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Understanding Oppression Public

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  • Institutionalized oppression is a large multifaceted system that is regularly unrecognized and misunderstood. Marilyn Frye’s birdcage analogy of oppression (1983) demonstrates why this complex system is often invisible, yet always immobilizing. In this analogy, Frye relates the various manifestations of oppressions to the wires of a birdcage, demonstrating that it is not the singular aspect of oppression (one wire), but the combination of numerous systematically related barriers (the birdcage), that make this structure so restricting. The written portion of my project explores Frye’s analogy along with the responses and criticisms this theory has received. This includes: clarifying what institutionalized oppression entails; establishing that men are not oppressed as men; examining the pedagogical potential of viewing oppression generally as singular (oppression), instead of many (racism, sexism, classism, etc.); and inspecting variables that render oppression “invisible.” Also included is an analysis of movies that discuss oppression, and a script for acting and directing purposes. Finally, through a series of short clips and informative narration, I have created a short film illustrating Frye’s concept of oppression that I plan to distribute on the internet.
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