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Food for thought August 18, 2006

Posted by Winter in feminist theory.
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Feeling tired, disillusioned or alienated from feminism?

This article from Dr Katherine Rake, director of the Fawcett Society, might offer some refreshment. I really don’t like the term “third wave” (she’s calling for a more united third wave), because I don’t think women’s activism has ever stopped, but she makes a lot of good points nonetheless.

“So why has feminism always provoked such hostility? Unlike other radical movements, feminism is calling for something many women and men find difficult: a profound change in the power relations between sexes – not only in the public sphere, but also, much more trickily, in the private sphere.

Feminists aim to transform not just who gets the top jobs in business, but also who gets the job of cleaning the toilet at home. Feminists want to change not just who walks the corridors of power, but also who feels safe walking home at night. Feminism is not just about allowing women to lead the same lives that men have for many years; it’s about changing the rules of the game, mapping out a possible future in which activities that do not directly contribute to further swelling the coffers of UK plc, such as caring for family and others, are valued much more highly. It’s about more than tinkering at the edges – and that feels threatening to a lot of people.”

Cheers for the link Paswonky.

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1. Cocacy - August 19, 2006

Excellent blog. Look forward to reading more of your stuff!

2. Winter - August 20, 2006

Thank you! I’m glad you like it.

3. Lina - August 20, 2006

Fantastic quote, that.

4. Winter - August 20, 2006

Well, what with all the arguing that goes on about what feminism means and who should and should not get to be defined as a feminist, sometimes it’s nice to have some back to feminist basics type writing.


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