Feminism: Women Studies

1. One of the two central components of feminism is a reallocation of power to women over men.
True___ False___
2. Patricia Hill-Collins described the following dimensions of oppression:
a. Institutional, Symbolic and Individual
b. Racial, Institutional and Symbolic
c. Governmental, Individual and Institutional
d. All of the above
3. In “Toward a New Vision,” Hill Collins attempts to re conceptualize race, class, and gender categories of analysis. She writes that traditional approaches to these issues tend to be based upon certain premises. These premises are:
a. Misogynous attitudes
b. Either/or thinking
c. Ranking of differences
d. Both (a) and (b)
e. Both (b) and (c)
4. Androcentrism implies putting men on center and confusing maleness with humanity.
True___ False___
5. Gender can be defined as the biological organization of sexual difference.
True___ False___
6. In “The Invisible Knapsack”, Peggy McIntosh:
a. Articulates a vision for better relationships between men and women
b. Concludes that those benefitted by privilege are often unable to identify it in themselves
c. Concludes that inequality affects only those who are disadvantaged by it
d. a and b
e. a and c
7. The term “patriarchal consciousness” refers to the following:
a. The notion that societies are organized around male authority
b. The notion that men teach others to recognize their power and influence.
c. The notion that men and women learn to internalize a world view in which men hold primary authority and influence.
8. The in-class team discussions featured the following statements:
a. Feminism is a concept whose time has passed.
b. Feminism is not relevant to women of color
c. Feminists seem to hate men.
d. Feminists are not concerned with equality for all.
e. (a),(c) and (d)
f (a) through (c)
g. All of the above
9. Lorber refers to gender ranking in terms of people belonging to the following:
a. “A” groups and “B” groups
b. “A” groups and “lower caste” groups”
c. “A” groups and “not-A” groups
d. All of the above.
10. In “Toward a New Vision,” Patricia Hill Collins discusses three suggestions for overcoming barriers of inequality and privilege. These include:
a. Create coalitions around common causes
b. Socialize women to succeed in the public world
c. Build empathy
d. Both (a) and (b)
e. Both (a) and (c)
11. Shaw and Lee believe that our ability to change and adorn our bodies is synonymous with political and economic freedom.
True___ False___
12. Shaw writes that bodies are sites of identity and self expression.
True___ False___
13 According to sociologist Allan Johnson, patriarchy is defined as:
a. The position of fathers in the family.
b. The oppression of women.
c. A system of male privilege.
d. The generational distribution of power to men.
14. Gender stratification implies the same as gender ranking.
True___ False___
(from Shaw and Lee: Womens Voices book)
(Also from the Shaw and Lee
feminism book)
(answer is (f)
15. In Marilyn Frye’s article “Oppression”, the double bind means that you are caught between opposing forces and must direct your anger onto someone of equal or lesser status.
True___ False___
16. Rubin, Fits and Becker assert that weight issues and body image issues impact primarily white upper and middle class girls and women:
True______ False______
17. The prevalence of male generated art in major museums illustrates which dimension of systems of inequality and privilege as outlined by Hill Collins? :
a. Institutional
b. Symbolic
c. Individual
d. All the above
18. The Shaw text reports that today, fashion models weigh approximately more than 20% less than the average woman.
True___ False___
ESSAY QUESTIONS Please write no less than 3 paragraphs (12 font/1 inch margins please) in response to these questions.
NOTE: Be sure to support your opinions and arguments with class readings and content. Opinions unsupported or unconnected to academic content will detract from your essays.
1- After reading the “Is Fat a Feminist Issue” article, please write a brief overview of the themes relating to self-representation through the body as well as the notions of gendered body image that emerge in the reading. Given the challenges that are brought up in the article, how might this impact BOTH men and women’s management of their body images in terms of “beauty” or “attractiveness”? What are some of the contradictions present in the current culutral conversation about fat vs thin and the beauty ideal? Please identify and explain 2 ways in which this article connects with the issues we have been discussing in this class?
2. Please research and choose one article from a reputable news source that you feel adequately articulates some of the issues relevat to this class. Please elaborate on specific connections you have found between the article, the Shaw text as well as class discussions. Be specific and support your arguments beyond opinion.

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