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October 30, 2007

Week 9 Discussion ?s

In what ways can we incorporate the theory of intersectionality into our analysis of gender oppression? Why is it important to discuss many criteria for identity within intersectionality analysis? This type of analysis walks a fine line between being ineffective misapplication and a well developed tool for social justice, how can we make sure when using intersectionality analysis that we can stay on the side of social justice?

October 22, 2007

Discussion Questions for Week 8

1. Do you feel that discrimination base on gender, race, and ethnicity still exist to today and if yes where, what kinds of jobs?

2. There are laws that prevent discrimination from happenning but do you feel that these laws are being enforced enough?

October 21, 2007

week 8 discussion questions

1. In most movies, men are enroled as the higher class in occupations and women are enroled as the lower class. How do you feel towards that? Why?
2. What if women were the higher class and men were the lower class? So how would we really decide which ones are what?

October 19, 2007

Week 8 Discussion Questions

1. Should age be included in the list of discrimination in the workplace along with gender, race, etc?
2. What are some ways we can stop discrimination in our places of work?
3. Is there anything we can do about women being paid, on average, less than men? What are some ideas?

Discussion Questions for Week 8

1. Why do people believe that there is a difference in what men can do compared to women?
2. Can you think of any jobs that the men are the dominant figures, or is thought of as the dominant figures? Why do you think that people think of these jobs this way?
3. Do you know of anyone who has been passed up on a job promotion because of their gender, race? Tell their story.

October 16, 2007

Week 7 Discussion - Feminization of Poverty

1. Over the past couple of decades, the number of documented homeless women has been increasing. What issues face homeless women that are not usually problems for men? What dangers are there for homeless women without other support systems?

2. Why are women at a much larger financial disadvantage, especially in developing countries? Why do you think these financial inequalitites exist? Is it a product of gender bias with employment, or is there a more sinister motive at the heart of financial inequality?

Discussion Questions for Week 7

1. After reading the article by Alice Walker, what can we say about the role of art and artistry with respect to the feminization of poverty and American slavery?

2. What are some of the main causes of “feminized poverty� and what can we change about society in order to decrease poverty around the world?

3. Starting with the example of Emily in “I Stand Here Ironing,� what can we tell about the role of eugenics and the desire for sterility/purity in past and present society? How do these social constructs affect gender and women’s rights?

October 9, 2007

Gender and the environment

What effect does our surrounding environment have on gender and women?
How can we change the negative effects? How can we enhance the positive effects?

Toxic Breasts

Do you know anyone who has had breast cancer?
How do you feel that a large percentage of breast cancer cases are caused by the environment created by us?
What do you think should be done to bring these percentages down?

October 8, 2007

Women and the Environment

How does the natural world and environ mental degradation effect your everyday life? What are the the problems we face today when discussing environmental issues? What can you do to help fight for environmental sustainability? Does it seem like there is hope for our future on this planet considering all the environmental problems we have caused?

October 5, 2007

Be prepared

1) Try to brainstorm the ways in which women are related to environment as well as the ways to think about environment.
2) Try to find the definition of eco-feminism in dictionaries or on-line resources.

October 2, 2007

Platform for Action--Questions

1) What are the global crises to which the Platform has called our attention?
2) What is your critique of the global framework in terms of gender?
3) How would you evaluate the global framework of family? (See Global Framework No. 29)

More questions to think about

1) Is the category of women stable? Give some examples to support your argument.
2) Is the notion of true womanhood universal? Give some examples to support your argument.
3) What are some of the transnational perspectives on gender you have known of so far?