In making some final posts to this course blog please post on what you think are the most relevant issues facing feminists today - "on the ground", in the academy, in our everyday lives... (maybe a couple links/images to things you have noted in your journals and/or for your final projects)
one of the most relevant issues that i believe are facing feminists today is finding a balance between focusing on one's gender and where that places them in the world in conjunction with their other identities of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. i reached this conclusion after some inspiration from the heywood and drake reading "it's all about the benjamins". one point early on in the article expresses the many gains that women have made, but questions 'at what cost'? from this short section of focuusing more so "on the expanded possibilities for racial and sexual minorities" to more visible in public spaces, i took a lot more away (all of this with a specific focus on feminism...i guess that's kind of a duh comment lol). to me it seems that, yes, racial and sexual minorities have made quantum leaps in the amount of power and visibility that they have, but the more i thought about what heywood and drake were (maybe?) trying to say, i thought to myself "okay, as racial and sexual minorities continue to gain power, basically moving closer to the amount of power that whites (specifically middle-class, heterosexual, white women) have, but hitting a glass ceiling for the hopes of advancing WOMEN'S rights because of the focus, controversy and energy placed on racial and sexual minorities. in no way am i complaining about the attention that is placed on advancing racial and sexual minorities, as i am one who benefits greatly...im just trying to think through this new idea that wanting to have the same rights as white women isn't the greatest goal and that one should aim for something higher. (i'm sorry for the confusion that this paragraph may have caused)
other issues that are messing with my head right now concern the government and how fucked up/one-sided it's policies and actions are...which is why mr. bush's support is down by 50 points. but seriously, i have problems with public healthcare regulations, forgotten katrina victims, prison industrial workers (i just threw that in the mix), rape victims in iraq (and other countries that we're trying to colonize), secret prisons in europe...the gov't is just messing up right now.
1. public healthcare: i have a problem understanding the huge disparity in quality between public and private healthcare and how these issues continue with minimal (public) challenge. in some under/less developed countries there is a general establishment of general healthcare for everyone, so i don't understand why, in a powerhouse like the US, we're slacking in the game.
2.prison industrial workers: i find it problematic that [US] prisoners are being exploited by having to perform forced labor for larger corporations. their labor is practically free (i'm sure somebody in the prison is getting some $ on the side) while the turn-around rate is ridiculous.
3. rape victims in iraq (other countries we'd like to colonize): we haven't heard much about these women and children, but with every war comes the booty (pun-intended), and i feel that the intrusion into country in conjunction with intrusion into body has been downplayed this time around.
...right now my head's kind of crazy and thinking in a lot of direction, but i've written down my strongest feelings