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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

the f-word - Blog posts from March 2007

"Last Thursday, as part of Women’s History Month, students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh were encouraged to spend the day pretending that the feminist movement had not occurred, according to a report on the University’s student newspaper.
This was an exercise devised by staff in an attempt to show pupils what the feminist movement has achieved for women, demonstrating the disparity between the daily struggles faced by those living in ‘pre-liberation’ America with those of women today.
In 1914 in the former Oshkosh Normal School, for example, female students were only allowed to study Cookery, Sewing, Dressmaking, and Hand and Machine Sewing. Between semesters they were expected to take courses in “domestic sciences” to consolidate their classes and to help build a nation of dutiful little housewives with a penchant for cross-stitch and the ability to baste a turkey at twenty paces, whilst blindfolded with a babe at the breast, and baking a pie for the in-laws. We are naturally multi-taskers after all, right?

“A Day Without Feminism” was an idea developed by Professor Michelle Kuhl, and encouraged both male and female students to regress back to the times when a woman was expected to be a wife and mother, and a failure if they chose not to do so. Women..."


I so wish our University would do this....