Minutes of the second planning meeting for Scholar and Feminist 1980, 1979, page 1

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          October 1, 1979
TO: The Scholar and the Feminist Planning Comittee

FROM: Amy Swerdlow and Christina Greene
SUBJECT: Minutes of Planning Comittee Meeting, September 25, 1979

Amy Swerdlow opened the meeting by suggesting that members of the committee
share their thoughts about "power" as a theme for the conference. Those
attending the Second Sex Conference were asked to note the issues raised

by the conference that need further consideration. The Scholar and Feminist
Conference date was set for Saturday, April 12, 1980.

Philippa Strum presented a written outline of some of her thoughts and
questions on power, as well as ideas for format which served as a
starting point for the discussion.

While reiterating the connection between theme and format, it was agreed
that thorough discussion of format be postponed until after a theme
is chosen.

The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing and sharpening our
ideas on the theme of power. The discussion centered on the following
issues:

1) Feminist definitions and theories of power:

Dichotomy between female/male definitions of power

Language of power

Male rhetoric of power

How the power to name perpetuates and institutionalizes power
Acknowledged and unacknowledged power

Uses and abuses of power — elitism and authoritarianism

Female ambivalence and fear of power w Does power necessarily corrupt?
Power and non-verbal communication

Marxist perspectives on women, power and social change

Power of myth - matriarchy (as fantasy or historical phenomenon)
Utopian visions of female power

Power as control, power as enabling

Power as collaborative, encompassing new modes of authority and leadership
Power as interaction between equals

Sources of power - Who gives it? How does one get it?

2) Female/Male relations to power:

Power and sexuality

Power of female body - strengths, weaknesses, pregnancy, motherhood
Power and the family

Fear of female power

Love and power

Power of female creativity — (the power of art)

Power and violence against women m pornography, rape, battering

3) Power and politics in the women's movement:

Uses and abuses of power in the women's movement - elitism, hierarchical
relations

Power of women in the academy

Power of women's studies and its revolutionary potential

How to achieve power in the 1980's - tactics and strategies, including
coalitions with other groups and movements