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POLS 1500 Lecture 12: feminism

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Political Science
POLS 1500
Andrea Paras

Monday, November 9, 2015 World Politics Feminism QUESTION TO POST IN GROUP : what do you think about when you reflect on the word feminism? - Feminism is the radical notion that women are people - Feminism: the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. - Why has the word “feminism” become such an uncomfortable word? — Sex versus Gender - sex: biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women - Gender: socially constructed role, behaviours activities and attributes that society considers appropriate for men and women. Gender categories - masculine/manly: strong, powerful, rational, tough, autonomy, hard, technical, aggressive - Feminine/womanly: weak, emotional, nurturing, dependence, private, soft, passive, humble Patriarchy and Gender Analysis Patriarchy - the structural and ideological system that perpetuates the privileging of masculinity. Society is run by men Gender- analytic tool designed to detect and counteract the operation of patriarchy 1 Monday, November 9, 2015 What does Patriarchy look like in Canadian Society? - For every
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