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Challenging Hegemonic Patriarchy

A Feminist Reading of Arab Shakespeare Appropriations

Safi M. Mahfouz

canon is realistic and neutral, neither showing bias against women nor calling for their emancipation from oppressive patriarchy. Shakespeare was not judgemental and did not have any feminist sympathetic sentiments. In populating his plays with defiant

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Educating Women, Recasting Patriarchy

Becoming Modern in Colonial Morocco

Etty Terem

patriarchy. “Today's Girl is Tomorrow's Mother” Al-Ḥajwī began his essay by arguing that the education of girls accords with the prescriptions recorded in the Qur’ān and the prophetic sunna , the opinions and norms of the Companions of the Prophet

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Behind Closed Doors?

The Private Lives of the Minor Communist Party Activists in Romania, 1945–1960

Cristina Diac

frameworks employed by scholars to clarify it, the sociologists Edward W. Morris and Kathleen Ratajczak analyzed two hundred articles published in the journal Violence against Women, which deals with this subject. They found out that patriarchy is the most

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Romantic Love, Gender Imbalance and Feminist Readings in Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea

Macarena García-Avello

, lost amidst a distorted self-centred male narrative, but on her exploration of patriarchy and the production of a feminist epistemology derived from a dialogue between her novel and her philosophical writings. The Sea, The Sea The novel opens when

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Muslim Notables, French Colonial Officials, and the Washers of the Dead

Women and Gender Politics in Colonial Algeria

Augustin Jomier

of patriarchy and to historicize it during the modern period; on the other hand, driven by a feminist agenda, these scholars sought to uncover women's agency. 5 To address the first concern, major studies, such as that of Elizabeth Thompson on the

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The Uses and Misuses of Misogyny

A Critical Historiography of the Language of Medieval Women's Oppression

Paula M. Rieder

This article examines the development of language used to describe the oppression of medieval women—particularly the terms patriarchy and misogyny—and its connection with the women's movement of the late twentieth century. It argues that the broad application of the word misogyny by medieval historians to describe a wide spectrum of anti-feminine attitudes and the tendency to understand misogyny and patriarchy as coterminous are inaccurate and problematic. The article supports this position first with an analysis of medieval clerical texts that use the common medieval linkage of women with sex and pollution. The analysis suggests that the usage of this negative linkage is not always misogynistic. The article then analyzes three medieval sermon collections intended for preaching to lay audiences and suggests that the sermons, though androcentric or paternalistic and so in some sense patriarchal, are not misogynistic.

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Anthropological Perspectives on Two Documentary Films on Women in the Middle East

Esther Hertzog

understanding of patriarchy, as well as to emphasising the crucial need for women's solidarity. Clearly, there is a conspicuous difference between the women who are angrily attacked by Orthodox Jewish men and women collaborators at the Wailing Wall, and Arab

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Communism Was a State Patriarchy, Not State Feminism

Mihaela Miroiu

I shall appeal to a concept I consider regulative for political, moral, and cultural feminism: women’s autonomy. When autonomy is undermined by patriarchy, there is no gender-fair competition, nor a real gender partnership. It means that feminism can only attain its goals when women have the capacity to rule over their own welfare, freed from oppressive patriarchal, androcratic, and andromorphic cultural, moral, and political constraints.

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Capitalism, Kinship, and Fraud

The Case of Bernie Madoff

Sherry B. Ortner

patriarchy into the mix. As developed more fully in some of my more recent work (e.g., Ortner 2014 ), patriarchy as a formation of power crosscuts kinship, capitalism, and indeed virtually any hierarchical social arrangement, such as the military. It is a

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Weaving the Web of Wisdom

Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz

out that patriarchy sees women as occupying a marginal position in the symbolic order of things, and thus attributes to them ‘the disconcerting properties of all frontiers: they will be neither inside nor outside, neither known nor unknown. It is this