Monday, September 3, 2012

The F-Word 9/4

The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy: Women, Politics, and the Future
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

(Page 20 start)

How does the history in these few pages support/oppose the information presented thus far in the film? Are there any surprises?

"The Fifteenth Amendment grandly stated, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude," yet the word "sex" was conspicuously omitted.

What would Rowe say about the omission of "sex?" Do you think it was intentionally done? Why?

On page 24, Rowe-Finkbeiner discusses the culture surrounding voting rights during her Grandmother's era. Has this culture changed? How do you know? What does it represent for our modern day political culture?

On page 26, the author addresses the accomplishments and related criticisms of Second Wave Feminism. Would you agree with the criticisms? How would you respond to the accomplishments?

"What makes defining the third wave challenging is that not only is the shared label (feminism) missing, also missing is a shared movement that connects the factions of modern feminism and moves shared issues into the broad arena of popular concern."(32)

Do you agree with the notion that the shared movement and label of feminism is missing? Why or why not? What do you think Rowe-Finbeiner suggest as a remedy? 

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