Feminism: Questions, Mark Schemes (Indicative Content) and Examiner's Reports

All the questions on feminism that have been on the exam papers between January 2010 and January 2012 are contained on this document. In italics are the comments from the examiners, quoted from the Edexcel Examiner's Report. Please note, there are no question-specific examiner's comments for the January 2010 paper. The indicative content taken from the mark scheme has been condensed into bullet points.

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Feminism Exam Questions

January 2010

What is patriarchy and why is it important to feminist analysis?

Patriarchy means rule by father, referring to the domination of the husband/father within the family
in the subordination of his wife and children
General sense `rule by men', drawing attention to totality of oppression…

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unreasonably, looked at the issue from the perspective of liberal feminism and socialist feminism as well,
contrasting these positions with that of radical feminism. However, when candidates started to explain how and
why liberals have emphasised the importance of the `public/private' divide, they tended to be moving away from

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Sex: natural and unalterable biological differences between females and males
Gender: Different roles that society ascribes to men and women, usually imposed through
contrasting stereotypes
Sex is `given' while gender is `constructed'.
Emphasises that a woman's physical, biological and anatomical make-up do not determine her
social position and political status…

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in that they believe that the public/private divide position place an important role in protecting individual
freedom from state control. Although weaker responses sometimes ignored socialist feminism altogether; or
associated it with weaker responses sometimes ignored socialist feminism altogether; or associated it with the
liberal feminist rejection of the quote,…


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