Thursday, August 8, Bartky , "Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power" Bartky argues that women internalize the patriarchy. We are taught to see ourselves through patriarchal eyes, and therefore we discipline ourselves into performing femininity. Social structures control our bodies through our minds. Foucault argued that systems of power work to create docile bodies. This control comes through constant surveillance that eventually teaches people to police their own bodies in alignment with the function of the state.

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Summary of Major Themes Sandra Lee Bartky is interested in doing phenomenology in a way that is historically and socially situated; she has made contributions to this especially in regard to cultural ideals of feminine embodiment in "advanced" industrial societies. Bartky approaches feminist philosophy without a fixed methodology and so has used phenomenology, existentialism, poststructuralism and Marxism to try to tease philosophical insights out of the feminine condition as some of us live it.

Lately, she has begun to problematize race and especially "whiteness" as essential to any halfway adequate feminist philosophical work. Also, Bartky believes that "class" is largely ignored in very contemporary feminist theory though this was not the case earlier in the Second Wave. For this reason, she finds certain strands of Marxism and Critical Theory essential as well. A good deal of what Bartky has written might be called "feminist moral psychology.

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Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression

Throughout the article, she details how society forces women to fit within the confines of this construct and how it affects them. I will then argue that in order to deconstruct this ideology, we must dismantle and challenge what defines femininity. Looking at how women are subjugated allows the opportunity to discuss the process of subjugation in the first place in the context of how this form of power is exercised; essentially asking: what are the tools used in order to mold the body? She goes into detail on how femininity is a social construct and was constructed for the male gaze, the patriarchy Nigel Warburton, I cannot help but see the implicitness of Compulsory Sexuality in Compulsory Heterosexuality, and the two as extremely interwoven. Also affected by Japanese and Korean pop culture, where pop stars have muscular body and young, feminine face, the ideal body type or appearance of male in Hong Kong is to have a masculine body and a face with gentleness or even femininity.


Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression


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