Lost Victim

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Lost Victim In this semester of Women Studies 101, we have attempted many times to understand that the female experience of one group can be very much different from another group's experience. These experiences all vary by gaps of generations, race, class, and even sub-cultural. I have come to the realization that I am an example of "Duh Feminism" as discussed early on in the semester. My female experience has been very sheltered. I am young and white, and have been raised by liberal middle-class parents in communities with very little diversity. How do I relate to the fights and strife for women's rights and autonomy? It has all been handed to me. There is a sad part to being white and middle-class, it makes you a bit naive. I have been placed under the impression that all three branches of government and the surges of technology are working for "my" benefit. What one has to realize is that these benefits were not catered to myself, or anyone like myself, and not every woman has the same benefits as myself. There is an unwritten hierarchy of rights devised by class, which partially inadvertently includes race. I receive the benefits I have due to my parents income. It is a reality that women's reproductive rights and legislation remain in a hostile environment and are continuously subject to change for the good or the bad. The fact alone that out reproductive rights lie in the hands of others (i.e., government, technology, and profit) questions our autonomy, let alone if they were further restricted or overturned. These changes that could potentially harm the rights of women like myself, would exponentially destroy the rights of lower class women. I have never questioned my reproductive rights, I am on birth control pa... ... middle of paper ... ...ipation, at precisely the time that retrenchment on abortion, affirmative action, and welfare is occurring at the federal level, does not auger well for the ability of women to protect the gains of the past, (175)." Works Cited ed. Costello, Miles, Stone. The American Woman 1999-2000. NY; Norton;1998 Carver, Kathryn. Nelson, Barbara. "Many Voices But Few Vehicles: The Consequences for Women of Weak Political Infrastructure in the United States." WS 101: Women in Contemporary Society Course Packet. 1999. Davis, Angela. "Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights. "Women Race and Class. NY: Random House;1981. Hanmer, Jalna. "Women and Reproduction." Introducing Women's Studies. NY: New York University Press;1997. Jarvis, Sonia. "Women and the Law." The American Woman 1999-2000. ed. Costello, Miles, Stone. NY; Norton;1998.
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