10-08-2006, 03:26 PM
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of good blogs, books, resouces about class and gender issues in current, contemporary times. I am reading a book right now that was written in the early 1900s and aside from general integration of women in the workplace i dont see how things have changed as far as some cultural expectations. for instance, if i go to school and have a kid i am "taking too much on" and possibly "neglecting my child" because my mind is in more than one place, thus emnotionally abandoning my child, but if a man has a career or goes to school and has a kid they are " being a good dad" because they are investing in thier childs physical well being, financially supporting them, etc.
and secondly, i have encountered class issues in artist and writing communities that i cant quite place and i am not sure how to put words to it... but basically working-class art , made by working -class poeple has a much harder time getting noticed or approved of than " upper class" art. i am sure these things are being discussed, i just dont know where to start so if anyone has anything to throw my way, let me know...
this question is being spurred by the fact that i am in an American Lit class and these issues were written about alot in the early 1900s and it is kind of freaky that not much has changed...but some things have... but really, we are so close to the era when lynching was a pastime like a baseball game, and women were still literally being told what to say/think/wear by men ( just watch any Cary Grant movie) . things may be better in many ways, but i feel like cultural ideals have barely shifted. even on Democracy Now the other day they were talking about how some giant percentage of news sources ( even on PBS news) are white males. so... where can i go learn more?