WGST 1808 A: Women & Gender Studies
•Gender - masculinity/femininity, evolves from your background and culture, social
constraints, assumption of stereotypes straight from “gender reveal”, gender ﬂuidity,
exceptions get made based on gender, labels
•Feminism: political, economical and, social equality of men and women, active
•Agency: the power to make decisions in your own life, your position changes your
•Privilege/Oppression: Being granted/denied access to certain materials/ resources
based on age, sex, religion, location etc. Lack of political power, feeling unsafe and
discrimination are categorized in oppression. Been given advantage, expressing
yourself, more access to power, less restricted to rules apply to privilege. “ In order to
be privileged, there has to be oppression"
Marg Hobbs and Carla Rice. “Introduction. Mapping the Terrain of Gender and Women’s
Studies in Canada” pp. xvii-xxix.