Half the Sky Feminist Review

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Midterm: Half the Sky Review Ryan Carr University of San Francisco Rpcarr@dons.usfca.edu March 11, 2011 Midterm: Half the Sky Review Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s novel, Half the Sky, is primarily a call for social equality and freedom from oppression for women across the globe. The authors are actively taking the first step of achieving a global feminist movement by informing Westerners of the injustices are that are being done to women worldwide in the name of tradition and culture; they do this through personal stories and by exposing legal or cultural inequalities. As Cynthia Enloe (2004) writes in The Curious Feminist, “if something is accepted as “traditional”- inheritance passing through the male line…it can be…show more content…
117). Of course, the country that would most promote neoliberalism and capitalism is the United States. The United States’ free market system that Peterson and Runyan are arguing against would oppress women is the polar opposite of the system of governance of the majority of the non-Western countries used as examples in Half the Sky; these governments all concentrate the vast majority of power to rulers or government leaders instead of distributing significant power to the people. At the end of Half the Sky, there are four steps that the readers can take to help such women in need. The first step is to sign up and donate to a non-profit that helps a person in need overseas; these sites are www.globalgiving.org and www.kiva.org. These sites have striking similarities with each other as they were both founded by both a man and a woman who had already succeeded in the free market and wanted to give back by starting these non-profits to help others. Also, these non-profits receive a large portion of their funding from numerous American corporations. Clearly, without free market capitalism these non-profits’s capability of aiding those in need would be different. Peterson and Runyan (2009) recognize this through a different point of view, “Under neoliberal governmentality, the state is reduced primarily to the promotion
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