Debates within Israeli feminism

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Feminism is first and foremost personal. It becomes political as the person experien-ces a consciousness change. A person becomes feminist when understanding thatwhat seemed personal concerns in fact many. Feminism is a personal experiencethat captures the individual’s awareness, one by one. A first move of agency from astate of subordination toward freedom must start at consciousness transformation.Women may capture new ideas of liberation but do nothing to change their lives.The strategies that the first feminist activists in the women’s liberation movement inthe Anglo-Saxon world employed, such as open rebellions and demonstrations, didnot always seem appropriate for feminists in other parts of the world or other cultur-al or religious communities. Differences in social structures, ethnicity, race, andmany more parameters determine how women react to the experience of feministawakening. How they respond to the promise of liberation and what possible strat-egies they may employ to make a change depends not only on the personal con-sciousness change, but also on the strategies available within the political, econom-ic, cultural, religious and other conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Israel
Subtitle of host publicationMajor Debates
EditorsEliezer Ben-Rafael, Julius H. Schoeps, Yitzhak Sternberg, Olaf Glöckner
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherDe Gruyter Oldenbourg
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic) 9783110351637
ISBN (Print)9783110351606, 9783110607727
StatePublished - 2016


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