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Women and Gender Studies
June Larkin

Racism, Imperialism and Early and Contemporary Feminisms October 23 2013 Lecture 6 Orientalism/War Gender essentialism – the notion that it’s the essence of women to be the mother. The belief that there are innate, essential differences between men and women. “We’re more interested on putting a ring on her finger rather than a ballot in her hand” Angela Davis asks if these issues were reflective of all the issues that were of concern of women in the US. The issues at the Seneca convention did not concern working class women and black women. Davis mentions the white women who work at the textile mills, Lawrence Manufacturing Company became known as the Lowell Mill Girls because the company had more women than men. Sojourner reminded us or introduced us that women is not a monolithic category – all the same. She introduced the concept of Intersectionality in her speech. The intellectual origins of the feminist other – Antoinette Burton, 1994 – important article The term other was introduced by Simone de Beauvoir. The term is used to describe the position of women in a patriarchal society being the other of men. Used to indicate a subject’s attitude to anything unfamiliar or unknown to it. Talked about w
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