Stanton gives a list of the violent actions that men have done and how those violent actions have started many tragic events, including wars and slavery. Stanton talks about the male element and how it overpowers its female counterpart. Throughout Stanton’s speech she has many emotional, logical, and ethical appeals. The purpose of Elizabeth Cady Stanton speech was to bring attention to women’s suffrage.
Based on the beliefs regarding men and women in society, gender roles and gender stereotypes have been created in order to label men and women into distinct categories, giving great disparity between the two in regards to what behaviors and characteristics are expected of them. There were both issues of gender roles and gender stereotypes throughout the film, ‘Collateral Beauty’. Women were stereotyped as dependent, sensitive to others’ feelings and supportive, whereas men were stereotyped as dominant, logical and aggressive. An example of this stereotype towards women is seen among Claire, a friend and business partner of Howard, Amy, a struggling actress who helped with the plan to make Howard seem mentally unbalanced while portraying the role as ‘Love’ and also Madeleine, a lady who lost her daughter and lead a grief supportive group. Dependence can be seen throughout the film when Claire agreed to engage in the plan to overthrow Howard of his job and sell the company.
The Bounty Placed on Beauty There is one trait that society values above all else. Men and women around the globe empty their wallets in the pursuit of this trait. It has given people careers, but it has also destroyed people’s lives. As a society, humanity has put too much weight on appearance and beauty to the point where one’s initial value is determined by how aesthetically pleasing he or she is. This theme—the ugliness of society and its excessive desire for beauty—is heavily illustrated in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Daughter.
When dieting, training and legal supplements all failed to produce the magazine-like results, respondents realized that they would need illegal supplements to achieve their goals” (758). Therefore, such social standards can make an individual feel inadequate, and, as a result, turn to steroids. The relation between cultural expectations and recreational steroid use can be further examined in the aspect of one’s desired love life or partner.
The text Behind the Veil centralized around the cravings honor and respect. Often today, the value of a person’s reputation is disregarded or not looked at as a craving, but many people desire the approval and respect of others. In the text, women discuss the symbolism behind veils and seclusion, discussing all the purposes it brings for not only women, but also men. According to the text, "It expresses men's status, power, wealth, and manliness. It also helps preserve men's image of virility and masculinity, but men do not admit this; on the contrary they claim that one of the purposes of the veil is to guard women's honor” (Fernea 2).
It's implied many times throughout the novel that being a gentleman is of more value and prestige than being a lady. The issue with this is that there is no definition of neither femininity nor masculinity, yet people still try to conform themselves and others into categories. Sexism and categorization must also be combated with not only education but also general acceptance of people's decisions of gender, personality, and how they categorize
She expects clothing to make her feel better about herself, but the truth remains that dwelling on this belief will only create a loop of discontentment. Similarly, today's society expects positive things to come from self-indulgence, but this idealism backfires regardless of one's social class. A study by the National Academy of Sciences explores the negative effects of materialism on people through behavioral tests of upper-class citizens versus lower-class citizens when it came to stealing, lying, cheating, etc. " Data from the study demonstrated that upper-class individuals' unethical tendencies were partially accounted for by their more favorable attitudes toward greed" (Oliver). This confirms that one's tendency toward consumerism can lead to greediness and increased poor decision-making.
Aside from the main character, James Bond, being very dominant, he is also very masculine. Even though this stereotype is often portrayed in media, this view is incorrect since these characteristics are nearly impossible. “007 maximizes the inherent duality of gender by capturing masculinity and realizing it in its purest form. While it is impossible to be him, he still represents the ideal, and perhaps that is why he speaks to both genders. Bond embodies a set of specific attributes that are associated with masculinity and with being a man” (Ceccoli, 1)One of the justifications that this belief is incorrect is that this idea of masculinity is impossible.
Sadly, out society places those stereotypes on male individuals and they are looked down upon if they choose a different career such as becoming a stay at home father or becoming a hair dresser. These professions would be considered more feminine and the individuals may even receive rude feedback from family and friends for choosing this career path. Masculinity in Okonkwo’s culture is similar but different. I still feel that there is a very distinct masculine few on men that they are in charge and in power but woman in America have more of a say than women in Okonkwo’s culture do. While reading Things Fall Apart it became very evident that the man in society and tribe was definitely the leader and the ruler.
When people hear the term “dress code sexism”, they usually don't think of it as a problem— they don't think there is a problem; however, dress code sexism does in fact exist. This problem, unlike other problems, doesn't have awareness to the public. For example, people know that breast cancer, eating disorders, and being suicidal are problems, and that’s the difference with dress code sexism and other problems. People are already aware of those kinds of problems, and people don't even think that there is a thing as dress code sexism, but it's in activists and feminists who take on this issue and bring light to the problem and offer a solution.