WMST 101 - sept 7 theories

WMST 101 - sept 7 theories - Theories Theorizing and Ways...

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Theories, Theorizing and Ways of Knowing September 7, 2010 WMST 101 Terms Social construction Sex/gender Feminist movements Biological imagery of the egg and sperm Sleepy metaphors of science Patriarchy myths about women’s liberation/modern feminism First, second, third wave feminist movements Gender, Again Male, female, ‘herms’, ‘merms’, ‘ferms’ Gender is historically situated Biological sex varies some, gender varies enormously Social construction of gender – gender changes over time, imbedded in institution, recognizable and reinforced, culturally specific (Thai and US women are very different) Gender is not done alone Gender is about power that often shows up as difference Society places importance on gender Women are categorically inferior because they get culturally defined as inferior. Sexuality, class, and race/ethnicity disadvantage men. But they do not have a group level of discrimination. From the Oxford English Dictionary : Definition of theory: 1. A sight, a spectacle. Obs. rare . From the Greek 2. Mental view, contemplation. Obs.
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WMST 101 - sept 7 theories - Theories Theorizing and Ways...

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