Week-2 Gender,Sex and woman

Week-2 Gender,Sex and woman - Defining Terms for Womens...

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Defining Terms for Women’s Studies Gender , Sex and Women
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I Introduction key concepts seen as “common sense
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II Thinking about dichotomies and binaries 1. definitions to categorize/divide on the basis of two opposing categories not just different from each other, but opposite
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2. Challenging dichotomies influence of poststructuralist feminism challenges opposition between opposing categories within sex/gender/sexuality language makes some things “normal”; others “abnormal”
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III Gender 1. The influence of gender Series of forces which influence the person you become
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2. Defining gender i) Gender and social construction masculinity and femininity: the cultural meanings and assumptions associated with biological sex shaped by culture and history not biologically inherent
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ii) Gender as performance No timeless, universal gender identity Learning gender through norms and practices Eg: drag queens
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iii) Gender as system of power relationships Social, economic and cultural power Female/femininity relatively devalued
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3. Gender Dichotomies
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course WS 101 taught by Professor Kate during the Spring '09 term at Simon Fraser.

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Week-2 Gender,Sex and woman - Defining Terms for Womens...

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