The United States of America has transformed into this sexist and dangerous world in which the media and society portrays real women as objects and not as human beings. People see this on TV through commercials, TV shows, movies, and even games where the bodies of women are promoted like toys for the sexual pleasure of men. The 2011 documentary Miss Representation brings up this idea of how the ridiculous stereotypes of women are portrayed heavily through the outlets of media and how that has negatively affected American women. Women are the minority groups when they are compared to men. Since they are the minorities, they will be the minorities in media and in society.
A woman’s job in life was to be a good mother and a good wife, period. Although feminist movements were now on the horizon, the subject of women standing up and speaking out for their rights was extremely controversial. As a feminist, Kate Chopin incorporated feminism in The Awakening through characters such as Edna Pontellier and Mademoiselle Reisz. Because the subject matter was so controversial and taboo, Chopin received a lot of negative feedback when she published the novel, with readers calling it “morbid, vulgar, and disagreeable.” The reactions Chopin received in response to her novel are very similar to how the people within Edna’s society react to her journey of a spiritual awakening. Both were intensely judged and alienated due to their unique views that did not match up with the masses.
As a group, society gets uncomfortable when it comes to women’s sexuality and nudity, especially in public. Natalie Angier, a journalist and New York Times best-selling author, is not intimidated when it comes to these matters. In her book An Intimate Geography, Angier explores the female body and all of its wonders. This novel opened my eyes and my attitudes to many events that are happening in society. When reading Natalie Angier’s book, the element that captivated my attention the most was the chapter regarding breasts, titled Circular Reasoning.
Likewise in Ten Things, the female protagonist, Kat is quite opinionated and feminist. These negative representations of women can be seen two ways, as merely comical or as an exercise in misogyny.When viewing these films, I could see both perspectives;however, I took an invited reading of the text and mostly laughed at the journey of love presented. “The taming
“And I hope she 'll be a fool – that 's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 17). This quote was said by Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. Throughout the novel, women are very present and Fitzgerald created mesmerising and contradicting personalities for each character to draw in the readers. During the flapper movement, many women were cutting their hair, raising the hemlines on their skirts, smoking, drinking, and even driving (Kennedy, Cohen, Bailey 745). Nevertheless, many women were still afraid to speak their minds, even if they followed the fashion and social trends.
The push for equal right by feminists materialized in two accords: legally and socially. Legally, feminists pushed for equal legal status for both men and women. Social women liberation was a sexual revolution where women challenged the idea that while men could go around participating in sexual activities, they were to remain chaste. Today, it is the former that is popular, with women activist groups fighting for more opportunities for women. Women right activist groups today, however, are very politically alienated as compared to the 1960s.
Sexism and misogynistic themes are seen in pop, punk, rock, country, and heavy metal music. It is seen in the lyrics and more in the music videos objectifying women. Hip hop being more popular and mainstream makes it an easier target for people to criticize, which is also why it is often seen as a negative influence in the media. What people forget is that the sexism and misogynistic views seen in hip hop music is a reflection of the sexism we have in society. The sexism we have in society is what artists try to inform listeners about.
Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Suttree, demonstrates the prejudice deeply ingrained within society, as well as the way it largely affects its readers. The misogynistic attitude is certainly not a new one. Women have been oppressed and viewed as less than men, in personal accounts and in narratives, for a long time. In the minds of the men in this novel, women are seen as merely an addition to men or an afterthought, and certainly not able to hold the value of a whole person on their own. The only real relationships with women the reader observes are Cornelius Suttree’s romance with Wanda, and then with Joyce.
Independence became a new accomplishment for many women to achieve, in which prostitution questioned the route to becoming successful. For men, new ideals of power brought about a sort of obsession that led to power over women in the form of prostitution. As for the media, many women were highlighted for their beauty and elegance in penny papers as prostitutes, which often glamorized prostitution. At other times, however, prostitutes were criticized for their amorous intentions. Prostitution in the nineteenth century created a conversation about what sex meant to men and women of that time period.
Images of women have been used to sell products and send subliminal messages since we could remember. Today, it has become apparent that the way these women are photographed and used for advertisements is creating a concept that women are just objects. Over the past few centuries the objectifying of women has only increased. When television was first invented in the 1950’s families would come together and spend time watching their favorite shows. One thing the shows on TV during the 50’s has in common in are the stereotypical gender roles with no sexuality application.
The story that got my attention was Boys on the Side. It 's really sad that this young generation has this sexual liberation, that make them look like prostitutes. I was surprise how the Argentina girl in the story describe the American girls from the hook up culture their sexual freedom. "Here in America the girls they give up their mouth, their ass, their ass, their tits. The girls from the hook up culture don 't have any self respect for their body.
The video blurred lines potrays masculinity as having relationships with multiple women as masculine as well as smoking cigarettes and drinking liquor. They echo the message of feminity by wearing revealing clothing, red lipstick, and provoctive dancing. A woman must be willing to be embraced as a tool only for sexual purposes and be degraded by being called a "bitch". Woman need to be animals, or freaks, so they can be sexually exploited by men who are there to bring out the animal in them. Women are more desirable with makeup, red lipstic that symbolizes infedelity.
Although I do follow on aspects of being a “girl”, being a ballet dancer I witness many gender comment, not only for women but males as well. By virtue of generalization, ballet is considered a “girl” activity. Males in this art usually experience negative remarks “feminine” is considered the most used one for a male dancer. Why would you stop something you love? Many have stopped because of what others think family, friends, the only reason they think this way is the very growth of genderization.