Week 3 Lecture 1 – Sept. 25 , 2013
o To look at, to see, to understand
o A frame – looking at the world and focusing in
o A blueprint, a guide
o Theory /practice
- To understand: (ex. inequality, oppression, injustice, division of rights and responsibilities, etc.)
o What is it?
o How did it get here?
o How do we make it go away? Change? Solutions?
- France, 1910 – became positive in 1913
o Being able to vote (1920)
o Depending on what is important
o Major theories
o Barrier in the wave such as women in politics
o Lack of education – give women same education as men and
barrier has been removed
o Profession – women being firefighters, police officers etc.
o Laws – the ones that prevent freedom and equality for women
o Mind/body, public/private
o Stress on equality ignored differences
Physical, mental differences
Responsibility given to women to take care of children
Form of oppression
There’s always going to be that bias
All women can’t achieve the same level of equality as
Women are all different
o Assumes the male standard is desirable
Equality to which men?
White, rich, men being dominant “western”, non-
dominant being “non-western”
Intersectionality - Focus
o Women have minds decide for self, have rights, participate in
public life (not just in the kitchen), freedom, choice, women
seek equality to men, this attitude is reformist (fitting women
into status quo)
o Remove barriers re: education, laws, politics, professions
o Violence against women in the home
o Women are controlled by men through sexuality
o Housework (unpaid), primary responsibility for childcare
o Racial = “root” (not “extreme”)
o The system (patriarchy) cannot be reformed