The Old Wine in New Bottles’: An Evaluation of Contemporary Discourses and Their Creation of Gendered Spaces."
Thought in this thesis begins with one assumption: the various social discourses of today are so
reductive and conservative that they merely retell the old ideas and assumptions of 'male
domination' in new ways. In other words this thesis is an analytic reading of the contemporary
social discourses against the backdrop of ever increasing news about outrages against women.
Here I try to state that despite the enormous works put by Feminist movements, discussions, and
debates across human world (both within and without the academic world), a considerable
change worth the efforts has not been brought about as desired. These discourses only create and
substantiate 'gendered spaces' exclusive to any one of the socially accepted genders. These acts
of assigning exclusive 'gender spaces' may seem to be measures of women empowerment, but
are rather newer means of oppression in real. They not only prescribe, describe and define
gender and gender roles, but also hint that the world outside the 'gender space' may be
dangerous. This idea invariably suggests the need for a protective hand outside the 'gendered
space,' which, for women, is to be that of men. Thus today's seemingly women-friendly
discourses are like presenting the old wine of male domination in new bottles of modernity.
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