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WMST 101 Readings - WMST101Readings 19:09 What is Womens...

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WMST 101 Readings 19:09 What is Women’s Studies? Women’s studies creates courses like women and literature and also to create interdisciplinary courses. The basic premise is that we cannot understand the world without understanding women’s experiences and contributions. Education often encourages women to pursue “female” jobs. Gender is socially constructed while sex describes he physiological identities of women and men and they interact dynamically. Michael Kimmel says women’s studies has made gender visible. Feminism is the belief that women have been historically subordinate to men. Women’s liberation is a world free of domination and subordination. The Politics of Black Women’s Studies by Akasha Hull and Barbara Smith. Discusses the political situation and black feminists, describes the political situation as embattled. William Faulkner in his work says that black women have been portrayed negatively and that anyone who is not-white male is inferior. Black women’s studies has grown out of the political movements of Black and women’s liberation, and the black feminist movement. Men and Women’s Studies by Michael Kimmel. Women’s studies has made men visible, which is a signal of success, as well as rediscovering the voices of ordinary women. Social life is organized around gender. American white males consider themselves genderless. He points out then men have been behind the economic, social, and political aspects of feminism. What Women’s Studies has Meant to Me by Lucita Woodis. A student at the University of New Mexico, women’s studies means empowerment for women, and equality, she is Native American. She identifies as a Navajo first, then a woman. Oppression by Marilyn Frye. We hear that oppressing is oppressive to those who to those who oppress as well as to those they oppress. Young women are in a bind that neither sexual activity nor sexual inactivity are right. She uses the birdcage analogy that if you just look at the cage, you cannot see the other wires (myopic focus) and if you look at just one wire, you cannot see why the bird cannot get out. When you step back and see all the wires, you understand why. Oppression is macroscopic. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. Some define being a woman as a uterus. Some women try to be men, but they are denying what they really are. She talks about the eternal feminine and how it sets up unreal expectations for women to live up to by denying the individuality and situation of all different kinds of women. Man is an umbrella term that defines human beings in general. Ironically, women are not a minority like blacks are. Women are considered the “other” and the “second sex,” but the problem is women have nothing to unite them as a community, like religion. If Men Could Menstruate by Gloria Steinem. Power justification is when a superior group
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