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ERIC Number: ED360649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 10
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Academic Feminism's Subtle Violence against People of Color.
Bertoncini, Leann
David Bleich, in his analysis of Toni Morrison's "Beloved," is representative of theorists and practitioners who misrepresent feminism and women's issues. In his essay, "Reading from Inside the Outside of One's Community," Bleich converts a book about the strength and dignity of an African-American woman into a male-bashing tract that results in equating the chores of a middle-class housewife with the brutality and violence of slavery. Bleich, as a representative of "academic feminism," looks at women as helpless victims, in need of rescue and reassurance by men to survive; uses the white female model of family and disenfranchisement to guide his students to "understand" the book; and engages in a dialogue that suggests that individual men, not white patriarchal structures, are to blame for enslavement and oppression. In doing this, Bleich reproduces the mistake of many white educators by using the white model of family and of oppression to help students relate to Morrison's novel. The academic feminism represented by Bleich is a divisive element that alienates women of color and reduces women's struggle to a trivial whining rather than addressing the real issue of continuing violence against women, the lack of economic opportunity, the misogyny of the mass media, and the dismissal of women's knowledge and contributions to society. (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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