March 19, 2005

Week 9 Discussion Questions

F & I
  1. Is maternalist feminism necessarily separate from other strands of feminism? (see p 108 for an example of the way this plays out in the article)
  2. What is Guy’s main argument? Do you find it persuasive?
  3. What role does “Western feminism” play in this article?
Global Feminisms
  1. What are the main historical periods Badran examines, and how does she characterize feminism in each era?
  2. How did Egyptian feminists approach the issue of veiling? How did this issue change over time? How did different groups of feminists vary in their thinking about the veil?
  3. How do Egyptian feminists’ approaches compare to others we’ve studied?
  4. At which points did Egyptian men and women make common cause? At which points did their goals conflict?
  1. How are “feminism” and “humanism” related? How did the women Rupp studies identify themselves, and what was their reasoning?
  2. Towards the bottom of p. 140, Rupp puts forth the argument that “equality” and “difference” are a false dichotomy. What does she mean by this? Do you agree?
  3. In Chapter 6, Rupp describes some organizational conflicts. Do you think Guy’s argument from F&I is relevant here? Why or why not?
  4. According to Rupp, how did women maintain interest in organizations that were so spread out? How does this compare to the group you’re examining?
  5. Rupp also describes the level of commitment to the feminist cause organizations desired in their staffs (p. 165). How does this compare to the group you’re examining?
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