For instance, women had to wear the corset, which confined their bodies under many undergarments. Women that did not wear this type of clothing were deemed as immoral women. On the other hand, during the late Victorian era, men wore coats and trousers, which they still wear today. Therefore, comparing women’s clothes with men‘s clothes from the Victorian era to date, women have achieved great changes on their clothes. Those changes testify their achievement of sexual equality.
She felt the first two groups were more honorable in comparison to the last two. The concept of socioeconomic status is very evident in her approach. McDougald points out that the “superficial critics who have had contact only with the lower grades of Negro women, claim that they are more immoral than the other groups of women.” Just because a woman doesn’t go to college and maintain a career does not mean she is corrupted or shameful. This shallow view of women is the same view that some White Americans had of Black Americans. McDougald was participating in the torment of her own race and she did it with selfish reasons.
From the statement in SoYouWanna, “...a somewhat scrawny build drapes clothing nicely...” it is suggested that, basically, the skinnier the better. The fact the author mentioned that being skinnier, scrawnier, and smaller built, advises the only acceptable image is skinny. The mentality of being skinny, seems to be the only way to be accepted in our media-driven society. A 7-point “pros-cons” chart given by idebate.org states, in advocation of weight limitations on models: “Many girls idolize models and feel the need to mirror their thinness. Models of a very low weight are setting bad examples to these girls and can be held responsible for the increasing number of girls with eating disorders.
This statement represents the American definition of beauty that has evolved throughout the world and history; this idea that whiteness symbolizes beauty and blackness denotes ugliness. The idea of a woman having long, straight hair, light-skin dehumanizes Black women because society has created the idle “Barbie” in which every woman should represent in the American society. This is one of the main reasons Black women find alternative ways to beautify themselves, as a way to show that they are equally as beautiful as a bi-racial or white
Chisholm stated, “Prejudice as a black person is becoming unacceptable...” (1) While she then states “Prejudice against women is acceptable” (1). Although race prejudice is unacceptable even though eliminating it would take years, prejudice against women is being accepted and allowed in where she believes both should not be allowed. She then comes to the House of Representatives with a more logical appeal stating, “As a black person, I am no stranger to race prejudice. But the truth is that in the political world I have been far oftener to discrimination against because I am a woman than because I am black.” (1). Chisholm wanted to prove from personal experience how society is more prejudice over gender than race itself.
Most women these days would do anything to look pretty and attract the opposite sex. This story gives us the importance of body image to women and they get judged about it. Amber the “finger throated sickness one”. She gets teased because of her anorexic appearance. This is a mental illness common to the young woman.
(Borrell LN, 2006) Compared with non-Hispanic Whites, non-Hispanic Blacks regardless of their education were more likely to report hypertension, with those with a college degree or more having the greater odds. By contrast, Hispanic Whites with at least some college were less likely to report having hypertension than were non-Hispanic Whites, with Hispanic Whites with less than a high school education having the lower
Black women are more visible in media and popular culture, the range of their visibility remains narrow. And although they are no longer being bought and sold as slaves, they are still commodities,” (Potier). African-American women are the “sluts” in the music videos and the “B-words” in the song lyrics. In example, the song “Hoochie Mama” by 2 Live Crew has lyrics that say, “Hoe I love your big brown eyes and the way you shake your thighs.” This is distasteful and humiliating. They are being thrown around like rag dolls and being glamorized for their figure rather than their mind or opinions.
An example of that, would be critic Diane K. Lewis’s thought, on how black women may be more like white men in terms of familial and economic roles, like black men in terms of their relationships with whites, and like women in terms of their relationships with men. 4. To properly understand gender studies, we must realize that one purpose of gender criticism is to criticize gender as we commonly conceive of it, to expose its insufficiency and inadequacy.
In today’s generation people are a lot more judgmental, therefore many women believe they have imperfections and flaws. With cosmetics, this allows the women to cover up blemishes and acne that they may have, but people who prefer natural beauty could argue this