Feminism Lecture Notes

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12 Dec 2010
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Sociology notes
Feminism:
-the theory of patriarchy that came out o feminism didnt come out until 40 year ago
(1970s). Very recent according to the history of sociology
- Women werent mentioned in sociology until the late 70s except when involving family
cause that was the only role they were given
-has a lot of research to back it
- revolutionary
- a theory of gender inequality
-Marxists argue that social/class relations are most important; feminism argues gender
inequality to be more important
- 3 most common variables of inequality: race, class, and gender (IG)
- Inequality is when a group or some groups in a social world have more of something than
another group (power, money, etc.)
-difference is when different groups have differences between them such as jobs
-Control over others (based on a theory called patriarchy which discusses male domination
over all aspects of women lives but also there are many men that are controlled by more
powerful men)
-gender is defined as the social consequence of being male or female
- almost 50years ago women had their legal rights stripped away when she gets married.
-the creation of gender is the primary cause of all forms of inequality including control of
reproduction. Gender is hierarchical and that men usually have more power.
-“the powerless male: classical case where men are taught to be powerful and strong and
winners and to make money. If they dont make a good income, hate their bosses, and dont
win with women then it usually leads to domestic violence.
-middle class capitalist model
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The theory of patriarchy that came out o feminism didn"t come out until 40 year ago (1970"s). Very recent according to the history of sociology. Women weren"t mentioned in sociology until the late 70"s except when involving family cause that was the only role they were given. Has a lot of research to back it. Marxists argue that social/class relations are most important; feminism argues gender inequality to be more important. 3 most common variables of inequality: race, class, and gender (ig) Inequality is when a group or some groups in a social world have more of something than another group (power, money, etc. ) Difference is when different groups have differences between them such as jobs. Control over others (based on a theory called patriarchy which discusses male domination over all aspects of women lives but also there are many men that are controlled by more powerful men) Gender is defined as the social consequence of being male or female.

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