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Helping those interested in taking all, or part of their academic studies into a direction of social change and equality. Here you’ll be able to find basic information on women’s studies as well as hopefully getting some of the questions that you may have around it answered. Women studies is a growing field in academia, and as you may have found in your own research, a highly relevant and current field to be in. This regardless if you are looking to make it a major subject of study, or just as a part of a different direction, as it touches on virtually all points of our current society, history and future. So once again, welcome, we hope that you will find what you require here, and please feel free to get in touch with any questions or feedback that you may have.
What is Women’s studies?
Women’s studies draws as far back as to the women’s right’s movements taking off during the 1960’s. A time of ideals striving for women’s liberation and equal rights in a male dominated world, the big question mark and criticism was simply put as a question. Looking for a list of institutions offering women’s studies? Where are the women? Today the world looks different, and with the complexity of the equal rights movements today dealing with a row of different issues and questions it is not as simple a question as that. However, asking it in current times bring to light some clear indication of big issues in need of finding resolve. Something which can only be found in fundamental changes in the way we think. Which is why Women’s studies is such a broad and developing field.
The representation of women are still insufficient for equality in most areas of progress, and today there is greater need than ever to critically examine and re-examine the conceptual bases of how society and culture is driving a variety of fields.
Gender studies & men’s studies
The field of gender studies is one devoted to gender identity, also inclusive of analysis and the area is closely linked to that of women’s studies, and the fields studied are often similar. Language, literature, sociology, politics and media studies are a general summary of what taking on gender studies will involve.
Views and methods differ, and some are of Simone de Beauvoir famous words “one is not born a woman, one become one”, indicating that social and cultural constructions are behind the creation of that which is masculine and feminine. Methods are of different standpoint and commonly there is also a direction giving way to the physiological differences between the genders closely linked with psychology and psychoanalytic practices.
The areas of studies in which gender studies are beneficial are as wide as those for specific women’s studies, and some would even argue that some form of studies in such a field is not only beneficial, but a requirement as part of the social responsibility each individual must take as an individual, as an academic and as a practitioner, teacher or researcher in any field. To give a couple of examples of disciplines where gender studies are more commonly found in the history of those working are such as drama, film, performance and art studies. Anthropology, sociology and psychology, as well as politics and connected areas. You can, like with women’s studies study the discipline of gender studies itself, in which there are a wide range of directions and methods to adapt. Some of course created by the person, or persons in work or research.
Often the domain of gender studies are also divided into three separate brackets, the firs tone involving things in regards to gender identity, the second gender expression and the third one the physiological aspect of sexuality.
Students of women’s studies have been known to get comments and questions such as “where’s the men’s studies”, more often in a sarcastic and closed minded ways. Should you ever be faced with such a question, there is however a very honest and truthful answer leading: They are in existence, and available to study for those who are interested. However they may not be inclusive of what the person who posed the question may think.
As a relatively new subject of study men and masculinities, as they are often referred to in academic settings is a field devoted to masculinity, feminism, gender and politics. Often part of the larger and more involving are of gender studies, in programs taking on a similar approach to the methods commonly found in both women’s studies and other gender related academic studies. With being a newly emerged field, subjects studied often include men’s right, feminist theory, matriarchy and patriarchy. Touching or fully involving studies in sociology, history, and culture.
Twin sister of Apollo, daughter to Zeus and Leto, Artimis is a great symbol and example of the strength of women. Godess of hunt, wilderness and wild animals, as well as of virginity and childbirth, and seemingly suiting representation of that which is a woman. Known to relieve illness and disease in women and being a guardian and protector of young girls, and also believed to aid in childbirth, a representation of strength and kindness and truly a goddess to revere.
Often portrayed carrying a bow and arrows, however never hunting deer as they were believed to be sacred to her.
The story of Artemis is remembered though fragments in many myths and stories. Unlike many of the girls surrounding her during her upbringing, she was engaging and without fear. Asking for her bow to pursuit her ambition to be a hunter, and all the way though growing up finding what she needed to ensure that ambition. Not asking for cities or people to rule, but responsibility over the mountains and the ability to help women though the pain of childbirth. Remaining a virgin she was worshipped throughout ancient Greece, and to a higher extent so in her birthplace Delos.
Artemis was chosen as the symbol of ancient strength to represent women’s studies, and believing that although times have changed, the symbol in conjunction of what women’s studies represent to inspire and bring guidance to those also understanding of our current need for education in this direction.