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Women’s Studies
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WOMENST 2AA3
Professor
Chikako Nagayama

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Lecture 1: Introduction Lecture 1 outline What do you know about feminism? (Brainstorming) ­ Think­pair­share What do you know about feminism? (Brainstorming) Question: List 5 words which you spontaneously associate when you hear the term, ‘feminism.’ ­ women ­ patriarchy ­ dichotomy ­ hegemony ­ empowerment ­ anger ­ frustration ­ ignorance Think­pair­share Class discussion What is feminism? (Brainstorming, cont.) Women, men (different connotations?) To challenge, fight, struggle against inequality, oppression and exploitation based on sex To seek for or work together to realize equality (or equity), social justice, fairness in society Various areas: eg. work, politics, education, family (domestic, intimate) relations, health,  environment, war, science, history and memory, art, literature, popular culture Feminism: A concise definition “Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression”(hooks 2000, viii). Feminists in action Frida Khalo, “The Two Fridas (Las Dos Fridas)”, 1939 A photo from Ahn Sehong, Layer by Layer (2012)  ­  series of photography to capture women in real  life forced to engage in sexual intercourse – “comfort women” http://ahnsehong.com/gallery/layerbylayer_2012/ Tina Fey and her book about how women aren’t allowed to be funny and so on Sexism Common definitions of sexism: Harmful and/or hostile treatment of women Endorsement of gender roles based on hierarchical notions of sexual difference and power Overt and covert sexism Subtle sexism (which is perceived as natural or normal) Ambivalent sexism, “benevolent sexism” (Glick and Fiske 1997) c.f. Combined sexism and racism Feminism is for Everybody (2000) Author: bell hooks Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (1981) Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (1984) Black Looks: Race and Representation (1992) Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self­recovery (1993) Third Wave feminism Feminism is for Everybody ~ Why? “To end patriarchy (another way of naming the instituti
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