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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, who originally defined "sisterhood" in the feminist movement?

2. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?

3. At the end of the Preface (2000), what does the author say regarding "patriarchal mass media" and feminism?

4. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?

5. At the end of the Preface to the second edition, where does the author maintain that a feminist path will lead us?

Short Essay Questions

1. What differences and similarities does the author see between black men and white men?

2. List several other critiques of violence that the author offers.

3. Why can total change be a difficult and uncomfortable process, according to the author?

4. What significant effect can feminism have on the family?

5. Describe the early feminist view on parenting stated in Chapter Ten, "Revolutionary Parenting."

6. Is the lack of solidarity mainly an issue between black women and white women?

7. What is the author's approach to discussing feminism in Chapter Two, "Feminism - A Movement to End Sexist Oppression;" i.e. how does she structure the chapter?

8. Is true sisterhood, i.e. solidarity in the struggle to achieve feminist goals, supported by society, according to the author?

9. How does the author feel about including men in the feminist movement?

10. Are sexual liberty and "ending sexual oppression" the same thing for the author?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Essay on Ch. 9: Violence and the media.

Fighting violence against women has been one of the mainstays of the feminist movement since it's inception. One of the forms this has taken more recently, has been to address the problem through looking at media images that display violence against women.

1) The author claims that men and women are desensitized to violence. What are the repercussions of this phenomenon and how does she explain it?

2) In what ways does the media make violence against women seem normal? for example, by makig it sexually appealing, or associating it with love, etc.

3) Discuss several examples from film and other media, such as fashion magazines or video games, in which you have noticed images of violence against women. Analyze your examples.

4) Have you seen signs in the media that violence against women is discouraged? Discuss your examples.

Essay Topic 2

Essay on Ch. 5: Men and feminism.

In Ch. 5, the author looks at the relationship between men and the feminist movement.

1) Describe and discuss early feminist views of men as "the enemy."

2) What is the author's critique of this early view? How do race and class figure into her argument?

3) The author also makes the potentially controversial statement that "all men support and perpetuate sexism and sexist oppression in one form or another...."

What does she mean by this statement? Do you think that it is in conflict with her call to see men as comrades in the feminist struggle? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 11: Sexual liberation.

Sexual liberation comes across as problematic in Ch. 11.

1) Why is the (male-defined) idea of sexual liberation problematic for the author?

2) Does it seem like our contemporary society promotes sexual liberation? Give examples of why or why not.

3) In your opinion, does the author's promotion of freedom from conforming to one model, and tolerance towards all sexualities, go far enough in addressing, or redefining the male-defined models of sexual liberation?

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