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1. Women and work - a history.docx

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Social Sciences
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SOCSCI 2R03
Professor
David Penner

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January 9, 2011 Women and work: a history • Structure of how things are done; not stories • Two main questions that are behind this lecture o Is the history of women and work misogynistic?  It sees when things are practical and reasonable this was denied to them  But when it was denied to them it was done for a short time because there was a economic crisis and shut down immediately once things were fixed o Is the history of women and work a history imposed upon or supported by women? Freedoms and social need • Is there a connection between the freedom of women and economic need? • Is there a connection between women’s freedom in terms of employment and the desire for more money in a family • Principles = practical desire • Does our ‘open minded” culture actually care about women? • The problems that women encounter have become accepted idea • Is it an accepted idea that we want a double income? (women and men both working) o Have we accepted it because we like the money or because we want freedom? o If we didn’t need or wanted the money would the rights of women still be as important? • Whatever gains women have made they always had practical values to men • Does our larger culture become more open to the idea of emancipation to women in terms of work because we all want money? • We want our wives to have maternity leave so there is money coming in and they can later go back to work • We might tell ourselves that this is our belief and equality but, are these beliefs more connected to our practical desires • Do we actually care about principles of equality? • Economic and social structures and the way society operated has a direct impact on what we think and what we hold important Morality and practical truths • Are the ways we live tied to our view of what is good, or is it the other way around – that what we think of as good is tired to the ways that we live? • Our external, practical lives are tied to systems. This extended to our internal, personal understandings • Our view of freedom means choosing from a small range of possible options. We often feel this as an anxious pressure • We don’t actually value education we only value it because we need a job and this is one of the things our society tells us we need • Our society attaches us to different things in several ways • For example the houses we buy, the way we dress or the way we decorate our society • Our society dictates to us what is accepted and what is not • All of the main things are not decided on the basis of our individual belief • We are educated to accept the lessons our society teaches us • Instead of thinking what is good and true we listen to the things that our societies tell us • The way we act in public, and the way we talk is dictated by our society • Our idea of freedom is something we have inherited and accepted by the culture we live in • Everyone praises freedom but don’t really understand why it is so great • Our freedom is exhibited by narrow options that our society gives to us • We feel a pressure to conform to a certain understanding to what it is to have a life • If this does not sounds appealing we still go through it • The way we are asked us to live is also telling us how to feel about everything • We live in a democracy but that doesn’t mean we have a large choice about the way we lived • We are born into this system and it shapes the way we think and feel • And sometimes this makes us feel uncomfortable but for the most part we accept it • History of women and work is men dictating women what to do • And it is usually based on what they want for example income • They use women to their convenience • This usually meant nurturing the family and cooking • The history of women was caring for the family and cooking • However, today this seems offensive The nature of women • Fluctuates depending on the needs of society and the whims of men • Natural caregivers when it suits social needs. Strong workers when that is needed • Did finish slide Hatred and acceptance • On one hand there has been the oppression of women by men • On the other hand, has this oppression been furthered and encourages by women? • Looking back we may like to think that all women felt put upon by the social understanding of their role – but is this really the case • There are places in this history where it is evidently clear that men are being nasty towards women • The fact that this is true; this is not enough for us to identify in a real course • This is a history of how things are accepted • We have to be aware of the things that we accept as good and true • A lot of the things that men dictate to the women have accepted as a good thing • Not all women were opposed to this understand and were comfort with it • It is only addressing that this is an issue that will allow us to what we accept • What are the things in our society that we don’t sit well with us • How can we accept women from 200 years ago being okay with what is going on An important point • Economies depend on the work of women. This is especially the case with unpaid work
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