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Lecture 7

WS 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Relational Aggression, Consciousness Raising, Eating Disorder

Women’s Studies
Course Code
WS 200

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9/10/2019 Lecture
What is patriarchy?
A social system where men within the system are in charge- feminists are not
interested in fighting the men, but the system
A good percentage of the world still operates where men own women and their
Definition: noun
A female dog, wolf, fox or otter
When applied to a man, bitch is a derogatory term for a subordinate
Bitches are aggressive, assertive, domineering, overbearing, strong minded
Bitches are big, tall, strong, large, loud, brash, harsh, awkward, clumsy,
sprawling, strident, ugly
Bitches seek their identity strictly through themselves and what they do. They are
subjects, not objects
People feel uncomfortable around bitches
Bitch Manifesto
Reclaiming language
Not lady like
Conscious Raising Groups- 1960s
No men
No leaders
Topics for consciousness raising:
Marriage (divorce, child support, abuse, etc.)
Bodies (periods, rape, childbirth, abortion, etc.)
Relational Aggression
Relational aggression: harm is caused by damaging someones relationships or
social status
Excluding others from social activities
Damaging victims reputations with others by spreading rumors and gossiping
about the victim, or humiliating him/her in front of others
Withdrawing attention and friendship
Women aren’t supposed to physically fight
Food and women
Food is an expressive element in culture
Women use food to nurture themselves and loved ones
Eating Disorders
It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder - seven million
women and one million men
1 in 200 american women suffers from anorexia
2-3 in 100 American women suffers from bulimia
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