The “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” McIntosh begins her essay portraying the unwillingness of men to admit that they are over privileged. Even those who are willing to admit that women are at a disadvantage have a problem admitting their privilege. McIntosh realizes that this denial of privilege does not only apply to gender but to race as well. She realizes that white people including herself are thought to view racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage but have never had to considered an aspect of racism that befits them; white privilege. Although being a woman puts McIntosh at a disadvantage she realizes that by not acknowledging her privilege she is unintentionally oppressing others as well.
A women’s right to express herself freely is not taken as serious as men’s right of expression. Her freedom has come with a price, not acknowledging how freedom of expression is surface level, she does not have true freedom. To the authors of these mainstream articles think she should submit to the Flag Code over the U.S. Constitution. This is an outrageous claim, one that demands control over women, keeping her in her place. Johnson brilliantly claims that, “privilege is always at someone else’s expense and it always exacts a cost.
The bad word “đĩ” (prostitute) is only used for woman, when referring to man, it has to be specified “đĩ đực” as people usually assume this terrible job to be for women. Some utterances like “đàn bà ấy mà!” (women are always like that), “toan tính đàn bà” (woman’s cunning), “mưu kế đàn bà” (woman’s craftiness), “công việc của đàn bà” (woman’s job) , “sở thích đàn bà” (woman’s hobby), “mồm đàn bà” (woman’s mouth), “bụng đàn bà” (woman’s stomach) are long-standing prejudices against females. In Eastern country like Vietnam, the notion of valuing male above female is reflected by exclusive words imposed on women’s role. We have “tiết phụ” or “quả phụ/ qoá phụ” (widow), “trinh nữ” (female virgin) but we do not have “tiết phu” or “quả phu/ qoá phu” (widower), “trinh nam” (male virgin). This shows that a woman is expected to sacrifice her life for her husband forever or be virgin until the marriage, if not people will look down on her because of losing “treasure” (called “cái nghìn vàng” in Vietnam).
The statement of Frieda is sexist and degrading on women because the remarks gives more the privileges to the one gender in which being male rather than the other. I don’t believe this statement was racist because it had to do with gender and nothing to do with
Toni Morrison in Beloved emphasizes Paul D’s weakness by humiliating him at the hands of so-called weak and restless women, contrasting to the patriarchal tendencies. But the question is wouldn’t men be agonized just as much the women when they are raped? Be it physical, mental. Rather than taking a stand on assault on men, it’s better for us to know what happens to the oppressing gender when oppressed by the society that they created. The idea of male rape is tabooed.
According to Fiske 's (2010) study, stereotyping is the application of an individual 's own thoughts, beliefs, and expectations onto other individuals without first obtaining factual knowledge about the individual(s) (as cited in Keene, 2010:3). In other words, gender stereotyping is overgeneralization about the characteristic of an entire group based on gender. When a person stereotype, he/she is grouping the individual into groups and ignoring the person as individual with their own characteristics and abilities. Although stereotyping would help in making judgements or fast decision in a new situation it may also cause a problem when the stereotypes are false and misguided, which may cause the person stereotyped to be offended. Thus, this shows that stereotyping can create problems in many situations, such as the workplace, school, university or social
When it came to moral issue, the general public usual unwittingly criticizes the opposite sex of male in a severer level than man. For example, woman who has multiple sexual partners will be stigmatized in a wider range of verbal expressions than man. Since learning language can’t be separated from those interactions, they simultaneously located how they were identified by others; therefore, they conceptualized those ideal images of themselves from the external social facts and internalized those gender characteristics as their part of
We get our ideas of sexiness from constricted views from our culture and perceptions. Women are faced with having their looks judged before their intelligence. This so called “beauty culture” forms hierarchies and excludes people who do not match up to the expectations of age, gender, and
In my opinion, it is not the transgender who is terrible and it has nothing to do with them that cause society to act impolite. Well, hate and disrespect for each other is a human trait. To many people, gender roles are a fundamental part of their worldview, of how the world is and should be. To such people, the idea that these roles are changeable rather than set in stone, that a person can switch these roles, feels like an existential threat. The logical is something like ‘’if men can become women, then nothing is certain”.
I agree and understand some backlash against metoo as it was thought to be brooding ‘hostile opposing camps’ between the sexes which wasn’t what the powerful movement like metoo stood for. 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.
Our amplified sense of self importance dictates the way we view others and causes us to forget that everyone views themselves and their existence in the same heightened esteem and makes us think of everyone around us as secondary characters to our own story, rather than the fleshed out main character of their own. Social lines and status, visual and cultural associations, and our own personal experiences, all affect the way we view others and how others view us. When considering social lines and status in this text, there is a clear divide between one group of girls, and another standing off to the side by herself, isolated. The trope of a ‘popular mean girl clique’ exists not only in fiction but is an all too real experience many people are
The following quote should hopefully secure the idea that oppression is still very much a prominent part of society that affects women, “We look silly, incompetent, weak, and generally contemptible” Frye writes, regarding the differences between female restrains and male restraints, “Our exercise of this discipline tends to low esteem and self-esteem. It does not benefit us. It fits in a network of behaviors through which we constantly announce to others our membership in a lower caste and our unwillingness and/or inability to defend our bodily or moral integrity” (16). In essence, this quote displays how women are mocked for attempting to develop their own independence. The mocking results in a lowered self-esteem, which prevents women from progressing by keeping women below the social standing of men.
The term white privilege has become a bad term, just like the word feminism. Society has found a way to distort and change the definition of terms like these to avoid the actual issue that the term is bringing up. By definition feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities, but the word has come to carry a negative connotation (Webster). Many who believe in the principle would not call themselves feminists or participate in trying to reach equality to avoid that connotation placed on them. Their silence only aids the continuation of inequality between men and women.
Now this type of statement was mostly used by males to use on females but now has a negative connotation representing victimhood. Some individuals believe that feminists sanction victimhood(Fiano). Which sounds legitimate since occurrences like that have happened in the very school I attend. With misogyny, sexual objectification, stereotyping being a trend in our society this idea of victimhood isn’t really far fetched. Unfortunately life becomes more difficult when society gives you guidelines that are seen as women like because everyone is different and should pursue their own