Standpoint Theory: A Communication Phenomenon Of Looking

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Sandra Harding and Julia Wood’s Standpoint Theory:
A Communication Phenomenon of Looking but not Seeing, and Hearing but not Listening

Feminism, classism, ageism, sexism, ableism, sizeism, anti-semitism — these are merely a fourth of the various terminologies begotten by societal oppression. I am an upper middle class, privileged, able-bodied, young, cishet woman in a deliberately structured male-dominated society. Feminist activism and the fight for women’s rights have been carried through the years generation after generation and still, to this day, the struggle for female empowerment continues to prevail. In addition to this, the ignorance visible in various forms of daily communication is glaringly observable as a considerably more “dominant”
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Gillig and Sheila T. Murphy of the University of Southern California (USA) conducted a communication study on how various audiences viewed the portrayal of two adolescent gay characters on the TV show, The Fosters. This experimental research aimed to apprehend the responses that could be obtained from a group of young viewers from seeing a media representation of an LGBTQ+ personality. By the end of the study, it was concluded that disgust was prominent in the cisheterosexual group, compared to those who are in the LGBTQ+ community. Another finding was that most of these cisheterosexual viewers are more affiliated with religious groups. This could have reflected the difference in the foundation and structure of beliefs. “It reveals the impact of identity and orientation on experiences with a narrative.” (Gillig and Murphy, 2016). Those with religious affiliations are more likely to see homosexuality as sinful or far from the lines of being “normal” due to their belief system, and that is their standpoint. Those who are also part of the LGBTQIA+ community gave more positive responses to the show for not only does it serve as representation, but they understood where they were coming from, and that is their own standpoint because of their past experiences and personal…show more content…
“A postfeminist political fantasy… [that] ultimately undermine[s] feminist politics by denying the material consequences of sexism, [and] displacing stories about the misogyny that constrains women in politics.” (Anderson and Sheeler, 2014, p.233), quotes Rhode and Dejmanee in the article. Sexism is a major motivation of feminists. It is what started the movement in the first place. Personally taking into consideration Clinton’s act of creating a nurturing female image as a political candidate, she creates a safe space for those who view themselves as unsafe and she advocates and aims to beat the sexism that prevails in the country. While Clinton is putting a woman’s mark on presidentialism and breaking boundaries on the stigma of male presidency, she uses the history of female marginalism and oppression as a way to gather voters, supporters, and followers who have the same standpoint on gender equality as she

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