A Moral Compass for Change? What's the first image that pops into your mind when someone says feminist?
Currently there are two ideological poles, representing the prevailing tendencies within the movement. Given our real need to break loose from the old patterns--socially, psychologically, and economically--and given the necessity for new patterns in the post revolutionary society, we understand, support and enjoy this tendency.
However, when it is the sole emphasis, we see it leading more toward a kind of formless insulation rather than to a condition in which we can fight for and win power over our own lives. The other direction is one which emphasizes a structural analysis of our society and its economic base.
It focuses on the ways in which productive relations oppress us. This analysis is also correct, but its strategy, taken alone, can easily become, or appear to be, insensitive to the total lives of women.
As socialist feminists, we share both the personal and the structural analysis. We see a combination of the two as essential if we are to become a lasting mass movement.
We think that it is important to define ourselves as socialist feminists, and to start conscious organizing around this strategy.
This must be done now because of the current state of our movement. We have reached a crucial point in our history. On the one hand, the strengths of our movement are obvious: Women in the movement have a growing understanding of common oppression and the imperative of collective solutions.
With the realization that what we saw as personal problems were in fact social ones, we have come to understand that the solutions must also be social ones.
With the realization that all women lack control over their lives, we have come to understand that that control can only be gained if we act together. We have come to understand the specific needs of various groups of women and that different groups of women have different ways in which they will fight for control over their own lives.
In most places it is broken into small groups which are hard to find, hard to join, and hard to understand politically. At the same time, conservative but organizationally clever entrepreneurs are attaching themselves to the movement, and are beginning to determine the politics of large numbers of people.
If our movement is to survive, let alone flourish, it is time to begin to organize for power. We need to turn consciousness into action, choose priorities for our struggles, and win. To do this we need a strategy. To reach out to most women we must address their real needs and self-interests.
At this moment we think that it is important to argue for a strategy which will achieve the following three things: We argue here for socialist feminist organizations. We are not arguing for any one specific organization but for the successful development of organizations so that we may be able to learn from experience and bring our movement to its potential strength.
To make this argument we have written this paper. It has been designed as follows: Socialist Feminism--the concept and what it draws from each parent tradition.
Power--the basis for power in this society, and our potential as women to gain power. An applied example of our strategy. Current issues and questions facing our movement--A socialist feminist approach to respond to and develop a context for our programs and concerns. The ideas that we are presenting are probably shared by many women in the movement, but so far they have not been articulated or identified nationally.There are perhaps as many definitions of feminism and feminist theory as there are people who declare that they are feminists.
Ben Agger () states that the major achievement of feminist theory is to make the politics of sex and gender central to understanding oppression. INTRODUCTION We have written this paper to express and share with other women ideas for a new strategy for the women's movement.
Currently there are two ideological poles, representing the prevailing tendencies within the movement. People often ask why Women Against Feminism exists. One reader recently quipped that women being against feminism is like fish being against water.
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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle heartoftexashop.coms: 1. Feminism is an ideology that causes an alienation in affection by women for men. Feminism denies or downplays differences between men and women; feminism opposes homemaking, child-rearing, and homeschooling by women; and feminism promotes participation by women in predominantly male activities.
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