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Lecture 3

POL 3126 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Academy Awards, Parental Leave, Tina Maze

5 pages45 viewsWinter 2015

Political Science
Course Code
POL 3126
Tamara Kotar

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Tina Maze video
The Bechdel Video Test there 2 or more women with
Looks at how women are portrayed in movies:
1) Are there 2 or more women with names
2) Do they talk to each other
3) Is it about something other than a man
The Oscars and The Bechdel Test
Representations in Institutions
Women in National Parliaments
oDoes women’s underrepresentation in institutional politics affect legislative
considerations of justice, laws, regulations, social welfare policies, health policies, etc.?
oEx: The #1 killer of women in countries with higher GDPs is heart disease
Can the state be used to promote feminist political goals?
Gendered implications of state structures?
State feminism?
The pressure in a few women to represent all women
Can there be State Feminism? (Different views)
McKinnon 1989
How do women negotiate the structures? Radical feminists argue that you are
recognizing gender stereotypes when you work within existing structures/norms. The
state and institutions are patriarchical structures.
Orloff 1996
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You can have a positive influence, especially when it comes to the welfare state.
Chappel 2000
You can specifically target the state for female-friendly policy change
Stetson & Mazur 1995
Promoting state feminism – there can be such a thing as the formation of feminist
policies (the Nordic countries & Australia)
Threlfal 1998
You can lobby particular government and party members, but you won’t get state
Liberal Feminism
The Neutral State – Liberal feminists think of the state as just institutions. They are
dominated by men right now, but they don’t have to be. Liberal feminists say that
institutions are neutral – we can change them through representation.
Issues – pay equality, representation equality, etc.
Legal equality is the most important thing
Social differences even in the private sphere don’t matter as much
The focus is on legal and legislative equality
“work with what you have today”
Internalized patriarchical domination
They’re integrated into patriarchical systems without challenging them
They continue to forward these patriarchical institutions
Instead of changing them, they’re co-opted by them
It creates even more subtle forms of patriarchy because women buy into it
Diverts attention from more systemic forms of equality
Ex: Equal Pay – although the legislation is there in almost every state, nothing changes.
It’s not enforced.
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