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August 28 notes - “Whose perspective is being...

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August 28, 2007 I. “A Day without Feminism” is a catalog of what Frye’s “Oppression” is speaking of II. Myths of Feminism: a. Feminists hate men b. They hate babies and the idea of motherhood c. They don’t shave d. They have no sense of humor III. Feminism is a movement that has been absolutely necessary to change the status of HALF of our population from that of oppressed to a position of respect IV. “Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” V. Sexism is institutionalized discrimination on the basis of sex VI. Patriarchy is a male-dominated society and the site of institutionalized sexism VII.
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Unformatted text preview: “Whose perspective is being represented?” VIII. Marilyn Frye, “Oppression” a. Oppression is NOT individual suffering but cultural patterns, assumptions, and expectations b. Oppression, sexist oppression, is systematic and has institutionalized/imposed cultural NORMS IX. Example of oppression in “A Day without Feminism” a. Imposed imbalances/no choice b. Unequal/unfair treatment c. Women are defined in terms of men d. Unnecessary/arbitrary limitations X. Frye’s point: in microscopic view, barriers may seem small, insignificant; but in macroscopic view, we see the birdcage, the NETWORK...
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