Feminist theory focuses on equality for all. How does this theory relate to the Hispanic experience in education and life in America?
This is an intelligent question. Insights from one theoretical perspective can be used in another area with great profit. For example, post-colonial theory can be used to study gender, theology, and society in general.
Here are some basic tenets of feministic theory:
1. The relationship between men and women has been unequal, with men having more power than women.
2. Most if not all societies have been patriarchal.
3. Social institutions have been characterized by male dominance - economy, education, and politics.
4. Categories of thought as well as language are also male-centered.
This is why some scholars have talked about the invisibility of women.
If we take these points as a starting point, then we can apply many of these insights to study race relations in general and the Hispanic experience in particular.
There are some example:
First, it can be argued that there is little Hispanic representation in America. This fact is more pronounced, because there are 54 million Hispanics in America, which is 17% of our population, and yet there are only two Hispanic senators. The invisibility of Hispanics?
Second, when it comes to high school graduation rates, Hispanics are 20% below the national average. This begs the question why. It can be argued that a disproportionate amount of resources go to other groups, because they have more power.
Finally, if we look at categories of thought, we can say that America for all its talk about a melting point is really the creation of those in powers. So, the concept of a melting pot is not neutral; it is very much the culture of the elite. This is why in a melting pot, those without power, such as Hispanics, are forced to give up their culture and embrace the culture of those in power.