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Gender in the Mirror: Cultural Imagery and Women's Agency

Diana Tietjens Meyers


In patriarchal cultures, people internalize cultural gender imagery that enshrines procreative heterosexuality and relations of domination and subordination between men and women. Once internalized – i.e., embedded in people's cognitive and emotional infrastructure – this imagery shapes, though it does not determine individual identity. Discernable in perception, imagination, desire, reflection, judgment, and choice, internalized gender imagery not only affects individual self‐knowledge and self‐definition but also affects people's conception of human nature and hence their political principle ... More

Keywords: agency, autonomy, feminism, gender, gender imagery, identity, imagery, psychoanalytic theory, self‐determination, sexism, stereotypes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140415
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195140419.001.0001


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Diana Tietjens Meyers, author
University of Connecticut, Storrs
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