ERIC Number: ED237421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Women's Studies as an Inquiry into Gender Relations.
Peiss, Kathy; Gerson, Judith
Women's studies teachers must be more self-conscious about the analytical framework which they adopt and present to their students, and the concept of gender and gender relations needs to be an integral part of that organizing framework. Women's studies is beyond the stage of compensatory work--the add women and stir method--and the debunking of the traditional disciplines. To provide students with the analytical tools necessary for a more thorough understanding of women's experiences, a gender relations approach--studying men in relation to women--is necessary. An analysis of gender highlights three variables that would structure the teaching of a women's studies course: (1) boundaries, or the structures which establish differences and commonalities between women and men, among women, and among men; (2) the social processes of negotiation and domination; and (3) consciousness, the subjective understanding of gender upon which people act as women or men. Using gender relations also helps students deal with the "not me" phenomenon, which says that students are individually exempt from patriarchy. Moreover, a theory of gender relations allows for better comparisons with other systems of domination. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Conceptual Frameworks; Consciousness
Note: Paper presented at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference (Columbus, OH, June 27, 1983).