Wednesday, September 8, 2010

post 9/9

I found the reading for this class to be interesting, in all of them the women’s voice is very evident. I found the piece entitled “Aint I a Woman” to be particularly powerful. Here you have a black woman who is saying that men talk about how women should be treated yet that’s all it is talk. She has been through just as much as any man if not more yet she is not treated with the respect she deserves. The line that stuck out the most to me was when she says “ If the first woman god ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!” despite her situation she still feels that woman have the power to change their current situation. In an attempt to use the new vocabulary we learned last class I would say that Sojouner Truth is a radical feminist. Analyzing the line I just quoted it seems as if she is almost calling for a women’s uprising, because women are not getting the respect they deserve. Both “feminism old and New Wave” and “The Declaration of Sentiments” focus on the oppression of women. An unalienable right to all mankind is the pursuit of happiness and how women are being denied this despite their allegiance and loyalty to this country. During the first wave women learn that they cannot count on male reformers because the oppression of women was not a top priority for anyone but women.

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