Women’s Studies Lecture 1 2515 Quiz

christianity – based on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and on the Bible
_____ is the principle that a person's beliefs and activities should be understood buy others in terms of that person's own culture – Culture Relativism
True or False:
Major institutions in our society include famil, marriage, government, religion, the economy, criminal justice system etc. – True
"social construction" theory of gender – categories of masculine and feminine" including "socially imposed attributes and behaviours assigned to these categories" not by nature but by social convention and construction, as evidenced by the way it changes over time and across cultures (M & M). household production, organization of paid work, state including legal system, male violence or threat thereof (ex. lack of successful prosecution of many rapists), heterosexuality, cultural institutions such as popular culture (esp. mass media's perpetuation of gender norms such as hegemonic
What are some myths and stereotypes of feminists? – Angry whiny women
Want a matriarchy
othering – A way of treating someone that demeans them. The west "others" the non-west. Trying to show cultural, racial, social, or educational superiority.
Intersex – being born neither male or female
androgynous – having both male and female characteristics
structure – divides work in the home, legitimates those in authority, organizes sexuality
Violence against women in college – 20-25% of college women experience an attempted or completed rape during college.
Hélène Cixous – first coined écriture féminine in her essay, “The Laugh of the Medusa” (1975), where she asserts “woman must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been driven away as violently as from their bodies” because their sexual pleasure has been repressed and denied expression.
This text, originally written in French as Le Rire de la Méduse in 1975, was translated into English by Keith and Paula Cohen in 1976.[8] Cixous is issuing her female readers an ultimatum of sorts: either they can read it and choose to stay trapped in their own bodies by a language that does not allow them to express themselves, or they can use their bodies as a way to communicate.
Dense with literary allusions, “The Laugh of the Medusa”, is an exhortation to a “feminine mode” of writing; the phrases “white ink” and “écriture féminine” are often cited, referring to this desired new way of writing. It is a critique of logocentrism and phallogocentrism, having much in common with Jacques Derrida's earlier thought. The essay also calls for an acknowledgment of universal bisexuality or polymorphous perversity, a precursor of queer theory's later emphases, and swiftly rejects many kinds of essentialism which were still common in Anglo-American feminism at the time. The essay also exemplifies Cixous's style of writing in that it is richly intertextual, making a wide range of literary allusions.[1] In homage to French theorists of the feminine, Laughing with Medusa was published by Oxford University Press in 2006.
Martha spent the what in 1778 with George where? – winter, Valley Forge
Glass Precipice – women are encouraged into leadership positions in failing organizations, disproportionally set up to fail
1 Timothy 2:9 – Modest apparel
gender complementarity – metaphysical claim that men's and women's social functions in the world are determined dichotomously by their biological sex, such that where men are convex and women are concave. men are metaphysically meant to rule over women
Manifest destiny – Native American land given by God

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