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Women and Gender Studies

Haneen Aboshawish WGS205 Summer 2010, Study Group Readings and Notes Brasfield, Rebecca (2007), Rereading Sex and the City. Main Concept: Hegemonic Feminism (p.152) Definition: Hegemony Hegemonic The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others; leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a confederation. Leader leadership, predominance, authority. The political, economic, ideological or cultural power exerted by a dominant group over other groups, regardless of the explicit consent of the latter; better defined as emphasizing how control is achieved through consensus not force. Ascendancy or domination of one power or state within a league, confederation, etc, or of one social class over others. Definition: Discourse Communication of ideas, information, etc., especially by talking; conversation. A long and formal treatment of a subject, in speech or writing; lecture; treatise; dissertation. Ability to reason; rationality; the process or power of reasoning. To speak or write (on or upon a subject) formally and at some length; to speak or write formally and at length. Brasfield examines the hegemonic feminist narrative in the series Sex and the City, by analyzing the series methods of addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, and class; claiming of we are not critical we end up just repeating andor reproducing our own oppressions: When we fail to critically read and reread media presentations, we run the risk of internalizing and reproducing our own oppression. (Brasfield, 2007, pp.138). The show: Sex in the City portrays the lives of 4 privileged white women and their resistance to wanting to challenge their own bigotry in favour of reinscribing and reproducing hegemonies through difference. (Brasfield, 2007, pp.130). Page 1 of8
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