The Dimensions of Success
Heterosexism; when lesbian is used as a derogatory term
Backlash terms tell us about what is expected of men and women in society.
Negative terms lead to self-policing; people will stay away from the feminist movement so as to
avoid the backlash terms.
Heterosexism, economic structure rigidity, implied anti-family.
Feminists are socialists, anti-capitalists, anti-family women who kill their children, leave their
husbands and become lesbians. -- Pat Robertson
Feminism is about equality among the sexes--to be treated equally.
Assignment due on Oct 15: based on
two weeks from now's readings
Only heterosexual partners, and that this is the best & only family form,
and it is the basis of society.
Families do critique the nuclear family structure.
It is not a universal structure! Nuclear is not the most prominent family
structure today, or through history.
We love all the children!
How do you know the children in your family are your own?
Prof Richard Namibia: family structures intact, but many of the parents would
have relations with others in the community.
He was imposing a particular structure of family which the Namibians did not
One woman said she didn't want to desert her family.
Men are gendered too. Once this is acknowledged, hard questions arise
about how men become gendered, how masculinity is related to gender
inequality, and how men can become part of the solution rather than part
of the problem. -- R.W. Connell, Reading #1
Men's dominant position in the gender order has a material payoff, and
the discussions of masculinity have constantly underestimated how big it
is. In the rich capitalist countries such as the united states, men's average
incomes are approximately double the average income of women. Men
have ten times the political access of women worldwide (measured by
representation in parliaments). Men have even greater control of
weapons and armed forces.
I call these advantages the "patriarchal dividend(}uvYX~}vvooU
Women's issues are also issues about men. Masculinity is a part of the feminist
Another woman said she didn't hate men.
Reading #1 Why I Am A Feminism
If feminism is about improving the lives of women, why do so many women reject feminism?
02 September 22 -Feminisms
Monday, September 20, 2010