Beyond Backlash By Ruth Rosen
1. In the reading Beyond Backlash Ruth Rosen discusses that when succeeding in women activism there are going to be complications and it is sometimes going to seem that by solving one problem another problem is created, but this is necessary to maintain succession. She says that people are afraid to support and succeed in something because of the backlash that will result and talks about why they should act anyway. Another thing Rosen really wants to get across is global feminism, and that you should not just standing up for yourself, but for other as well. 2. Rosen uses a lot of quotes as evidence in this piece. A majority of the quotes she uses are by previous women’s rights and equal rights amendment activists and these quotes have to do with their experiences with activism. Rosen also describes real life situations that have taken place when dealing with women activism and reflects back on how these things are necessary for the processes to continue. These sources prove her point by giving the audience real life imagery of how the process of activism works and why people shouldn’t let backlash get in the way of what they are trying to do. 3. The thing that I took away from this reading is to not let the disadvantages of what comes from succeeding in something stand in your way of fighting for what you want. With progress that is made in anything there will always be some difficulties moving forward but if you don’t try to change something then things will stay the same and be just as difficult. People feel discouraged when there are negative sides of abdicating something but that is just a small portion of it and there are many more things about it that are positive and rewarding. If people throughout history never took a stand and decided to let fear prevent them from fighting for what they wanted then we would not be where we are today....
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