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So, after we completed our presentation in class today, I couldn’t help feeling like I’d missed something in our point of view, and in going back into that wild jungle that we call the internet, I found that I had.

**Just as a sidenote, before we get started, feminism is the desire for the equality between genders (not, you know, women being better than men)**

The concept of “strong objectivity” is one that we probably should have discussed in class, but I didn’t do nearly enough research, so here it is now. Strong objectivity is the concept that many different studies and phenomena in science and philosophy are weak, due to the fact that they are not biased towards a feminist point of view.

Before you start yelling about how unfair that may be, read on fellow philosophers.

Strong objectivity comes from the idea that many different concepts in science and philosophy stem from men, and it argues that we need to begin to stem ideas from women and other minorities. We’ve discussed this in class, how philosophy sort of seems like a bunch of old white dudes postulating wildly.Unto itself, strong objectivity wants epistemology to begin with a woman’s viewpoint, rather than a man’s. This has to do with standpoint feminism, which discusses the theory that oppressed people have a different, if not better, viewpoint than those in the majority.

[Sandra Harding, who coined standpoint theory] argued that it is easy for those at the top of social hierarchies to lose sight of real human relations and the true nature of social reality and thus miss critical questions about the social and natural world in their academic pursuits. In contrast, people at the bottom of social hierarchies have a unique standpoint that is a better starting point for scholarship.

Elizabeth Borland, from the Encyclopedia Britannica Online article

I believe we’re going to discuss objectivity more in class on Monday, but I think that in the case of feminism, it will always be subjective when it comes to science, and vice versa until the genders are equal.

Here‘s the link to Alyssa, Nadine, and my prezi, which expands more on women in science!!!

(you may now continue yelling about unfairness)

 

2 Responses to Become a feminist for the low, low price of zero dollars!

  1. sassidy says:

    I understand that it only seems fair to have more concepts stem from women in the future, but for the genders to truly be “equal”, groundbreaking ideas for the next hundred years would ALL have to come from women. A better term would probably have to be the word “fair”, but I think that’s still not exactly the way to describe the goal of scientific feminists.

    I’ll just summarize my thoughts after reading your post: “Equal” is too heavy of a term, and “fair” is too light.

    Time to add another word to the English language?

    *continues to yell about unfairness*

     
    • Jess says:

      I agree, because ‘fairness’ seems so vague. What is fair? Who decides it? The same thing for equality. To me, as well, your comment also kind of begs the question of how we’ll know when to end this game of catch up. We know we don’t have equality, but we do know that we aren’t where we were 100 years ago.

      Still, I feel like the lack of equality shouldn’t be just one of those things that we say, “oh, it’ll never end” and be done with it, like we do with the topic of bullying, because it’s something that affects over half (probably over three quarters) of the world. So WHAT IS THE ANSWER????

      And to be honest, I’m always yelling about unfairness.

       

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