Gender culture of feminism in sociological discourse

  • I. O. Svyatnenko Classical private university
Keywords: feminism, postfeminism, gender culture, gender culture of feminism, patriarchal sexism


The definition of the conceptual foundations of feminist gender culture in the sociological discourse has been given in the article. The conclusion has been made that in the feminist discourse, the traditional concepts of the subject and the essence of man are interpreted as common-making as to the essentialist gender theory. Essentialist gender theory supposes the presence of preformical sociogender ideas, through which basic personality dispositions are constructed. Sociogender preformism, if it has subject in gender denotations, allows to understand men and women as different social-gender classes that correspond to the system of gender domination.Such a disposition define both a physiologically-solid components, and mental characteristics and socio-cultural repertoire of men and women’s behavior. Thus, masculinity and femininity get the form of construe constructs and are constitutive for gender culture. In addition, in the context of such approach, the use of socio-systemological approach becomes to be entirely relevant.The popularity essentialist postulates in the interpretation of the gender is combined with the unpopularity of its interpretation towards man as such. Existentialist interpretations in terms of the existence allow to transfer the masculinity into the unreachable sphere, while making the femininity to be only a set of quite predictable and trivial features. In the socio-cultural aspect, it describes the masculine beginning as transcidental and such which forms the vertical towards the cultural system and feminine one being such which forms the horizontal and immanent one with more developed system of binary oppositions (centered movement - female, centripetal movement- male; construction - male, adaptation – female, etc.). The binary model, where differences are placed between the poles of femininity and masculinity, has a strong «defense mechanism» that prevents any attempt to go beyond this rigid design. If we attribute these differences of fundamental nature accenting to «sexual differences» and make them a leading structures of subjectivity, then we surpass all other personal characteristics or we are even limited by it. The demand variety plays on the same trivial opposition of «male» and «female».


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How to Cite
Svyatnenko, I. O. (2016). Gender culture of feminism in sociological discourse. Grani, 19(11), 58-64.