5. Is Coronavirus a ‘disaster for feminism’?
One of the less understood impacts of the coronavirus has been (and will be) the increase in violence against women. Take a second to think why that may be?
1. DIRECT VIOLENCE
Women are by far the most likely victims of domestic abuse (although men, of course, can be victims too, and this should not be ignored) - in places where the lockdown is legally enforced (in particular), victims are trapped indoors with the aggressor, in a situation that is already tense. The first article from the BBC news and explores this issue in Spain.
2. STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE
Until recently, there has not been proper research into the wider impact of pandemics on women (and, yes, the impact on men has been researched; their experience erroneously being used to draw general conclusions for everyone). This, in itself, is evidence of historical bias against women. Of course in more recent times this is being readdressed and the findings are bleak, but not surprising given what we know about structural violence. In times of crisis, women are disproportionately affected. The second article, from The Atlantic, unpacks why this is the case and makes predictions for the coronavirus.
Read one or both of the articles and make a post to the forum. I will leave the subject of your post up to you on this occasion, as there are so many possible threads - pick one and have a pull at it. It would be great to see some connection to the course though.
4. A ZERO-SUM WORLD?
A. Watch this video from the Telegraph about the prospect of a US / China relations. Note their discussion of types of power. How does this fit in with our analysis on the course - you will note some differences in terminology etc.
B. This is a fantastic article, a challenge too, from the New York Times. It is what we call a ‘long-form article’, so read it all first and think about what the overall message is. The subheadings in the article are effective signposts - go back and re-read the parts of the article that are interesting for you and comment on that. There are some possible stimulus questions below.
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3. DO YOU NEED TO BE A DICTATORSHIP TO RESOLVE THE CORONA CRISIS?
There is a point of view that has emerged in the West that the relative success of China & Singapore in resolving the crisis (compared to Italy, for example) suggests that a pandemic is best solved by authoritarian political systems.
Watch this documentary and add a post discussing an aspect of it. This can be based on your opinion, linked to the course content, other examples etc. These are some questions as a starting point.
Today, we are going to case study Korea and the coronavirus from a very particular angle; the impact that it has had on the authority and legitimacy of leaders. Post by inserting a comment above.
ii) Think about how the tone of the article might seem to an ‘outsider’. Does this suggest a a more realist interpretation of why the government has benefitted from the coronavirus.
ii) If we take his argument to be at least somewhat accurate, why might western democratic leaders make this kind of argument about the success of Korea.
iii) What does this show us about the importance of recognising relativism and universalism when we see it. Is it right for the same people to flit between the two positions whenever they want to?
TO POST, SIMPLY USE COMMENTS FUNCTION TO ADD YOUR THOUGHTS. Remember forum etiquette - no more than 10 lines per post, focus on one main idea, use 'add'/'challenge'/'build' language if you want to respond to anyone else's points. BUT you are encouraged to post as much as you like!
Post your thoughts about this article . These could be based on one or more of the prompts below: