‘Women’s time’

Valerie Bryson

in Gender and the politics of time

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347503
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302391 | DOI:
‘Women’s time’

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This chapter develops Chapter Two's discussion of the social nature of time to consider whether women's bodies and/or social roles give rise to a specifically female ‘time culture’ and, if so, the place of such ‘women's time’ in patriarchal capitalist societies. It rejects any claim that ‘women's time’ and ‘men's time’ can be seen as closed and exclusive categories. However, the chapter agrees with those writers who argue that women's traditional roles and responsibilities give rise to temporal rhythms and needs that are often in conflict with the logic of commodified clock time to which they are often forced to conform. It also finds that the inappropriate imposition of clock time on caring work and relationships can be damaging and counter-productive.

Keywords: time's social nature; women's bodies; women's time; women's traditional roles; commodified clock time

Chapter.  9595 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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