Who would have thought that the subject of Jewish feminism could be so broad? For this blog, I am grateful for the wealth of topics that broadness brings me. For my Senior Keystone project (an unrelated project that is supposed to show that the four years I have spent doing rote assignment after rote assignment was not entirely worthless), that’s a bit of a nuisance. You see, I knew I wanted to do something along the lines of Jewish feminism…and pluralism…and writing, but even with those qualifiers the topic is still pretty widespread.
Today, while reading my latest feminist book obsession Girldrive (many more posts about this book to come, by the way), inspiration struck and here is what I came up with:
When we think of the typical New York City Jewish woman, we may think of Annie Hall – liberal, lefty, white, and hyper-intellectual. We may think of the no-name ultra-Orthodox woman who takes the train in from Brooklyn with her six children in tow, covered from head to toe. Judaism and feminism can at times seem like an ideal harmony of values. Judaism and feminism can at times seem like a contradiction of epic proportions. This project will explore the different ways Jewish women and girls in New York City experience feminism in order to demonstrate pluralism. How do Jewish women who differ in age, race, denomination, ethnicity, and background relate to and define feminism? Do they view it as an advantage or disadvantage for their immediate societies? The primary method of research will be interviews. Jewish women and girls who have lived or live in New York City will be interviewed. The final project will be a narrative of all the conducted interviews crafted from the transcripts with photographs of each woman or girl to complement the written words. The use of journalistic writing will show the content of how each woman or girl articulates her feminism while the photographs will reveal the physical range of what it means to be a Jewish woman/girl.
So what do you think? Any suggestions?