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"For anyone who imagines that welfare policy pormotes improved economic well being and security, opportunity, self sufficiency and hope for poor women and their families, this book is a wake up call"
just take a look @ this book
I choose to write my critical book review on the Battered Black Women and Welfare Reform book by Dana Davis. I agree with Davis about the ultmate goal of meeting "self sufficiency" is flawed and will never actually be met. There are two many overlapping factors that shape and determine the status of these women, almost like a domino affect. In order to maintain assistance and aviod being sanctioned, reduced benefits and elimination of benefits these women must have jobs. But before we can even talk about applying for jobs, we have to consider the fact that the majority of Black women who recieve gonvernment assistance such as welfare are dealing with an abusive relationship causing and unstable home enviornment. In certain domestic violent cases women aren't even allowed to leave the house to go to work, which dismisses obtaining and maintaining employment. Second the women who are in these abusive relationships are taking the first step by leaving, this is a major change in direction considering the fact that the abusvie men relie on these women. This impacts their ability to work. Working is half the battle but finding employment that will ultimatley allow these women to be completely self sufficient is highly unlikely, becasue of the lack of education but also becasue of the several diverents that are placed in the way becasue of race, gender economic status. Even if these women do indeed find work what about their children and child care? If there is no access to proper child care, than a mother has to choose between going to work or stay home and watch her children.All of these factors are just a few different types of barriers black women have to face in order to recieve and maintain assistance.
On top of all that the children and finding proper childcare.
Alright, so I'm not sure if this is the way we were supposed to go about this but this is what I did: I went through each section of the power and control wheel and made lists strategies to mitigate the forms of oppression and abuse through positive means. I found that many of the sections overlapped in the ways that they were heavily exacerbated by poverty. Its a bit disorderly and I'm not sure how realistic all of these suggestions are, but they are nonetheless suggestions.
Socialism! OR affirmative action, financial reparations, highly progressive taxing, creation of more affordable housing, accessibility to owning property, more flexible terms on welfare, more financial support from welfare, extended period of time allowed for welfare, revolutionizing the way public education is funded, more scholarships available for people of color,
I have a really good event some of you may be interested. It's the U's Social Justice Leadership Retreat. It's an amazing experience. I've attended multiple versions of it as well as facilitated it and I can assure you that it will open your eyes to a lot of issues, as well as make it more personal for you. Issues you will learn more about: white privilege, personal experiences as they relate to various identities, how stereotyping holds our relationships back, how to use these ideas in activism, etc... I'll let the link tell you more:
Also, if you wouldn't mind passing this to other classes, that'd be awesome!
In this class (3590) I am enjoying the "real world" component. I work at a women's shelter, so our recent discussions on violence are extremely applicable to what I do with a good chunk of my time. It's important to sit down and work through examples, like we did with different types of violence and the restrictions particular women face when they try to exit or deal with a violent situation in their domestic lives. This spurred an interesting discussion at work about why we receive the types of women we do and why certain demographic are simply missing from our shelter. Are there services for these women? What are the constraints that are placed on us, or what do we do ourselves, that is limiting our ability to assist women in all situations? I'm looking forward to continuing this discussion in the classroom and in my everyday life.
Hi Guys... please bear with me, as this is my first attempt ever at blogging (Facebook is the closet I've ever come, and I maybe do a "status update once every 3 month!) and,currently, I feel awful. Boo!
Anyways, one aspect I'm really excited to continue to explore through out the semester is intersectionality. It is such an important element to consider, as we need to be conscientious of the multiple "layers" that surround different people (of all genders) to better understand situations and/ or viewpoints. It reminds us that although we may have the best intentions in mind, speaking for, or on behalf of a group we personally are unable to fully represent (due to different cultural, sexual or gender affiliations) may often marginalize people even further, by essentially creating an "other" group, however unintentional it may be. I'm completely on board with the idea intersectionality, because it seemed as if early feminists only focuses on what the upper-class, white, straight women was interested in at the time, and that proved to only further polarize women since only a certain group, or idea was accounted for, and considered the 'norm.'
As someone pursuing a double major in GWSS as well as Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance, it's interesting to me to see how the two different majors have put a somewhat different spin on the topic. Although they share major similarities, the concept of intersectionality through Sociology (where it was first presented to me) has been a bit different, so I'm looking forward to learning more on the topic, and the perspective through GWSS courses.
Zenzele mentioned in class that Black and Hispanic men are the most likely to be sentenced to death by our legal system. Adding to this concept of intersectionality, I wanted to also lend support by sharing a fact I learned in my Race, Class & Gender course that pertains to the death penalty. That is 92% of the people currently on death row are below the poverty level. To me, this shows a clear correlation between race and class, and makes it undeniable that the law is colorblind, or dissuaded by funds, as it tries to present itself.
Examining these issues further by peeling back the layers continues to expose and enlighten me to issues regarding not only race, class, gender & sexuality, but also the law, politics and policies that continue to disadvantage certain groups of people. I personally feel outraged at things I've learned through class, as well as things I've learned via my own research. Undoubtedly, this has contributed to my desire to be a lawyer who focuses on human rights and activism issues, and I feel grateful to have a much sounder concept of intersectionality, and at the same time, understand that I have much, much more to learn.