PSYC 3480 Chapter Notes - Chapter 15: White Ribbon, Ecofeminism

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Psychology of Women chapter 15
Moving onward
Future of psychology of women; relatively young
Increasing number of women in psychology
o Now 69% of all PhD’s
o 705 of fulltime students
o Gender still favours males, however approaching equality
o Many women doesn’t guarantee any feminist discipline
o Men and women have same stereotypes about gender; growing women
does however change things
Developing a more inclusive psychology of women
o Research is focused on middle class educated women though
o European, heterosexual, non disabled
o Recently have moved away
o Much has been comparison between those groups and ‘’normative’’
o Many look for what they suspect only; alc in aboriginals
Women of colour and feminist movement
o Black feminists
Many don’t feel connected with feminism
Report different lives as opposed to whites
More economically challenged
Don’t feel with racist whites
Black women may not wanna criticize black men
Feminism draws away from racism which men think more
important
Don’t label selves as feminists as much
o Latina feminists
Less likely to know about it unless live in western us. Chicanca
movements
Chicanca feminism has a longer history than thought of
Question self traditional roles
Would need to address race, class, and gender
Males misinterpret as a threat-label them as vendidas;
sellouts;acting like whites
o Asian feminists
Required to be passive, invisible, supportive of men
Do not fit in with westerns
Use indirect changes rather than direct
Community member likely to criticize them
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Critics accuse of ruining relationships b.w. men n women that’s
been working
Many are not familiar; likely if just moved
Feminism needs specific need not imposing views
o All are writing how important it is to be involved
o Social justice
Men’s movement
o Intro
Men’s studies- collection of scholarly activities that focus on
men’s lives
Emphasize gender roles associations sexism problems and gender
roles conflicts
Also study maladaptive areas i.e. health and psych problems
Men of colour not likely to seek help
No unitary single men’s movement
3 strands of movement
1.profeminists
2.mythopoetic movement
3. Religiously oriented approached
o 1. Profeminist
Eliminate destructive aspects of gender such as violence, discrim,
inequalities
Grew out of feminism
Strict roles can ruin both men n women
Oppose sexual exploitation of women
Nomas- largest men’s association; spsmm as well
Mission statements:
Promotes critical studies of gender shapes and constricts
men’s lives
Is committed to enhancement of men’s capacity to
experience their full human potential
Endeavours to erode constraining defs of masculinity
which inhibit men’s development/oppression of
others/relationships
Supports gays women’s groups, people of colour
Contend against narrow vies and show healthy
relationships jobs etc in equality
Can serve as allies- provide support to groups other than their own
White ribbon campaign worked against male violence
o Myopoetic approaches
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