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Gender and sexuality Feminism Equal treatment of men and women. ❖ The first wave (late 19th and early 20th centuries) Fought for civil rights – e.g. campaign for the right to vote was led by suffragettes and property rights. Significant activists were Sojourner Truth and Lucy Stone. ❖ The second wave (1960’s-1980’s) Feminism’s ‘Second Wave’ started with the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique in 1963. – middle class phenomenon, working class women weren’t housewives. The book describes a depressed suburban housewife. Friedan said that women are just as capable as men for any type of work or career path. Second-wave slogan - “The Personal is Political,” identified women’s cultural and political inequalities as linked and encouraged women to understand how their personal lives reflected sexist power structures. Addressed issues such as official legal inequalities, sexuality, family, the workplace, and reproductive rights. ❖ Third Wave Feminism Seeks to challenge definitions of femininity. Argues that feminism can over emphasised experiences of upper middle-class white women. Intersectional fem. Why feminism is still needed ❖ Resurgence of the far right to violence and harassment against ethic minority women. ❖ Gender pay gap (now 14% for full-time workers). ❖ Crime statistics show alarming rates in gender based violence: 1 in 4 women have experienced domestic abuse. ❖ Sexual violence mostly affects women ❖ With auster ...
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