Feminist CT

  1. Patriarchal woman
    a woman who has internalized the norms and values of patriarchy
  2. Patriarchy
    any culture that privileges men by promoting traditional gender roles
  3. Traditional gender roles
    cast men as rational, strong, protective, and decisive; they cast women as emotional (irrational), weak, nurturing, and submissive
  4. Sexist
    promotes the belief that women are innately inferior to men
  5. Biological essentialism
    based on biological differences between the sexes that are considered part of our unchanging essence as men and women
  6. Hysteria
    striking illustration of biological essentialism; the word derives from the Greek word for womb (hystera) and refers to psychological disorders deemed peculiar to women and characterized by overemotional, extremely irrational behavior
  7. Sex
    our biological constitution as female or male
  8. Gender
    our cultural programming as feminine or masculine
  9. Social constructionism
    gender categories are constructed by society
  10. Materialist Feminism
    interested in the social and economic oppression of women
  11. Psychoanalytic Feminism
    concentrates on women’s psychological experience
  12. Sexual Difference
    what patriarchy believes are essential, or inborn, differences between women and men
  13. Patriarchal Binary thought
    seeing the world in terms of polar opposites, one of which is considered superior to others
  14. Ecriture feminine (feminine writing)
    a new feminine language that undermines or eliminates the patriarchal binary thinking that oppresses and silences women
  15. Male Gaze
    the man looks, the woman is looked at
  16. Womanspeak
    the way to get beyond patriarchy is by means of language. The women only groups are necessary for the development of non patriarchal ways of thinking and speaking.
  17. Semiotic
    the part of language that in contrast, consists of such elements as intonation, rhythm, and the body language that occurs as we speak, which reveals our feelings and bodily drives
  18. symbolic dimension
    the domain in which words operate and meanings are attributed to them
  19. Gender Identity
    implies that one gender may not match one’s biological sex
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Feminist CT