Gendered World Views (Section 4)

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 popcm on October 24, 2014
In my Gendered World Views class, we recently learned about the relation between sports and hegemonic masculinity. What stuck out to me is a certain part of a reading derived from Handbook of Studies on Man and Masculinities where Michael Messner talks about men's health in sports. The reason I choose to talk about this subject is because I don't believe I've ever given conscious thought to the fact that sport and health, contrary to popular belief, are often not synonymous.

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by 03102012 on October 23, 2014
                                                "Act like a man"

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by EightLions on October 23, 2014
Are men forced to be something they're not ? From the start they've been told to man up, ignore pain and be a "man". They're told that Men don't show emotions, that men are violent, that men are sexual. To be a man, you have to fit everything in the man box.  In our Western Civilization culture, if you don't follow the manbox, you're told that you're weak, sensitive and you risk of being disrespected by others just because you don't fit the criteria of a "man". The man box has hurt more people than it helped. People are pressured to be this "man" just to be socially accepted by others.

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by You on October 23, 2014
       What is a real man? Is it a strong man, rich man, or a successful man? The answer is the man who is violent, sexual, powerful, and emotionless. The real man must fit all the rules of the “man box”. In the American’s culture, men should follow the rules of the “man box”. Does the “man box” really help men? They thought this is only way being a real man. However, I think there are some different ways to be a real man, and the man box is negative effect to man. This is because of the pressure from the “man box”.

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by ronayam on October 23, 2014
Video games and film industries become educational institution for young boys to teach violence in North America. Almost every year mass shootings make news headline in America.  Girls are influenced by sexiness and beauty of Hollywood movie stars while boys imitate the violent behaviours of the video games and movies characters in their real life. We introduce violence to boys at very young age through movies like American movie “Kung Fu Panda” in which characters are fun for kids to watch, but in the mean time they are exposed to violence situations.

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by wonderay on October 23, 2014
The documentary “Tough Guise 2” is an eye-opening revelation about understanding the roots of what truly is the ideal masculinity. The title really sums it up. Men are bound to appear and act tough in the society. Most parents would expose their sons, at a very young age, with toys associated to power and violence. As they grow up, boys will learn and develop these constructed definitions of manhood. This explains why most violence are done by men based on statistics.

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by fcb10 on October 23, 2014
For centuries, men have had multiple expectations to live up to. Whether it be to be chivalrous, be the one with steady income, or even be the ones to engage with a woman rather than the opposite. In society, men shouldn't show signs of weakness, fear, or sadness without being called weak or soft. We are also human, we experience the same feelings, thoughts, and emotions as women do, yet we are the ones who must hide them and "man up" ? In this day and age, people have the right to express themselves however they want, and this is why this issue needs to be addressed.

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by MackShakeem on October 22, 2014
Men have it harder?

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by Twinie17 on October 22, 2014
Many people think that it's only women who have it hard in this world and that men don't struggle at all. Although it may seem that they have it easier, they definitely do still struggle. In society, women are expected to be tall, thin and naturally pretty, but many forget about society's high expectations of men to be stoic, powerful, and violent just to name a few.

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by eyesopened on October 22, 2014
I strongly identify with what I've learned about third wave feminism. I don't know if I'd go so far as to call myself a feminist because I hate labels but I do share alot of the same beliefs. I feel that rape culture exist. I don't think that a guy will watch a movie then go rape a woman, nohting in life is that simple. I do believe however that if you are consistently viewing men being violent towards women verbally, sexually, physically and psychologically as a man you will eventually get used to it and think of that behaviour as normal.

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by Bloomer Duckling on October 22, 2014
Hanging around male friends, I've heard sexist comments directed towards me as "jokes", and honestly, I've been guilty of laughing along and replying with an equally sexist comment, all in the name of good fun. But was laughing the correct behavior in this situation or should I have felt offended instead? In a culture that glorifies the trait of being funny and having a sense of humour, I defend my behavior by telling myself that I couldn’t have acted in any other way.

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by Jc17 on October 22, 2014
                      

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by leila on October 22, 2014
Gender plays a very important role in the heart of a society. Depending which gender you belong to, certain characteristics are associated to that gender and people belonging to that group of people are expected to possess those traits. Men are expected to be powerful, muscular, violent, sexually active and abusive of women. If one does not possess any of those attributes, they are not considered to be real men and are excluded from the “man box”, which is a code of conduct for men, as well as rejected by the society.

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by Not Chance on October 22, 2014
Tough Guise 2 hit me as one the hardest revelations I have ever experienced before. Since the beginning of my memories anything and pretty much everything I can remember has some how linked into what kind of man I should have become. The film brought up how men have been policing themselves to maintain a patriarchal mentality almost until death. Men were/are not just brought up to be this powerful social soldier as kids, but they continue to be brought up into it by their peers, even at a later age.

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by bojack horseman on October 22, 2014
            The movie “Tough Guise 2” suggests that we live in a rape culture based on the violence men dish out on others to conform to the “Man Box” (a term we use to describe the way men police other men to act “manly”). In this movie there is what I call radical males that suggest that women take away what it means to be a man and replace it with “girly feelings”. This brings a whole new question to what it means to be a man if one is in touch with his feelings. These radical males suggest that men are supposed to be tough, emotionless, and rugged masters of their world around them.

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by MeowMix on October 22, 2014
When it comes to violence, there are many questions asked. But one that is never fully questioned is why men are the ones committing most of these acts.

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by abbeynormal on October 22, 2014
Recently a co-worker and I were discussing certain documentaries being aired at a local university, when the topics of controversial subjects come up; one of which was homosexuality. I find it very upsetting that it is considered a controversial subject; what makes them any different than any one else? Do homosexuals not feel? Do they not want the same things others do; love, family, friendships, good jobs, etc? Are they not contributing members of society? Sadly most people don’t see this as being the case.

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by AngelOfHope on October 22, 2014
Men have been portrayed to be violent and continuously so but can we blame on a single fact such as video games and/or how we’ve been raised? Sure, our parents and grandparents have seen some tormenting things in their childhood. Though we aren’t being conflicted with same issues, men are pressured to fit in as a man. To take up the role of being of man, with the knowledge of what it consists, or so we believe. “A man doesn’t cry or feel pain. A man must protect not be protected”. I know I’ve heard this before along with many other words. Who are we to classify who is or isn’t a man?

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by Arolle on September 12, 2014
Different interviews of social media individuals   There are many social media individuals and celebrities that get interviewed on a regular basis. Some are interviewed for music media. They’re is also interviews for many sports medias.  I have chosen these types of social medias.   Their  are many music media interviews that are available to watch on television. Such as; music  entertainment television shows, broadcast shows and etc. They are most likely to ask

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by caatgatti on September 11, 2014
            If we look around ourselves, we will notice the negative images the media advertises.  While watching television, while passing by a billboard on the street, while surfing the Internet and while flipping through a simple magazine, we see how media sells sex in advertisements.   

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4 years 2 months 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 1 week ago

you probably won't read this because classes are almost done but this is my response to you, yeah even though the issue of the man box is trying to be avoided, I don;t believe it will truly subside. it's deep into the roots of our nature, instincts in other words. its a form of dominance from how I see it and because of this it will always remain a part of humanity. though hope for a better way of viewing each other, violence surrounds us one way or another much like our rape culture or inequality. from what you may know, the world tries to take on too many problems at once. I dont see humanity evolving very much consequently due to hidden agendas that aren't mentioned nor shared with our society.

5 years 3 weeks ago

I thought that your article was interesting and that adoption for a non-heterosexual couple is a topic that brings many arguments to the table. A child will always need a female and a male role model in their lives because both genders have different ways of thinking and of viewing the world, but I do not think that a child must have a parent of each sex. A role model does not necessarily have to be your parent. It could be a teacher, an aunt or even a neighbor. Even if a child is raised in a home where both his parents are men or women, the child could find the missing gender related state of mind elsewhere. The most important thing you can offer a child is love. It does not matter whether the parents are from the same sex or not. It may be true that same sex couples do not last long, but the same thing could be said about heterosexual couples. There is a high rate of divorces in our society and many couples are affected no matter their sexual orientation. Keep up the good work.

Here is a link to an interesting article entitled Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Parents:
http://find.galegroup.com/gic/infomark.do?&contentSet=GREF&idigest=0a596...

5 years 3 weeks ago

I wasn’t aware of this issue before reading your post and found it very interesting because it is about sports. For me, this is not only about racism. David Sterling told his girlfriend that he would prefer that she spent time with black people in private rather than in public, and it is because his girlfriend is seeing Magic Johnson in basketball games. But what if his girlfriend was watching a basketball game with a Black girl? Will Donald Sterling still be mad at his girlfriend? In our class, we learned about men’s behaviour. Some men are very sensitive when it comes to their loved ones, especially with their girlfriends. Some men do not want other boys to talk to their girlfriends or flirt with them. In Donald Sterling’s case, he does not want anyone to be on top of him. He has this kind of white male superiority complex. It is also possible that he just wants to protect his girlfriend. While I was trying to look for some links that will help me understand this post, I saw this news about Donald Sterling telling Magic Johnson that he should be ashamed of being HIV-positive and suggesting that he has not financially supported minority communities. (The link is at the bottom of my comment).

http://www.si.com/nba/point-forward/2014/05/12/donald-sterling-magic-joh...

Reply to: Cold Heart
5 years 3 weeks ago

An attack happens at parliament hill that involves a Muslim and shortly after a mosque gets vandalized. I agree with your guess. It's way too coincidental to be a random crime. I think you brought out a good point when you said that racism was still an issue for Canadians. Even though most Canadians appreciate and respect the people around them, racism is still alive, as shown in the case you described. Your point can relate to other types of discrimination as well. For example, the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) is known for their misogynistic views. They try to advocate for men’s rights in a very extreme way. They are constantly promoting the idea that rape culture is fictitious and that false rape is constantly happening. Though this is a Canadian based association, it does not reflect the views of most Canadians. But the fact that this minority of Canadians are promoting their beliefs shows that sexism is still much of an issue. I think your article does a great job in pointing out the need to focus on issues even if only a select group of people act them out.

To learn a little more about CAFE and their "interesting" ideas, check out this link article. http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/michael-laxer/2014/01/voice-mens-new-can...

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5 years 3 weeks ago

I was attracted by the title, how could a costume be so racist? After reading the post, I found this article is interesting, but the topic is pointless. I never thought being racist could have any relationship with the Halloween costume. The Halloween costume is just a personal choice or preference for a festival. Nowadays, young children dress up as some super stars or Disney characters that seem very normal. Why some people pay attention and think what is the object of wearing this costume. For example of a blog, some would focus on the people who dress up as a “colored people” or “blackface” in London. These facts are actually ironic for me. The dressing of Halloween is just for fun and memorable, not offensive, why we need to care of the different choice of costume. Even wearing a Blackface is not a sin, we should realize that costume is just a personal preference, do not related a cultural festival with racism.

link:http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/eternity-e-martis/blackface-halloween_b_605...

Reply to: False Alarms
5 years 3 weeks ago

It is very intersecting post to read. One of the things I have found interesting about your post was the phrase” the wrong assumption about the black people” In our class we have learned about the idea of how race and masculinity intersecting, which might help to explain some of this behavior. Black men confront racial masculinity. We usually stereotype black masculinity as being aggressive, tough, and violent. They type of job we associate with them are being athletic, criminal, drag dealer and rapper. We see in Hip Hop and Rap music where black people are being portrayed as violent characters, however these are not the real identity of black people. They are constructed by white people. White people are expecting blacks to remain inferior. All of these characters are formed to create dangerous images of black man. The different stereotypes about black men can lead to make wrong assumption about them.
For more information please consult the following website: http://www.popmatters.com/review/155615-from-jim-crow-to-jay-z-by-miles-...

Reply to: False Alarms
5 years 3 weeks ago

It is very intersecting post to read. One of the things I have found interesting about your post was the phrase” the wrong assumption about the black people” In our class we have learned about the idea of how race and masculinity intersecting, which might help to explain some of this behavior. Black men confront racial masculinity. We usually stereotype black masculinity as being aggressive, tough, and violent. They type of job we associate with them are being athletic, criminal, drag dealer and rapper. We see in Hip Hop and Rap music where black people are being portrayed as violent characters, however these are not the real identity of black people. They are constructed by white people. White people are expecting blacks to remain inferior. All of these characters are formed to create dangerous images of black man. The different stereotypes about black men can lead to make wrong assumption about them.
For more information please consult the following website: http://www.popmatters.com/review/155615-from-jim-crow-to-jay-z-by-miles-...

5 years 3 weeks ago

I agree with what you said full heartily with the case of the media specifically targeting the black community. I feel as if the media should not have such a person representing the media. Not only does this completely disrespect the community but as a society in a whole because it tells the viewers that the man on the tele must have some proof (because hes is the embodiment of media, people will listen). This also reflects poorly on the white community because not everyone is like him.

5 years 3 weeks ago

Very interesting article,
My only concern is why now? Why out of all of this time the Deli employee decides to search a black man? Surely the store has come across many different African Americans in its time. The author of the article wrote about the number of times he went with his family to the store, surely if there were racists employed there he’d have taken note of it before? Especially considering his wife had small talk with the cashiers on many occasions. Perhaps the cashier is new, and did racially profile Whitaker, if he did, then I understand. If not, I don’t understand why it would only happen now.

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