Gendercide is gender selective mass killing. It is mostly targeted towards women, but the term is gender bias to keep in mind that sexual discrimination killing is horrific no matter what gender it effects and to bring to light how gender roles can have harmful consequences. Gendercide includes sex-selective abortions, rape followed by murder and other abuses against women. Although gendercide occurs in more rural countries, including China and India, it can be seen in many other urban countries around the world.
Global and transnational sexualities are used as a source of capital by means of employment, media and neoliberalism. The standardization of beauty, which has emerged because of globalization, effects the opportunities of employment and the way immigrants are viewed especially in Lebanon and the US.
When you look at stars and what made them become so influential in the media, for most women you see a realization of sexuality. From stars like Miley Cyrus to Kim Kardashian, many popular feminine figures went through a phase in which they were overly sexual in order to gain attention. Many involved sex tapes (Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton) while others involved sexual displays (Miley Cyrus). Although they did gain attention for these acts, most of this was negative and spurred a debate on their controversial acts. When being informed of these famous people’s actions, most people find that their displays of sexuality were not socially acceptable.
This class has effectively worked to go against societies standards that are present on and off campus. It has critically analyzed the different aspects of society that address sex and sexuality. The basis of all these topics can be lead back to one of our very first topics covered, gender norms within society. Gender norms are societies view of how females and males are supposed to act and behave; females- innocent and submissive, males- dominates and strong. These gender roles cause society to place expectations on relationships and sexuality. Continue reading
Halloween is a holiday where children dress up and get treats at different houses. But once you pass elementary school it becomes an opportunity for girls to dress wildly inappropriately and appear as “sluts”. Somehow most costumes turn overly sexual, especially for women. Is dressing in inappropriate costumes socially acceptable or does the excuse of a party make it justifiable? Continue reading
There have been a lot of songs now a day that state that women lacking confidence are more attractive than women who do have it. Songs such as “What Makes You Beautiful”, “You and I”, “She Will Be Loved” and “The Way Your Are” all describe women who are insecure about their appearance but by a man telling them that they are beautiful, they are finally able to gain confidence. This is not the idea that we should be vocalizing to young women. No girl should be defined by a man or societies expectation of beauty. Continue reading
Nature is always seen as feminine. The term “Mother Nature” has been used for centuries to describe the properties and characterization of nature. Since nature seems to foster growth and nurture the world that we live it, people associate it with femininity due to the strong relationship between these characteristics and past societal norms. Women have typically been expected to work in the home, raise the children and foster growth within the home. Even though times are changing and men are seen more often taking on nurturing roles, why is nature still seen as being feminine? Continue reading
The R.A.D. mission is to “develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked” (Lawrence N. Nadeu).
It is clear that 50 Shades of Grey and Twilight are trying to be romance novels but instead it gives a view of gender roles that depict women as helpless and in need of men’s guidance.
In Orgasm Inc., the narrator was asked to create a sexually stimulating/erotic video to use during the clinical testing of a new drug (a cream) to remedy Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). She spent nine years documenting the industry’s attempts to get FDA approval for this and similar drugs. What she found was alarming.