Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ja'mie and Feminism

Sociologist Jennifer Sinclair in todays Age:

'The problem of Ja'mie is not because the wealthier classes and private schools have somehow been shielded from or stubbornly resisted feminist ideals and principles. On the contrary, many private girls schools, in particular, have taken up feminist principles with gusto. Girls are encouraged and trained to be independent, assertive leaders and have instilled in them a conviction that they are able to do and be whatever they want. Ja'mie certainly demonstrates this aspect of feminism — the "I can do whatever I want" aspect — albeit in a mutant form, which makes one wonder if Ja'mie isn't feminism's Frankenstein.

Feminism has challenged the idea that women should be quiet, docile and nice.

On that score, Ja'mie could be feminism's poster girl. The gung-ho "you go girl" kind of feminism that swells the chests of principals of private girls schools when their students outgun the boys at whatever endeavour is on the go is just what the feminist doctor ordered.

The idea that girls should ever take a moment to consider other people in their quest to be and do whatever they want is simply not on the radar...

For the likes of Ja'mie, however, it's a no-brainer. Along with sugar and spice, a soul seems to have been deleted from the new, improved girl formula.'

I think this article poses an interesting question for Feminists, namely:

How has feminism transformed from a movement that aimed to tear down the strictures of an oppressive patriarchal system, to one that supports women who aspire towards the same oppressive roles in the same oppressive system?

6 Comments:

Blogger larson_b said...

i don't can't comment too much on feminism, (and i think your Q is pitched at the wrong audience, bicipolitics is currently a sausage party), HOWEVER, I think that feminists would reject that question, Timboy.
i sincerely doubt that 'feminism' supports people who uphold/support the 'patriarchy' simply because they have two X chromosomes.

and i've used inverted commas for two reasons: a) i can't define them and b), i'm a wanker.

10:50 PM  
Blogger C-MAC said...

Ultimately patriarchal capitalism subsumes all ideologies by which someone seeks to resist into irrelevant consumer choices. For extra credit, discuss with reference to the role feminists and socialists play at Ernst and Young.

2:51 AM  
Blogger larson_b said...

http://castironbalcony.media2.org/?p=431

12:05 AM  
Blogger timboy said...

Learn how to hyperlink you muppet

12:13 AM  
Blogger timboy said...

I think my questions still stands.

And haughty feminist types simply don't want to address it.

They'd rather just dump shit on the author, rather than address the issue.

What has feminism achieved?

Are women any more liberated today than they were 30 years ago, or has the nature of oppression simply changed?

12:19 AM  
Blogger larson_b said...

as far as i can tell feminism is about equality. (so if society is shit, but men and women are equal, then that passes the test)

"What has feminism achieved?"

ask your mother.

"Are women any more liberated today than they were 30 years ago, or has the nature of oppression simply changed?" again, your mother and aunties probably can inform you

8:32 PM  

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