Wgs lecture notes – creative assignment week
- Politics of invisibility – connects to it – overlooked, many ttc stations are not accessible to
people with disabilities....
- -disability studies: identity-based intersections with Queer studies, women’s studies, gender
studies – emerging field
- Rosemarie Garland-Thomson: disability studies reinvents the wheel
- - roots in feminist theory, WGS
Disability and feminism
- Reproductive technologies
- Ethics of care
Ability/disability system (another system of privilege/oppression)
Feminist disability theory
Garland-thomsen: need to add disability as a category of analysis in feminist theory
Disability theory adds to FT: lived body experiences, politics of appearance, Medicalization, the
“unmasking and reimagining disability”
- Sedgwick’s “universalizing view”
- Spectrum issue
Is being a female a disability?
1. System for understanding/disciplining body diffs
2. Relationship between bodies and environments – not all bodys are the same in various
3. Practice that marks difference dis/abled
4. Way of describing urself
Refers to male bodies
NOT determined by male biology (having a penis)
Masculinity defined in relation to femininity - opposite of vs. Like/similar to Imagining masculinity
What qualities/traits/characteristics do you consider masculine?
Masculinity does not inhere to male body
Otherwise, all acts performed would be masculine
Can women have masculine qualities
Can men have feminine qualities?
Does it change who they are?
Prominent scholar on gender and masculinity
Argues masculinity exaggerates difference (race, class, sexuality)
Fear of other men: homophobia and hegemonic masculinity
- Use of slurs, “gay” and “faggot”
Fear and shame to be different: what are the costs?
Raewynn Connell, Australian sociologist/scholar of masculine studies
“masculinities are configurations of practice within gender relations, a structure that includes
large-scale institutions and economic relations as well as face-to-face relations and sexuality.
Masculinity is institutionalized in this structure, as well as being an aspect of individual character
and personality.” (Connell 2000: 29)
Role of education and SES in teaching masculinity
Critiques that Connell’s theory is essentialist
Dominant form of masculinity in Western society