Comparing Boys and Girls and Emma Watson’s speech for her HeForShe campaign Gender is not referred “to sex, but to this set of prescribed behavior,” as said by Marlene Goldman’s “Penning in the Bodies” (Goldman). There are many rules set upon an individual as to what is acceptable and what is not. The short story Boys and Girls by Alice Munro focuses on the implications the narrator had to endure on her journey to womanhood by reason of gender stereotypes. Emma Watson’s speech for the HeForShe campaign targets on abolishing gender inequality. Despite inequity, there is a myriad of comparable traits that are shared by humans which portrays our personality.
She states that Lafree’s article is a classic example of how social science studies fail to, “Examine the ways in which racism and sexism converge” (Crenshaw, 1993, 1275). Lafree focuses on the face that men of color are prosecuted more harshly depending on the race of the victim, but he fails to really go into detail on the experiences of those victims who were women of color. While he talks about men of color a great deal, he leaves out issues for women of color and makes racism to seem like inequality between men
We live in a world where everyone is created equally. A world where we teach we are all equally treated, respected, and offered the same rights, but have yet to see women offered these rights. Susan M. Okin wrote “Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?” in response to women versus the cultural and minority groups rules and regulations of multiculturalism. Okin defines feminism as “the belief that women should not be disadvantaged by their sex, that they should be recognized as having human dignity equally with men, and the opportunity to live as fulfilling and as freely chosen lives as men can” (Hinman 2006). Multiculturalism in the article is defined as “minority cultures or ways of life that are not sufficiently protected by ensuring the individual rights of their members” (Hinman, 2006).
Boys Don’t Cry aims to mark the relationship of both control and aggression. This film was not only able to raise awareness about the issue of transphobia and violence against transsexual individuals in the late 90s, but it also set as a stage to challenge repressive constructions of gender and sexuality. Boys Don’t Cry is a movie about masculinity and manhood where Brandon was able to convince every one of his male identity through breast binding and pants stuffing in order to fully become what he sees as a real man. The opening scene of the film serves to both direct the viewer and to set a dark atmosphere to events that would occur later. We are first introduced to the film with Brandon looking back in a rearview mirror.
During that time police brutality was exist and police used to force black people extremely and physically. In “THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL TENSIONS IN GANGSTA RAP,” David Canton states that “While the video had shocked most white Americans, African Americans in Los Angeles were not surprised” (p:245). This excerpt clearly shows that the story of the rap video was common to the black people because the video was about protest against brutality and it was their own story. The video shocked white people because in the video black people raised their strong voice against
Obviously racial discrimination was a big problem as time passed. (Background on Racial Discrimination) However without Dred Scott, this problem wouldn’t have been solved. This can be explained due to the fact that Dred Scott really showed how much white people discriminated dark-skinned people. He was the first one to show, tell, and prove that every black person in the United States of America should have their rights and should be deserved to be the person they are. He truly showed how crazy it was to discriminate people just because of skin color and won the case to prove that African-Americans should deserve their freedom.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, particular characters have some sort of disguise that allows them to deceive others. In the epic, there is also a demonstration of inequality between men and women. The idea of guile in The Odyssey was raised multiple times throughout the epic and it was often considered to be wisdom. From the beginning of the epic, we see characters praising men for their “wisdom” and women are oppressed for the majority of their actions, including lying. This patriarchal system that oppresses women for their actions, including shunning them for being deceptive, reveals the double standard in society, but also reveals the social statuses in this time period that oppressed women and bound them from being able to change the overall epic.
This is demonstrating that even though Skeeter is a woman, her gender does not lessen her drive and motivation to succeed in life. Not only are men discouraging Skeeter, but so many women are brainwashed to believe the gender roles of society that they are tearing Skeeters ambitions down as well. At one point, Celia Foote states, "Oh, we're gonna have some kids. […] I mean, kids is the only thing worth living for." (Stockett 33) This proves that society is pressuring all women, including Skeeter, to leave any dreams they have of becoming anything more than what a man and society wants them to become.
From the forced gender roles, acts of rebellion rose in a meager attempt for the citizens to fight back. The citizens appeared to be obedient, but this was just fear in disguise. This fear was constructed by the Gilead was propelled by placing people in gender constraints, and both men and women were subjected to criticism about deviations from their roles that was no fault of their own. Society became dominated by heterosexuality and everything different from that became erased and penalized. If the mutilating stress of gender roles continue to be placed upon humanity, our society may be looking at a similar series of tragic
Everyone can agree that males and females are born biologically different from one another, but there has been an extensive debate surrounding the development of stereotypical masculine and feminine gender roles within individuals. Some believe that the characteristics defined as gender roles occur naturally; however, others argue another point. One such piece of literate that argues this is Alice Munro’s short story “Boys and Girls”. Munro’s critics have noted that she has a “commitment to the everyday lives of women [and she conducts] unflinching investigations into the by turns suffocating and satisfying world of the domestic,” (DeFalco 377). Munro continues to follows the same pattern with her short story “Boys and Girls”.
Some are free-spirited, while others abide by all the rules society places on females. Edna from Chopin’s The Awakening and Janie from Hurston’s Theirs Eyes Were Watching God differ greatly from each other. Edna is a more free- spirited woman who does not conform to anyone’s rules, while Janie who although has instances of rebellion, she does what she is told. Janie unlike Edna married Logan Killicks
Sacrificial Actions for Justice and Equality The fight for equality and justice has been credited to various men and women that have sacrificed many aspects of their life. A majority traditional societies see changes to the status quo as a threat and often oppose them. When sacrificial actions are made for justice and equality, society is more susceptible to change. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and the events that took place during the civil rights movement, demonstrate the sacrifice of one’s well-being in order to advocate for what is just. Atticus Finch’s actions, among other instances in the novel To Kill Mockingbird, illustrates one’s sacrifice for the sake of justice and equality.
Before Stonewall and the article of Chauncey are related because both share the same topic that is the homosexuality. Both explain the unleashing of the struggle for the rights of the homosexual minority of that time. This minority struggled to change the international perceptibility, to change the system and to get society to accept them because they were oppressed hiding their sexual preference. For example, they had different codes to hide their sexual preferences when they were in front of other people and they questioned from the inside because they were
Kinsey’s continuum measures sexual orientation based off of experiences, affection, and desires ranging from being exclusively heterosexual to exclusively homosexual. Kinsey’s study allowed for the fluidity of sexual orientation to be measured and exist. I think hate crimes and homophobia stems from negative beliefs towards people regarding other’s preference. Hate crimes are the act of aggression and homophobia is bias against homosexuality. I think institutions along with other social structures impact people’s beliefs and influence these inequalities systemically.
The biggest contributions that Alfred Kinsey made to the field of sex research, were for homosexuality and bringing it into public discussion , defending women as sexual and social equals , and reporting statistical data instead of personal observations . He was one of the first to conceptualize sexuality as a continuum, where homosexuality and heterosexuality are not distinctly separate . Although Kinsey was a pushing force of the sexual revolution, he was highly critiqued for exposing practices that were considered perverted, and stating them to be commonplace. Some such acts are now seen as cultural norms in North America, such as masturbation, premarital sex, and homosexuality. However other aspects of his research have major