Joining Organizations to Overcome Sexism and Gender Inequality Sociology Help

Joining Organizations to Overcome Sexism and Gender Inequality

Over the past four decades, many college students like you-have been actively involved in organizations seeking to dismantle  exism and reduce gender-based inequalities in the United States and other nations. Two people speak about the importance of   feminist advocacy for women and men:

I was raised on a pure, unadulterated feminist ethic But the feminism II Was Raised on was very cerebra!. It forced a world full of  people to change the way they think about women. I want more than their minds  I want to see them do it … I know that silting on   he sidelines will not get me what I Want from my movement. And it is mine  Don’t be fooled into thinking  that feminism is old- fashioned. The movement is ours and we need it  The next generation Is coming. (Neuborne, 1995: 29- 35)  -Ellen Neuborne, a  reporter for USA Today

For men who are messed up (that is, facing problems related to their emotional lives, sexuality, their place in society, and gender  politics-in other words, me and virtually every other man I have ever met) feminism  offers the best route to understanding the  politics of such personal problems and coming to terms with those problems. (Jensen, 1995: 111) -:-Robert Jensen, journalism   professor at the University of Texas at Austin

If You are interested in joining an organization that deals with the problem of sexism or organizes activities such as Take 8ac.kthe  night, an annual event that promotes awareness of violence against women, contact your college’s  student activities office. Opportunities for involvement In local, state, and national organizations that promote women’s and/or men’s rights are   available. Here are a few examples:

situation than another. For example, a well-to-do white woman (class) may be in a position of privilege when compared to people  f color (race) and men from lower socioeconomic positions (class), yet be ill a subordinate position as compared with a white man   gender) from the capitalist class (Andersen and Collins, )998). In order to analyze the complex relationship among these characteristics, the lived experiences of African American  women and other previously “silenced people” must be heard  and  examined within the context of particular historical and social conditions. Another example of multicultural feminist studies is  the work of the psychologist Aida Hurtado (1996), who explored the cultural identification of Latinas Chicas. According to   hurtado, distinct differences exist between the worldviews of the white (non-Latina) women who participate in the women’s  movement and many Chicanas,  who have a strong sense of identity with their own communities. Hurtado (1996) suggests that  omen of color do not possess the “relational privilege” that white  women have because of their proximity to white patri

patriarchy through husbands. fathers, sons, and others. Like other multicultural feminists; Hurtado calls for a “politics of inclusion:’  creating social structures that lead to positive behavior and bring more people into 3 dialogue about how to improve social life   and  educe inequalities. Feminists who analyze race, class, and gender suggest that equality will occur only when all women,   regardless of race/ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, or ability (or disability), are treated more equitably (Andersen and Collins, 1998). situation than another. For example, a well-to-do white  woman (class) may be in a position of  privilege when compared to people of color (race) and men from lower  socioeconomic positions (class), yet be ill a subordinate position as compared with a white man (gender) from the capitalist class (Andersen and Collins, )998). In order  to  analyze the complex relationship among these  characteristics, the lived experiences of African American women and other   previously “silenced people” must be heard and examined within the context of particular historical and social conditions.  Another  example of multicultural feminist studies is the work of the psychologist Aida Hurtado (1996), who  explored the cultural  identification of Latinas Chicas. According to Hurtado, distinct differences exist between  the world views of the white (non- latina) women who  participate in the women’s movement and many Chicanas, who have a strong sense of identity with their own communities. Hurtado (1996) suggests that women of color do not possess the “relational privilege” that white  women have  because of their proximity to white patri- Evaluation of Conflict and Feminist Perspectives Conflict and feminist perspectives   provide insights into the structural aspects of gender inequality in society. These approaches emphasize factors external to  individuals  that contribute to the oppression of white women and people of color; however, they have been criticized for   emphasizing the differences between men and women without taking into account the commonalities they share. feminist   approaches have also been criticized for their emphasis on male dominance without a corre

Posted on September 5, 2014 in Sex and Gender

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