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Lecture 10

SOSC 1350 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Islamic Feminism, State Capitalism, Heteronormativity


Department
Social Science
Course Code
SOSC 1350
Professor
Julie Dowsett
Lecture
10

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GUEST LECTURE FROM SCOTT LIBRARIAN, KALINA GREWAL! (50 MINUTES)
(Finishing) MULTICULTURALISM
AND MUSLIM FEMININITIES AND MASCULINITIES
[Multiculturalism] reduces the problem of social justice into questions of curry and
turban.
—Himani Bannerji (1942-present)
3. The “Culture” in Official Multiculturalism (aka, the Dangers of Understanding
Race as Cultural)
a. cultural racism (Ramachandran reading)
b. “culture” dominant; “multicultures” are “tolerated” (at best) only
c. feminism outside (white) “western” culture is erased (e.g. Islamic
feminism)
4. A Critique of the (Supposedly) “Imperiled” Muslim Woman and “Oppressive”
Muslim Man
a. “Discover Canada” on gender equality
b. Zunera Ishaq’s feminism
c. television clip: Stephen Harper says niqab comes from an “anti-woman”
culture (Canada, 2015)
d. Canada v. Ishaq (2015)
MARRIAGE, THE FAMILY, AND DIVORCE (PARTS 1 AND 2)
A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people,
promptly announces she never did care for pie.
—Tenneva Jordan
1. Marriage and the Family as Socially Constructed
a. societal standards for a “good mother” versus a “good father”
b. the ideology of (white, middle-class, heterosexual) motherhood
c. weddings, gender, and heteronormativity
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