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Unformatted text preview: WS 220- Midterm Readings Study Guide Week 1 “Feminist Politics- Where We Stand”: “Feminism is a movement to end sexism.” Many people believe that feminism is about women trying to be equal to men and contains an anti-male sentiment; but in reality, feminism has transformed to an all-out effort to create gender justice. (Worked to eliminate internal divisions of class, sex, and race within the feminist movement.) Women maximized their freedom within the existing system without eliminating sexism (lower classes of women did they work they didn’t want to do.) “Lifestyle Feminism”- anyone could fit feminism into her lifestyle (cannot be anti-choice and feminist, but can refuse abortion, while supporting other women’s right to choose). Feminism is losing momentum, but needs to be reclaimed by telling the world that feminism is a movement to end sexist oppression. Kane-Low and Schuiling- “Women’s Health from a Feminist Perspective” : Gender- a person’s self-representation as man or woman or how social institutions based on the individual’s gender presentation respond to that person GENDER AND WOMEN’S HEALTH 1. Explore women’s health as compared to men’s health 2. Explore the context of gender and how it affects the process of providing health care services 3. Consider social construction of gender and how it affects women’s health Feminist Perspective in Women’s Health: 1. Works with women as opposed to for women 2. Uses heterogeneity as an assumption 3. minimizes or exposes power imbalances 4. rejects androcentric models as normative 5. challenges the medicalization and pathologizing of normal physiologic processes 6. Seeks social and political change to address women’s health issues. The Social Construction of Reality : We know the world as we perceive it from social interactions. Symbols and other aspects of culture construct out world-view, our identities/purpose, and our ideologies. Reality is situational and the context governs our interpretation. Sojourner T ruth- “Ain’t I A Woman?” Inequalities for blacks and women Week 2 Steinem- “If Men Could Menstruate” : “The characteristics of the powerful, whatever they may be, are thought to be better than the characteristics of the powerless—and logic has nothing to do with it.” (Social constructions of power are not logical. Men are not “inherently” better). Muscio- “Blood and Cunts” : Women are socialized to view menstruation as shameful, embarrassing, disgusting, etc… If we take control over our periods (align ourselves with the moon, protest corporate products that medicalize periods and thus use products such as sea sponges or the keeper instead of tampons). Becoming comfortable with your period, allotting time for peace and quiet, makes periods easier and makes us more in touch with our natural selves than the disgusting, imagined pain we are socialized to feel....
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- Fall '09
- women’s health