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WMNST400, Week 1 Notes

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WMNST400, Week 1 Notes WMNST400

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These notes cover Thursday's lecture (1/14/16).
Debates in Contemporary Feminism
Dr. Ariane Cruz
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Women's Studies, Feminism, bell hooks




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Date Created: 01/14/16
Debates in Contemporary Feminisms January 14th Why Feminism(s)? Critiques of Chimamanda’s talk: - Offers a biological understanding of gender - Reclamation of “girly” things, which privileges certain understandings of femininity (ex. lipstick + high heels) hooks’ main argument of Feminism in A Transformational Politic: - Western feminism has problematically identified sexist oppression and ​ patriarchal domination​ as the most legitimate cause for feminist action. Core attributes of patriarchy and patriarchal domination: - Holds up the traditional male qualities as central, while other qualities are considered inferior subordinate - Dualistic and gendered thinking of roles - Male domination - Protection of traditional patriarchal social structures - Reinforcement of other types of oppression Politics of Domination: - An ideology that reflects a belief in the notion of superior and inferior, and that the superior should rule or have power over the inferior. Feminism: A movement to end sexism and sexist oppression - a transformational politics > includes intersectionality + social identity at the personal level - it is responsive/non-stagnant Transformational Politics: A struggle against domination wherein the effort is to change ourselves as well as structures. Sexism (according to bell hooks) - systematic institutionalized sexism Systematic: methodized, structured; done according to a system or fixed plan Institutionalized: established in practice or custom or as a convention or norm in society Review: hook’s Central Argument/Thesis 1) Feminism must acknowledge the interlocking systems of domination: gender, sexuality, race, class, etc. 2) Feminism must recognize the complexity of women’s experience.


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