Women Studies Project

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First Installment:

Defining the meaning of family and the structure of a family can vary from family to family. Engles believed that wealth caused the structure of family to enter into a patriarchal system. According to the lecture “ Family structures and juridical frameworks that define those structures were directed and influenced by the development of private property. While Folbre believed that the definition of family could vary according to whom it applies. According to the lecture “ She also makes clear that the family is at its heart an economic unit sharing resources.” While Folbre and Engles believed the meaning of family fell within their theory there are other writers that have similar and different ideas on how to define family. Michelle Blessing believes are very similar to Folbre theory on family. Blessing believed that the definition of family could change from person to person. According to the article “Meaning of Family” Blessing stated, “Families differ in terms of economic, cultural, social, and many other facets, but what every family has in common is that the people who call it a family are making clear that those people are important in some way to the person calling them his family.” While Arvonne Fraser ideas are very similar to the one of Engles. Yet Fraser explains that families are changing rapidly within the workforce causing women to become more dominant in their household. According to the article “The Changing American Family” Fraser states, “During the last 25 years women’s employment has increased by 30% or more in every age category up to age 55 while men’s employment has declined in every age group over age 25. This trend represents a profound shift in lifestyles and contradicts long-held cultural assumptions.” The twenty first century has showed a change in roles within in our society.


Fraser, A. S. (n.d.). The Changing American Family. Retrieved March 27, 2016, from http://www.context.org/iclib/ic21/fraser/
Blessing, M. (n.d.). Meaning of Family. Retrieved March 27, 2016, from http://family.lovetoknow.com/about-family-values/meaning-family

Second Installment


power to people

Defining the true meaning of power and how its represented can be different to every person. Foucault believed that power is not possessed but instead it’s exercised. According to the lecture, “the idea that the social body itself is the location of power, a concept enriched in the United States Declaration of Independence as “We the People,” is reframed in the U.S. These governing bodies are designed to control individual behavior.” While Lorde believed that woman sexuality caused them to obtain power over men. Such as in the story “Lysistrata” it states, “our husbands
 will get hard and want to screw. But then, if we stay away and won’t come near them, they’ll make peace soon enough. I’m sure of it.” Foucault and Lorde use these theories in order to explain the true meaning of power. Yet there are many other ways to explain the true meaning of power. For example Robert Dahl published an article on the concept of power. He explains the true meaning behind the concept of power. In the article “The Concept Of Power” Dahl states, “Power is here defined in terms of a relation between people, and is expressed in simple symbolic notation. From this definition is developed a statement of power comparability, or the relative degree of power held by two or more persons.” Dahl believed that everyone contain some sort of power but some had more than others. Aristotle is another famous philosopher that explains how power is represented through the government. Aristotle stated, “H]e who bids the law rule may be deemed to bid God and Reason alone rule, but he who bids man rule adds an element of the beast; for desire is a wild beast, and passion perverts the minds of rulers, even when they are the best of men. The law is reason unaffected by desire.” Aristotle believed that the government should obey its citizens. Since they make up most of the city population then they become powerful people. Finally, Aristotle believed that power was obtain when people united as one.


BRIA 26 1 Plato and Aristotle on Tyranny and the Rule of Law – Constitutional Rights Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2016, from http://www.crf-usa.org/bill-of-rights-in-action/bria-26-1-plato-and-aristotle-on-tyranny-and-the-rule-of-law.html

Dahl, R. A. (n.d.). The Concept Of Power. Retrieved March 27, 2016, from https://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/teaching/articles/Dahl_Power_1957.pdf