Class, Gender and Race


Why Everyday Feminism Is For Everyone – Everyday Feminism

This articles explains the meaning of feminism and how different people view it. Here the major points are that feminism is not only for women but it is for everyone including men who may get hurt in the process of giving them privilege. It also shows that feminism is surrounded by many other factors, like age, race, social class and sexual orientation. I learned that feminism has a primary role in the contemporary society to prevent the discrimination of women and empower women both socially, psychologically and economically. The article stresses that one is not just affected by being a woman but their races, class and sexuality also affect the way people view them, for instance a lesbian woman, or a poor black woman, these two categories may face may discrimination as compared to a white woman from a well off background. This is a challenging discovery that feminism is not only a fight for women but also for all women to be treated equally regardless of who they are. Can men be seen as feminists to for fighting for the right of women, and how would feminism fight to ensure no woman is left out? Should we all be feminists in the contemporary world? Has the male gender been forgotten through the glorification and prioritization of females?

The most important black woman sculptor of the 20th century deserves more recognition

The article is about a black woman who was a great sculptor and how much recognition she should be getting as an artist. The article also goes ahead to talk about how she fought for the rights of black people in society as she struggled with being a young black woman in the arts industry. I learned the need for equality and equal treatment in the society through different initiatives and organizations. I also acknowledged the need for public education programs aimed at reducing the levels of discrimination in the contemporary society through emphasizing that all races are equal. We could see from the article that racism was a big part of the community even in the 20th century and this affected great black people in society greatly. This is expressed when Savage loses a prestigious scholarship just because the school discovered that she was black. The fact too that she tried to fight the rejection and lost also shows how much racial discrimination was accepted and even allowed. Unlike other great artists most of her work went unrecognized and unappreciated just because she was black. Some of her great sculptures have since been destroyed and her legacy is slowly fading away because she was denied the limelight she deserved.  How should we ensure such strong black women are not forgotten and are also used to encourage young black women in the society? What initiatives have been introduced to reduce racial maltreatment in the society?

Documenting Los Angeles’s Near-Invisible Workers in Art

This article is about a painter who seeks to speak up for the much ignored domestic workers in the society. The article brings to light the importance of the workers and how the painter used his works to show the community how the domestic workers were involved. The painter chooses characters that are known to the world but mostly ignored. I learned that the social classes in the society are responsible for the maltreatment of individuals, particularly in the lower social classes. I also learned that any workplace can be subject to discrimination based on the social class of an individual. His work is self-explanatory and carries no hidden meanings. The domestic workers are the people that manage to keep the community running but still no one seems to notice them, through his cardboards, the painter gives the domestic workers a face and an identity. The most challenging part of this article is to see how the painter takes the views of the people and changes it to what he deems right. I was challenged to determine the factors that trigger changes in individuals in the contemporary world. Changing the culture of an already non caring society may come about as a challenge but the painter here still managed to make his voice heard through his work. I was challenged in the interpretation of the article since it demanded extensive examination of the relationships in the society that is described. How much more can artists do to ensure everyone no matter what class they come from is respected and recognized in the society? Is capitalism responsible for the different treatment among social classes?

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  1. Blain, Keisha. “The Most Important Black Woman Sculptor Of The 20Th Century Deserves More Recognition”. Timeline, 2017
  2. Kim, Sandra. “Why Everyday Feminism Is For Everyone – Everyday Feminism”. Everyday Feminism, 2017
  3. Schwab, Katharine. “Documenting Los Angeles’s Near-Invisible Workers in Art”. The Atlantic, 2017
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