Look, I need to make a chapter about women, empowerment and media. I did – roughly – define what is women’s empowerment, but then it didn’t satisfy me – especially at the part of power and false counsciousness. I am asking my self, if so – how can feminist scholar empower women, even when they’ve given new definition of power.
During my readings, I found intriguing ideas, especially the terminology of “development agencies”, which is stressed on women’s voice and women’s knowledge. I get knocked out by Marliyn Frye’s idea (1983) of “muted women” – that caused by the (patriarchy) opression, and I feel ashamed when I read the sentence of “women come to believe that she has no voice/opinion of her own” (Rowland in Afshar, 1998 p. 12). Also, I want to know more – why feminist scholars decide to draw on the conception of power from Michael Foucault’s ideas of power. So, today I went downstair to the library – borrowed books about Foucault and his idea of power and knowledge.
The question of power remains a total enigma (Bouchard (ed), 1977 p. 213).