WOMENST 1A03 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Bell Hooks

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Women’s Studies- Lecture One
Defining Terms:
. Male and Female= a binary historical system
. Women: people in bodies that are sexed as female
. Gender: the cultural meaning of living in a sexed body, usually defined as male or
female
* Not all women have the same experiences*
Bell Hooks
. Call attention to the intersection of sex, race, and class in determining
experiences of “woman”; “problematizes” notion of “common
oppression” of women
*Not all women are positioned equally in (global) hierarchies
Bell Hooks
. Women are part of the paradigm of domination in multiple ways
. Shared goals, not everyone has the same idea
Gender
. Gender- this meaning of living in a sexed body
. One major factor in how most societies distribute power
Bell Hooks
. Gender domination is not the root of all exploitation and crisis
. “ It is, however, the form of domination we are most likely to encounter in
our daily lives….”
Bell Hooks quote analyzing…
. The quote is about how her father dominated the house and it made her feel
powerless and completely powerless when she left her home setting
. You feel like you are powerless outside of the home too
. It taints the idea of a safe, loving home, because you are powerless and made to feel
lesser
. Oppression and privilege go hand- in- hand
. What you learn at home will stay with you for life
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