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
- 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:
- 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
- They look for connections between social norms, the body, etc.
- 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
- Norms change over time
- 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.
- 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