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Women's and Gender Studies
Anissa Talahite- Moodley

WSTA03H3 – Week 3 What does “radical” mean? - Some definitions from the online Oxford dictionary: o “(especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough” o “characterized by departure from tradition; innovative or progressive.” - What is Patriarchy? o A social system that is mainly male dominant  Doesn’t always have to be men/women, can be men/men. - Focuses on the following areas: o Challenging patriarchal thinking o Freeing the female body o Celebrating the ‘feminine’ - Challenging the patriarchal thinking o i.e. “witch craze” or “witch hunt” in Europe (1480-1750) Freeing the female body from patriarchal control - Radical Feminism questions the ways which personal relationships have traditionally been shaped and integrates the “love discourse” and the institution of marriage. For Radical Feminism, “the personal is political”. - Radical Feminism places a special emphasis on the female body as an area that has traditionally been under patriarchal control (e.g. virginity, childbirth, female se
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