The Implications Of Gender Divisions

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The Implications of Gender Divisions:
A Critical Examination through a Postmodern Feminist Analysis

Ashourina Hanna
ID: 500495249
Dr. Amina Jamal
SOC 475
24 November 2014
Word Count: 1766

Feminism addresses and recognizes the struggles often underwent by women of the past. Unfortunately, women’s historical struggles and lived experiences in the domestic sphere and private sectors of life have been erased from public awareness. Their realities often went unnoticed as they were not considered as ‘legitimate’ in contrast to those experiences of their male counterparts. In response to this, Gynocentric Feminists attempted to tackle these inequalities and have since then tried to reconstitute their own knowledge tailored exclusively for women. Judith Butler, a postmodern feminist, also recognized these inequalities and went on to further reform Gynocentric Feminists and their theories. Butler recognized implications in earlier forms of feminism that these women failed to acknowledge themselves. Earlier forms of feminism typically understood gender as a binary—you were either male or female. There was no in-between and you had the biological anatomy to prove this. Essentially, earlier forms of feminism were also engaging in exclusionary acts of their own without realization. The following paper will examine how categorical divisions of gender and sexuality tend to include certain advantaged groups while simultaneously disadvantaging others. This idea will be…
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