1. Why is feminism difficult to define, according to Steenbergen?
Answer: Feminism is difficult to define because feminist thought has always been diverse and feminist activism has assumed many different forms. (p. 404)
2. What changes in the media have been particularly significant for the development of third-wave feminist thought, according to Steenbergen?
Answer: The increased sexualization and commodification of women’s bodies have been changes in the media that have been particularly significant for the development of third-wave feminist thought. (p. 408)
3. According to Steenbergen, how have third-wave feminist approaches to sexuality differed from the feminist approaches that came before?
Answer: According to Steenbergen, third-wave feminist thought differs from the feminist approaches that came before because it has been attentive to both the risks and the pleasures of sexuality. (p. 408)
4. In which decade did the Canadian feminist movement have the greatest level of financial support from the federal government?
Answer: The Canadian feminist movement had the greatest level of financial support from federal government in the 1980s. (p. 413)
5. Why were some feminist organizations concerned about dependency on state funding?
Answer: Dependency on state funding was thought to repress efforts to develop alternate funding sources. (p. 415)
6. What does Figure 40.2 suggest about media coverage of women’s groups?
Answer: It suggests that as state funding decreased, media attention also decreased. (p. 417)
7. Why did many feminist groups turn to offering their services for sale in the 1990s?
Answer: Feminist groups turned to service provision as a way of compensating for decreased state funding. (p. 418)
8. According to the men’s group activists interviewed by Casey et al., how did poverty and racism affect men’s willingness to participate in anti-sexist activities?
Answer: Men did not rank sexism as a high priority in their lives when they also had to deal with the consequences of poverty, racism, or sexism. (p. 430)
9. What stereotypes about older women do the Raging Grannies counteract, according to Narushima?
Answer: The Raging Grannies counteract stereotypes that older women are powerless, needy, and dependent. (p. 437)
10. What did Narushima observe about the reactions of passersby to the Raging Grannies’ street actions?
Answer: Some passersby were interested and engaged, but many either ignored the Grannies or gave them only momentary attention. (p. 441)
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