Gendered World Views (section 03001, Fall 2015)

About this class

Pink is for girls and blue is for boys, or at least that's what many of us were taught as children. But what are these stereotypes really telling us? Assumptions like these force men and women into specific roles, and from a very young age, we socialize boys to be aggressive and girls to be nice – we then assign an aesthetic to each group that reflects this. But how do real people deal with these expectations? What does it mean to see the world through gendered terms?

This course will introduce students to the patriarchal world view that created the gendered stereotypes we live with today and the ways in which gendered assumptions structure society. We will then focus on the challenges that have been raised by the feminist world view and explore how women deal with gender inequality. The second half of the course will be largely dedicated to masculinity studies and feminist observations regarding how the patriarchal world view hurts men as well. Finally, we will end with a brief look at what the queer world view has to say about gender. Students will be asked to reflect on their own world views and how gendered ideas have effected their lives. A participation grade will be assigned.

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by 1541972 on September 27, 2015
  In this advertisement for “The First Fragrance For Men From Tom Ford” is an extremely seductive image of a faceless model lying down and becoming intensely aroused is displayed. Her red lipstick and nails suggest a sexual desire although the white color of the sheet in the background usually symbolizes innocents.

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by enrique696 on September 27, 2015
There are many issues with today’s media. One of those issues includes the objectification of people, predominately females. It causes long lasting and damaging effects on both sexes, in different ways. These issues have started many years ago and the negative effects have slowly been engraved into our minds and social surroundings, and up until recently, no noticeable attempt for change has undergone. The only way to change this is to bring the problem to our generation’s attention and begin to counter it in the same manner the problem came to be, slowly but progressively.

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by Beastmode1 on September 26, 2015
Womyn in the media  

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by WinterIsComing on September 25, 2015
               The advertising industry hyper-sexualizes women and creates a body-image ideal which is unattainable. Take this ad from Dolce and Gabbana, a thin women being physically pinned down by a muscular man while three other men watch.  The image being portrayed is pretty clear. The women is ‘below’ the man, displaying her as subservient and weak. The woman is being pinned down while she looks away from the man.  The woman’s outfit is also ridiculous. Huge high-heels and a tight leather something resembling a swimsuit.

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by 1436859 on September 25, 2015
http://nikonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/nikon_s60_1.jpg

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by Smi11ey on September 22, 2015
The sexual objectivity that is displayed in the numerous American Apparel ads are usually subject to controversy. The image seen above essentially shows how in our day the defining points on how we portray woman with completely different standards to way men are depicted. Woman are mostly presented as objects and trophies meanwhile men are shown as a strong and empowering figure on the other.

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by Rabbitsmiles on September 21, 2015
http://adpressive.com/axe-ad-the-cleaner-you-are-the-dirtier-you-get-012513/

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by Marco_1993 on September 21, 2015
http://www.westminstercollege.edu/myriad/index.cfm?parent=...&detail=4475&content=4795  

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by jbnews on September 21, 2015
The advertisement that I will be breaking down is a cologne advertisement by Tom Ford. In the advertisement there are 3 photos of a women nude. In each of these photos, the women has her sexual organ blocked by a bottle of cologne .What the advertisement is giving us is a highly sexual message. This message is giving to us by placing the product in front of her body parts. The reason the product is placed in that area of her body is to attract the attention of men who are looking for a

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5 years 3 weeks ago

What a great story to choose! This post immediately caught my attention by just reading the title " White teacher with black boyfriend leads to no job." It is still shocking to see in today's society that race is still a major issue. It is very surprising to read that this lady had been let go due to reasons so irrelevant to her career such as her boyfriend being black. In addition I believe that the administration claiming that the termination of her job due to budget cuts was bogus since she was the only member of staff that was being fired. This was clearly used as an excuse so that their horrible decision did not seem so terrible.

To further prove your opinion I believe that adding a gender lens may be very beneficial to this argument as well. Perhaps in a different instance if this would have been a caucasian man that had a black female partner I believe this situation would have played out more differently. Usually men are seen as more powerful or dominant, more capable of defending themselves and overall tend to be more direct opposed to women who are know to being much more passive and timid. I think if in this case the teacher was a male administration would of been more hesitant to make such a harsh and ignorant decision. More times than not men are respected in the work place then women which may have made the administration second guess what they would've done to their co-worker. In conclusion I believe that not only race and racism in our society is a big problem but gender as well.

5 years 3 weeks ago

Wow, what a striking and impactful title you have going on there! I also find your summary quite interesting. It is extremely upsetting that a black women feel the need to give awareness about racism to their children at such a young age. It is almost a recommendation, so their children will not be utterly shock. It is completely absurd that there are individuals who discriminate somebody for the color of their skin. We are all equal underneath, it is crucial and salient to overlook a skin color. Stereotypes such as black males are violent and dangerous; it's frightening when a black man walk around with his hood on, because simply it's "intimidating" to the general public and that his concealing his identity to attack or addressing danger; intelligibly giving the wrong intention which is just ridiculous and untrue. People will act differently if a white male had his hood on. I have seen a good person coming from a bad family, and bad person coming from a good family. We should be responsible for our own action and face the consequences if you have committed an unpleasant act, but we should not be punish because of the wrong perception of others. Martin Luther King once said " Don't judge a man by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character". There are tension when the topic is about racism, but this is an issue that should not be taken lightly. This a story of the past; it's still relevant because it still happens and exist. Once, I have children of my own I will teach them that diversity is beautiful and I will encourage them to make friends with someone with different skin color as them. Different background, different culture, different language, we could all learn from each other and this in my opinion is a beauty of wonder. Children are the future, we must teach them to respect and love one another.

Check this out! http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-news/fighting-racism-video

5 years 3 weeks ago

To start on a good note this article had good descriptive passages. Also it brings very important issues and the choice of this horrible story is perfect to put the spotlight on them. However this article only points one of the issues, racism, but forget the other one, gender and in this particular situation both are incredibly linked together. In my opinion! I do not think the same thing would have happened if this teacher was a men dating a black women. Maybe it would but giving the world we live in I doubt it. Women are usually more of a target to oppression than men. Also they suffer from a lot of discrimination in their everyday life, in politics, in the economy, in their workplace and in many other things. What I try to point out is that this story is more about a gender problem and I say so only because the victim is the women and not her boyfriend. It is not her boyfriend that loses is job at the end! Yes she is bullied and discriminate because she as a black boyfriend but even more because she is a “she” that as a black boyfriend. Therefore the “white she” in the American ideal should date “a good white straight American man”. To conclude this professional women is a victim like many others of the view that her work is less valuable and that is why her employers and colleagues allowed themselves to act like they did. Finally this article was shocking and it was a wise choice to capture the attention of the readers and point out issues of inequalities. However it would have been great if you had included the gender problem of this situation.
Ps: if you are interested in more article of issues of women in the work place here is a great link!
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/women-in-the-workplace/

5 years 3 weeks ago

The title is eye-catching and “thought-provoking” and as a person with different race and color, the article helped me improve my understanding of how “white privilege” is a diagnosis or a cure. Sure, this subject is extremely crucial to discuss since there are also innumerable Caucasian people that do not feel dominant and powerful at all. According to Wikipedia, white privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges that benefit white people in Western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. Thus, this led me to remembering my experience that I have encountered upon applying on a certain job that I was not entertained by the management, which I assume was because of my race and color. Then, I console myself that maybe there are just people granted with opportunities because they belong in a group that is highly favoured in the society we live in.

Gender also plays a huge role in this subject. White men are more privileged and have greater access than white females and most especially to non-white people. In this patriarchal system, women are less like to get a job even with the same educational level and experiences, blame it to discrimination. Employers are said to spend more on women, as eventually they will go maternity leave.
In the 1995 Glass Ceiling Commission Report, in which 43% of white men are in the workforce and 95% of that holds a senior management position, 40% white women, 5% black women and 4% black men. This statistic gives us a drastic difference on how the system is treating with inequality.

Ps, I certainly agree with you that the key to equality is one’s ability to acknowledge our own privilege.

http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/09/white-privilege-explained/
http://www.cpt.org/files/Undoing%20Racism%20-%20Understanding%20White%20...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mommy_track

5 years 3 weeks ago

The title is eye-catching and “thought-provoking” and as a person with different race and color, the article helped me improve my understanding of how “white privilege” is a diagnosis or a cure. Sure, this subject is extremely crucial to discuss since there are also innumerable Caucasian people that do not feel dominant and powerful at all. According to Wikipedia, white privilege (or white skin privilege) is a term for societal privileges that benefit white people in Western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. Thus, this led me to remembering my experience that I have encountered upon applying on a certain job that I was not entertained by the management, which I assume was because of my race and color. Then, I console myself that maybe there are just people granted with opportunities because they belong in a group that is highly favoured in the society we live in.

Gender also plays a huge role in this subject. White men are more privileged and have greater access than white females and most especially to non-white people. In this patriarchal system, women are less like to get a job even with the same educational level and experiences, blame it to discrimination. Employers are said to spend more on women, as eventually they will go maternity leave.
In the 1995 Glass Ceiling Commission Report, in which 43% of white men are in the workforce and 95% of that holds a senior management position, 40% white women, 5% black women and 4% black men. This statistic gives us a drastic difference on how the system is treating with inequality.

Ps, I certainly agree with you that the key to equality is one’s ability to acknowledge our own privilege.

http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/09/white-privilege-explained/
http://www.cpt.org/files/Undoing%20Racism%20-%20Understanding%20White%20...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mommy_track

5 years 3 weeks ago

After reading your article, I could not agree more with you. He should deserve the death penalty for what he did but then again even if they do kill him for what he did, there's probably another *Dylann* that will do the exact same thing he did somewhere else. I don't think we can stop killing by killing it never worked in the past I do not see how it would work today. Despite the fact that he killed nine harmless black individuals, he's only 21 years old. He shouldn't be killed but be helped. Most of the time, people who goes on a rampage like what happened at the church of Emanuel African Methodist Church are usually mentally ill and need help. For instance :( Seung-Hui Cho. As a child, Cho was diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder and placed under treatment. On December 13, 2005, he was found "mentally ill and in need of hospitalization. On April 16, 2007, he killed 32 people and wounded 17 others at a University in Virginia/ James Holmes. Between March 16th and June 11, 2012, the psychiatrist who treated Holmes, Dr. Lynn Fenton, wrote in her notes that Holmes "may be shifting insidiously into a frank psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia.” On July 20, 2012 Holmes walked into an Aurora, Colorado movie theater and killed 12 people, injuring 70 others). I am not saying that we should overlooked what he did since it is inhuman to do such a thing, he should get treated first then give him an appropriate punishment.

Here’s a list of people who were mental ill and were the protagonist of the mass shootings.
http://www.newsweek.com/charleston-massacre-mental-illness-common-thread...

5 years 3 weeks ago

We were just looking at Nicki Minaj's tweets about the VMA's in my Gender World Views Class, but we were analysing the conversation between herself and Taylor Swift. I hadn't seen Miley Cyrus's tweet "If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself" and I couldn't agree more. Besides the fact that I think Nicki Minaj's music video 'Anaconda', not winning a VMA is NOT due to the fact of race or sexism, but because it's plain raunchy, and only popular; because sex sells of course. I do think that what she means to talk about is very relevant. I have to disagree with you in thinking that "Yes, there was a time there was inequality, but now it is much better." because believe it or not racism still exists in every corner of every society, and that's much of the problem. That people are unaware. I do agree with what Miley Cyrus said. There is a way to call attention to intersectionality, because she precicely falls into two categories, if not more, being black and a woman. By complaining about the fact that she wasn't even nominated, she chips away at the actual fact that there may very well be discrimination to black people and women, in the music industry where hip hop is derived from black culture, and not getting proper recognition for her work. However by doing so improperly, by shedding light on how she didn't win an award. It looks a lot more like self pity, and takes away from seeing the bigger picture and problem.

Good title, I liked how catching it was, you also made a valid last point. She has a ton of fans, if she had phrased her concerns better she might have had a better chance at making a clear point on problems in today's society, feminism and intersectionality . Below is a URL for a good decription the last term mentioned.

http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Intersectionality

5 years 3 weeks ago

I really liked your article, because it really shows how black women are discriminated because of their hair. It is really sad, because most black women try to change their hair and make it look as "normal" as possible, because of how much hate and racist comments they get. I also agree with you about the fact that if a person has dreadlocks it doesn't always mean that they are hippies or potheads. And just in general, a hairstyle isn’t something that represents our mind or what we are. Furthermore, it’s hard enough to be a woman since they get discriminated about their weight, their clothes and always have to be perfect. Zednaya ( I don’t really know who she is ) is a 18 year old, who is under pressure because of she is a celebrity, she is black, so she gets all the hate about her dreadlocks and I can’t imagine how hard it is for her, because since she is a woman, it probably took her hours to prepare for the Red Carpet, since she has to have perfect make up , perfect dress and if she gained weight the media would probably talk about it for months. In this article http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/oct/05/what-is-misogynoir two women were not given jobs because they were “too black and too fat”. So my point is that black people are under enough racist attacks…(as Zednaya and nasty comments about her hair ) but if it is a black woman, she receives double amount of mean comments, first about her skin color, her “different” hair and second about her appearance as a woman.

5 years 3 weeks ago

Hi Sophie, I do agree with you in the way the author of the post mentions to every person that makes a comment on to whether to change the name of the street to Dr. Martin Luther King BLVD or to have it changed to Colonial BLVD, is unnecessary just as you mentioned. On the other hand I do say that his reference to the drugs and crime would be founded. There other ways in fact that the author could have been able to use to identify the different speakers. The point the author was trying to make with the relation to roads named Martin Luther King are linked to crimes and drug affairs is because the places that do have that sort of street name are primarily located in some of the most violent neighborhoods in the U.S., even though King stood for non-violence as is referenced by Chris rock in his comedy specials. This discrepancy is also apparent in the research that was done by a UNT graduate student Eric Katzenberger who made his own observations on the situation and started a senses to verify where these streets are located and in numerous cases the street as referenced in the article. Those neighborhoods are generally occupied by numerous African-American citizens that are left in a bad situation. He does conclude that the locations that did have a MLK street have an unbalanced woman-to-men ratio and that they were roughly 6000$ poorer. I find that the words used in his article come from a biased point of view thinking that the crime would be brought upon just by changing the street name. The crime is there due to the living conditions the habitants need to deal with, which in my mind is not their fault just a product of the circumstances that they are faced with.

Refrence article
Eric Katzenberger, Wed 02 February 2011
Student researches U.S. streets named for Martin Luther King Jr.
https://inhouse.unt.edu/student-researches-us-streets-named-martin-luthe...

5 years 3 weeks ago

After reading your article, I think that this issue has to be taking more seriously since racism take a big part of the society. A lot of black artist females have been a part of a racism and sexism issue but in other cases it can happen that black women are being racist toward white women. In an article after the VMA’s, Nicki Minaj which is a black female pop artist, has been throwing shades on white girls because her video wasn't nominated. This is critical since she talk about ''slim bodies'' which we all know most of the white girls have that type of body. Judging somebody's talent by the looks and the race isn't right if someone did deserve to win it’s because of the work they put through and not the physical look they show to everyone or certainly not because their white or black. It’s controversial because Nicki Minaj is known for her body that has been modified due to esthetical surgery and if there wasn’t any modification in her look she wouldn’t have a curvy body like the typical black girls. I personally think that race has nothing to do with talent and that anyone that deserve to win deserve to get the award for it whether your black or white , it’s a matter of equality between genders and races , I mean were all human and we shouldn’t be defined by our natural traits.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/taylor-swift-minaj-white-feminism_55...

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