Womens Studies 200 Midterm Review

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Womens Studies 200 Midterm Review Terms: Disciplinary history of women’s studies - Early Women’s studies-60s-70s: Women were the objects of study (study forgotten women- Madame Curie and Christine d’Pizan 1365-1430 made her living as a writer) and it took an experiential approach (which would later backfire) - Civil Rights and Black Power brought oppression and power struggle to the forefront and provided the tools and atmosphere for women’s studies - The Feminine Mystique- Betty Friedan 1963- “the problem that has no name” (theorized that it is a problem for all women, but in reality that is not the case… mostly white middle class women) - Consciousness Raising Groups- societal problem, “reproductive labor” - The personal is the political - 1984 Boston Women Health Collective- Our Bodies Ourselves (help fill the gap about women’s health care) - Academic Journals, Associations, Women studies departments - Women’s studies (common) possessive- for, by, about women; Gender Studies (also common); Women Studies (UW only) drop “’s” extends to everyone; Women’s and Gender Studies (Rutgers); Gender, Women and sexuality studies (Minnesota) - 1 st Wave Feminism: suffrage movement at the turn of the century - 2 nd Wave Feminism: 60s, civil rights, consciousness raising (the personal is political) Interdisciplinary: - Combining the methods of at least two disciplines to better understand issues in a complex way. An interdisciplinary approach might have more than one object of study - Object of Study Feminist Analytics Radical feminism: - Students for Dem Soc (1960s, dissolved in 1969) - Take people out of the system and build new systems and institutions, rebuild from the ground up - Advocates for an entirely new social and legal system by building new institutions that are not based on the male normative standard - Assume that existing institutions are created to serve patriarchy - Assumes only a revolutionary change will ensure equality and opportunities for men and women alike to realize their full potential - Adrienne Rich is an activist associated with radical feminism Liberal feminism: - Advocates for equality through legal and social reform - Assumes that current institutions can help women as long as they increase opportunities for women - NOW
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- Betty Freidan - Critiques- does not effect the male norm; mostly from the perspective of white, middle class, educated women; Biological determination - aspects of our identity are preordained by our biology - belief that biology determines fundamentally all behavior and actions Biological essentialism - Object of study is anything internal in the body - Characteristics of male and female are fixed by biological factors - Intrinsically different and opposite due to an internal essence - Consistent across culture Patriarchy - Norm or standard upon which our institutions are based – white, middle class, heterosexual, able bodied, educated and male - “Power of fathers, a familial- social, ideological, political system in which men-
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