Women's Realities, Women's Choices: An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Canadian Edition by Joan SimalchikWomen's Realities, Women's Choices: An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Canadian Edition by Joan Simalchik

Women's Realities, Women's Choices: An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Canadian Edition

byJoan Simalchik

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This new Canadian edition takes a critical look at social and cultural definitions of gender while incorporating thoughtful discussions of women's realities within Canadian cultural contexts. Covering the most recent developments in politics, labour, family life, religion, and culture, whileincorporating Canadian issues and perspectives throughout, this is a broad, nuanced, and in-depth treatment of women's and gender studies in Canada today.
The Hunter College Women's and Gender Studies Collective is made up of authors affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies Department at Hunter College, all from various disciplines: Linda Alcoff, Jacqueline Nassy Brown, Sarah Chinn, Florence Denmark, Dorothy O. Helly, Shirley Hune, Ruzal Oza, and Carolyn M. Somerville. Canadian adap...
Title:Women's Realities, Women's Choices: An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Canadian EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.64 inPublished:March 16, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Note: Each Chapter includes:- Summary- Discussion questions- Recommended resourcesPart One: Defining Women and Gender1. Cultural Representations of WomenCulture, Representation, and Gender- Experience, Perception, and the Construction of Reality- The Construction of Gender in Culture and in OurselvesLanguage as a Cultural System- The Relationship between Language and Culture- Changes in LanguageEnduring Symbols of Women- Selected Images of Women in Mythical and Religious StoriesChanging Representations of Women's Sexuality- The "Sexual Revolution" and Its Legacies- Women's Sexuality in Recent Popular CultureConsuming the Body BeautifulCan We Change Reality by Changing Images?- Reshaping Representation- Women's Search for Self through ArtWomen's Search for Self through Literature- Women as Heroic- Telling Other Stories- Writing as Political ActivismRepresentation in the Internet AgeGender in Film: A Case Study2. Historical Ideas and Theories about Women and GenderWhy Ideas and Theories Are ImportantThe Waves of FeminismAncient and Early Modern Ideas about Women and GenderClassical Liberalism and Feminism- Wollstonecraft- Mill and Taylor- Contemporary Liberal FeminismSocialism and Feminism- Marx and Engels- Kollontai and Zetkin- Utopian Socialism and the Social Gospel- Goldman- Contemporary Socialist Feminism and Marxist FeminismSimone de Beauvoir- Woman as "Object"- Woman as "Other"Contemporary Feminist Debates- Radical Feminism and Cultural Feminism- Black Feminism- Postmodern Feminism- Psychoanalytic Feminism- Ecofeminism- Transnational FeminismContemporary Feminist Philosophies- Rethinking "Knowledge" and Values of Inquiry3. Latter Theories and IntersectionalityIntersections of OppressionHeteronormativity and HeterosexismHistorical Foundations of Intersectionality- Sojourner Truth- Anna Julia Cooper- Angela Davis- Audre LordeIntersectional Approaches to Feminist Activism- Shifting Policy Demands- Global IntersectionsIntersectional Approaches to Feminist Scholarship- Intersectional Identities- Research MethodsDebates over Intersectionality4. Learning, Making, and Doing GenderWhat Is Gender?- Sex versus Gender- Gender ExpressionTraditional Explanations for Gender Differences- Anatomical and Evolutionary Differences- Psychoanalytic Theory- Neuro-biological and Hormonal ExplanationsFeminist Critiques of Theories of Gender- Feminist Psychoanalysis- The Importance of Culture- The Importance of Relatedness- Rethinking BiologyHow is Gender Learned?- Cognitive-Developmental Theory- Social Learning Theory- Gender Schema Theory- Social Interactions and Gender Roles- Performativity TheoryHow Gender Is EnforcedAlternative Gender Arrangements- Historical Challenges to Gender- Gender outside the Binary5. Gender and the Politics of the BodyFeminism and the Body- Mind/Body Dualism- Naturalizing the BodyThe Nature of Sex Differences- The Gendered Brain- The Sexed Body: Hormones, Chromosomes, and Genitalia- The Politics of "Nature"Discourse/Knowledge/PowerGender and the Medicalization of the BodyDiscourses of SexualityFeminists Rethink the bodyThe Female Body on the World Stage: Two Case Studies- Bodies as Battlegrounds- Female Genital CuttingPart Two: Women's Relationships, Women's Selves6. Families and Their ConfigurationsThe Family as an Evolving Social OrganizationThe Nuclear and Extended Family- Conventional Marriage: Why Marry?- Whom to Marry?- Diverse Marital Households- The Incorporated Wife- Children in the Family- Elders in the Family- Marriage and Gender Roles in North America in Historical Perspective- Extramarital Experiences- DivorceAlternatives to Conventional Marriage in the Past- Religious Communities- Labouring Communities- Utopian and Experimental CommunitiesFamilies in the Early Twenty-First Century- Changes in the Global South- Changes in the Global North"New" Family Configurations- Blended Families- Single-Parent Families- Consensual Unions: Cohabitation, Domestic Partners- Power, Domination, and Rape- Multiracial Families- Families We Choose- Same-Sex Families- Visiting Unions - Living Apart Together- Transnational Families- Role Reversals- Choosing Not to Mother- Women on Their Own7. Women over the Life CourseGirlhoodDaughter in the Family- Female Infanticide- The Value of Daughters- Naming the Daughter- Daughters' Work- Parental Relationships- Daughters and Mothers- Daughters in Varied Family ConfigurationsSibling RelationshipsInheritanceMotherhood- Images of Mothers- Parental Behaviour: "Instinct" and Culture- The Assignment of Motherhood: Whose Interest Does It Serve?- The Cultural Shaping of Biological Events- Women Other than Birth Mothers Who MotherWomen Growing Older: The Double Standard of AgingLife Events and Role Transitions- Mid-life to Later Adulthood- Divorce- Widowhood- Singlehood- Motherhood- Grandparenthood- Housing Transitions- Workforce Changes- RetirementThe Sisterhood of Women8. Women's HealthThe Women's Health Movement- Redefining and Reframing Health- Why "Women's" Health?- Health, Gender, and Human Rights- Health Care SystemsUncovering the Gender Dynamics of Western Medicine- Woman as Deviant- Woman as "the Weaker Sex"- The Gendered Profession of MedicineThe Medicalization of Life Processes- Menstruation to Menopause- Reproductive Rights- Childbirth- SexualityImpact of Social and Cultural Disparities on Women's Health- Health Status and Risks- Poverty- Racial and Ethnic Discrimination- Occupational Health RisksWomen and Physical Health: Some Specific Concerns- Heart Disease- Cancer- Sexually Transmitted Disease Infections Including HIV/AIDS- Hysterectomy- Osteoporosis- Alzheimer's DiseaseWomen and Mental Health- Gendered Differences- Homophobic and Transphobic BiasWomen as Special-Risk/Vulnerable Populations- Depression- Women as Refugees- Women with Disabilities- Older Women- Women Who Are IncarceratedPart Three: Women in Society9. Women and EducationWhy Education Matters- A Matter of Life or Death- The Politics of KnowledgeEducation as a Contested Arena: What Should Be Taught?- Women's Traditional Knowledge- Men as the Measure of Knowledge- The Rise of Feminist Scholarship- Contemporary ConstraintsEducation as a Contested Arena: Who Should Be Taught?- Gender, Educational Participation, and Illiteracy Globally- Women's Struggles for Formal Education in the Past- European Struggles for Women's Education- European Colonization and Women's Education- The Debate in Canada- Women's Struggles for Education in the World Today- Broadening Canadian Educational ParticipationSchools as Socializers of Gender Inequities- Elementary Schools- Secondary Schools- Post-secondary Education- Educational Institutions as Gendered WorkplacesEducational Barriers of Girls/Women in Diverse Communities in the Global North- Gender and Cultural Assimilation- Indigenous Experiences- Black Canadian Experiences- Immigrant Experiences- Multicultural Education/Ethnic Studies as ResistanceThe Contemporary Struggle for Equal Access to Knowledge- Re-entry/Adult Women- Women: The New Post-secondary Majority?- Is There a Male Crisis in Educational Access?- Transforming the CurriculumEmpowering Women Learners- Educational Achievement of Girl's and Women's Schools Debated- Women's Struggles to Become Scientists- Women's and Gender Studies10. Women and ReligionReligious Beliefs- What Is Religion?- Religion and Social Reform- World Religions- Females in the Supernatural World- Beyond the Gender Binary in Religions- The NonreligiousReligion and Social Controls- Religion and the Family- Beyond the FamilyWomen as Religious Leaders- Healers- Missionaries and MartyrsWomen's Effect on Religious Movements- Protestant Denominations- Jewish Denominations- Roman Catholicism- Hinduism- Islam Piety Movement- Feminist Contributions to Religious Change11. Women and WorkThe Labour of Women- Division of Labour by Gender- Maintenance of the Domestic Unit- Women's Work in the Marketplace- The Contribution of Women to Economic DevelopmentThe Domestic Mode of Production- Food Production- Maintenance- Exchange and MarketingThe Capitalist Mode of Production- Urbanization and Class Distinctions- Working for Wages: Its Organizational Prerequisites- Women's Work- Globalization and the Transformation of Work- Self-Employment- UnemploymentThe Politics of Work: Barriers and Strategies- Sexual and Gender Harassment- Social Support for Working Women- Laws against Sexist Job Discrimination- Equal Pay - Comparable WorthThe Impact of Feminist Activism12. Women and PoliticsPolitical Power- What Is Power?- Power and Authority- Types of Government- Women's Political Power in the Past- Patterns of PatriarchyWomen as Political Leaders- Political Gains of Women in Office around the Globe- Do Women in Office Make a Difference?- Right-Wing Women- Obstacles Facing Women in PoliticsWomen as Citizens- Royal Commission on the Status of Women- Women and the LawWomen's Political Participation- Women and Peace Movements- Global Feminism and Human RightsGlossaryReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"The text covers a wide variety of important topics, emphasizing the many voices that make up the field." --Katharine Bausch, Trent University