GS211 Tutorial Questions Nov. 12, 2012
Ashley Stratton 110110900
From the Staudt Reading:
1. What is the relationship between the nation-state and women?
The state as an authority figure over its citizens has historically had an oppressive relationship with women as
it worked to bring forward males in privileged positions. Males were the dominant economic class and
therefore held much of the power in society. But the interests and power of men reached beyond the capitalist
sector and overall worked towards the interests of males. Women had a difficult relationship with the state in
the sense that their voices weren’t prioritized in decision making or in the society in general. The state
controlled and developed policies but with the gender hierarchy women saw the need for gender justice and
equality which they were not being given.
2. Should feminists work with the state or against the state?
In order to be heard women needed to work with the state to make changes which had their best interest at
heart. By working with the state and using the rarely allowed space within the state for a woman to be heard
she could voice her opinion and work to make changes.
From the Varley Reading:
1. Why is there a fault line between The Family and families in contemporary social and political
Families became a problem as the term rejected the nuclear norm of what a family should be and accepted a
wide range of definitions of what a family could represent including homosexual couples or a household of
people. One of the real problems with the idea of family and families was the idea of women’s roles within the
family or the household. Modernity and the influence of Western culture allowed women to find work in the
city for example and caused them to be blamed for problems within society. But as this was happening the
potential problems men could cause were not being questioned.
2. What are some of the main problems related to leadership of households?
The problem with the term household was how task oriented it was. A nuclear family living in a home had
different assumed tasks than a group of friends living together. Also there was the issue of localizing a family
unit which seemed unnecessary. Plus the differentiating ideologies of a household caused opposing positions
within society as to what functioned or had the potential to be successful within a society. In the past society
has seen the head of a household as a male authority figure but as successful households shift away from this
society becomes unsure of the power and leadership role required in a household.
From the Trotz Reading:
1. Do you think it is possible to speak of feminist issues in the South without reductions to stereotyping? The South speaking in global terms has patterns of inequality both historically and today which make it
difficult to move away from stereotypes. Colonialism is one of the key problems relating to poverty of women
in the Global South, when colonial powers left they left the c