The Modern Woman Breaking Social Categorization

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Justus Liebig Universität Fachbereich 03: Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften Vorlesung: Soziologische Theorien, Montag 12:00-14:00 Dozentin: Pr. John Ahrens Sommer Semester 2011 The Modern Woman Breaking Social Categorization An analysis of the women’s football. Zugestellt von: Esther Nduku Matrikel Nummer: 7000274 Anschrift: Lothar str 24 4. Semester, Moderne Fremdsprache Kultur und Wirtschaft E-Mail: Although diverse feminist theories that have evolved over the time may have different perceptions of the term woman, they all have a common goal and that is to eliminate oppression of the woman. Over the time the woman has tried to get over social and political bound barriers so as to reestablish her identity, build her own image, thought and world without the common clichés of having to be reliant on a man. Based on Judith Butlers’, works on melancholy gender, a critical argument of the female picture today will be outlined and an assessment of the progress it has taken over time will be taken into account. Butler was an American post-structuralism philosopher whose works have been very instrumental in feminism. She differentiated between sex and gender where she based the former on biological determinism i.e. difference between man and woman is held on biological features while the latter differentiated women and men depending on social or cultural factors. Now, Butler argued that since these changes were socially produced, they were changeable. These can be illustrated along the example of the women’s football. Looking into the history of women’s football, in 1921 women’s football was legally banned by the Football Association on the grounds that it was an unsuitable game for women but was later lifted in 1971. It was in 1969 that the Women’s Football Association was formed and the first official world cup was then held in
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