In this study I investigate how college-age students in Singapore perceive feminism. From an outsider’s perspective, it may seem like Singaporeans have a satisfactory level of gender equality in terms of basic human rights and opportunities. This is reflected in the United Nations Human Development Report’s Gender Inequality Index (GII) where Singapore was ranked 13th out of the 148 ranked countries (Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore 2013). Despite the level of equality the young nation has accomplished so far, sexism is still inherent in Singapore’s patriarchal society. My research not only examines the feminist environment in Singapore but also aims to bring about awareness of gender inequalities to a society where hegemonic masculinities are deeply embedded.
In taking a glance into the feminism environment of college-age students in Singapore, one can make predictions for the future of gender equality in Singapore as these students represent Singapore’s future. While it is important to educate and bring awareness to feminism and the women’s movement in Singapore, it is also vital to allow and understand the students’ own way of negotiating a feminism that is unique to Singapore. In other words, my study does not aim to impose Western ideals of feminism into Singapore, but rather allocate agency to Singaporeans for them to come up with their own distinct form of feminism that would improve the gender equality climate there.
Fitz Gibbon, Heather
Sociology and Anthropology
Ho, Mariel W., "Negotiating a New Feminism: Do Asian Values and Westernization Collide? - A Study of College-Age Students' Perceptions of Feminism in Singapore" (2014). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6011.
Social and Cultural Anthropology
feminism, Singapore, solidarity, westernization, Asia, culture, pedagogy
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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