Feminist Theory Shifts in a Canadian Feminist Periodical Article Review by Geebs

Discusses how a Canadian feminist journal, "Canadian Women's Studies / les cahiers de la femme", effectively historicizes popular and academic feminist theorizing shifts.
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This paper explores the shifts in Canadian feminist theory within a feminist periodical through the case study of "Canadian Women's Studies / les cahiers de la femme." specifically in the shift during 1978 to 2010 from a focus on gender to intersectionality
to show the role of periodicals within the feminist movement. After analyzing this journal, the author observes a quasi-linear shift of feminists from emphasizing gendered power relations as the root of social injustice to feminists, who are now taking an intersectional approach. The paper concludes that this journal does adopt and disseminate shifts in feminist theory.

Table of Contents:
The Theory Trajectory of Canadian Woman Studies, 1978-2010
Beginning Theory
"I Would Say Intersectionality": Shifting Towards an Intersectional Approach
Recent Issues
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"At beginning of the publication of Canadian Women's Studies, in issues as early as the first in 1978, we see use of patriarchal sociological theories to explain oppression. One of the first ways we can identify the theory upon which the issue is based is by reading the editorial mission statement. The one from 1978 begins "Canadian Women's Studies is a journal for all women who are teaching and learning together. For too long we have stayed in our separate cubbyholes of office, home, studio and classroom. As women we all experience the same constraints implanted upon us by a society structured for men - by men" . We can see in this statement the clear reference to an essential womanness, and the idea that the root of her oppression is patriarchy. There is also an appeal to an essential sisterhood "as women" in opposition to men. This binary of woman/non-woman is very different from the intersectional approach, which maintains that women might find they have more in common with men of a similar socio-economic background than with fellow women of a different context.
"This sentiment is also echoed in an article by Marion Colby. She writes that "Women's Studies, [...] enables women to alter the unequal distribution of power between the sexes" (Colby 4). Again, there is no mention of other unequal power relations, such as ones between classes and racialized groups."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bonder, Gloria. "Research on Women in Latin America." Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme 7, numbers 1,2 (1978): 148-151. Print.
  • Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme 1, number 1 (1978). Print.
  • Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme 2, number 1 (1979). Print.
  • Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme 8, number 2 (1987). Print.
  • Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme 9, number 2 (1988). Print.

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Feminist Theory Shifts in a Canadian Feminist Periodical (2012, May 15) Retrieved May 20, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/feminist-theory-shifts-in-a-canadian-feminist-periodical-150940/

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"Feminist Theory Shifts in a Canadian Feminist Periodical" 15 May 2012. Web. 20 May. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/article-review/feminist-theory-shifts-in-a-canadian-feminist-periodical-150940/>

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