Monday, November 2, 2009

WOMEN UNBOUND - Start of challenge meme!

Alright, so to kick off this challenge there is a meme to respond to. Here it goes:

WOMEN UNBOUND Start of Challenge Meme:

1. What does feminism mean to you? Does it have to do with the work sphere? The social sphere? How you dress? How you act?

Feminism is an ongoing movement that focuses on improving the social status of women (equality between men and women), educating the world on the inequalities between men and women and the ways in which these inequalities can be addressed, establishing more rights for women to become equal partners to men in every arena (academic, political, social, economic, etc.). I think that feminism does have to do with the work sphere, the social sphere, the way we dress and they ways in which we act (social behavior, customs, cultures, gestures, language, etc.). In fact I believe that it affects every aspect of our livelihood (to some degree).

2. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?

Yes, I do consider myself a feminist, because I believe in the feminist movement's agenda to work on establishing more rights for women, and raising awareness of the many issues women face on a daily basis, along with helping to secure equal rights for women in every area of their lives (specifically, political, social, work, economic).

3. What do you consider the biggest obstacle women face in the world today? Has that obstacle changed over time, or does it basically remain the same?

Inequality within the political, academic, work, social and economic arenas. Over time, there have been some slight changes, but at the end of the day, women are still being paid less than men and are still being overlooked for promotions because of their gender.

Okay, so those are my answers to the meme. I'm looking forward to figuring out which books to read for this challenge. Happy Reading!


susan said...

I really like your answers. We live in a world where women are beaten, killed and rape and often there is no outrage and certainly not enough protection nor are we valued otherwise we wouldn't be victimized at the rate and in some many ways that we are. We have a very long way to go.

Anonymous said...

What a great challenge! I was struck by your last two posts because I'm currently reading bell hooks's Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center about how black women (as well as other women in minority groups) are themselves marginalized within the traditional bourgeouis feminist movement. Eye-opening stuff.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Susan, thanks so much! I think you summed it up quite well and I couldn't agree with you more!

StephanieD, it definitely is a great challenge! I think its great you are reading bell hooks - what an amazing writer and feminist! Her work is eye-opening and really makes you think about the ways in which we perceive race, gender and class in relation to oppression. I remember reading her work when I was working on my women's studies degree - good stuff!

Aarti said...

Excellent responses! I'm so glad you are taking part in the challenge. I hope we all learn something from it :-)

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Thanks Aarti! I'm looking forward to the challenge too!

vvb32 reads said...

Well said. Looking forward to your book picks.