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Lecture 12

Lecture 12 Paternalism/ Patriarchy 1. The model of patriarchy 2. Social changes and the persistence of patriarchy a. Maternal feminism b. Early liberal feminism


Department
Social Science
Course Code
SOSC 1910
Professor
Dorathy Moore
Lecture
12

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Paternalism/ Patriarchy SOSC 1210 Feb 24/ 10
1. The model of patriarchy
2. Social changes and the persistence of patriarchy
a. Maternal feminism
b. Early liberal feminism
Case law
Racism series
o Philips case- principle how we de-racialize an issue
o RDS/Sparks- case of the black judge- the court tried to come to grips with the context of young black men
being stopped by a white police officer- judge contextualized it;
Gays and Lesbians- revolve don 2 principles
1) Establishing grounds for discrimination in HR codes- fed and provincial- Mossop & Vriend
2) The charter- how things were read in; analogous-Egan
Feminists: fight for social equality of women and men
Model of Paternalism/ Patriarchy- similar to colonialism
1) Invalidation myth: weaker sex, emotional;/ irrational, less intelligent
2) Inferiorized attribute: sex
3) Invalidation ideology: sexism
4) Majority policy: regulation to the private sphere, gender role subordination (master/ servant relationship), obedience
required (might= right)
5) Outcome: created dependency (on males or the state), collective disadvantage, systemic inequality.
Just as there is an ethno-racial hierarchy, There is also a patriarchal hierarchy
Just as there is nothing inherently inferior in racialized populations, though they are inferiorized, the same applies to
women
Model is based on assumed differences btwn the sexes
Historically males are assumed to be superior based on the notion that might is right
Women were believed to be the weaker sex, as a result innately inferior in every way; including intellectually
One of the invalidation myths; women are naturally inferior
Wide spread believe has resulted in Gender Subordination
in its origins the patriarchy of women I si along master servants lines
case in which systemic discrimination is a large problem; structured into the social system
not just our customs but the law as well
historically women and children were considered to be under the protection of males
in the case of adult women unmarried, they were under the protection of their father
they were taken care of b/c they were assumed to take care of themselves
as long as the “obeyed” masters they were treated in a kindly way
model that is based on the authority of males over women and children and the authority based on the assumption
that men are the super ordinate of the species dn thus have the right to run the social system
for women and female children this is a permanent condition
men had the right to total authority to govern, establish the rules
historically women considered to be property; had no rights to property, no voting rights, were not considered
persons, subject to the discipline of the male figure
The Persons case-
The Rule of thumb- man had right to disciple wives so long as it was not bigger than his thumb
Social Changes
Overtime the economic base of society has changed; big increase in wage work with industrial revolution and many of
the family worked, including children
Movement in England, Over time legislation to protect women and children against harsh working conditions
Resulted in mandatory schooling for children and the attempt to keep women out of the labour force
This is the beginning of Maternal Feminism
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