Gendered World Views (Section 1)

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" -- the aesthetic assigned to each group 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 investigate three different, and sometimes competing gendered worldviews: feminism, hegemonic masculinity, and the perspective of LGBTQIA activists. We will start by examining feminist discourses that help expose what it means to be a woman living in a man's world. Then we will investigate how North American society constructs masculinity and places another set of behavioural expectations on men, demonstrating that men also struggle with assumptions about gender. Finally, we will ask how the LGBTQIA community navigates the treacherous terrain of gendered expectations, and what this means for how they see the world.

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by Mallachine on October 22, 2014
Oddly enough as a generic medium build average height and weight commonly dressed male for my era, I can say that am a man and no one can talk that from me. However, what do you believe to be so called a ”man”. Is it being stoic, brave, strong, bulky, sculpted rock hard body, sex appel with a huge bulge in my jeans  all things that portrait the “Man Box”. No,  in my opinion that is not at all. I define the terms of my manhood by my morals and values : loyalty, love, honesty, compassion, family , integrity  are but the steps to becoming a real man.

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by Matilde Batlle on October 20, 2014
     So as some of you may know Emma Watson has started her job with the UN as Goodwill Ambassador. It was a surprise for me when I saw her speech at the UN that a week before she had been in my home country Uruguay and I had heard absolutely no news or whatsoever about it from my fellows back. As a result I posted on my FB status if anyone could give me ANY information about it, and as a response if got one link to a pamphlet of the parliament and another friend telling me that nobody really cares.

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by equality on September 16, 2014
Violence against Women is from centuries and still continuing, and the horrible thing is it’s getting worst and worst day by day. Most of the women had experienced that they have at least an incident of physical or sexual abuse since the age of 16, and 67% Canadians says that they know at least one woman who’s been assaulted by this age. It’s even around the world women being abused, they are getting abuse by physically, sexually, verbally, Spiritual abuse, Criminal harassment, as well as financially.

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by asrh on September 16, 2014
                When I was a kid I never really had a favourite colour, and I still don't. However I do remember this one time I was in first grade, the teacher had the class do a poll on which colour was better than others. Each child could only vote once. At that time if I had to choose a colour, I’d say that I preferred blue more than others.

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by jabless on September 16, 2014
Being a woman nowadays means dealing with a lot of problems. In our society, women have to be perfect: they have to be beautiful, kind, intelligent, ect. If they are not, what usually happens is that these women are not as prioritized as “perfect” women are, because they do not meet our civilization’s criteria. ! Then, why are we thinking that women are socially equal to men, when both of the genders are exposed to the same society and yet, no equality is visible.  

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by DiamondChance on September 16, 2014
Women are judged daily on how they’re dressed. Why is her shirt exposing her breast? Why are her jeans so tight? Just because a woman decides to wear a tight pencil skirt above her knees along with a shirt that emphasizes her breast, it doesn’t mean she has no respect for herself! Don’t base people on how you see them dressed. People are supposed to be based on their character, not based on their clothing and how they choose to wear their clothes.

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by boksta-7 on September 16, 2014
How much time do we waste in front of the mirror in the morning worrying about our look? How much money are we spending on new clothes, new smartphones, new video games or new jewelleries? All this just for the sake of feeling accepted or appreciated by people in our community. This is INSANE! We shouldn’t think that these material objects will make our lives easier and the only one who should be blamed for all this is the media. The media controls our lives. Whenever there is a new product, we see a celebrity wearing or using that product.

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by nat on September 16, 2014
Everywhere in the media no matter if its for children or full grown adults, girls are portrait only for there beauty and nothing else. Even in cartoons, they are shown in a way that girls always have to look good and dress in a certain way otherwise they are seen as boys. In commercials, they are often used to get the attentions of the guys. But the truth is all these models we see have been alter in a certain way either by photo shop or plastic surgery.

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by emph on September 16, 2014
Loving Our Lady Bits Girls have been struggling more and more for the past few years with society’s pressure to fit in the ’perfect girl’ mold. Whether it’s the way you look, dress, walk, talk or behave, everything you do must answer your genders ‘requirements’. For girls, it’s become a much greater battle…

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by Victorious on September 15, 2014
     There’s an article on Elite Daily called “Why Chivalry Is Dead, From a Man’s Perspective” by John Picciuto (http://elitedaily.com/dating/sex/why-chivalry-is-dead-from-a-mans-perspective/ ) which is about his ideas on why chivalry is dead. In summary, to Picciuto chivalry is gone, men no longer take women out on fancy dates with deep conversations but more like to bars with small talk.

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by Sundjay on September 15, 2014
If we want to fight against sexism and make this world an equal place, we have to take a few preliminary measures. To make this objective a reality, we have to start at the core. It`s by eliminating stereotypical concepts from the media that we change the unconscious mentally of our generations, if it`s not too late, and other generations to come. We can`t let people think that only one gender is attributed to a job. This can work equally for men than for woman. That means that a woman can be president and a man can stay at home to take care of the children.

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by purplebuffalo on September 15, 2014
In 2010, there were 3,198 reports of sexual assaults processed by the Department of Defense in the American army. Out of all of those, there were only 244 convictions. By watching a documentary The Invisible War (2012) dedicated to opening our eyes towards the hidden rape culture within the U.S. military, I wondered about how many women have been raped, tried to talk about it and only ended up having even more problems.

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by CrowMan514 on September 15, 2014
http://www.ignitumtoday.com/2013/10/19/men-and-women-are-not-equal/

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by seanstiv on September 15, 2014
I’m all for equality and such but I’m sick and tired of men being labeled as evil savages whose sole purpose is to ruin the lives of women. Not all men are like this and yet we are constantly being portrayed as the essence of pure evil. I’m not saying there aren’t men like that in the world but it’s certainly not a majority and it doesn’t only include men.  We are constantly bombarded with messages of how men are all criminals, very rarely do we not see a man on the news followed by a title related to murderer and/or rapist.  There are good people out there, in fact more than you think.

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by Tuna on September 15, 2014
      People often complain that the video game industry produces too many games with a male protagonist. The said hero would often come to the rescue of a damsel in distress or have a vulnerable female side-kick to help him out. When casting a female protagonist, she is often over sexualized, wearing skimpy clothing and falling into the category of a “femme fatale”. What they don’t know is, game developers have recently created games starring female leads with an average look, an intricate background story and the capability to handle things themselves.

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by Unknowntoyou on September 15, 2014
We may know that a lot has been done so far for women. But not enough has actually been done. We hear constantly how women need to stand for themselves and need to unite and all that. But it’s not enough to stop there. Men play also an important role in this whole feminist movement. Most men perceive women as sexual object and that they’re supposed to stay in the kitchen. If men changed some of their values and morals, change would appear immediately. Teenage boys are taught to be disrespectful towards woman, and to treat them like absolute trash.

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4 years 10 months ago

Your article exposes some issues that are worthy of being heard by everyone and I salute you for your action.
I want to clarify that the aboriginal woman fall into this term called intersectionality which is a phenomena that victimizes a person from a few oppressed and discriminated social groups. These differences can overlap and the result can be a multiple times greater than only one difference. For the aboriginal women, they are part of the aboriginal community that is constantly overlooked by our government and come with many bad stereotypes, and they are also females, that still aren`t equal to men when it comes to salary and other aspects of our day to day lives.
What is sad about this story is that it took a large number of missing women before a person realized that this is currently an issue and now some organizations have been interested by it. Maybe one day we will find a solution to this conflict.

4 years 10 months ago

I completely agree with what you are saying. In general, as much as it is legal and supposidly acceptable, people still tend to frown upon the biracial couple as if they're aliens or something. Love is most defenitely something that is random, not planned and has no bonundries. A lot of times family does play a huge role in your relationships, depending what background you come from, your family may not always be content with the person you end up with and like you mentioned people don't fall in love with a color, they fall in love with what is inside.
I feel like couples, including you and your girlfriend (which by the way is also a reason I liked this atricle, you're able to relate), should just be proud of who you are and if you love and care about each other then who cares what others think, because even if you are not in a biracial relastionship, people will ALWAYS have something to judge you on, so like I said, who cares???????

4 years 10 months ago

I completely agree with what you are saying. In general, as much as it is legal and supposidly acceptable, people still tend to frown upon the biracial couple as if they're aliens or something. Love is most defenitely something that is random, not planned and has no bonundries. A lot of times family does play a huge role in your relationships, depending what background you come from, your family may not always be content with the person you end up with and like you mentioned people don't fall in love with a color, they fall in love with what is inside.
I feel like couples, including you and your girlfriend (which by the way is also a reason I liked this atricle, you're able to relate), should just be proud of who you are and if you love and care about each other then who cares what others think, because even if you are not in a biracial relastionship, people will ALWAYS have something to judge you on, so like I said, who cares???????

4 years 11 months ago

Yes, I agree that many groups can fit in this box, just like men - women have their share of the box too, but their is much different. Furthermore, you said that men had their expectations set high, yes they do, but that's not the biggest source of their stress. At the end of the day, we humans we try to meet new people to get with. Men are pressured into finding that person, but the expectations are set so high, that it's almost impossible for the ''regular'' guys to go for. This makes me want to argue on this sentence you said, '' I think men stressed themselves a lot with that, and not all women are looking for a tough guy.''. They will find a guy that their interested in, and they will start to change how the guy is. I have seen it, women try to take advantage of the guy, and start to dictate everything he will have to do. This being said, some men will feel pressured and stop being with that person. It comes back to mainly women that dictate this, but I do not want to stereotype this, I understand that this man box is brought up in places like the locker room and the play ground. You also hear it, black men feel pressured to be in this man box, because the ''white straight male'' has the most advantage in society. I guess this is just a clarification to what I said in my 1st post.

4 years 11 months ago

First of all, thanks for taking the time to indulge :). I totally see your point and I think that despite it might look superficial, it will be judged as so and in a superficial way is important that famous people get involved in this kind of actions. Not only because is great to have someone that cares that can give a role model, but mostly (in my opinion) because people that are just going for the celebrity experience are getting exposed to important information. In this case something that would empower their political advocacy. After all didn't the Emma Watson catch your eye on my post? I purposely included her name on the title because I knew it would make people curious just because of her. But now you are more aware about the political situation in a tinny country in south America called Uruguay. Lots of people I know didn't evne heard about it before they met me..

4 years 11 months ago

Yes, It is both men and women that play a role towards this ''man box'', but I feel like it's slightly more girls that police it, in an indirect way. You always hear women saying ''he's so hot'', ''omg i love his body'' , and so on. I just feel like it's super damaging, and people feel really bad about it. I would love to help people have faith in themselves, but there's so much I can do.

4 years 11 months ago

I found this post very interesting. I have heard of multiple incidents regarding famous actors but not of this caliber this is preposterous this think that and actor so well known can be treated like that. In the shoe was on the other foot its wouldn’t even make the news, as you stated in Nicolas
Cage was in that scenario it wouldn’t even be a scenario. Doing your job does not mean to physically harass someone under a presumed “suspicion” that was way out of bonds. Even a successful black man is stumped out by a color something he has nothing do to with I wonder if he was a female would she have been searched or would it pass unseen because of her gender.

4 years 11 months ago

The title caught my eyes right away. I knew I had to agree with what you had to say. Because I find that people don't pay enough attention to men. Men have to go through labels too. This issue is still not settled because we hear it everyday.

I always hear my guy friends saying, ''I'm going to the gym to get abs, or get muscles''. It seems to be a thing going around to look a certain way. I understand that they want to look good for themselves too, but some exaggerate and go overboard. I find that these labels that people have put for us is disruptive for the young people for nowadays. We teach our kids to look a certain way and to have these expectations set high. It's dangerous, some men go out of their way to look the way that we tell them to stay. Furthermore, it's not all the man's fault, I hear women only going for men with ''abs'' and the sexy perfections. I feel like it's the homework of women to stop being so judgmental towards the looks of guys.
I hear it everywhere, ''oh he's so sexy'', '' I would marry him , he's gorgeous'', I do agree with what they say. But it's really destroying other younger male.
Those men that don't have enough confidence, look at these judgements, and tell themselves that they're not good enough. Don't get me wrong male bodies that are taken care of are very good looking,but I feel guilty about it each time I only look at these ''perfect'' bodies.

Like you said, media doesn't improve the thought of people, because we see it everywhere. Billboards of almost half naked men with all these toned muscles, where all the body has been Photoshopped and redone to look perfect. I would love to put a standing point for this, but our society is way to advanced to do anything about it now. Even if we tried to remove these billboards and all the things that have been put through society, there's no going back. Myself , I love the guys with good looking bodies, and tell myself, I would love to be like him.

I understand that it's still not a problem that is settled, I would hope in the future that it would be. This is probably one of the biggest trigger for the younger male viewers to look ''good''.

4 years 12 months ago

First things first, I found it remarkably interesting that you decided to speak of an issue that touches you personally as a white man dating a half black woman. Not only can you relate to these past injustices but you are very convincing when it comes to proving that race and color doesn't have a say in love since you live by it day by day. In fact, when it comes to love, nothing or no one should have a say in it besides you and your partner. Love isn't about race you're right, but furthermore; it isn't about, religion, class, size, age, education, sex or gender. Love shouldn't be about anything else than love itself, in its purest form. In my gendered worldview class, we learn that sex is only biological and doesn’t necessarily have an influence on your gender or your sexual orientation, contrary to the popular thought. In other words, you can have male genitalia and identify as a female (gender), on top of being homosexual. This might not be the ‘traditional’ way of doing things, but it's OK and we should even celebrate the beauty of this diversity. All in all, you're right, love knows no color, it never has and never will and the same goes for sex and gender.

Here’s a clearer way of seeing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXAoG8vAyzI

nat

4 years 12 months ago

I would like to say to start of with i really like the title it got my attention right away. I also like this cause normally in the news we always seem to be hearing whats been happening in the states and we don't really know whats happening in our own country.

I never realized until reading this that even though we claim to be nice, polite and open to all immigration we still are just that we are not as bad like other countries. To add in class i learn that till this day its still much easier for a white person then a person with color to sail true life due to the simple fact that racism still exist in are everyday life. It makes me wounder when are we going to change and stop all the non sense just cause of a different skin color...

http://www.renthomas.ca/attitudes-and-behaviour/modern-racism-in-the-mos...

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