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Human Rights and Equity Studies
HREQ 1700
Elizabeth Brule

Lecture 3 Women’s Studies Brulee: Wednesday September 25 , 2013 th - People of all class and statuses had started to come to University starting in the 60’s - Society in whole was being called in question with regard to its militaristic and racist ideals o These movements challenged the way in which singular movements were talked about in the labour movement - Identity politics begin to emerge during this time period - The women’s movement called into question patriarchal society - The movement is made largely of white, middle class women. o What they focused on primarily was the home, and the division between men and women between the private/public sphere o Also called into question pornography, and the detrimental impact that it has on both men and women - The movement was about consciousness raising and the ways in which they were discriminated against. o At this point in time there was not a language or outlet to discuss these matters - Women also began to question the cannons of education that they were taught during their university tenure o Sociology was based on a very masculine way of thinking  Personality traits were attributed to ones biology o Based around men’s experiences and men’s lives - Early feminists in the 60’s questioned the biological basis that had been used to justify the division and exploitation between men and women o Argued that its not biology that determines the differences between men and women, its about cultural values and norms o We are so biologically similar to one another, the differences are extremely little, and yet we exaggerate the differences to be seen as two different species - Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, people began to try and examine the social aspects of gender differentiation - Sex role theory was a popular theory during the 70’s and 80’s, and it was a concept that your role as a person in society depended on the role you occupied in terms of your profession o Much of how you behaved was responsible by looking at your job - Places like school and workplace that stereotypes become reinforced - When w
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