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Gender Studies 9.23.2008 1. Administrative Details a. 3 required textbooks (Becks) b. Lectures do not summarize readings. c. Discussion section will be held in KRESGE 2-359. No discussion on first week. d. Films are also posted on BB. 2. Topics we’ll be covering a. Gender ideologies and how they intersect with conditions of work. b. 4 modes help discern how gender ideologies intersect with conditions of labor: i. Men/Women’s relationships to paid labor. 1. Focusing on reasons women as a group were often excluded 2. Looking at those efforts of female wage labors to secure rights as laborers. 3. For example: week 2 we’ll be looking at mill girls who fought to secure 10 hour work day. Later, feminist fight for equal pay for equal work. 4. Women who are excluded from certain kinds of wage labor (typically higher paid). 5. Certain conceptions of market place intersect with ideas of appropriate roles for men and women. ii. Processes through which specific kinds of work becomes gendered (becomes understood as a
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Unformatted text preview: woman’s job or a man’s job) Gendered Labor 1. How it has solidified, been contested, etc. 2. Impact of influx of women to what’s understood at the time as man’s labor, or men into feminine labor. 3. i.e. riveting and welding during WWII. Men off to war, so women took over. Government advertised it as similar to domestic labor. iii. Transformation in Gender Ideology Transformations in conceptions of work. 1. Second wave feminists challenge assumption that there was an absolute and essential difference between men and women. Transformed conception of household unit as perfect unit of two distinct but complementary types. Trained people to see the “home” (site of domesticity) differently. iv. Economic shifts emergent identities. 1. How large economic shifts impact/enable the emergence of new identities. 2. i.e. sex radicals of 1920s 3. Key terms...
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