Knowledge is power and therefore, knowledge is political.
Always keep these 3 questions in mind:
1. Who makes knowledge?*
2. Who controls its distribution?
3. Whose knowledge is believed? Whose is not? Why?
A former student of mine described it this way:
The Caveman Cartoon and Messages about Rape
Imagine a caveman image. Describe what you see [most see a caveman with a club,
dragging a woman by the hair into a cave. What is going to happen in the cave? Many
say, make love or have sex. But she is unconsci
Im out on the loose and Im looking for a woman to take
On big city streets in the dark gloomy shadows I wait
Then I see her a fine looking bitch with her pants oh so tight
Ive just got to grab her and have her and taste her tonight
Feminist and Dominant Discourses about Rape
Is rape theorized as a gender issue?
Dominant Discourse: No. Rape is a crime of sexuality where mens natural sexual
urges get out of control or go too far.
Feminist Discourse: Yes. Rape is a consequence of women
Knowledge is Power
We live in multiple knowledge systems.
Knowledge is power and
therefore, knowledge is political.
1.Who makes knowledge?*
2.Who controls its distribution?
3.Whose knowledge is believed? Whose is not?
Big K knowledge is knowledge
Objectives of Sexism:
1. Justify woman's inferior status
2. Assure woman's obedience
3. Control woman's sexuality
4. Ensure male access to female sexuality
Key component in each of these objectives is the notion of women as
property. Women/children, under
Andrea Dworkin, l983. Right-Wing Women. New York: Perigee Books, p. 21.
No one can bear to live a meaningless life. Women fight for meaning just as women fight for survival: by
attaching themselves to men and the values honored by men. By committing thems
Misogynyliterally means hatred of the female, but has transformed into woman-hating and
fear of femininity.
Misogyny is found in ancient and modern beliefs that women are inherently evil and a primary
cause of human misery.
Hesiod, in Th
Feminist theory begins with the premise that women are oppressed.
The goal of feminist theory is to understand womens oppression (in terms
of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, colonialism, etc) and to shape a
political agenda to eliminate the op
The Definitions of Sex and Gender:
Sex is used to refer to biological categories. Identification of sex is
based on a variety of factors including chromosomal patterns,
hormonal make-up and genital structure.
KEY: Sex does not vary according to culture,
Adaptation is based on the survival imperativethe common
denominator to all political systems or units of analysis. Adaptation,
as we shall see, is a very complicated process.
Adaptation: is the process by which individuals and political