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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In addition to gender and violence, what major aspect of violence does the author discuss in this chapter?
2. For the author, if "we" are to transform our present reality, what must happen?
3. How did early feminists, and society at the time, view housework?
4. What notion about women and power do both sexist and traditional feminist culture share?
5. How is violence often represented in western culture?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Essay on Ch. 1: The mainstream feminist movement.
In Ch. 1, the author goes into great detail regarding the weaknesses of the mainstream feminist movement.
1) Discuss the role of race and class in the author's critique. Why and how is mainstream feminist theory classist and racist? Provide specific examples from the text.
2) In the second part of your paper, discuss why and how less privileged women's perspectives can alter (and have altered) feminist theory.
3) What is specific to less privileged women's vision and perspectives that more privileged feminists have overlooked?
Essay Topic 3
Essay on Ch. 8: Women and education.
Provide an overview of the author's discussion of the role of literacy in relationship to feminism. Analyze her recommendation that women of color should seek to further their education and intellectual development in order to participate more in feminist theory and the feminist movement.
1) The author promotes literacy as a solution to the problem of many women-especially women of color- being excluded from the feminist movement. How does promoting literacy address the problem of exclusion? What other things does literacy accomplish (e.g. furthering feminism's goals, dispelling stereotypes, etc.).
2) Does promoting literacy address the problem of feminist writing being too academic and intellectual, and therefore inaccessible? What is the author's recommendation for dealing with this problem? Is this a realistic solution in your view?
3) Are there other solutions that the author does not suggest? For example, are there ways to dispel stereotypes, promote feminist goals, and educate women about feminist issues that do not include promoting higher educating and intellectual development. In your view, how can women who do not wish to become intellectuals participate in the feminist movement?
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