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Week#8 – Gender and Health (March 1, 2017)  1. Feminism and Feminist Theory 2. Patriarchy 3. Sex, Gender, and Health  4. Documentary:  Intersexion   (2013) 5. Gender and Health Learning Objectives: 1. Explain and apply feminist theory and its key concepts to health issues 2. Critically engage with notions of sex and gender Feminism and Feminist Theory Feminist perspectives…[are] focused on social inequality between women and men. They argued that differences between women and  men were socially constructed, not natural, and that the world is gendered such that women and men have fundamentally different  experiences and access to  power ”  ** See textbook, pp. 40 – 45** Power may be:  Structural    systematic privileging of one gender over another through  formal structures + institutions in society   (laws, income, fund) Relational    one gender may experience more privilege in  relationships or interactions with others  (who is heard/makes decisions) Sociocultural    how genders are valued  (preference for a son over a daughter, lack of acknowledgement of intersex or trans people ) Feminism has changed (and continues to change) over time to acknowledge  intersectionality  and multiple experiences of oppression  (e.g. bell hooks, Audre Lorde) Many perspectives, voices, and paradigms are housed within the feminist theory umbrella  (e.g. anti-racist and queer theory  paradigms)  ** See textbook, pp. 43 – 47** Concerned with gender equity Equality : Everyone should be treated  the same Equity : Everyone should be treated  fairly and according to their own needs Considers differences, and other intersections of identity  (e.g. income, race, class etc.)  ** See textbook, p. 100** Key Concept: Patriarchy “The social structure…with social institutions, such as the legal, health, and education systems as well as the wider culture reflecting  sexist values and supporting the privileging of men”  Patriarchy may privilege some men over  some women and other men   (e.g. structural, relational, sociocultural power differences) Ultimately, patriarchy  undermines everyone!  ** See textbook, p. 43-44 ** Key Concept: Sex “A multidimensional biological construct that encompasses anatomy, physiology, genes and hormones, which together affect how we  are labeled and treated in the world” Key Concept: Biological Determinism  "An unproven belief that individual and group behaviour and social status is an inevitable result of biology” (e.g. women’s …) **See textbook, pp. 45, 98-99**
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