Guy M. Murrell
Grand Canyon University: UNV 502
April 17, 2013
Feminist, Solution-Focused Theories, and Narrative overview
Key Concepts: Girl power, Women’s right, War on women, Effects on Society, Feminism in culture, Political lesbianism, Pro-feminism, Anti-feminism Women’s Health, Gender equality
Key theorist: (Bartowski and Kolmar 2005, 45) Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
Appropriate population: Women understanding and exploring the female experience, figuring out if law and institutions oppose females, and figuring out what changes can be committed to their equality.
Inappropriate population: Women clients that feel no need to have equal rights, or have no filling of insecurity.
Therapist role: Ben Agger (1998) states that the major achievement of feminist theory is to make the politics of sex and gender central to understanding oppression. However, feminist theory is not only about understanding but also about action.
Client’s role: Many women know they are oppressed by patriarchy. They have the life experiences of belonging to an oppressed group and have most likely shared personal stories that reveal their wounds from patriarchy. Men, on the other hand, are less likely to recognize their gender privilege and probably have not shared stories of wounding women through their own oppressive behaviors nor have they grieved with other men over the harm they have caused to women.
Theory Strength: The strength of this theory is that it makes sense.
Limitations: The weaknesses lie in the fact that it is doing what it accuses others of doing: projecting meaning and intentions into interactions, that may or may not be there.
Key Terms: Gender, Depression, Empowerment, Honor women work experience, Feminist counseling theory, Equality, Sex role stereotyping.
Evidence based I believe cognitive...