From the very beginning of my existence, my mom slapped a huge pink bow on my hairless baby head to announce to the world that I was a girl. She mainly dressed me in white, pastel pink, and yellow dresses, with the same pink bow. As I grew a bit older, my hair grew longer. That, for some unknown reason, encouraged my dad to slick my golden curly hair back
My gender before I was born, as with most babies, was predetermined through pink balloons at my baby shower and the pink blanket I was wrapped in when I was born. Today gender has become one of the most important labels of your identity that you must accept. Although I don’t reject my given gender, I wonder how my identity would have been affected if I wasn’t forced to learn society's definition of female. As I grew up I was told that I needed to act “ladylike” when my brothers could dress and date around however they wanted. These double standards only became more apparent and strict as I grew up and matured.
When I would ask why, I was told I needed to do something “girly,” like ballet lessons. So, I signed up for ballet lessons which continued until I graduated from high school. I look back at my childhood interests and activities and am amazed at the gender socialization that happened. I clearly believed my mental and physical limitations were a result of my gender. As Langer (2011) so clearly expresses: “it is an undeniable truth that one’s sex at birth – biology – begins a process of socialization resulting in one’s gender – the social role….
Before she is able to meet with the Matchmaker, she must dress up and apply makeup on herself to make herself look beautiful and strong-willed. Critic, Nandini Maity, states in her article, Damsels in Distress: A Textual Analysis of Gender roles in Disney Princess Films, that Disney uses the princesses or heroines in each princess movie to demonstrate how women should act, dignified and beautiful. By doing so, it portrays how Disney has a set purpose to make society understand that women should always act this way in society, that they should be helped out by men. While Mulan is being washed and dressed, the women helping her “sing to Mulan a song called Honour us all, a song that imposes the traditional roles onto Mulan. They say that women should have tiny waists, be calm, and obedient.
This causes them to lose their confidence and not seek their potential career, or they will not be hired due to them being a woman. Men are raised and told to not show emotions. When they get married and have a baby, they may be distant to their child. Thus, the child growing up without a supportive father figure which will then affect the child in return. We will not progress if we continue
In this case, her beauty is a ticket to get violated either at home or outside. Last but not least, Sally gets abused by boys because of her beauty. In “The Monkey Garden”, a group of boys steal her keys. This next excerpt is the most shocking,
In “’But Those Are for Boys!’ : Advertising’s Role in Naturalizing Harmful Female Stereotypes” published in the Arak Journal, Women and Gender Studies major Naomi Major is strongly concerned with toy advertising that generalizes boys and girls, in a way that portrays both genders as “two separate, homogeneous groups with contrasting interest.” Naomi expresses her concern by insisting that toy corporations produce products that promote domesticity, and materialism in girls. She argues that it is problematic because it negatively impacts the aspirations and future life hoods of many young females.
The young girl on the other hand goes through the Electra complex, which is exactly the opposite of the Oedipus complex, except more brief as according to Freud, the girl soon realises that she does not have a penis and this leads to the development that she wishes that she was a boy. Freud calls this penis envy, this is also one of Freud’s most controversial theories that many reject completely. There is something in the way Freud seems to address women that draws a similarity as to how Allen’s female characters are constructed. Allen is often scrutinised for dealing with female characters as erotic objects merely there for the male gaze. Many of his film including some scenes of Irrational Man includes narrators explaining their own actions that more often than not actively objectify young women.
I don’t want to have kids, and I have always talked about adopting if I ever decided I wanted children. I told my dad about how he would feel if I adopted an African American baby. He said he wouldn’t accept the child in the family, not only because he wasn’t “Mexican,” but because he wasn’t his own blood. In cultures, children have to be legitimate children from the marriage, otherwise, they are considered “bastards.” I honestly wanted my dad to give me his
Anything that I do, not just while in uniform, but especially when in uniform, reflects upon all of us. It’s just like a time when i babysat this little girl. I came to her house wearing my hair in two french braids, the next time she wore her hair in two french braids saying “I wanted to be just like you!”. Being on cheer makes you more than just a frequent visitor, you are looked up to, and expected to behave as
“There’s nothing remarkable in their making a man foolish, in women winning men To sin, for Adam our father was deceived just so, and Solomon, and also Samson, Delilah was his death and later David Endured misery for Batheba’s beauty. Women ruined them: how wonderful if men could love them well, but never believe them!” (130). Ever since Adam & Eve days, females have been seen as femme fatale. As “An alluring and seductive woman, especially one who leads men into compromising and dangerous situations.
In the essay “Even Nine-Month-Olds Choose Gender-Specific Toys,” Jennifer Goodwin acknowledges the possibility of gender being innate, as a research showed that “even 1-day-old boys spent longer looking at moving, mechanical options than 1-day-girls, who spent more time looking at faces” (89). However, she claims that even actions this early in life may already be influenced by the parents’ different treatments, which start almost instantly after their child is born. Goodwin states that, even when their children are still infants, parents tend to show more affection towards girl than boys, who are dealt with in a more active and playful manner, which could explain the findings of the research mentioned. This difference in treatments is later