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What are some of the top 10 stereotypes about feminists

10. Feminists hate men
9. Feminists hate that idea family
8. Feminists are masculine and unattractive
7. Feminist hate god
6. Feminists don't shave
5. Feminists are all pro-choice
4. Feminists can't be stay at home moms
3. Feminist whine about everything
2. Men are not feminists
1.* all people who label themselves as
feminist believe in the exact same thing

* These stereotypes and scare tactics serve a specific purpose. If you think that feminism is all about big fat ugly Dykes, or is dead or racist, you'll stay far away from it


Who is Jessica Valenti

-American feminist writer, lecture, and activist
-she writes "you're a hard-core feminist. I swear"
-feminism isn't all about antis but it's progressive and about making your life better
-"most young woman or feminist but they're too afraid to say it or even to recognize it"-due to neg stereotypes
-"there's no doubt that women have made progress, but just because we get to vote and have the 'right' to work doesn't mean things are peachy keen"-woman still get paid less, told not to have sex but look sexy, getting raped and beat up and so much more
-"I'm not a feminist.. but"
-"if folks didn't see feminism is a threat-and a powerful one-they wouldn't spend so much time putting it down"
-"ovaries only make you female, but do not make you a woman"
-believes feminism isn't for everybody
-you never know what a feminist looks like
-reform is thinker


What is Jessica Valente's definition of feminism

1. Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes
2. The movement organized around this belief
* Dictionary definition


Who is bell hooks

Leading feminist theorist and cultural critic whose work focusses on the interconnectedness of race, gender, culture, and class
-feminism-creating a world free of sexism-is only possible if men and women both believe in the fight for the feminist cause
-The eradication of racist, classist and sexist thinking and behaviour is essential in achieving the feminist agenda(equal society for both genders)
-"feminism is for everybody"
-* revolutionary thinker/feminist


What is bell hooks is definition of feminism

Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression

-clearly states that the movement is not about being anti male but the problem is sexism(females can be just a sexist as man because all of us have been socialized from birth on to accept sexism thought and action)


What is sisterhood and why can't the utopian visions of it become reality

Utopian visions of sisterhood based solely on the awareness of the reality that all women were in someway victimized by male domination or disrupted by discussions of class and race
-Woman dominated and exploited other woman through sex, class, and race and therefore woman could not band together to further feminism


Give a reason why some white men were more willing to consider woman's rights

Given the reality of racism they were more willing to consider women's rights because the granting of those rights could serve the interests of maintaining white Supremacy
-most women, especially privileged white woman, ceased even to consider revolutionary feminist visions, once they begin to gain economic power within the social structure


What is lifestyle feminism?

Lifestyle feminism gives the notion that there could be as many versions of feminism as there were women. Suddenly the politics are being slowly removed from feminism and losing momentum because feminist movement has lost clear definitions


What is an intersectionality wheel diagram

Represents intersectionality

-inner circle: individual's unique circumstances
-second circle in: aspects of identity (skin colour, religion, girly girl)
-third circle: types of discrimination/attitudes that impact our identity -relationships of power and privilege
-outer circle: large structures/systems of power and oppression that reinforce exclusion

*there are many things that contribute to your identity


What are some of the 6 critiques of feminism that St. Denis found in the work of Indigenous women

1. Some aboriginal woman contest the feminist claim that male domination is universal
2. Some aboriginal woman claim that one important difference between aboriginal and euro-western cultures is that motherhood is more valued and central to aboriginal women's authority and status within Aboriginal society
3. Equality is neither relevant nor necessary for aboriginal woman in aboriginal societies, rather these are concepts imposed by colonizers
4. Some aboriginal woman interpret equality as meaning reproducing Eurocentric Patriarchal system(they don't want equity in the system they do not support)
5. Some state that gender inequality is neither the only nor the most important form of oppression they face


What is St. Denis' argument about feminism?

She argues that the majority of Aboriginals have gone through socialization into Christianity and the incorporation into the patriarchal political and education systems and are therefore subject to western way of thinking about gender identities and relations


What are some types of feminism?

-lifestyle feminism, liberal feminism(primarily gender equality) , cultural feminism, indigenous feminism, radical feminism (revolutionary feminism, reformist feminism)


What is intersectionality ?

The idea that we all live multiple layered identities and simultaneously experience oppression and privilege"
-Kimberly Crenshaw made the word intersectionality
-word used to address multiple failures, not only in law but also political failures within feminism and anti racism
-meant to draw attention to how many black women were excluded from employment in industrial plants that were segregated by bothhh gender and race
-"not primarily just about multiple identities but about how structures make certain identities the consequence of the vehicle for vulnerability "


What are the three elements of intersectionality

1. Identity
2. Relationships of power and privilege
-which -isms impact your day-to-day life
3. Systems of oppression
-institutions and systems of power in our society