WGS101H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Finding Dawn, Nuclear Family, Structural Violence

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Lecture 9: Gender Violence
Rethinking Gender and Violence
- How and when dominant ideas about gender and violence came to the fore in the
North American context
- How the concept of intersectionality allows feminists to think about violence and
gender in more complex and comprehensive ways
Second Wave of Feminism
- 19th century (1960s-1970s, early 1980s)
- Series of issues wage gap and violence against women
- Violence is beginning to be talked about
Second Wave Feminists Linked
- “The personal and the Political” -- Issues that are affecting in a personal way
Linked Gender, patriarchy and violence (3 concepts) --
- Challenges that it is a personal problem b/w partner (relationship abuse)
- Both working, the pay gap less than partner and can’t support self and children.
(Ideas of gender and gender differences are embedded in social construction men is
breadwinner)
- Analogies: Women marginalized
Rape in Marriage
- Man, sexually assaulted his wife and if they were married, that wasn’t illegal because
men has a contract with marriage (access to wife’s body)
- Bill C-127 effect 1983, allowed women to speak that they were sexually assaulted in
their marriage
- Allows to make connections b/w personal and political
- Legal system is supporting ideas of what is accepted about gender
- Social system allowed for behaviours that weren’t good
Interventions of Second Wave Feminists Created Change
- Before it is a name, it is hard to become challenge
Myths
He beats her because he loves her
She wore it, she basically asked for it
She liked, if she didn’t she would leave
- Spaces that didn’t exist, second wave feminism
- We are still challenging these myths, Idea that if women are dressing in a type of way
they are asking for it
Critiquing Dominant Second Wave Approaches to Gender & Violence
Beth Richie
- It can happen to anyone
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How and when dominant ideas about gender and violence came to the fore in the. How the concept of intersectionality allows feminists to think about violence and gender in more complex and comprehensive ways. Series of issues wage gap and violence against women. Violence is beginning to be talked about. The personal and the political -- issues that are affecting in a personal way. Linked gender, patriarchy and violence (3 concepts) -- Challenges that it is a personal problem b/w partner (relationship abuse) Both working, the pay gap less than partner and can"t support self and children. (ideas of gender and gender differences are embedded in social construction men is breadwinner) Man, sexually assaulted his wife and if they were married, that wasn"t illegal because men has a contract with marriage (access to wife"s body) Bill c-127 effect 1983, allowed women to speak that they were sexually assaulted in their marriage. Allows to make connections b/w personal and political.

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