Published on December 25, 2013
Marilyn Manson (The Dope Show) FEMINISM AND THE QEER THEORY
Learning outcomes To learn what Postmodernism feminism and the queer theory is. Applying the two theory's to music videos
What do you think postmodern feminism is? You have 5 minutes to quickly brainstorm what you think it is, and how it can be applied to music videos.
What is Postmodern feminism ? This approach is a feminist theory which incorporates postmodern and post-structuralist theory, seeing itself moving beyond the modernist of liberal feminism and radical feminism. It is the view that “one is not born a woman, but becomes one" and thus here the focus is on the social and cultural construction of women by the system. Feminism has been seen by some as having a special affinity for the postmodern through a shared interest in (the theoretical implications of) social practices and multiple voices.
Butler The argument that sex or at least gender is constructed though language, Judith draws on critiques work of Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Lacan as well as Luce Irigaray's argument that what we conventionally regard as 'feminine' is only a reflection of what is constructed as masculine. Butler criticises the distinction drawn by previous feminisms between the biological and socially constructed gender of a person.
Frug The principle that sex is not a natural cause nor is I something determinate and definable. Sex is a part of a system of meaning, produced by language. EXAMPLE ( Marilyn Manson dressing like a women, portraying a different sex to what he originally is.) “cultural mechanisms ... encode the female body with meanings,"
Criticism Meaghan Morris argues that the postmodern feminism rules out the basis of politics based upon gender differences through anti- essentialism. Simone de Beauvoir challenged male definitions of woman and called on women to define themselves outside the male female dyad. Women, she urged, must be the subject rather than the object (other) of analysis.
How is it applied to MM? Tacking the global issues such as rape, incest, prostitution and culturally specific issues like female genital mutation. Postmodern feminism has in fact tried to understand that how gender inequality interacts with other issues like racism, homophobia, classism and colonization to produce and establish a “matrix of domination” by the patriarchal society.
Manson tackles some of these themes as the question of gender is being explored in an abnormal way, showing a male to give of a constructed female connotations, as well as the policemen wearing a pink uniform instead of strong stereotypical male colours. Manson produces this matrix domination concept exploring the issues we have with these things and how society views them to be abnormal. Although they are different classifications they can also all be intertwined with eachother.
KEY TERMS Matrix of Domination- a sociological concept that explains issues of oppression that deal with race, class, and gender. Other forms of classification, such as sexual orientation, religion, or age, apply to this theory as well. Anti Essentialism - the view that, for any specific entity (such as an animal, a group of people, a physical object, a concept), there is a set of attributes which are necessary to its identity and function.
Feminism- a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. Post-structuralism - A major theme of poststructuralism is instability in the human sciences, due to the complexity of humans themselves and the impossibility of fully escaping structures in order to study them. Social Construction – Building up certain characterises and features which give of a desired persona.
Postmodern feminism - incorporates postmodern and post-structuralist theory, and sees itself as moving beyond the modernist polarities of liberal feminism and radical feminism.
VIDEO ACTIVITY Now you are about to see a short video which contains a few clips from music videos which talk about the topics and key terms we have covered. They will pause at a moment, where these terms have been shown and it is up to you to spot them and say how they are being used. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2YkWrikCjA&f eature=youtu.be)
Queer Theory The introduction to feminism we looked at the contrast between sex (Biological differences) and gender (Culturally learned difference). The premises on which this distinction is based are rejected by Queer theory.
Introduction Queer theory offers the view that the ideas of male and female are just as much the product of representation as masculinity and feminity. Although the word queer has been deliberately used in order to corrupt its negative connotations. Queer theory is not just exclusively homosexuality; it is all forms of identity, especially those linked to sexuality.
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