This assignment prompt asks students to reflect on feminist theory and its impact on society and social work practice, as well as identify ways in which feminist theory aligns with social work values and areas where change is still needed for greater justice and equality for women reading and responding to classmates’ postings and providing critical thinking and new ideas to add depth to the discussion.

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This assignment prompt asks students to reflect on feminist theory and its impact on society and social work practice, as well as identify ways in which feminist theory aligns with social work values and areas where change is still needed for greater justice and equality for women reading and responding to classmates’ postings and providing critical thinking and new ideas to add depth to the discussion.

In your textbook Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work, the authors state:
When people are asked about their understanding of feminism, a very bleak and ugly picture sometimes emerges. Typical negative descriiptors include “man-haters, angry, ugly, militant, and radical.” Despite the fact that the original feminist movement has literally transformed the lives of both women and men, negative stereotypes and misconceptions abound. Feminism is an ideology that seeks to free men from rigid stereotypes of masculinity, as it seeks to free women from rigid stereotypes of femininity (p. 126)
After reviewing the questions on pp. 130–131 in Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work regarding looking through a gender lens. Reflect on the following summary of thought-provoking questions, as described by the authors and more as you consider your practice as a social worker:
Do I draw on women’s strengths, resilience, creativity, and agency?
Do my actions reinforce sexism in in any way?
Am I open to understanding issues related to another person’s view of sexual identity or attraction beyond traditional heterosexual norms? Do I over emphasize issues of weight or appearance?
Do I tend to define women by their relationships to men?
What are my views of any differences in the roles of men or women at home or in culture or society? How do these views affect my approach to clients or create bias for me in some way?
Do I have different expectations for women, men, girls, and boys? If so, where, and why?
Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:
Identify the impact diversity and difference have in shaping life experiences.
Synthesize dynamics of social, racial, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
Demonstrate understanding of strategies to advocate for human rights at the individual, family, group, organizational, and community system levels.
Demonstrate knowledge of anti-racist and anti-oppressive social work practice at the individual, family, group, organizational, community, research, and policy levels.
Demonstrate knowledge and application of cultural humility by applying critical reflection, self-awareness, and self-regulation to manage the influence of bias, power, privilege, and values in working with clients and constituencies, acknowledging them as experts of their own lived experiences.
Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
In your textbook Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work, read Chapter 5, “Feminist Theory” and the article: Types of Feminism: The Four Waves.
Watch the videos:
Can we all “have it all”?
What Does the Bible Say About Feminism?
If you are not already logged in to the Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS) website, you will be prompted to enter your OCLS login and password.
Navigate to the threaded discussion below citing the textbook and other workshop resource, respond to the following prompts (at least one paragraph each):
What are your thoughts on the different “waves” of feminism and what they mean for society or the advancement of women’s rights or equality? What does women’s equality mean to you and why and how does it connect with the waves of feminism described?
In what ways is feminist theory useful for addressing issues of bias, power or privilege and seeking to eliminate issues of racism or oppression faced by women?
What is a pro and con of feminism for individuals, families, or society? Explain.
Identify and discuss two ways the feminist theory aligns with social work values from the NASW Code of Ethics (2021)
In your view, where does change still need to occur today to achieve greater justice socially or economically for women or to improve rights or address issues of privilege or power? Explain.
Your initial post is due by the end of the fourth day of the workshop.
Read and respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings, as well as all instructor follow-up questions directed to you, by the end of the workshop.
Your postings should also:
Be well developed by providing clear answers with evidence of critical thinking by providing evidence.
Add greater depth to the discussion by introducing new ideas.
Provide clarification to classmates’ questions and provide insight into the discussion.
Be posted on two different days during the workshop.
Self-assess your initial post and responses using the rubric and make improvements as needed to meet expectations and ensure that your work fulfills all the requirements.

Types of Feminism: The Four Waves

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