Anne McClintock wrote her essay “Gonad the Barbarian and the Venus Flytrap: Portraying the female and male orgasm” to examine pornography and how it has changed throughout history and its effects on how women perform as sexual beings. McClintock focuses on the various roles of pornography such as its emphasis on voyeurism, pleasure, and the male ego. She wants her readers to know that women are still not represented in pornography to satisfy their own desires, but they are there to cater to men and their subconscious. I will analyze how McClintock argues that due to the history of sexism towards women, the roles that men and women have in pornography are inherently different because of the societal belief that women are only seen as objects of sexual desire and are solely there to satisfy the male audience.
In the ethnographic documentary “Fire Eyes,” director Soraya Mire presented a biased opinion on the nature of female circumcision by emphasizing graphic content like gore and pain. While Mire’s documentary presents the terrifying nature of female circumcision, the use of graphic content and imagery successfully conveys Mire’s strong opinion opposing female circumcision. However, Mire neglects to discuss the cultural values behind the mutilation and instead prioritizes how she views the act as unethical. The importance in conveying the horrifying nature of female circumcision through graphic content evokes emotional responses in the audience and easily persuades the audience to follow the director’s own beliefs. In the movie “Fire Eyes,” Soraya Mire creates a personal connection with the audience by choosing to showcase bloody, painful responses rather than solely focusing on multiple retellings of women who experienced circumcision.
In her article, ‘On Date Rape,’ she discusses the dangers of women being raped due to mixed signals given out from both parties. However, she discusses it with a double standard that the rapist may be looked upon as the victim and the female can be put to blame, because some will say that only herself could have prevented it. Camille Paglia expresses her opinion as an anti-feminist who not only feels but actually believes that feminists have mislead women by telling them that they can do anything they want without any long-term consequences. In her article, she makes use of many fallacies including false analogies, hasty generalizations, and personal attacks, while trying to argue her personal stance on today’s woman
They wrote, “All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman” (183). This shows that Sprenger and Kramer believed that not only were women wicked but they were more evil than “all wickedness.” The authors quote several others throughout the book, and use their words to back up their own misogyny. They quote Seneca as having said, “when a woman thinks alone, she thinks evil” (183). Again the writers attempt to persuade the public that women like demons and devils are naturally evil. They seem to believe that women are inherently malevolent, and unredeemable.
Dehumanization is the process through which someone asserts control and power, treating the person as an inanimate object with no dimension or surface; becoming an object means being acted upon rather than being the active subject. It is easier to be violent to someone who one already feels power over. Dehumanizing women and men is similar to pornography, where either violence or status (men over women) promotes “power over other” (Kilbourne 420). According to Jean Kilbourne in her essay, “‘Two Ways a Women Can Get Hurt’:Advertising and Violence”, advertisement is portraying women’s body as objects that both lead to dehumanization, violence, and mistreatment toward women. Considering the opposing characterization between males and females, femininity refers to submissiveness and vulnerability that is often depicted in advertisement.
Sherman sought to force the public to question the seductive and often oppressive influence of mass-media over our individual and collective identities. Sexual desire and domination, the fashioning of self-identity as mass deception, these are among the unsettling subjects lying behind Sherman's extensive series of self-portraiture in various guises. Despite not aligning herself directly with feminism Sherman does conclude her work is, in fact, feminist. The work is what it is and hopefully, it's seen as feminist work or feminist-advised work, but I'm not going to go around espousing theoretical bullshit about feminist stuff. The portrayal of women is a central theme throughout Sherman's career and can still be seen in her more recent works.
The knight in the tale, was said to have a reputation of being a “lusty liver” (282), hence the heinous crime of forcefully having relations with the maiden. To deem just women as lustful creatures as the book (Theophrastus and valerius and others (276).) insinuates does not only gives a single story but also an inaccurate representation of what the truth clearly is. The truth is even if women where lustful, men should have been equally represented in the same book. It would be to wrong to assume that the only perpetrators of lust where women, and since biblical references where made numerous times during the prologue, it would also be safe to say the knowledge of king Solomon, his many wives, mistresses and concubines was also lustful.
The ambiguity is what makes this campaign equally as disturbing as interesting. Looking from the medias point of view, the clear intention of this advert was to glorify rape in an obvious offensive way. They believe that Dolce & Gabbana wanted to make rape seem “appropriate” ("DOLCE AND GABBANA [...]”). The medias assumptions are based on the above-analyzed reasons that are clothing, body language and the robotic expressions that make the rape seem emotionless. Although figure (2) can be seen as the woman holding power over the men, the media thinks that figure (2) does not display a scene of female seduction, but rather objectification ("Dolce and Gabbana Pulls [...]”).
Shouting with written words is what Maya Milkdashi has done in her essay “Sexual Violence Is a Crime, Sometimes” with complete professionalism! Just like the ironical title allures the reader, the unique style of the essay along with the organized content adds various reasons why this text should be read very carefully. This passage which deals with one of the most important topic nowadays: Sexual inequality and violence… sheds lights on what many of us are even afraid to come across to in our country. Why is sexual abuse still present in Lebanon and who is to be blamed? What is the society doing to end this shameful act?
If girls dress in a revealing manner and get raped, this is naturally because they deserved it. They must have provoked the rape, and it can’t be the rapist’s fault, as the victim was inviting an assault through their apparel. The stereotype engaged here is the belief that females who dress “skimpily” are of loose morals, and therefore inviting and encouraging their rape. This situation can be incredibly painful for the victim, as a general viewpoint of society is that they deserved the repercussions of their “inappropriate
Though, the author had effective points in her article she failed to mention a particular idea that I believe is important. Throughout the article Yuan goes on about how women are targets for rape, how it sucks to be a female, and that women are the only victims of rape. When men can also be victims of this atrocious act. Men can likewise have the same type of trauma and psychological problems as women. The author could have mentioned some movie or TV show where it’s a man is the victim of rape.
The women that are being trafficked around from state to state have to have sex the way the customer wants it even if it means unprotected. Men don’t care for the women that they are having relations with so they force them to have sex knowing that they might or might not have any kind of infection. “Gita contracted HIV as a direct result of her status as a victim of sex trafficking. She, also, unknowingly and unintentionally, may have spread HIV to customers who bought her after she became infected”, (Kloer 2). This is a clear fact showing that the people who commits these acts are people who only care about putting money in their pocket failing to realize that those girls can die from this.