Sexually Demeaning Comments “Go make me a sandwich”. Sadly, most high school students hear this phrase and comments like it almost every day. However, what most teenagers do not realize is that this innocent little saying has more impact than they think. So called “meaningless” comments like this are a growing problem everywhere because of the tolerance that people have built up to this kind of harassment. Whether they know it or not, the jokers that make these comments are sexually harassing their victims and no matter what gender, they have an impact.
I will explore the contradictions in the way that David behaves towards and views women and his inability to reconcile himself to his daughter’s passive acceptance of her rape. Disgrace is set in the post apartheid period in South Africa, which as well as giving equal rights in respect of race, also introduced equal rights in respect of gender and sexual orientation in law. Violence increased in South Africa during this period and sexual violence was prevalent with young South African women likely to be raped twice in her lifetime. (Classic Notes on Disgrace - 2006). Disgrace illustrates, through David Lurie’s attitudes and actions and the rape of his daughter, that the reality for sex and gender relations was a long way from equality for women in South Africa.
As a guy, myself, this could have been “heaven” but clearly as a young male with values and morals it was more sad than pleasing to see these girls, that could have possibly been my own classmates, crave such attention with these sexual moves. The families present at the river could not believe the event. Many were infuriated and left the river afraid there children would see these females “gone wild.” The problem that seems to be causing the issue amongst these girls and women is that they’re “mistaking sexual power for real power” according to the author of Female Chauvinist Pigs (Jesella). What is even worse is the fact that they believe “that mimicking the sexuality of strippers, Playmates, and porn stars -- women who are paid to simulate real women's sexuality -- is power in the first place” (Jesella). It is quite disturbing that we see lucid behavior as normal; however, that doesn’t mean every girl is participating.
4. Betty, a junior, has been subjected to comments about her breasts and mooing sounds since middle school. In particular, a small group of boys taunt her with loud mooing sounds and milking gestures whenever she walks by. Although she is hurt and angry, she tries to ignore the behavior and has never said anything to them. -Yes, this situation is sexual discrimination because they are making rude remarks about the girls breasts.
This dehumanization of women is what provides men with sexual arousal for the reason that the women who are being portrayed are often being dominated, overpowered and abused by men, giving the consumers, who are mostly men, the feeling of power and control over women. This domination and abuse creates the perception that women are less than persons because women in pornography are the individuals who are being dominated, overpowered and abused, which then creates the view that women are weak, vulnerable and helpless and therefore they are not entitled nor deserve the same level of respect as men. The treatment and perceptions of women in the pornography industry transfers to all women as a class because the more women who are depicted as being weak, vulnerable and
While some may say that beauty pageants are a form of sports, upon examining all of the evidence it is clear that these young girls are being sexually exploited because of the body language and dance moves, hair and make-up, provocative clothing and the pedophiles who attend these shows. Some parents believe that beauty pageants help their children develop self-esteem and boost confidence and this may be true for some children but for hundreds of others this is not the case. Research studies have proven that other children actually develop issues with their bodies, lost self-esteem, and are at higher risk for eating disorders, due to their warped values about themselves (Reed, Billy). This in fact I believe is the complete truth and reason being is that women are sexually exploited everywhere in the media. No matter what age a female is it seems they are all skinny, tall, absolutely beautiful, and have no flaws.
Once a teen have let down their guard in a relationship it leads to them having sexually intercourse. 87% of teenagers today are sexually active and most are sexually active with a person they are not in a relationship with. Sex stimulates feels and no matter how serious the relationship is; it will mentally affect a teen because now they are too involved. As a result of being too attach and things not working out, a teen could be angry all the time, cry a lot, or even feel worthless. Peers can influence their friends to do almost anything; this is way they play a big part in teen lives.
Woman are always portrayed as sex objects, waiting to be taken advantage of by men. This is extremely harmful to a woman because it makes her seem weak. However, the issue of body image and gender roles are not only a problem for females. Males also have a certain set standard of how they should look, and the characteristics they should embody. Schooler notes that “Men‘s strength and prowess are emphasized in the [media]” (Schooler, 745).
In a Dolce and Gabana ad, a women is shown being put down by a male twice her size with three other men eagerly watching .This is degrading for women because it makes it harder for men to take them serious when the media has given them little value in society. It seems as if women’s role in the media is solely to show
Everyone has their own definition. Intimacy is a major requirement in a relationship and the male’s sex drive is higher than a female’s most of the time. If the woman does not ‘put out’ as much as the man might want, he will find some other female to give him what he wants. On the other side, females want to feel loved and hear that they are beautiful and get gifts and little surprises that keep them on their feet. Most guys feel that is not the ‘macho’ thing to do, so the girl is going to stray and find someone who can fulfill their fantasies.