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GGRB13 - Lecture 6 - Guest Lecture and Midterm Review

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Minelle Mahtani

GGRB13 – Lecture 6 – February 13, 2012 Guest Lecture: Geographies of Gender Feminist Geographies Tiffany Muller Myrdahl – [email protected] - What are elements on the street that help you feel “safe” when walking home at night? - Lighting, constant flows of people, stores opened 24/7, sidewalks, other women, bus stops, open areas - The presence of police/security may not necessarily be a positive thing because of racial profiling - Women walking on the street is not just about being a woman, but how she is perceived, is she the “normal female”? - Feminist geography looks at the scale of the body, what happens to our bodies - Our bodies are directly connected to the state - Social norms, do we feel in place because there are a lot of people around? Or do we feel out of place because there is nobody around? - There is a focus on social justice - In the planning process, there is a feminist perspective and equal treatment on the landscape - Streets may appear as boring, but some are designed in ways to make them safer - Feminist geographers can deal with many things: Health, sex practices, war, labour, etc. - Mei-Po Kwan, feminist geographer - You can use GIS to map and visualize a person’s daily movement in space - What would be the benefit? - You can find out how to modify the built environment to anticipate future dangers - Maps is an objective truth Dr. Geraldine Pratt: - LCP – Live-in Caregiver Program, a Canadian immigration program - Philippine mothers want to come to Canada to work as a caregiver to provide a living for their child back at home, but the drawback is 8-12 years of separation from the child - Look at push factors that cause them to work in other countries Dr. Beverly Mullings: - Globalization - Economic restructuring - Gender transformations in work - Social justice in developing countries - She looks at problems such as employment issues, how do women participate in managerial positions, how do labour market feminize? Commonalities Geographic lens - They look for connections between social norms, the body, etc. Feminist epistemology - Social norms like spaces are produced and performed, they are context-specific and they change over time - Gender norms are specific to place - If you wear a pink shirt, are you gay? There is a connection between gender performance and sexuality - Norms change over time Feminist Geography: - Linda McDowell: What is feminist geography? - Look at power relations, how they come about in space (through policy, education, etc.) - Social norms inform the way we behave in spaces, expectations reinforce how you perform and how space works - How unequal power serves political, economic, cultural purposes, etc. Contributions: - Looks at who and what gets counted (equal rights) - Women in various forms, different sexualities, ethnicities, etc. are getting counted - Rethink the meaning of space and place, rethinking how space, place, identity, notions of “social difference” are produced - The personal is political, things we do have political ramifications - Ch
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