Feminism Essay

1623 Words Mar 9th, 2013 7 Pages
How can assumptions about gender and registers of gender difference, as well as nature/culture dichotomies, inform meaning and the production of geographical knowledge.

Geographers use poststructuralist and feminist ideas in order to study human environment, society and geogrpahical space. Feminism and poststructuralism encourage us to question the set of assumptions and socially constructed meanings that give rise to knowledge claims. Poststructuralism is a popular critique that challenges our representation between relationship and reality and is a direct response to the percieved ridgeties and certanties that are the main characteristics of strutualism. The main contributors to the poststructuralist critique were Jacques Derrida and
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This could involve the use of symbols and icongraphy or even the use of binaries and dichtomies.

The first image I have found on the website Kidport.com. The website was in conjunction with the social standing that resulted from the II World War. The image highlights the former lack of social rights for women. It is good example of trying to understand the nature of gender inequality by examining male perspective on women's social roles and lived experiences. It is based on Germany during the second world war, world war II which resulted in a major victory for women's rights advocates. During the war, the government of every country drafted men to serve in the army. Since men had held most of the jobs at the time, the military draft left behind a vacuum in factories, offices and farms. This vacuum was filled by women, many of whomhad never worked before. As the war progressed, these women developed their self-confidence and gained a strong sense of independence. By the time the fighting ended and the men returned, the women refused to give up their jobs; many of them enjoyed making their own living and not having to depend on their husbands or brothers or sons for money. The government was forced to allow women to work and to increase equality in pay (through pay is not completely equal even today). Women continue to fight

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