Praxis And Feminism

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First of all, why would I not take the class? Why aren’t you taking this class? You ask what’s the point in taking the class? First of all, the class teaches us about feminist praxis, which is essentially the way in which feminism can be practiced and applied in the real world. What I learn in this class can, in fact, be put into practice. Praxis is defined as “the intersection of theory and practice, involving a visible and deliberate set of actions informed by theory, by research, and by evidence,” meaning that it is essentially the practice of being an active feminist (Launius and Hassel 198). Also, I can most certainly get a job with what I am learning from this class. Other than this class helping me be a better human being, there have …show more content…
Moreover, I feel the need to respond to your statement when you say, “I mean, women are treated the same if not better than men,” because this just isn’t true. It hasn’t been true for essentially all of human history, and it is not true now. Women are undoubtedly better off now than they were at almost any other time in human history, however they still face oppression under the patriarchy. The patriarchy is the sexist societal construct and is, “male-dominated… male-centered, and obsessed with control, particularly of women,” and almost every institution that we have in our society acts through this patriarchal lens (Launius and Hassel 78). The patriarchy is maintained, “by the weapons of sexism: economics, violence and homophobia,” (Pharr 83). Probably one of the most prominent ways in which the patriarchy controls women economically is through the gender wage gap, the systematic economic system in which women are payed less simply because of their gender, even though they do the same, and if not more, amount of work than men (Launius and Hassel 49-50). Moreover, it is actually proven …show more content…
I hope you aren’t with those raging lesbian feminist now!” as I genuinely believe that your ideas are misled and incorrect. First of all, to think that my professor has a bias is rational. However, doesn’t everyone have a bias to everything in some way? Everyone has different life experiences and as a result will lead them to be favorable ideologies and not to others. She is a women’s and gender studies professor, of course she would like the topic if she is teaching it at a college. Moreover, feminism often has varying implications, and people who identify as feminists can often be met with extreme pushback as “feminism carries a lot of baggage,” (Kirk and Okazawa-Rey 3). Feminism actually, “concerns the liberation of women and girls from gender-based discrimination,” and means a variety of different things for different people (Kirk and Okazawa-Rey 3). You are calling her a “man-hater”. This comes from a place in which many opponents of feminism will call feminists, “women who do not wear makeup, or shave their legs or underarms… lesbians and man-haters,” and so your name calling comes from a predictable line of insults which really has the subtext of labeling women who fight the patriarchy as ‘undesirable’ (Kirk and Okazawa-Rey 3). Women who deviate from the patriarchal norm are targeted by men relentlessly. Women and men who are fighting for the

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