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Although the journal Social Text was never at the forefront of publishing articles on feminism and never debated whether capitalism was the source of women’s oppression in 1970s or whether male supremacy was itself a systematic form of domination, it is not clear whether social feminist’s classification of the journal as the one run by “boy’s club” could have been completely justified till recently. There could have been many reasons that the journal’s mission statement as set out in its first prospectus in 1979 did not take notice of the burning issues feminists were then discussing. May be triumvirate of founding editors were too focused on Marxist high theory to consider gender alongside economic class as an important mode of social organization and oppression, or on the other hand they may have simply chosen on purpose to not include feminism specifically in its charter.

The recent paper by Rosa Luxemburg suggests that the first prospectus contained the seeds of its own feminist undoing. The founders demarcated fields of focus for the journal that could hardly be explored without attention to gender, sexuality, and the historical experiences of women. They were rather interested in “everyday life,” “mass culture,” and “consumer society”. Hence, the little feminist work that appears in Social Text is in the realm of cultural analysis not revolutionary praxis and is often buried in the back of the journal in “Unequal Developments,” the section that offers reviews and experimental writing.

For example, in the second edition of the journal in the section Unequal Developments, Christine Holmland performs a thorough feminist dissection of the then-current Disney film ‘The North Avenue Irregulars’, showing how this comedy about a group of church ladies who take on the local mafia superficially celebrates, but finally deflates the idea of women’s activism, and along the way reinforces gendered roles at every level of social life.

1. What does the passage suggest about the kind of articles published by Social Text journal in relation to feminism?

A. It actively published articles on the feminism debating the causes of oppression of women.
B. It did not publish any articles on feminism or made efforts to further women’s cause.
C. While it did publish some articles, they were not the more provocative or controversial.
D. Its founders discounted the need to focus on women and women’s issues.
E. It refrained from focusing on any burning issues whether related to feminism or any other societal ill.



2. What does the author imply in the highlighted text

A. Argue that the triumvirate of founding editors did not take that challenges the women face to be serious enough to merit a place in the journal.
B. Suggest that omission of feminist issues might have been an innocent mistake rather than a deliberate act.
C. Prove that the triumvirate of founding editors was more focused on male related sufferings rather than female related ones.
D. State that the original purpose of Social Text excluded the focus on women.
E. Present one side of the argument blaming the deliberate action of editors for Social Text’s lack of articles on feminism.



3. The passage suggested that while drafting the first prospectus, the editors

A. Excluded the journal from focusing on those fields that required specific attention to gender, sexuality, and the historical experiences of women.
B. Chose only those fields of focus that were not concerned with the well-being of women.
C. More interested in the emancipation of common man than women.
D. Were too focused on society to focus on the status of women.
E. Only allowed articles related to women in the last sections of the journals.



4. Why does the author cite Christine Holmland’s example? To

A. Illustrate the non-revolutionary nature of work related to women published by the Social Text.
B. Argue that while not on the forefront of feminism, the journal still did some important investigative reports.
C. Prove that while the feminist work might not have hogged the limelight of the cover page, it was nevertheless given enough space to be expressed completely.
D. Demonstrate that the prospectus provided enough freedom to the members of the journal to publish articles on issues that they deemed important.
E. Compare and contrast the work done by Social Text with that done by other journals in that era.



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Adding the explanations after a few responses

1. What does the passage suggest about the kind of articles published by Social Text journal in relation to feminism?


A. It actively published articles on the feminism debating the causes of oppression of women.

INCORRECT Opposite. The first paragraph states exactly the opposite of this choice.

B. It did not publish any articles on feminism or made efforts to further women’s cause.

INCORRECT Opposite. The paragraph 3 states that the journal did publish an article on feminism,

C. While it did publish some articles, they were not the more provocative or controversial.

Correct The passage did publish a few articles on feminism. These articles are not controversial as can be inferred from the lines "never debated whether capitalism was the source of women’s oppression". These articles are not provocative as can be inferred from the lines "feminist work that appears in Social Text is in the realm of cultural analysis not revolutionary".

D. Its founders discounted the need to focus on women and women’s issues.

INCORRECT Out of context. The founders didn't comment on the need to focus on women and women's issues.

E. It refrained from focusing on any burning issues whether related to feminism or any other societal ill.

INCORRECT Out of scope. The passage doesn't talk about societal ills.

2. What does the author imply when he states “May be triumvirate of founding editors were too focused on Marxist high theory to consider gender alongside economic class as an important mode of social organization and oppression”?


A. Argue that the triumvirate of founding editors did not take that challenges the women face to be serious enough to merit a place in the journal.

INCORRECT Neither the statement nor the passage says that the founding editors didn't consider women's issues serious enough.

B. Suggest that omission of feminist issues might have been an innocent mistake rather than a deliberate act.

Correct "It was not a deliberate act" is another way of saying it was an unintentional outcome.

C. Prove that the triumvirate of founding editors was more focused on male related sufferings rather than female related ones.

INCORRECT No mention of male related sufferings with female related sufferings.

D. State that the original purpose of Social Text excluded the focus on women.

INCORRECT Out of context. The highlighted statement only presents the primary focus of founding editors.

E. Present one side of the argument blaming the deliberate action of editors for Social Text’s lack of articles on feminism.

INCORRECT The highlighted statement doesn't put any blame on anyone.

3. The passage suggested that while drafting the first prospectus, the editors


A. Excluded the journal from focusing on those fields that required specific attention to gender, sexuality, and the historical experiences of women.

Correct This option reflects that the editors decided not to focus on the fields that required specific attention to gender, sexuality and the historical experiences of women.

B. Chose only those fields of focus that were not concerned with the well-being of women.

INCORRECT Out of scope. Well-being of women is not discussed in the passage.

C. More interested in the emancipation of common man than women.

INCORRECT Out of scope. Emancipation of men or women is not discussed in the passage.

D. Were too focused on society to focus on the status of women.

INCORRECT Inconsistent. Founding editors were not too focused on the status of women. They also focused on everyday life, mass culture etc.

E. Only allowed articles related to women in the last sections of the journals.

INCORRECT Inconsistent. Feminism articles could be put in the back of the journal but this doesn't mean that no other articles could be placed there.

4. Why does the author cite Christine Holmland’s example? To


A. Illustrate the non-revolutionary nature of work related to women published by the Social Text.

Correct Purpose of Christine Holmland’s example is to present an example of type of feminist related articles published by tge journal.

B. Argue that while not on the forefront of feminism, the journal still did some important investigative reports.

INCORRECT Out of scope. The passage doesn't mention anything about investigative reports.

C. Prove that while the feminist work might not have hogged the limelight of the cover page, it was nevertheless given enough space to be expressed completely.

INCORRECT Inconsistent. The passage states that only a few aspects of feminism are covered in the journal.

D. Demonstrate that the prospectus provided enough freedom to the members of the journal to publish articles on issues that they deemed important.

INCORRECT Out of scope. The prospectus doesn't talk about any freedom discussion.

E. Compare and contrast the work done by Social Text with that done by other journals in that era.

INCORRECT No other journal has been mentioned in the passage.
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Could someone help me in how answer D is wrong in the first question and how answer C is correct? Please provide some evidence from the passage.

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Could someone help me in how answer D is wrong in the first question and how answer C is correct? Please provide some evidence from the passage.

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Evidence for option C

"Hence, the little feminist work that appears in Social Text is in the realm of cultural analysis not revolutionary praxis "

For option D, the passage states either the founders deliberately not included feminism acts or they were too focused on other issues. So option D cannot be properly inferred from the passage.
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Q1 C
"Hence, the little feminist work that appears in Social Text is in the realm of cultural analysis not revolutionary praxis"

Q2 B
Was confused between A and B but the keyword suggest made me lean towards option B. Matches with "Maybe"

"May be triumvirate of founding editors were too focused on Marxist high theory to consider .... of social organization and oppression"

Q3 A.
"The founders demarcated fields of focus for the journal that could hardly be explored without attention to gender, sexuality, and the historical experiences of women."

Option E is wrong for 2 reasons :
1. we are talking about the first prospectus only.
2. the passage say "feminist work that appears in Social Text is often buried in the back" , so it isn't always buried like option e suggests.

Q4 A
" Hence, the little feminist work that appears in Social Text is in the realm of cultural analysis not revolutionary praxis"
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Could someone help me in how answer D is wrong in the first question and how answer C is correct? Please provide some evidence from the passage.

Thanks :)


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Evidence for option C

"Hence, the little feminist work that appears in Social Text is in the realm of cultural analysis not revolutionary praxis "

For option D, the passage states either the founders deliberately not included feminism acts or they were too focused on other issues. So option D cannot be properly inferred from the passage.


Thanks for the help!

I just have one more question.. I initially thought that D was the answer because in the passage, it is said that the founders deliberately did not include feminism acts.. Why can't we infer D?
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hongg7 wrote:
Could someone help me in how answer D is wrong in the first question and how answer C is correct? Please provide some evidence from the passage.

Thanks :)


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Evidence for option C

"Hence, the little feminist work that appears in Social Text is in the realm of cultural analysis not revolutionary praxis "

For option D, the passage states either the founders deliberately not included feminism acts or they were too focused on other issues. So option D cannot be properly inferred from the passage.


Thanks for the help!

I just have one more question.. I initially thought that D was the answer because in the passage, it is said that the founders deliberately did not include feminism acts.. Why can't we infer D?

Because "founder did not include feminism act deliberately" is one of the possibility and you cannot say that with certainty.

It's in the last sentence of 1st paragraph
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hongg7 wrote:
Could someone help me in how answer D is wrong in the first question and how answer C is correct? Please provide some evidence from the passage.

Thanks :)


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Evidence for option C

"Hence, the little feminist work that appears in Social Text is in the realm of cultural analysis not revolutionary praxis "

For option D, the passage states either the founders deliberately not included feminism acts or they were too focused on other issues. So option D cannot be properly inferred from the passage.


Thanks for the help!

I just have one more question.. I initially thought that D was the answer because in the passage, it is said that the founders deliberately did not include feminism acts.. Why can't we infer D?


Saying that "the founders deliberately did not include feminism acts" is incorrect. The passage presents two possible reasons and one of them is "the founders deliberately did not include feminism acts". It could very well have been the case that the founders were were too focused on Marxist high theory to consider gender alongside economic class as an important mode of social organization and oppression.

Please go through the highlighted text in passage again.
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I will post the explanations here after i see few responses


Hi.
Can you please post the reply for Q4 as to why option A?
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Can you please post the reply for Q4 as to why option A?


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