We felt that Andrea Dworkin defined sex only in terms of power, and because of this pornography is the sexualization of the inequalities between men and women. Dworkin sees porn as the sale of women and for her women are perpetually sold and sold out within our society. She sees totally liberation as possible only through lesbian seperatism -- a complete break from the patriarchal and regulated oppressions of the state and the family. Questions our group raised when discussing this reading were:
What was the sex industry like in the 1970s?
Wat happened to Dworkin to make her feel the way she does? Does it matter?
Feminism: the movement for progression in equality and acceptance.
anti-feminist backlash: anti-feminist women who resist change in patriarchal society (p. 115)
radical/revolutionary feminist visions: the alliance of men and women in the movement towards a greater equality (p. 115/116)
accessibility: the ability to acquire
Feminism: A cohesive movement unified across race, class, and sexuality committed to ending sexism on a global scale.
Institutionalization of Women's Studies: The movement of feminist thought and theory from situations involving the general public into the elite upper class academia.
Feminist Conversion: Restructuring one's own views to incorporate feminist values into one's vision of and activity in the world.
Feminism as Mass-Based Educational Movement: The future goal of implementing feminist values into the curriculum of schools, eliminating sexism in educational programs, and making adult education with feminist values available to both genders and all classes.
Feminism is the movement in the world for positive equal interactions not regulated by gender expectations.
Feminism is a movement to end sexism and other forms of oppression, discrimination, and violence like those based on race, gender identity, sexuality, class and the workplace, and religion.
Feminism- "Lens" by whcih we view and define issues of inequality, specifically pertaining to women and women's oppression
White Privilege- White people having a different and higher status than people of other races (p. 55)
Racism in Feminism- The fight for feminism stemmed from the fight to end racism. "White females witnessing the militant demand for more rights for black people chose that moment to demand more rights for themselves" (p. 56)
Common Oppression- "the notion that women constituted a sexual class/caste were the most reluctant to acknowledge differences among women, differences that overshadowed all the common experiences females shared" (p. 57)
Feminism: A non-judgmental, non-violent movement seeking to end sexism, support the choices of all women, and disrupt the rigidity of traditional gender roles for men and women.
Consciousness raising - Dialogs or conversations which emphasize the importance of learning about patriarch and understanding male domination and the way it functions in women's everyday lives. "Feminists are not born, but made" (7). At a time before women's studies was established as an academic field, consciousness-raising groups served as a means of education for women who experienced sexism.
Victim feminism - After consciousness raising lost currency, some women co-opted the rhetoric of feminism to change their economic status (10), or to benefit themselves in some other way, without truly learning feminism and reckoning with themselves and their personal lives. Using feminism when it's convenient without doing the work for it.
Enemy within - sexism that is internalized by women who claim the mantle of feminism. Sexist thought and behavior that prevents true feminist progress from being made (12).