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University of Saskatchewan
Women's and Gender Studies
WGST 311
Donna Darbellay

WGSTnd11 January 22 2013 1 BETTY FRIEDAN—Feminine Mystique—1963 -different tactic of putting women in the home—post war -‘baby boom’ labeling of ‘housewife syndrome’ notion of “the problem” as something we do not speak of recognizing something to talk about… not only white women…other women as well…article only focusing on Suburbia, white women main points: importance of medical community giving tranquilizers to women; ‘taking care of problem’ by ignoring women, placating, numbing --treatment of mental health today—different sort of medications to numb --hard to put oneself in situation in domestic life of this era --unique qualities—groundbreaking, unique article that broke through for quite a lot of women --easy to understand, dialogue…the complexities of trying to live up to normative, feminine standards everyday examples: women…expectation of marriage, children... if you stay at home mom…treated with less respect (double-edged sword) suggestion that “if you want to be liberated, reject everything they did [don’t get married don’t have babies] not a matter of either/or, but how does one negotiate situation…where is value placed? MONIQUE WITTIG—CATEGORY OF SEX (1976) Compared oppression of women (marriage, sex, babies) related to bourgeoisie / proletariat Only notice differences when problems arise; Reproduction…heterosexuality is economically based Women and children…raising children….as “natural” How oppression works; internalize and accept oppression Normativity of heterosexuality….opposition , difference…raising one above the other…through this, men have power / women do not --confusion in article: -men as dominators, oppressors… yet men as victims of patriarchal powers… context of article…people attempting to find a way to articulate (say, lesbian politic) ORTNER—IS FEMALE TO MALE AS NATURE IS TO CULTURE? WGSnd311 January 22 2013 2 Written 1974 Understanding the assumed logic of women as universally inferior to men; necessary to find source, the universality of women as considered inferior and through this, find change in our ways of thinking. Main argument: that women are assumed as closer to nature, and therefore inferior. Key Points: -universal sense to female subordination; but differences within cultures where women are subscribed to religious ceremonies, respect, etcetera -lower value on women due to assumption of women as closer to n
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