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McMaster University
Women’s Studies
Melinda Gough

Page 1 of4 What is Feminism? How are Feminism and Women’s Studies Connected? Women’s Studies 1A03 Gough January 29 2014 Stepping Back Methods of reading and Analyzing: - What is the main focus of the article? The issue it is addressing. - *** Eg. Joy Parks, Mad Men, Mad Women article Focus: Women as cultural consumers and producers in the advertising industry. Eg. Special K TV ad Focus: Brought to light women’s insecurities about body image and how it is used in advertising. Dialogue used typical female speech about their bodies. (“Does this make me look fat?”) * Defamiliarization * Know for the midterm. A New Role for Women as (Cultural) Consumers - How do we change how advertising portrays women? - “Women must continue to demand more realistic, more intelligent messages, or simply refuse to buy products by advertisers who create messages that often offend them. Reflecting on the Frameworks used in the Course thus far: - Aspects that draw on and enact feminism. A. Relationship between feminism and women’s studies (Kesselmen and Hooks readings) Academic Discipline versus social *** Women’s Studies Premises: - Women are worth learning about. - Understanding women’s experiences help us understand how to change the conditions of women’s lives. Shared Histories: - 60’s/70’s 2 wave feminism/women’s liberation movement. - “Women’s studies courses first appeared in the 70’s” (Kesselmen CW pg 25) B. What is feminism? (Ahn, Kesselman, and Hooks readings) - Not just one movement. - Different approach is taken by all waves and feminist groups. - Different manifestations of feminism. “First Wave Feminism” 19 – Early 20 Century - Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women. - A political movement - Anglo-American or European movement. Page 2 of4 What is Feminism? How are Feminism and Women’s Studies Connected? Women’s Studies 1A03 Gough January 29 2014 - Emphasis on: the rights of women, suffrage (right to vote), education (access to), legal and property rights. - Overall goal: Women’s participation as rational agents in public life. Wanting to be seen as able to rationalize, use logic and apply this to an intelligent and political life. - Linked to self-actualization. (CW 27) “We want simply to be ourselves,… not just our little female selves, but big human selves.” - White, middle class. - Linked to abolitionism, yet moments of racial exclusion. Feminist feared losing support from (white male) voters which led suffragettes to step back from allying with abolitionist. “Second Wave Feminism” 1945 – 1980’s - Began as women’s resistance to be required to be “housewives” again after WWII, where they were forced to take different roles in society to help the war effort. Became the work force in factories while men were fighting overseas, they were needed to produce weapons etc, and they were expected to go back to the home once the war was over. - 60’s and 70’s Women’s Liberation movement. Goals: - Equal rights, in workplace and in the legal sphere. - Reproductive rights (CW 27) - Access to birth control, abortion - Freedom from forced sterilization; access to prenatal care. Want control over their bodies, rather than the government having control over their bodies. - Legitimizing and empowering women as a group - Recovering women’s history - Granting women equality - Often creating separate spaces for women. (I.e. women’s studies, because women not getting the focus they deserve from other disciplines.) Key Concepts and Terms from Second Wave: (CW 26) Sex – The physiological identities of women and men (hormones, chromosomes, genitals etc) Gender – The socially constructed behaviours and characteristics that are associated with each sex. Sexism – Behaviours, a
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