However, male children have to separate from their mothers and identify with their fathers in order to be socialised according to their masculinity. They develop strong ego boundaries and a capability for independent action, objectivity and rational thinking to suit the patriarchal culture. Women are a threat to their independence and male sexuality. Girls are then socialised according to what women are supposed to be seen as, and so they reproduce the same nature that reproduces a male dominance. It is these qualities that make them potentially good mothers, and keep them open to the emotional needs of men.
In this essay I will be examining objectification in the media and the negative effects it may have on society. I began by thinking, what are some forms of objectification found in the media? I found that we have created this idealized image of how we should look and associated that image with success and happiness, “women’s magazine covers often place weight loss messages next to messages about one’s sex life, implying weight loss will lead to a better sex life And it is similar for men, except their image is based off of a sculpted muscular physique. With varied brands of protein powders and the latest bulk building methods plastered all over men’s magazines it’s difficult for them not to feel inadequate unless they are sporting six-pack
Radical feminists thought women domination is more significunt to deal with, as compared to other types of domination (Jaggar and Rothenberg 1984). They concider that a society is a compound of a number of sub-groups. These subgroups are structured on the basis of natural cause or on the basis of social relations, e.g sex, caste, race, age, gender. Within each division some persons have authority over others and in this relation of domination and subordination, dominants demoralized their subordinates. Correspondingly, in patriarchal arrangement men learnt to manage the women (Lerners 1986).
Gender Roles and heterosexuality Gender has played a major role since the beginning of time, dictating how individuals should act within society. Gender is a fabricated concept which is shaped and brought forward by various institutions, such as the media, religion, culture and other systems. These hugely influential gender roles are so deeply rooted in individuals that they are accepted as social norms and standards that are rarely questioned (Johnson and Repta). According to Trier-Bieniek and Leavy (n.d), gender is the certain expectations of how femininity and masculinity should be acted out based on people 's assigned biological gender.
Over history, the rights of women has been something that needs to be fought for. Women are treated differently than men, they are not as appreciated as men are. Stereotypes say that men are better, men are stronger, their ability is better than women. People have grown to believe in this stereotype. Emma Watson is one of the most influential people because she is trying to break the stereotype of gender inequality by encouraging men to play an active role with women’s rights, by being a positive female role model, and breaking down traditional gender roles.
Having said that, some of the backlash against metoo has been as simple as it has been disappointing, as it illustrates one important thing that, society is accustomed to prioritizing reputations, power, and safety of men over women. An example to illustrate that can be Trump’s supporters taking his side by categorizing his derogatory remarks on women as ‘locker-room talks’. It is in this context that True’s feminist political approach seems extremely important as it highlights the very cause of VAW and gender-violence in general. If we want to create a world where no individual either man or woman has to come forward to say the words #metoo again, then we need to move beyond the approach of saving one person at a time, we need to bring substantial changes in our policies, institutions and gender relations as shown by many examples in the book. We need to understand what reinforces the existing gender inequality while implementing policies at the grassroot levels.
Psychologically humans tend to favor people with an affinity to carry traits that are more fit to the human development and reproduction. According to researchers from University College London, it’s because women perceive a deeper voice as a sign of a larger and stronger physicality; something that women are evolutionarily geared to find attractive. In females, the desired feature is wide “childbearing” hips that indicate an elevated level of estrogen. According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a large percentage of men report feeling attracted to women who have a low waist-to-hip ratio. Both hormones testosterone and estrogen are needed for reproduction.
Introduction of Gender Stereotypes Looking back at different centuries it can be seen that gender stereotypes have been increasing and spreading rapidly around the world in different cultures; our society has allowed gender stereotypes to control many aspects of human activity. Elliot Aronson, an American psychologist, has stated “ Stereotypes are used to attribute the identical features to each member of a certain group without taking the existing differences among the members into consideration (1972). Nowadays it is thought that by knowing something as simple as someone’s sex, you know a lot about them, such as their interests, hobbies, their emotional characteristics and the way they think. Theories such that men are aggressive, tough,
The arguments are endless as to whether legalizing prostitution is an advantage or a shortcoming. However, the cons outweigh the pros significantly. Except when it’s illegal, sex workers suffer even more because they have no recourse if they’re abused, raped, robbed, or otherwise victimized. It’s even easier for pimps to exploit them. Legalization clearly doesn’t solve these problems; rather it classifies those women who are looked down upon.
Some people think education and imprisonment does not reduce the use of drugs, so they suggest the legalization of drugs. I don't agree with this view. Now there are many new drugs, the medicinal properties of these drugs may be lower than the previous drug, but still great harm to human body. More teenagers try drugs, for the development of society and human health, so drugs must be banned.
Men and women in our culture are constantly forced to act a certain way. Humanity takes joy in dictating how each gender should behave. In “Jock Culture” by Robert Lipstye and “Strong Enough” by Wendy Shanker, we learn countless pressures and insecurities that both women and men face in today’s society. The tension placed on both men and women to meet a certain standard may often lead to catastrophic outcomes. Unfortunately, both men and women constantly feel the pressure of fitting into society’s norms, but fitting into these norms comes with many consequences.
Although still problematic, gender roles constructed by society has progressed throughout the years in small ways, not as much as hoped. The social construction of gender in definition means the construction of gender roles created by others that determine their behavior and develop standards based on their sex. By social definition, women are to be what they are socially constructed to be; weak and submissive and men are also what they are socially constructed to be; powerful and dominant, if they do something outside of these rules they are to be ostracized in their community. These ideas run wildly at large; specifically, men are pressured to these ideas from way back then but also very much now. Not only are men being pressured to act a
Gender Roles and its Construction in Society In "Night to His Day" The Social Construction of Gender," Lorber says that gender "is such a familiar part of daily life that it usually takes a deliberate disruption of our expectations of how women and men are supposed to act to pay attention to how it is produced" (324). We do not think about gender roles in regular basis until we notice that either a man or a woman is not acting how society expects his/her to act. This is when we start questioning what gender is and how it works in society. We all are experiencing and learning about gender since we are born; we either become a girl or a boy based on our genitalia.