Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
oppression, feminism, identity, protector, jurisprudence
The disenfranchised experiences of women are central to feminist understandings of identity. Crucial to this understanding is the question of what is the cause of female oppression and how to remedy the situation. This introduces the concept of state power and its relationship to women. The state, as the seat of legal and political power, has the ability to serve as both protector and oppressor. The thesis is devoted to exploring feminist perspectives and critiques on state power such as arguments for state intervention in the protection of women through concrete action such as gender-specific laws. Opposing this view is the perspective that political solutions can both overthrow AND codify existing social conditions. Ultimately, the state represents a problem of power because it has the capacity to act as both the protector and oppressor of women. These perspectives frame the thesis, which addresses a wide range of topics.
Mayer, Rachel, "The Politics of Sex: Analyzing the Relationship between the State and Gender Identity and Desire" (2012). Honors Theses. 860.