Sociology: Keeping Up With Kardashians

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Sociology is the study of the development, structure and functioning society. Sociology is all around us, it 's what we say, what we do, what we watch on TV, and what we see in our everyday lives. Sociology is a broad term, because there are many different words that associate with Sociology including family, relationships, media, gender, and crime. While sociology is all around us, a common place where we might witness ideas that come from sociology is right at home on our televisions. A popular show that displays a perfect example of sociology right now is Keeping up with the Kardashians. Keeping up with the Kardashians is about two families that came together through the marriage of their parents Kris & Bruce Jenner, who collectively have …show more content…

The recent biracial marriage of Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West spurred some negative attention for Kim at a Ball in Vienna, Austria which lead to an experience of racism. Another major theme in Sociology is dealing with race and discrimination. Racism comes in many different kinds, seen firsthand in the show Keeping up with the Kardashians. Kanye speaks about racism in his music and at his shows about his struggle growing up black, and the everyday racism he had to live through. Kim speaks about Kanye 's words on an episode, while also saying she feels like she cannot relate to racism because she has never had a firsthand experience with racism. Later in the episode while arriving at a ball in Vienna, a man dressed with blackface tries to approach Kim yelling "Hi Kim its Kanye!" while laughing. Blackface is one of the earliest forms of racism and it was an eye-opening experience for Kim to learn that racism is all around her even today, whether or not it 's directed at her. Also in the episode, on the plane ride home from Vienna a woman approaches Kim and her family yelling "She is with a black man and that baby is black!" Along with other profanity towards Kim and her family about being married to a black man, and how the women views that as wrong. These experiences lead Kim to speak up more about every day racism and how it is all around us and should not be …show more content…

Many changes have undergone in the Kardashian/Jenner family. One of the biggest changes made is when Bruce Jenner announced that he was transgender, and transitioned into Caitlyn Jenner, who she says she has truly always been. In Sociology, gender, gender roles and identity are some other major themes. A big stereotype of gender is that you are born a gender, and that is the gender you should remain; the idea of identity and gender roles then play a part in getting rid of this stereotype. Identity deals with your inner self, the things that make you who you are, and gender roles are a set of norms that are socially acceptable within a gender. These two ideas don 't always go together. Caitlyn Jenner, formally known as Bruce Jenner is a prime example of this. Caitlyn Jenner said that she knew she was different at the age of 9, when she realized she didn 't fit gender roles because she liked playing dress up more than playing with action figures. "I look at it this way-Bruce was always telling a lie. He lived a lie his whole life about who he is. And I can 't do that any longer" Caitlyn opens up about when she knew she was a woman on ABC news. Her identity was female, but her body was male; "My brain is much more female than it is male... It 's hard for people to understand that, but that 's the way my soul is." Being a transgender woman in today 's society while we are still fighting for transgender rights, Caitlyn experiences discrimination such as mass media and

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