WOMENST 1A03 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Family Constellations, Transfeminism, Consumerism

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WOMEN ST 1A03 - Apr 6 - What We’ve Covered
Goals of the course
Identify and discuss ideas and concepts addressing the relationships between gender,
sexuality, class, race, nationality and culture
These relationships are intersectional (hooks and Pateman articles)
These relationships are multifaceted
We frequently talk about intersectionality in the abstract (i.e.theory) but experience it in
the concrete (i.e. bodies, our lived experiences, our personal stories and histories)
Apply the critical frameworks we have studied and skills we have developed to the
analysis of pop culture, media texts and cultural practices
Readings included critical assessments of the art and music scenes, popular music
magazines, zines, advertising, cosmetics and fashion
Whose perspective is prioritized?
Whose creativity is validated?
What or who is for sale?
Who makes money?
What lifestyle/body/race/class appears as normal?
Critically compare and contrast representational practices and discourses in mainstream
mass media and in feminist media sources. Themes from papers:
Feminist media prioritizes personal stories (the personal is the political)
Feminist media supports viewpoint with evidence from women’s lives
Mainstream media prioritizes factual stories (the personal has no place in the
world of fact)
Mainstream media supports viewpoint with other mainstream stories, with “expert
opinion” or with “average Canadian” evidence
Articulate understanding of course concepts in class discussion, written assignments
and exams (particularly tutorial participation)
Where have you seen applicability of topics in this course in the wider world this term?
In writing and in speaking - a plea for nuance and communication (this is my experience;
this is true for me; how does it compare to/differ from your experience?; what is true for
you?; where can we meet?)
Because we know that cultural ideas/ideals about women are NOT stable across
geography or through time, we need to take care to properly historicize our discussion of
women, culture and power. Use the information and tools you have to be precise and
informed in your opinion:
First-wave feminism (1850-1920s) - careers, own property, vote, etc.
Second-wave feminism (1960s-1980s) - vietnam war, civil rights, sexual
Third-wave feminism (1990s-2000s) - punk/riot grrrl movement, zines,
consumerism, alternative feminist spaces/sources
Feminism responds to technology and the social situation of its time
Exam Prep
Final exam format:
15 multiple choice (1 pt each)
15 true/false (1 pt each)
5 short answer (2 pts each)
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