Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Pornography : the dynamics of destructive psychic containment in patriarchal society

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1991
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Thesis
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Theses (Women's Studies Program) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A. (Women's Studies))

"It's the smell of money" : women shoreworkers of British Columbia

Date created: 
1991
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Thesis
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Theses (Women's Studies Program) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A. (Women's Studies))

Corporeal imperialism: Textual anti-masturbation in the eighteenth century – and – National negotiation: Toward feminist postnationalism in theory and practice

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2006
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Essay 1: This essay discusses textual anti-masturbation in the eighteenth century in order to introduce the concept of corporeal imperialism and argue that the history of anti-masturbation prefigures the history of bodily colonialism. Conducting a close reading of Onania; Or, the Heinous Sin of Self-Pollution and Samuel Tissot’s Onanism: Or, a Treatise on the Disorders Produced by Masturbation, this essay illustrates the ways in which the authors link acceptable sexuality to acceptable expressions of citizenship. Essay 2: Arguing that nation is the single most important concept in feminist responses to historical and neo-colonialism, this essay reviews the history of feminist nationalisms through their responses to literal and metaphoric uses of the nation. Using Ama Ata Aidoo’s prose poem Our Sister Killjoy as both an example of necessary nationalism and postnationalism in literature, this essay explores postcolonial nationalism and anti-nationalism while arguing for a theoretical and practical ethic of postnationalism.

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Thesis
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Department of Women's Studies - Simon Fraser University
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Essays (M.A.)

The Swan" versus Orlan: spectacle, plastic surgery, violence, women's bodies and does the Personal Information and Protection Act (2003) obstruct the Freedom Of Information and Protection of Privacy Act?

Date created: 
2007
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In this paper I explore the concepts of transformation, pain and agency. How contestants of “The Swan” find their way through the reality show to gain what each is seeking from the experience. I compare this show to the artwork of Orlan and how she challenges traditional ideas of these concepts in her art. I weave my own story into these, as I too have experienced reconstructive surgery. I examine how these Acts overlap, undermine and work together. As access to information is of great importance to researchers and to critics of government, the protection of, or the denial of pertinent information is a significant subject. In this paper I use my own narrative and personal documents to test the access to information process.

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Thesis
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Department of Women's Studies - Simon Fraser University
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Essays (M.A.)