WSTA03H3 Lecture 6: Week 6 Lecture Notes (along with Powerpoint Notes)

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Postmodernism y a critical reaction to basic tenets of enlightenment and modernity y modernity y human beings are: Who is a woman? y a matter of representation y a woman= an empty signifier . An empty sign into which we throw different meanings. The causes of women s oppression y binary thinking to think in terms of oppositions limits thought y y creates real-life power struggles y y hides power relations y fundamental dichotomy: The solution? y deconstructing gender binary y opening the space for other genders y to get rid of the opposition between femininity and masculinity. Creates an otherness (according to binary thinking); homophobia comes from this rigid dichotomized, binary thinking. Food for thought y homophobia: what does it say about us ? y y for postmodernists, homophobia is about the person who s homophobia; it says a lot. It says more about us than it does about them about the person who hates.

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