WGSST 2230 Lecture 1: Intro
SchoolOhio State University
DepartmentWomen's, Gender&Sexuality Sts
Course CodeWGSST 2230
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Oppression is systematic and institutionalized
Invested in eradication of economic, political, and cultural oppression of all
Concerns have evolved over time
Covers everything from transgender activism to disability representation and
States that all people must be free of oppression or marginalization
What is Feminism?
Reproductive rights and access
Access to education and medical care
Cultural/societal changes around gender
Not all agree, but these are key:
Tends to be skeptical of "objectivity" since we all look at the world based on our own
Feminist philosophy argues that women know more about women's lives than men
do, people of color know more about race, etc.
Emphasis placed on lived experience and concept of "the personal is political"
Importance on systems and institutions of inequality
discrimination against women based on gender that does not necessarily indicate a
dislike of women.
dislike or hatred of women
set of unearned advantages given to certain groups that are not given to others.
Often invisible or taken for granted by groups that have them
term used first by Kimberle Crenshaw that describes how lives,
experiences, and interactions with institutions must be understood in how identities
function together vs individually
Women of color/People of color:
not racist because the terms are political and were self
created vs ascribed to them.
Never solely an amusement or diversion
Known as low culture; available to the masses
Media through which we imagine and practice our identities
Infused with messages about race, glass, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, and more
Norms sustained by PC are evident in our construction of ourselves and others.
Studying Popular Culture
liked by many people
Inferior kinds of work
Work deliberately setting out to win favor with people
Culture made by the people for themselves
Four current definitions:
Not high art or philosophy
More readily available than high art
What is Popular Culture?
Society: Sets of relationship such as family, class, race, community, nation
Intro to Feminism and Pop Culture
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