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Construction of bodies and spaces (i.e. the gendering of city and suburb) 1) Putting Women in Place, Ch. 3; Mona Domosh and Joni Seager; pg. 89 2) The city and suburbs; 1500s-present 3) The division between masculine and feminine was created by the gendering of spaces. From the 1500s to 1700s, the public sphere was deemed as the masculine space, while the private sphere was deemed as the feminine space. Women were assigned to represent cultural identity in the home. Women's presence in the public sphere was deemed as threatening. From the 1800s to early 1900s, the public became open to women, but only places for things like shopping. Men's spaces were saloons, gambling houses, oyster houses, etc. Restrictions and regulations were imposed upon women regarding their appearance, housing, sexuality, and jobs. From the early 1900s to the 1960s, middle-class women were spacially removed from the public spaces of the city. In the last 20th and early 21st century, women started to fear crime in the city, so the moved to the suburbs, where it was acceptable for them to be. 4) In New York, bourgeois women were allowed access to the public streets of the city, but only if they were accompanied by other women or men, and only at certain hours of the day. Postmodern city 2) Context: Description of the city in the late 20th/early 21st centuries 3) Definitions: a. Postmodern city= Cities are now dispersed and suburbs are increasingly diverse. There is a rise in ‘mega malls’. People are now globally and instantaneously connected through technology. 4) Example: In the postmodern city ‘avant garde’ home décor is very popular. There is an emergence of the metro-sexual male. Gay design shows become the authority on what fashion is. Women are shown to be confident and powerful in the city as depicted by shows like ‘Sex and the City’ and Ally McBeal. 2. 1500s-1900s; Western countries 3. Early Modern City (1500s-1700s): city as a unified, visual whole; based upon rational principles of geometry; better circualtion within city and between city and countryside; public sphere begins to be separated from private sphere Postmodern City (late 20th/early 21st century): "typical" contemporary-->downtown with skyscrapers-->power of financial capital; office buidings linked electronically to global centers of information and power; suburbs increasingly diverse->new immigrants on both ends of economic scale; blurring of gendered spaces 4. Early Modern City: -->The coffeehouse place of politics and business, women barred PostModern City: -->Sunbelt Cities; gentrification; bluring of gendered spaces Ambivalent city spaces -Domosh and Seager, Ch.3 "The City". ..The Industrial City -Pages 76-95 -Think about the contradictions between the what women did and where they did it -Ex: (p.85) The women worked and dressed upper-class women (appearing to be feminine) but they held men's jobs as clerks.
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course WOMEN ST 50b taught by Professor Philip during the Spring '08 term at UC Irvine.

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