Social Class’s role

From this week’s readings, and really from all semester, I have come to this conclusion both sex and religion (and sexual movements such as the feminist movement and religious movements) are very closely tied with social class, and in turn tied to race. You really can’t separate them. In the Wilkins readings the groups that are formed in the high schools are tied with religous ideals but attract a certain kind of person. Wilkins talks about how in the Christian groups almost everyone is middle class and white, with just a few minorities thrown in there, you know just so it doesn’t seem racist. It is interesting that the groups don’t like to talk about race or class but that they are so present its hard to ignore. Wilkins says that “race and class are invisible resources.” The people who are leading these groups are white, and middle class, this gives them a sort of power and influence over the students, and promotes white middle class ideology. The schools isn’t the only place that race and social class play a role. In the feminist movement the leaders are almost exclusively white and are middle class. Even when they talk about women’s issues the tend to leave out the working class women, and even more so black working class women. While the feminist movement has many great ideals, they forget to look at the issues that are unique to working class women.

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