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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 1001
Professor
John Weekes
Semester
Winter

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LAST LECTURE • Indigenous Feminisms, and “Third World”/Postcolonial/Transnational Feminisms • -deconstruct the colonialism of Western feminism and theorize from the material (political and economic) realities of women, and men, in the global South • -gender liberation is not possible without dealing with colonialism and colonial legacies • -racism and sexism part of colonial project historically • -present critique of “capitalist recolonization” under global neoliberalism • -includes attention to explaining and ending racist and sexist violence; example: murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada • -therefore, cannot deal with sexism (and racism) without questioning colonialisms past and present • Indigenous feminisms – key word is “sovereignty;” recovery of indigenous traditions of valuing women and of relationships to the land also • Transnational feminisms – key word is “solidarity,” not simple “sisterhood” • -question universal category of “women” • -question the construction of Third World or Indigenous Woman as Western Woman’s Other in the same way that Woman has historically been constructed as Man’s Other • -contextual (positive not negative theory) and relational (North-South power imbalance) theorizing can lead to more effective political strategy and alliances • Key implication - the same practices (for example, wearing the veil) mean different things in different contexts • -overlaps with socialist, anti-racist and lesbian feminisms POST MODERN POST STRUCTURAL QUEER THEORY AND CRITICAL IDENTITIES • Post-modern/post-structural – deconstructing the gender binary (man/woman) and other master categories of modern knowledge and identity • -deconstruct gender rather than reification of gender is the only way to meaningfully liberate “women” • -gender i
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