Gender Politics Part 2
GenderPolitics • Social construction of gender • History of disparity, discrimination and struggle • Contemporary disparities • Variants of Feminism
Gender Politics • Everyday life • Popular culture • The complex, contradictory and confusing
What is Gender? • Gender is not a thing • Gender is a practice • Gender cannot be separated from the practices that constitute the social, cultural, political and economic (re)production of masculinity and femininity
What is Gender? • Masculinity : What it means to be a man, how to be manly, • Femininity: What it means to be a woman, how to be womanly • Not stable, contested, change over time • Connected with practices of race, class, sexuality, age, religion, etc.
A Gendered Analysis What things do you do everyday that are determined by gender or have gendered consequences?
A Gendered Analysis • Clothing • Grooming and hygiene • How you talk • Who you (can) talk with • What and how you read, write, watch • What courses you take • How much money you make • Where you go to the bathroom
Man-Up Historically : “Not too long ago, man up was simply an alternative to the verb man, in the sense of “to supply with adequate manpower.” (Staff or staff up would be the more politically correct choices nowadays.)”
Man-Up • Advertising Campaigns • Popular saying in recent elections in the United States • Man Up Campaign
Pinko Historically: A term used to insinuate that people who do not espouse conservative sentiments/ideology are (somehow) effeminate. Synonym's wimpy, limp-wristed, sissy. Pinko-Commie commonly used during the Cold-War (1950s – 1980s).
Pinko • Resurgence with conservative commentators in Canada and the United States • Reappropriated • Clothing Designer
Don Cherry • Old boy, loud mouthed, politically incorrect • “He tells it as it is” or “Calls’em how he sees’em” • Flamboyant, a performer, all talk • Fighting in Hockey
Sarah Palin • Refers to herself as: Mama Grizzly, Hockey Mom, Mother of a Soldier, hunter/gun enthusiast, feminist • “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick!” • Vice-Presidential Candidate; former mayor and governor, former beauty pageant contestant
Gender Politics • Does gender matter? • How does gender matter? • Where and when does gender matter? • Why does gender matter?