At the beginning of the chapter, the first thing she states is that “marriage was harshly critiqued” (hooks, 78) At the peak of the movement many heterosexual women began to make their entrance. Many of them were drawn in due to being in male-dominant relationships for years, particularly long-term marriages. The women viewed their relationships and “marriage as yet another form of sexual slav-ery” (hooks, 79) and male dominance. They aspired freedom from these types of bonds and sought after liberation from both mar-riage and partnership. They did not want to be in a relationship where the patriarch rule, women wanted equality in a relation-ship.
I tell the story of my tattoo - what it means to me, what it means to be a woman with a tattoo and the history of tattoos. This paper argues that commercialized beauty – plastic beauty - is not only a system of control, but a way society silences women. It highlights “the rebellious use of tattoos as a form of radical feminist self-identification”. (Megan Jean Harlow, 2009). Through this memoir, I hope other individuals better understand what it means for women to have a tattoo and how it relates to gender, women and sex.
Nikou Mehdizadeh Bajan Queen’s, Nebulous Scenes: Sexual Diversity in Barbados Critical Analysis The article Bajan Queens, Nebulous Scenes: Sexual Diversity by David Murray is about the people he conducted research through his fieldwork on the individuals who identify themselves as ‘queens” in the island of Barbados. In their society, a ‘queen’ was a term coined with someone who was considered ‘transgender’, (in a north American context) or someone born with male gentilia but saw themselves as a girl (Murray 2009:2). Throughout the article, Murray argues that even though the diversity of sexuality in Barbados is influenced by North American values and identities, a large part of how these ‘queens’ identify themselves is based on their local beliefs and principles. In my perspective, the article discussed a good understanding of this specific group of people but may have been bias. In this critical analysis, we will first summarize the article based on the author’s thesis, then it will be compared to the readings in the textbook Cultural Anthropology.
Is there a lesbian in this text?! Marylin Farwell has written that the lesbian narrative space confuses ‘the boundaries between subject/object and lover/beloved.’ She further states that the lesbian narrative space ‘happens most often when two women seek another kind of relationship than that which is prescribed in the patriarchal structures, and when it occurs in the narrative, it can cast a different light on the rest of the novel, even on those portions that seem to affirm heterosexual patterns.’ Discuss what you think Farwell means by a lesbian narrative space and examine it closely in relation to one or two of the primary texts for this module. “The lesbian subject, variously defined, appears in a number of coded, indirect, and subversive as well as literal ways. Instead of a recognizable genre, lesbian literary narrative, is in reality, a disputed form, dependent on various interpretive strategies”. Marylin Farwell offers a detailed response to the complicated genre of lesbian literature.
Judith Butler and Critical Queer Background Queer theory is a field of post-structuralist critical theory that emerged in the early 1990s out of the fields of queer studies and women's studies. Queer theory includes both queer readings of texts and the theorization of 'queerness' itself. Queer theory builds both upon feminist challenges to the idea that gender is part of the essential self and upon gay/lesbian studies' close examination of the socially constructed nature of sexual acts and identities. Main Ideas: * Queer Trouble: * “Queer” derives its force precisely through the repeated invocation by which it has become linked to accusation, pathologization, insult. (18) * Indeed, the term “queer” itself has been precisely the the discursive rallying point for younger lesbians and gay men and, in yet other contexts, for lesbian interventions and, in yet other contexts, for bisexuals and straights for whom the term expresses an affiliation with anti-homophobic politics.
Both are professors of the graduate program of Women’s Studies Institute at Georgia State University. Phillips, now Maparyan, teaches several feminist classes and also has written multiple articles and books about woman studies. Their backgrounds show a bias towards the acceptance of individuals who self-identify outside the norms of gender expression and sexuality in mainstream society. The diction of the article also supports this bias. The authors glorify individuals of non-normative gender expression and sexuality and vilify society by calling normative identities “oppressions that marginalize people through the
Cultural diversity 7 Institution Name Date Site Thoughts/ notes http://www.now.org/ This is a group of women that tries to push rights of women which are not legal in the constitution. http://www.womensrights.org/ This group deals with helping women all over the world in terms of education and other rights in the society. www.lgbt.com Deals with the cultures, rights and the recognition of lesbians, gay and bisexual in the society. Question 1 The history of women in the United States dates back to the 16th and the Thirteen Colonies that were there before then. The experience of women throughout history varies a lot with the ancient times being the worst experience.
The Struggle Continues Many feminists addressed the plight of African American women during the New Negro movement in the US. They shared the same problems and visions but some differ in strategy. The African American educator Elise McDougald’s essay “The Struggle of Negro Women for Race and Sex Emancipation” employs an interesting strategy to gain individuality amongst African American women. While displaying the direct issues similar to those of her allies, McDougald approaches her antagonists with an unusual method. This was an extremely audacious essay and a great subject to debate for that reason.
Woman Endures; Man Endures “Sex and the Teenager Girl,” by Caitlin Flanagan was an opinion article published in the New York Times Online on January 13th, 2008. In the article, Flanagan discusses teenage pregnancy, and how it can be socially and psychologically damaging to a young woman. She explains the differences between male and female involvement and the respective burdens carried. The article covers the topic that although female ascension is a current goal of society, there were underlying humanistic reasons for the way women were previously sheltered. Flanagan wishes to know if the total liberation of females must include their sexuality, and if so, can humanity change or eliminate the scrutiny of young women caught in precarious situations resulting from the consequences of their sexuality.
Kenya N. Luciano Rivera Dr. Mary Sefranek INGL3104-096 28 February 2013 Homophobic Issues In these days, the LGBTIQ1 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Questioning) community is judged because of their sexual preferences or identities2. In the readings “Hum” by Luis Rafael Sanchez and “50% chance of lightning” by Christina Salat, both authors use the characters and conflicts in the stories to address LGBTIQ issues and homophobia through the plots. They employ the heteronormative3 of the society in relation to both of the protagonist’s sexual orientations2. On one hand, in the short story “Hum” by Sanchez we perceived a story of homophobia where the protagonist, who is a transsexual4, finishes dead because of the marginalization of the LGBTIQ community where he used to live before the tragedy. “The men, already sure of their game, would wait by the coconut grove to attack him with words” (Sánchez, 55).