitise the perspective to this diversity of experience.
Which type of feminism is being evaluated in each of the statements on the handout?
LiberalRadicalMarxistDual systems What is the main cause of oppression? How is oppression maintained? How will oppression be ended? Major strengths Major weaknesses Significant authors
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