WSTA01H3 Study Guide - European Credit Transfer And Accumulation System


Department
Women's and Gender Studies
Course Code
WSTA01H3
Professor
Daga Sandra

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Chapter 1 t Imagery and Symbolism in the Definition of Women
THE MEANING OF IMAGERY AND SYMBOLISM
Experience, Perception and the Symbolic Construction of Reality
Classification and Perception
x We make use of symbols to give meaning to our perceptions: words, colour, object used to represent
something else
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x We select particular features of personality and physical shape on which to focus and ignore others
Shaping of Reality
x The application of names and symbols gradually construct us, and vice versa
x Cultures vary widely in their attribution of characteristics to femininity and masculinity
IMAGERY AND SYMBOLISM IN THE DEFINITION OF WOMEN
x We learn to classify objects and combine symbols into imagery
x A lack of reciprocity: men have been the providers of images and women and men have been the
recipients
The Construction of Images and Symbols
x Images built out of our symbol-controlled perceptions usually grouped into categories and classified in
different ways
x Different purposes = classification of the same objects in different ways
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helplessness
x Womanhood may be idealized as essentially childlike and associated with innocence, unwordliness and
vulnerability
x Some of the cultural classification of women and children are contributed by men and women as they
mold themselves to fit the classificatory system that exists
The Use of Symbols and Their Influence
Language
x Inherently a symbolic system
x Language we use contains the message of inequality in many forms
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material one does not mistress ]Y
x Teaches us men are the doers and owners and that women are valued mainly as caretakers and
supportive partners
x Our language is phallocentric t expresses cultural biases = sexist
x Reinforces sexist behavior and organization in our society, to promote stereotype by gender and to
perpetuate inequality
x Guidelines concerning language usage suggest:
x Man and mankind = humanity, human being, person, people
x Man-made = artificial, synthetic, constructed
x She, he, her, his = personal and individual
Myths, Fantasies and Imagery
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x We learn that man came first and that God is like man t Eve was made as a companion to Adam and
constructed from his rib
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