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    • christoph
    • 26.11.10 | 11:29 (IST)

    I don't know how the Israeli circumstances are, but here in Europe I know them, the women who accept the competition situations their husbands are in and who act as battle amplifiers against other households, who speak in a mixture of envy and contempt about other women who claim and live more independence or career for themselves. Yesterday evening in a telephone conversation with my sister I said that I had the impression that even among feminist there are many different camps, and she agreed. There are those like Levy who defend (women's) rights of self-determination. There are those who stress the importance of tasks like breastfeeding and ask for more recognition, and there are others who say quite the opposite, that is that women should not let their social presence be restricted to the domestic realm for example by dictates like breastfeeding, and that they should oppose social constructions like "female warmheartedness". I recently heard a radio report about French feminist Elisabeth Badinter who, by the way, seems to belong rather to the latter group. But what I particularly liked about her, is that she also seems to criticise the pressure which is on men. Build a house, found a family, be professionally competent and autonomous, certainly don't have more tender feelings regarding other men, let alone show them etc.

    from the article: Feminism in Israel remains an esoteric movement of zealots
    First published 02:03 26.11.10 | Last updated 02:03 26.11.10
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