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Feminism discussion heats up the cold
Feminism discussion heats up the cold
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Full Frontal Feminism
New Freeway Hall
Thursday, April 17


The weather outside may have been nutty and unseasonably cold, but inside New Freeway Hall, not only did the barbecue dinner warm those who attended Monika Goforth's presentation on Jessica Valenti's book, Full Frontal Feminism, but the discussion did as well. Goforth presented both the pros and cons of the book, citing that Valenti seemed to be targeting a teen female audience with her urbane language and immediate and up-to-date way of classifying rightwingers as "jerks."

Goforth also noted that though the book could serve as a good start to exploring feminism for the younger crowd, not so familiar with feminist leanings from the '70s, there didn't seem to be much of an examination of how capitalism informs much of the current, sexist system. She also noted that the book didn't delve into how cultural differences for women of color were often played out in more extreme ways under a capitalistic system that is also racist as well.

After Goforth's presentation on Valenti's book, audience members discussed how they also felt the book was more a primer on feminism than a thorough look at the intersection of capitalism/racism and economic injustice as it has been applied to working class women even before the start of the current feminist movement. Many older feminists in the room also gave their own views on how since the '70s, feminist teachings and the word "feminist" have come under fire, and that there is a definite need for the movement to redefine itself. All felt that the inclusion of issues like childcare for working class women, healthcare for all, and more inclusion of issues regarding women of color needed to be foremost in that new direction for feminism. After the formal program, a new member was also motivated by Radical Women chairperson, Christina Aguilera, which was celebrated by everyone present, and at the end of the program, many stayed to discuss, network and talk about the upcoming May Day activities.

For more information on the ILWU anti-war march and the immigration solidarity march later on May 3, call: 206-722-6067, or go online to www.radicalwomen.org, or e-mail rwseattle@mindspring.com.
 

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