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Approaches to Gender

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Approaches to Gender Feminism Gender relations aren’t just attitudes – they are concrete structures of male domination and female subordination Body differentiation made women stay inside because their bodies were too frail to participate in sport “I don’t think that masculinity is simply politically hegemonic (dominant): it has other complex functions and meanings” but sometimes feminism thinks this way and believes that women are victims of male power characterizes Campbell as “essentialist”, because she says that a group of male rioters exhibited “lawless masculinity”. And she says “crime and coercion are sustained by men. Solidarity and self-help are sustained by women. It is as stark as that”. The violent male, rapist haunt radical feminist books Social feminist (Lynne Segal) argue against essentialism: male dominance is NOT inevitable, men can change Profound divisions within feminism concerning the nature of patriarchy and the roots of
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Unformatted text preview: male oppression Many men see women as powerful and are intimated and threatened and this is the source of some of there violence and dominance Gay studies Foucault politicized and historicized sex and gender Patriarchy requires intense homosocial bonding – reasons behind homophobia Bond but do so without sexuality This view suggests that an increases in homoerotic images might function as a reinforcement of patriarchal masculinity, and a backlash against feminism Another view suggests that homosexuality exists covertly in everyone Other view: boundaries of sexuality and gender are blurring which explains the growth of homoerotic imagery. Many men feel insecure and dissatisfied with their identity Gay studies has politicized gender and sexuality- because now heterosexuality is an identity that brings you into the patriarchal capitalist culture Heterosexuality involves self-distortion and suffering...
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