WSTA03H3 Study Guide - Socialist Feminism


Department
Women's and Gender Studies
Course Code
WSTA03H3
Professor
Victoria Tahmasebi

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FEMINIST THEORIES
Theory Liberal Radical Marxist/socialis
tPsychologicalPo-Mo &
queer theory Po-coEco-fem
Human
natureRational/autonomo
us agent
Self-interested and
have free will
Individuals are
isolated
Individuals are self
conscious
The human can be
abstracted
Human is
inherently
gendered
Gendered
behaviours,
roles, scripts,
identities are
written on bodies
Men and women
are essentially
different
Human
labouring
animal
We are defined
by what we
produce
We meet our
basic needs by
basic
productive
abilities
Interests of
men and
women are not
crucially
different
What divides
us is class not
gender
Structured
psychologicall
y
Sigmund
Freud says:
human is born
with a basic
psychological
structure
** ego tries to
stabilize id
and superego
in humans
Identity is
fluid (ever
changing)
No fixed
nature
Born within
a web of
linguistic,
cultural and
social
relations
Human
beings are
rational and
self-
interested
with stable
and coherent
ideas
Global
understandi
ng of human
Human is
defined by
social
experiences
Heterogeneo
us body of
scholarly
work
Pays
attention to
discourse
and ideology
of
colonialism
Rejects
universalist
and unitary
conceptions
of human
nature
Humans are
defined by
the
ecosystem.
Women Interested in career
path Not an inferior
sexSocially
productive
person
** Freud: the
sexual life of
adult women
Women
create real-
life power
No universal
def of
womanhood
Closer to
nature
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FEMINIST THEORIES
Women are equal to
men
Women and men
are sexually
undifferentiated
Women are able to
do what a man can
do
Feminity must
be celebrated
Not the same as
a man
Womanhood
embodies
goodness
Women are
nurturing, warm
beings
Defined by the
way she is
located in the
web of social
and economic
production
Marxist:
Defined by
their position
in capitalist
system
Socialist:
capitalism and
patriarchy
make a woman
who she is
is a 'dark
continent' for
psychology
Women never
resolve
Oedipus
complex
Womens
psyche is
marked by
penis envy
Women have
moral
inferiority and
cannot
develop into
full moral
creatures
struggles
Hides power
relations
Women are
passive,
dark,
natural, low
and/or
generally
negative
Woman is
the other to
a man
Woman is
derivative ...
man is
autonomous
A woman is
an empty
signifier
Intersections
of local and
global power
dynamics
Sustains
humanity
Problem Men and women
are unequal
Women are
oppressed by men
Women are
oppressed
because of their
sex
Hierarchical
class relations
Sexual
oppression is a
Close to
radical
feminism
Oppressive
Binary
thinking
(thinking in
oppositions)
Interlocking
sources
Interdepend
ent
Oppression
of women
and
domination
of nature
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