I visited both sites, http://www.pbs.org/peoplelikeus/ and http://cwcs.ysu.edu/, and explored them for awhile, like the assignment said. On the PBS site I immediately went to play the games but only one worked on my computer. It was the one where you picked things to go in your living room and then you get put into a class based on that. I ended up in the middle class which is what I am and I wasn't very surprised. However the choices are very limited to what I could pick because for some options I didn't like any of them. Also on the PBS site I read some people's stories. I read about Ginie Sayles, who Amanda had posted about. However I was drawn to an interesting story of a woman named Val because her story had an ending that made me really think.I'll sum Val's story up in my own words but click here to read it yourself.
To start Val is not in the documentary PBS is producing. Instead she is just someone who has told a story about her life. Val comes from an Italian family that always told her to follow whatever she wanted. She went to college, dropped out, married a guy then divorced him until she met her eventual husband, Tom. During the whirlwind of a time before she met Tom, her parents supported her emotionally and financially. However Tom was a wealthy man so when Val and Tom married, Val didn't need her parents financial support anymore. In fact Val tried to compensate them for the money they had given her. Her father refused to accept any money or gifts and Val feels awkward around them now.
I took from that story that sometimes money can tear families apart, which is something you would not know by watching tv or listening to the media. We live in a material world and money is seen as a must have.
On the Center for Working Class Studies website, there is alot more information to shift through. I found it ironic that their mission is nationally based but much of their research is focused on Ohio because that is where they are located. Don't get me wrong, they have all kinds of literature and different authors who wrote on the working class and they do great work. I clicked here to learn about a law that actually would and should have had only Ohio statistics because it was a state law. This portion of the site was great. It was cool to learn about the 2005 Tax Overhaul and learn how it mainly had a positive impact on the wealthy people and corporations. If anybody finds links relating to other states laws like this on the site can you post them.
On to the main question why is economic inequity a feminist issue? The concept of feminism, while it means different things to others, generally calls for equality. Not just equality for women but equality across the board. There are feminists, who hate men, dislike people of color, and do not like people with disabilities. Those people do not want equality, they want superiority for women. That is different than my definition of feminism but those people are entitled to their opinion. Economic inequity implies that there are haves and have-nots, people with money and people without. However under a capitalist society there are always going to be haves and have-nots so the problem of economic inequity cannot be solved. It is a problem for a lot of people, not just feminists, but feminists do have a share in the problem.
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If capitalism is the problem to economic inequity should the system be changed? I don't think it should but there are times you wonder what could be better than the system now. I mean there a lot of little things that could be changed and made better but I'm talking about a significant change to the system. If anyone has ideas feel free to leave them in comments.