am a student studying first
year sociology in Australia.
I am currently writing an essay
on 'power in contempory society'.
To do this I had to chose a
obviously I chose feminism.
The problem I am having is finding
feminist information on power
that isn't saying men have power
over women. One book by Sargent
is very helpful, taking the
form of domination and dominated
eg: men: women, High class:
low class. What I am asking
you is for some other information
in this form. I need to present
a 1,000 word essay - although
short it needs to contain relevant
info. It would be very appreciated.
for your note to FEMINIST.COM.
I continue to be impressed that
we have visitors from Australia
who seek out FEMINIST.COM
and we can truly feel like we
have an international women's
I think that you are having
problems finding information
on "feminism" and "power" because
in someway, feminism is working
to do away with power. Feminism
is about doing away with the
idea of domination--any one
person or group of people having
domination over others. This
can be based on race, gender,
class or sexuality. The powers
that be are often indirectly
fighting against not only one
group of people, but women,
men and women of color, gays,
lesbians, bisexuals, poor people.
It's in this way that I believe
feminism to be the most radical.
For instance, feminism would
be easier if it were about simply
attaining a 50/50 power balance
between men and women--we would
just need to get some men and
some women to switch roles.
However, feminism is about re-doing
our entire structure of measurment.
And that is where it is mostly
radical. I hope that helps.