A haunting reality is that women are considered lesser than men on a daily basis. Rape culture is a serious issue that is hindering women and girls at school or in the workplace. Dress-codes are creating a halt in girls’ education and women are not being paid the same amount for the same work. Although women may get hired more often in the case of wearing more revealing clothes to a job-interview, it is truly disturbing that women only have the same opportunity when they are seen as sexual objects. Rape culture in the education environment and the workplace needs to stop.
In that same article they talk about how to gain social acceptance how women continually feel the need to change their appearance and their bodies to make them look more like social ideals of women and girls now of days "Feminist Perspectives on Objectification." Girls now of days depend on the media and others opinions about what they look like or what they do so they could be more socially acceptable. They might even objectify themselves by seeing all these women being all dressed up with their hair done and makeup, that might make other women look down on them own selves because they might not look like that and feel upset or depressed over seeing beautiful photoshops girls all over the place and no average
It is an issue that affects both genders, but this is predominantly a woman's issue. This issue originated due to sexism existing since the beginning of the time. Having dress codes, and especially strict dress codes towards girls, is really just another form of keeping women in their place. This affects women, specifically young girls
41, and Atticus finds out. Scout gets worried that Atticus might know that what they were playing was related to the radleys, and tells Scout that she “was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with.” this is one of the biggest examples of gender in the book, and shows that being a girl is the highest and worst insult, even amongst the children. And a few pages later, Scout says that she tried to avoid Jem and Dill because she was called a girl once and didn't want to be called a girl again. This really cements how much of an insult it is to be called a girl. Since this was in a time when women still didn’t play too big of a role in society, being called a girl implied that the person being insulted wasn't a particularly active person in the community.
Our society is consumed by the fantasy and perfection of the idealized body. This constant fixation on physical perfection has created unreasonable beauty standards for women, ones we cannot possibly achieve on our own. Such standards permeate all forms of popular media, particularly fashion magazines and advertisements. Women are bombarded with the notion that we must be thin in order to be desirable. These images project an
Weak and irrational, are just a couple terms used to describe women. These terms paint women as things that must be controlled, cause if not, they are not only a detriment to themselves but society as well. Very rarely is a woman described as strong, brave or independent, instead such terms are implied, forcing a reader to read between the lines. St. Perpetua is a prime example, she fights against the patriarchal society, breaking through stereotyping and emerging a new woman both strong and brave. Stereotyping is a very dangerous tool used to force a person into a specific role.
Girls are constantly targeted by advertisers and marketers and influenced to go out and purchase whatever the latest fad might be. In the book ‘Makeup Mess’ Munsch reticulates this concept by alluding that Julie has no real concept of money. Society often suggests that females will never understand the true importance of saving money because someone, most likely a male romantic companion will always pay for her expenses. Munsch continues to suggest that young girls are constantly empowered by a sense of possession to go out and purchase new items specifically cosmetic products or clothes. I personally found it extremely degrading that Munsch suggested if Julie wasn’t going out to purchase new makeup products then she must of course be going out to purchase new clothes.
The documentary talks about the numerous ways throughout time in which women are mistreated in society. It seems as though as time progresses women become more of sexual objects than human beings. Certain people in society assume it is acceptable to demean or devalue women and to think of women as second class citizens that exist to tend to their needs. This documentary depicts the deriding ways the media and society see and treat women. Throughout the documentary, many philosophers discuss the impact the media has on young children.
"For one thing, Miss Maudie can’t serve on a jury because she’s a woman" This proves that being a woman around this time gave them no respect towards working. This also shows how women are still thought of as house decorations and decorations to the man instead of being able to do things that they would like no matter what gender. These three quotes are examples of the different gender discrimination, which hold through the entire book. (P.A.W. 3) When going through the book we can look and see that racism is one of the hottest topics in the book.
Stephanie was hoping to find some gossip with the idea that Jean Louise a girl would break gender confinements. The ladies at the book club before hearing scout’s answer found this to be a rather amusing topic, proving that even the discriminated are sometimes acceptant of their own inequality. Scout had always been appalled at the idea of being “a girl” and shows great resentment towards the idea as Jem uses the stereotype as motivation. By calling scout a girl the implied message is one of weakness so whenever Scout is hesitant towards one of Jem’s plans the automatic response is “getting more like a girl,” Jem has used this argument many times such as when he wanted to look through the Radley window to see Boo. This shows how the basis of sexism can even affect the children who look at gender as a deciding factor of courage.
This subconsciously contributes to the way that women see themselves and how society expects them to be. Most of the time, such advertisements highly enforce sex roles, which is a social construction of certain behaviors and characteristics attributed to each sex (Carter, 2012). When an individual, as well as others, are constantly critiquing themselves in terms of how well they measure up the societal expectations, the emphasis placed on looks has become more of a public sport than ever before (Grazian, 2010). The media is mostly to blame for the damage invoked upon women due to the inaccurate and unrealistic images that continue to be presented. By the media presenting women as passive, flawless, inactive, and submissive, the messages sent to viewers is that women are
In all of these stories women were given a negative image because of the standards set for women by society. Women were not respected and often thought of sex objects that are there to make great men fall; this becomes very evident in the literature written during this time. In Beowulf, Grendel’s mother a monster, who is given the qualities of a women and represents women who are not submissive to their husbands. “Grendel’s mother, monstrous hell bride, brooded on her wrongs.”(Beowulf, page 56, lines 58, 59). In this quote Grendel’s mother is described as “monstrous” or in other words evil.
We live in a world that bombards us with over-sexualised images to aspire to. This sets standards for both women and young girls which are unrealistic and unattainable. Society is becoming more and more sexualised, leading to future generations becoming obsessed with vanity and looks. "Our children should no longer be sacrificed on the altar of the obsession with celebrity culture and the 'beauty ' industry it has spawned." The media is constantly spewing out over-sexualised adverts which they shove down our throats.
A disturbing phenomenon has begun in today’s culture. Media expects women to look like girls and girls to look like women. This is caused by the media’s constant sexual objectification of women and young girls. They are portrayed as objects of desire with no discernable personality for men. The article, "Understanding Sexual Objectification: A Comprehensive Approach Toward Media Exposure and Girls ' Internalization of Beauty Ideals, Self-Objectification, And Body Surveillance," provides a diagram of the cycle of objectifying media and the reaction by female consumers.
Unfortunately, both men and women constantly feel the pressure of fitting into society’s norms, but fitting into these norms comes with many consequences. Insecure women aren’t born, they are made. In “Strong Enough”, Shanker introduces her personal experience of what being treated as an outcast feels like. Due to rejecting a boy after he asked her to have sex with him, she is then seen as a “lez”. Shanker feels it is devastating that a girl can’t make her own decisions without automatically being labeled.