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Human Rights and Equity Studies
HREQ 1920
Nadiah Habib

Questions How does the silent or hidden curriculum impact on the education we receive depending on our varied social locations? Binary opposite = inclusion & exclusion Aboriginal women in law school having visible or invisible inclusion/exclusion - accommodated in the curriculum, class content, materials used and the understanding of the topics - constitutional law: firsts nations constitutional law concern. Question: Why assign readings that were written by only white men = exclusion - this allowed aboriginal women to become visible - comment in interview “she didn’t disappear” - female interpretation, the possibility, was ignored - wanted to see more aboriginal presence (especially in terms of faculty) - systemic discrimination and institutionalized racism in law class produced ambivalence throughout the classroom (wanting to be visible & invisible at the same time) - one way to exclude aboriginal students is to have complete silence on aboriginal issues - to end the vicious cycle of visible and invisible, she (author) points the finger to us. It is our responsibility to make sure that racism, disrespect and the appropriation of pain is ended the door was opening (WWII) now it is closing again -> majority of males might be in university -> most women won’t money is becoming a problem - might not be able to have children, while be in such debt Medical School Article Micro inequality: everyday forms of discrimination and marginalization -> when taken together, their accumulative effect creates a climate of oppression -> makes women, minorities, working class, gay & lesbian students unwanted in medical school i.e. racist/sexes jokes -> these micro level practices of sexism, homophobia, racism and class discrimination are practices of everyday inequalities = mindless, unknowing and habitual -> the power of these micro inequalities is that they are normalized and it is acceptable What are some of the messages that the Little Mermaid advances about older women through the character of Ursula? What is the cost to Ariel of getting her prince? What do these ideas tell us about gender and sexuality in our social imaginary? Good/Bad in Disney Bad = not ideal (masculine women), “other” Good = the ideal (Ariel), backs up the dominant ideology Ursula = man voice, transfigure - cast as gynophobic imagery -> power that elderly women have (power of women) > broke the rule of femininity by wanting power [that which ariel’s father now has] = incapable of reproducing - fear of their knowledge, what they know, what they can tell you about your life Ursula = heroine? YES – voiced her opinion Teaches ariel about the patriarchal society - also that gender is a performance (if ariel get this, she might subject her subjectivity) Ariel’s(our) voice = is our power Messages that Ursula sends: -tells us that older woman are jealous, fat, mean bitter, undesirable, out to get you -as you get older you are desexualized and no longer looked at and you become invisible -cautionary tale for Arial: this is what you have to look forward too as you age (lose your beauty) -older woman are dangerous Cost to Ariel: -she must lose her voice > men don’t what you say, all about how you look = women are always seen as objects/ our looks/sexuality is our currency Gender and Sexuality: -“men don’t care what you say”-Ariel gives up her voice in order to be with Eric because Ursula says men don’t care what you say and that she can get him with simply her looks alone What does Bea
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