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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I found this post really interesting because as situations similar to this continue to happen in our everyday lives, we are not always aware. In this case the officer should have investigated more into the problem, rather than targeting this man before anyone else. It is very sad to know that racism and stereotyping is still going on in our society, and you're right... when will it end? In my gendered world views class, we deal with the different ideas of inequality between men and women. The gender wage gap is a perfect example of this, as it calculates the median wage of both genders in order to prove the very vague notion of disparity.
I completely agree with you to say that it is not fair for non-white kids for not having a certified teacher who meets the requirements. While reading your post, I began to think about these immigrant families and I realized that most of the parents cannot afford to send their children to a private school so that this problem would not occur. Since a lot of these parents did not have a proper education in their country, they now work at a minimum wage and it is the only option they have. Therefore, I believe that the issue of racism and the issue of class are intersecting. People say that youth of our generation are lost and not motivated, but I believed that if teachers and instructors could treat every race the same way the problem of dropouts could be solved.
First off I would like to say that you have some great points that are very interesting! I am in a gendered world views class and this topic relates very closely to both racism and feminism. Women and visible minorities are both effected when it comes to work, just because of their race and gender. This rises the topic of intersectionality; how both race and gender overlap and emphasizes the idea that race and gender tend to justify and support one another by reinforcing one another. Amoung this is privilege. Privilege is an unearned asset that helps people navigate through any and all social systems more easily, in this case that would dependant on your gender and race.
I completely agree with you 100% that he was discriminated against. Like Kirameshin was saying - (as I am in a gender humanities class) it's really apparent that privilege played a huge part in what happened to Mr. Scott. Racial minorities still suffer when it comes to the work force - as do women of any color, (albeit I imagine white women would do better than a minority, but I digress) as I've learned in my class, women can face a so called 'glass ceiling' when it comes to the work force and climbing up the ladder. I would say Scott faced one too, although I think his was a bit worse. That was blatantly painful racism directed towards him and it's really upsetting that they've lost a good police officer because of it.
Eesh, I just did a Google search to find a nice article on Black men in the police force and literally all the entries are not pretty. However, I think you may find some interest towards the experience of a black female police officer and her experiences against racism AND sexism. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10939396/Black-fema...
Nice article. We are certainly living in a much more complicated and stressful time. Multimedia really affects every facet of our daily lives, from the way we act to the way we think and look at ourselves. The Man Box is an issue most of the population never heard of - it is real! Boys, as much as girls, are pressured to act and be someone that should conform to the social norms established generations before ourselves. Boys at a young age, must learn to control his emotions or else he'll be branded as a "pussy". As that boy become of age with all his bottled up emotions ready to burst, he can only turn into violence as a way out. Our society is raising anorexic girls and violent boys and multimedia and our flawed social construct has everything to do with these.
It seems like being "yourself" is becoming more and more like unattainable because the society we live in today essentially dictates what type of person you should be and how you should look like. Very disturbing indeed.
You can’t pass judgement on someone by their appearances, what do you know about them to pass such hash judgements? I might not like your clothes but I’m not going to say that your intensions are to show off your skin and have everyone see all your assets, I don’t know that so how could I claim that? If you don’t know who that person is you can’t be so quick to say what you think that person is looking for and what their intensions are based on by what you see. You have no idea what that person has gone through and achieved in life that made them that way... This young lady you encountered wearing provocative clothing, do you even know her? How do you know what her intensions are and what she is doing with her life? You don’t know, you’re just assuming and going based off what you see. How do you know that she wasn’t overweight or something and finally dropped off the weight and is proud of her body? Third wave feminists state that people have the right to dress how they please, meaning that they should embrace their bodies .We all past judgement at first glance, but those judgements shouldn’t be so harsh without getting to know the person. The best quality that a human can have is to be understanding of other people and their circumstance before judging.
I have given a lot of thought about this subject prior to reading this article and found you’ve made some valid points. Coming from a family where my mother, father, grandfather and step mother are all police officers, I tend to be on the fence about this subject. I would never go as far as denying racism as a factor in the way police have been acting as of late, but I do have some sympathy towards the job of a police officer. Officers of the law are expected to “serve and protect” every single person of society. This is a huge burden for the police force because they have to be trained in the art of predicting an issue that may lead to safety concerns. It is impossible to protect by showing up after a crime has been committed. Now I do not agree with all of the tactics that are used by police to insure security (Stop and Search, for example) as some are huge attacks on personal privacy. For example, some police officers may be trained to keep an eye out for a social outcast, or more specifically a male clearly rejected from the “Man Box” to do something erratic and potentially dangerous. The potential of said individual acting out is incredibly low, but if he does, the police are supposed to be ready. To relate back to your article, I do believe the officer who shot the young man in Ferguson was absolutely in the wrong and should be revoked his badge and sent to jail should he be declared guilty by court of law, but I don’t think all police officers are racist, but rather take it upon themselves to racial profile, and sometimes even gender profile, to get their job done. Prevention is the best way to avoid violence and crime, but unfortunately, it is next to impossible to predict something terrible happening, so any way to deduce a potential threat is important in the line of police work, although not always morally sound and is sometimes taken to extremes, as it was in the case of the town of Ferguson. I’ll end this comment by saying that blaming the entirety of police officers is wrong, as there are always individuals in every job and position who may be mentally unstable and tarnish the image of, in this case, those who are risking their lives every day to protect each and every one of us.
i defiantly agree with what your saying, the racism that goes unnoticed can become a problem later on in society. Not only is there a lot of racism that goes on around us, the more dangerous kind would be the the racism behind closed doors. People should learn to raise there children with a better view on cultures and races, teach the children to love one another rather then discriminate, there is another thing that the next generation of kids should learn and that equality. Equality says it all with out directing our attention to one subject, like that, it brings out all the other issues that our society has with one another, like sexism. there's a lot of sexism that goes on as well that goes unnoticed as well.
As reading your post I found it very interesting and very true at the same time (obviously). What ticks me off is that were in the 21st century and stereotypes like these are still taking place. Don't people understand by now that the color of the skin does not matter? When you said that you strongly disagree in Michael Brown being there at the wrong time. I 100% agree on you with that because as you said he was not armed with a weapon. The Police just think that they own everyone and can shoot their gun at any time. I like the way you brought up a statistic of how many African Americans are being killed "extra judicially” each year by the police. That just goes to show that out of the 400 killed, the women were also killed. That just goes to show how even the gender either male or female does not matter to the police. Woman are so poorly mistreated in our society that they also have to worry about their race because the police is so dam stupid to realize that were now in the 21st century and they still think that African Americans are a big issue still.
The title of this post caught my attention immediately. I strongly believe this is a racism issue that needs more attention. It is only now gaining popularity seeing as it has happened several times over the last month. The last one being John Crawford III, a father of two of was shot and killed by police in a Ohio walmart. Although i agree this is a racism issue i also believe it is related to hegemonic masculinity. As a young man growing up you are forced into something which is called the "Man-Box". If you are a white strong athletic male you are automatically considered to be at the top of the food chain. If you are a black American you are automatically placed at the bottom, until you can prove yourself to be different than "the others". Here is a link to a couple facts about colored people and the criminal justice in the United States of America.
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