Week Three - Feb. 07 - Discussion Questions
Feminisms and Internationalism 214-224
- On page 215, in the first full paragraph, Burton claims Western feminism
has a tradition of "moral highground." What does she mean by this?
- In the Bolt article, the author discussed how women found opportunities
in missionary work. Is this an example of the imperialist western feminism
that Burton discusses, or is it simply an example of women carving out new
opportunities for themselves?
- Burton repeatedly uses the phrases "Third World", "non-West", and
"Western". Are these appropriate descriptions for feminism? Could she
simply address feminism as singular, or should it be addressed as something
other than a West: non-West binary?
- On page 72, in the first full paragraph, Bolt observes, "While female
activism can now be charted, it is far less easy to establish its
connection to feminism." What are the differences between female activism
and feminism, or are there any?
- On page 63, Bolt says, "Whereas men denied the analogy, and it had
clear limitations, women could effectively compare the slavery of blacks
the slavery of sex." Was this an accurate claim for women to be making, or
were racial slavery and the cult of domesticity completely different?
- On pages 60-61, Bolt claims "Female activism in secular or broadly
humanitarian reform efforts was more controversial, but difficult to oppose
once women had proved their moral claims and practical worth in
philanthropy." Were women doing a disservice to themselves by proving to
be morally superior? Was it keeping them within their boundaries instead
of serving to expand them?
- The first part of Bolt's article discusses women's increased access to
education. Since women were mainly educated simply for "republican
motherhood" ideas in order to teach their children, was increased access to
education really a step forward?
- Bolt discusses divisions of class and race but rarely discusses the
divides of urban/rural. Did she miss an important area of analysis?
- Can women's participation in missions be said to be a feminist act?
- Did religion play a positive or negative factor in women's lives?
Women used it to claim a moral highground and to organize but did it
constrict women more than aid them?
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