In the light of Bertens theories about feminism and gender, explore the ways Walker constructs gender roles to show male dominance and female oppression. In Bertens theories it is written that the representation of women in literature was to constitute acceptable versions of females and to legitimate feminine goals and aspirations. The acceptable woman was perceived to be bound to her marriage partner and through him, happiness and fulfillment in life was accomplished. In ‘The Color Purple’ Walker constructs some of the female characters to portray the perceived acceptable version of female behavior however through the epistolary form, the letters are in-depth with feelings and emotions that could question the ‘happiness and fulfillment in life’ that females obtain through marital status. Walker also includes female characters that are deviant to the norms of society and through the deviant behavior constructed in female characters it could be argued that dominance is acquired through behavior rather than biological nature.
In Becoming members of society, Aaron Devor points out that the way we act or present ourselves in society had a great deal to do with our sense of a gendered self. He points out that our conception of what it means to be female or male are socially constructed. Furthermore, gender is “defined” differently in different cultures. He says that we start to acquire gender roles so early that we do not realize the difference in genders. In Two ways a Woman Can Get Hurt, Jean Kilbourne points out that ads affects us in potentially damaging ways than helping us informing us about the product.
These gender roles once were the societal standards and expectations that a young man or woman aimed to live by. They could almost be described as characteristic guidelines that one could aim for; giving young people a sense of direction. (Eldridge, 2005) James’s three main characters Basil, Olive and Verena portray three separate identities of the feminist movement that became the unraveling of gender roles. Basil represents the role of men, Olive represents those women consumed by the feminist movement and Verena represents those women caught in the middle. (Habegger, 1969) What is missing in this portrayal is men post feminist movement and the effects it has had on them and women who wish to live by their feminine roots.
To begin with during the 1920’s music had a huge impact on many Americans. During this period many popular musicians were discovered. Irving was a musician who had one of the biggest impact on people. He became one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He made popular music that reached the heart of average Americans.
Around the time when William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest England was undergoing important movements surrounding women in society. It became very clear that men were striving to suppress women’s equality and this was shown through books and pamphlets created to instruct men on how to control the women in their families. This was furthermore justified by the church, which supported the gender inequality idea. It is thought that the church criticised Eve and therefore all other women for corrupting men and not being able to keep their desires in check. The story of Eve was used to preach that women should be controlled by men and that included anything from their behaviour to sexuality.
* * Do our concepts of gender and sex contribute to the ways we embrace gender and sex in diversity? Yes, I think our concepts of gender and sex contribute quite a lot to the ways we embrace gender and sex in diversity. I think it has a lot to do with why we think certain jobs are for men and certain jobs are for women. For example, a woman’s job is taking care of the children while a man’s job is to work outside the
An Analysis of Ibsen’s play "A Doll’s House” & George Bernard Shaw’s play " Pygmalion" According to the Feminist theory Introduction: The feminist theory is concerned with the ways in which literature reinforce or undermine the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women. This school of theory studies how parts of our culture are dominated by males. Much of feminist theory also focuses on analyzing gender inequality and the promotion of women's interests. Feminist theories first emerged as early as 1792. It appeared in many literary works and was aiming at changing the world by encouraging gender equality.
Discuss the biosocial approach to gender dysphoria (24 marks) Discuss the biosocial approach to gender dysphoria (24 marks) Gender dysphoria is defined as a mental disorder in which people are uncomfortable with their gender. The biosocial approach to gender development takes into consideration both biological and social influences on gender identity and emphasises the differences between nature and nurture. The theory proposes that chromosomal and hormone differences in males and females affect gender identity prior to birth but, from birth onwards, social factors also play a crucial role; once children are labelled as a boy or a girl (based on their genitals) they are raised and treated differently. Femininity and masculinity therefore develops partially because of the release of pre-natalhormones and partially because of social factors. The biosocial approach explains gender dysphoria as a disorder which is caused by an interaction between biological and psychosocial factors.
Gender and The Body ANTH100C Gender and the body are both socially constructed ideas that inform society how they should act and how they should look. Since they are both socially constructed they will mean different things depending on the culture and society that you belong to. While different genders face different body related issues society pressures each gender in its own way. Cultural standards of gender and the body can be hard to meet. While they effect everyone differently they lead to my personal battle with anorexia.
As many youths strive to conform to modernity in the world today, women have become victim of this transformation. In its relevance, youths have embraced practices as shown in music videos and lyrics by forming a fertile platform of women objectification. In Kenya, hip-hop music has changed men perspectives on women leading to uprise in cases of injustices against women. According to United Nation Development Fund for Women, (2009), in Kenya 83% of women have faced childhood physical abuse and 61% as adults. Basing my argument on this topic I will prove my thesis statement; The Hip-hop music video “Pop That” by French Montana, is an example of the objectification of women through popular culture, which is relevant to their changing role among youth in Kenya today.