Started by Peter, Feb 16, 2008, 03:09 AM
How did this get by the moderators? I don't expect to find this kind ofcommentary on a feminist list. (Is this some sort of subtle irony test thatI'm failing?) The Kate Millet post was depressing indeed. A critique of theconditions that brought her to that point would be welcome; thismean-spirited accusation is not.Leslie Vermeer
Matfem is not a moderated list. Unfortunately, I see the time has come tochange the situation.in solidarity,Martha E. GimenezDepartment of SociologyCampus Box 327University of Colorado at BoulderBoulder, Colorado 803
I remember when Kate was in her heydey and I was working full-time atmind-deadening jobs and raising two kids by myself -- not exactly theartist's life. Not that I would take all that away from her, but we shouldremember that not everyone had it.Today, I know women (including my daughter-in-law) who are pursuing degreesin women's studies not for fame and/or fortune, but because such credentialswill help them get jobs in social service agencies, especially familyplanning, women's services, etc., not to mention all those jobs for whichyou need some kind of degree -- any kind of degree. Like any other degree beyond the high school diploma, the women's studiesdegree will give you more alternatives than you had without it. Like anyother degree, it will open some doors and close others. Ultimately, youyourself will be the person who determines what this degree will do for you.So stop worrying and enjoy your studies!(Sorry if this sounds patronizing and soppy -- it's not meant that way!)Nancy
It was, therefore, very interesting to me to read a call forpapers for an edited book on Materialist Feminism. The descriptionof Materialist Feminism put forth by the editors, Chrys Ingrahamand Rosemary Hennessy, was to me indistinguishable from MarxistFeminism.
considered her a Marxist Feminist because, unlike Socialist Feminists
This is certainly news to me; Socialist Feminism's rejectionof Marx's and Marxism's "reductionism" lead to the deliberateeffort to ground "patriarchy" outside the mode of production
The justification for using Materialist Feminism rather thanMarxist Feminism is the alleged insufficiency of Marxist Theory foradequately explaining the oppression of women.
I don't think Angela Davis is any less radical than Millett, and she's a tenured fullprof. at UCSC, has overcome many obstacles to her position (includingbeing fired), so I don't believe that being a committed radical doomsone to poverty and desolation. Please don't evaluate your stake infeminist activism and scholarship solely in terms of Millett'ssituation. Best wishes to you all, Kathleen
Today, based on the mass of anthropological research that has emerged in thepast 20 years, some of us believe that the story is much more complicated:that male domination and class society developed...
segregated work patterns and childrearing practices eventually led to institutionalized male dominance
some of the gathering and hunting peoples for a while (at least) enjoyed a very rich andabundant diet by working only two or three days a week
challenges a basic tenet of Marxism: that the history of all society is the history of "class struggle." If we accept that at least some of the first societies of homo sapienss
I have never forgotten that the reason I went to university is precisely because of those mind-numbing jobs that I promised myself I would never go back to. I think we need to remember that despite the gloomy statistics of the job market, we are still in the position of making choices. I have chosen to work towards a job in academia, but I have also had the option all along of turning away from this goal. My working class roots always remind me that being here (ie studying in graduate school) is a privilege. I think sometimes that other graduate students forget that most people in the world are not given this opportunity.I am especially heartened by the statistics for Women's Studies jobs. The program at my university (Toronto) a collaborative doctoral program (meaning that we are all registered in regular discipline programs at the same time), but I am sure the Program Co-ordinator will be interested in hearing these stats.I think what is chilling about Millett's story is that she seems to have all of the qualifications that we are told to work towards: a Ph.D., teaching experience, and publications
How did this get by the moderators? I don't expect to find this kind ofcommentary on a feminist list. (Is this some sort of subtle irony test thatI'm failing?) The Kate Millet post was depressing indeed. A critique of theconditions that brought her to that point would be welcome; thismean-spirited accusation is not.
let me see if I get thisshe is pissed off cause she isnt famous anymore??