My concern is not with them, but with the subject content itself. But, oppression is complicated, far more complicated than can be distilled in an undergraduate academic setting.
When I first discovered women’s studies, I was lulled into a comforting sense that I had discovered the “truth.” It was as if my veil of ignorance had been yanked away, and I was blissfully seeing the world for what it really was.
I have taken seven women’s studies classes; initially at a nondescript state university and later at a women’s college in Manhattan.
Yet, as a student, good grades are contingent on agreeing with them. No theory is more fundamental to academic feminism than the theory of the patriarchy.
Quite simply — and perhaps too simply — patriarchy is the theory that there is a regime of institutionalized male control over women.
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Applications are no longer being accepted for 2019.A committee of impartial judges is drawn from Women’s & Gender Studies staff and affiliated faculty/staff across campus. Access the Research Guide Directory for a list of all guides.The deadline for 2020 will be announced in Fall 2019.Contact the WGS main office at 414-229-5918 or [email protected] further information.Male control, and thus, its logical consequence — female oppression — is the foundational theory my classes were structured on.But while patriarchy theory debuted in Kate Millet’s book Sexual Politics (1970), feminists soon realized that oppression didn’t exist just along the lines of gender.Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting that my professors are bad people.They’re not, and as people, I respect them tremendously.Or worse, as I learned in one of my classes, it can be upsetting to genderqueer or transgender students.Thus, some of the root causes of what makes men and women differ — hormonal, neurological, and biological differences — is left out of the discussion. For example, during a discussion on intersex individuals, I earnestly recalled an article I read by well-known academic Alice Dreger. if only the word patriarchy was replaced with capitalism, it’d be similar to communist propaganda.