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Deriving from the Greek word for male, androcentrism literally means a doctrine of male-centredness. Androcentrism occurs when the experiences of men are assumed to be the norm, and so are seen to provide the objective criteria through which women’s experiences can be organised and evaluated. As Bem (1993: 2) explains, androcentrism means that ‘a definition of males and male experience [is taken as] a neutral standard or norm, and females and female experience as a sex-specific deviation from that norm’. Some writers, particularly those influenced by psychoanalytical theory, prefer the terms phallocentrism or phallocentric, in order to draw attention to the way the penis (or phallus) acts as the symbolic representation of male-centredness. A related concept is that of phallogocentrism. Deriving from the work ...

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