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ERIC Number: ED164219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Feminism and the Dynamics of Mass Movements.
Gonzales, Sylvia
In response to an article appearing in "The New York Times Magazine" by Anne Roiphe titled "The Trouble at Sarah Lawrence", which alleges "that the open visibility of female homosexuals in the student body, nourished by Sarah Lawrence's Women Studies Program, has led the prestigious college to ruin", this paper questions whether women's studies or ethnic studies departments in colleges and universities attract and encourage radicalism and, as some have maintained, tolerate only radicalism. The paper proceeds to describe the Mexican American movement and the various stages of awareness that the Mexican American experiences (the stages of resistance, acculturation or assimilation, counter-acculturation, and the idealized state of "beyond culture"). These various stages are compared to the process in the Women's Movement. The paper contends that all minority groups within the same social circumstances of oppression employ similar dynamics of change. However, it grants that it is more difficult to isolate the various stages in the historical experience of women because sexism is the most primitive form of oppression. It cautions against stifling the radical side of a mass movement. It is analyzed that the political lesbian and radical take their activism just one step further in attacking their ascribed roles in society. Chicano and feminist become synonymous in this analysis, and the political activist and political lesbian the further expression of each. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Ethnic and Minority Studies (6th, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, April 19-22, 1978) ; Reproduced from best copy available