Gendered World Views (Section 6)
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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This was a very interesting article, especially in that it framed feminist issues in the context of contemporary world events. I appreciate how you drew a distinction between traditional power structures and so-called new power, and how you elaborated on how both can be helpful in their own ways.
It is important to note however that the new power granted by tools such as social media is simply an evolution of a long trend of non-institutional power working to advance feminist goals. Going back even to the first wave of feminism, which was centered in the UK and North America in the early 20th century, tools such as public marches and demonstrations, as well as civil disobedience, have been useful in advancing feminist goals. A good summary of that wave's ties to public protest can be found here:
I think the article could be furthered by examining how social media has helped or perhaps hindered feminism since its inception. It would be interesting to look at how people who might not be otherwise implicated in the feminist movement have come into contact with it through social media. As well, you could look at how the use public protests and demonstrations have evolved throughout the history of the feminist project.
All in all, a very interesting article.
"From Suffrage to Women's Liberation." http://www.jofreeman.com/feminism/suffrage.htm
This was a very interesting article for several reasons, not least amongst which was the fact that it examined how gender norms affect the credibility of both men and women depending on the circumstances. While living in a patriarchal society has made me accustomed to the fact that men would be stereotypically thought of as being more credible or trustworthy than women, it was interesting to see that, in the context of a custody hearing, a female expert was rated more highly than a male one.
I think the good work that this article does can be furthered by examining how intersectionality works with gender in order to affect this perception of credibility. In brief, intersectionality connotes how different modes of oppression interplay with and reinforce one another. A good examination of intersectionality and its relationship with feminism can be found here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/19/feminism-intersectionality....
As such, I think the article could be furthered by looking at the relative credibility of different women. Would a Muslim woman wearing a hijab be deemed more or less trustworthy than a white woman? Would an older woman be thought of as more or less credible than a younger one? Would an individual who does not subscribe to a gender binary be deemed more or less credible than all of these? And does all of this further depend on the specific circumstances?
All of these are important questions (and ones to which I don't have the answer), and I think this article could be furthered by an examination of these questions.
All told though, it was a very interesting post.
"What Is Intersectional Feminism?" USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2017.
I find it very interesting how you claim that the law makes the public aware just enough to not rebel in any shape or form. In a way this is true but we as people don’t repress the thoughts of what could happen if we defy the law, we are well aware of the consequences that can happen if we commit any crime. Can the law truly be an invisible force? or do we make it one in order to not feel controlled by a higher authority? I agree with the idea that we as people do not have regular encounters with the citizens who work to keep the law controlled and present. But that’s because, we oblige by these rules subconsciously. Ethical Rationalism is a form of Deontology theory in which, “moral truths are knowable a prior, by reason alone.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_rationalism) As humans, we are born with a common sense of what is right and wrong. Ultimately the law is based on these senses and written clearly for everyone to act upon to keep society functioning well and safely. Reason is what makes us different from the other species and it allows us to work freely with no limitations to our knowledge. Having reason, gives us the moral obligation to oblige by the law that is a social construct and this comes naturally.
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!
You article’s tittle got me. My first impression was like: “Wow, I have to read this article”. It’s a really nice tittle with a very interesting text. I never realize the fact there’s still so many discrimination cases like this in America. America’s president is Barack Obama, he is also African American. So I always thought that America supposed to have less discriminations than others countries. Also, I still cannot believe that race discriminations still exist in workplaces like that. I agree with you when you pointed out the fact that ethnicity should not be taken into consideration when it comes to hiring or applying for a job. This isn’t only racism problem, but also involving human rights and equalities. We can intersect this fact to the subject of gender that I have learned in class. Yes America’s countries don’t get only racism or human equalities problems; there are also sexism problems. Just because they are woman, many workplaces won’t hire them. Just because they are woman, they will get harass by their bosses or else they will get fire. Women still got discriminate by so many people these days and most of the cases happen in workplace. Finally, I find the link below will maybe interest you on the fact that not only racism, but sexism too, exists in workplaces: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/sexist-workplace_n_2718249.html
It is very unfortunate that women would have to go to such extent of protesting and practicing their freedom of rights (not so much freedom) with being nude or using their body as an symbol for rights and freedom. Countries that uses theocracy as a system of governing, are only awakening the world. The only way that we can read, watch or hear about these horrific events that occur to women in countries such as Iran is through the actions of the Iranian government. For example when you have mentioned about the attacks on women by using acid. The only way for awareness to spread is through actions, desperate times call for desperate measures, if there has to be women protesting without any clothes, than let it be, the world will hear them.
Your interesting post about racism tells us how sad reality has become. Everyone knows how the issue about racism is something that should not be taken lightly. The fact that these parents are warning their children on how they should act demonstrates their fear of discrimination. In our class, we talk a lot about the issues on gender, which shares similar social problems racism have; white people have fairly more advantages than black people, and it goes the same for men versus women. We often see black people represented as violent, unmannered and sexually aggressive. In this same society, we see women represented as weak, submissive socially and sexually. Not to forget about transgender people, who are also mistakingly misrepresented in our society. Whether it is a man who became a woman, or a woman who became a man, people judge them for not conforming to social construct on gender identities. All these social issues such as racism and gender identities are strongly present in our everyday lives, and are needed to be reflected on critically.
Here is a link with more information about transgender issues, check it out if you want!
When I saw the title of your article, it directly grabbed my attention because I am a big soccer fan. I usually know every major news about soccer, whether about the players or about the big events like tournaments. But I was not aware that some players like Yaya Touré want to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup, I did not hear about it. Moreover, I was aware about the issue of racism perpetrated towards Black people in the Russian soccer league. In my class, I have learned that intersectionality is the intersection of multiple forms of oppression, discrimination, or prejudice that reinforce and support one another. Being a man and also a member of a racial minority (Black, Latino, Arabs and ect...) can place this person at the target of intersectionality and marginalization. Here is an article that talks about eradicating intersectionality in a college campus http://www.theknoxstudent.com/news/2014/10/29/campus-must-focus-on-inter.... The Russian government should the same about its citizens and he should sensitize them that having a racist mentality is a degrading way of thinking.
I find your article very interesting and I think the manner in which you convey your opinion about this topic is very clear and well explained. Additionally, the way you give both, the English speaking parents and the non-English speaking ones, points of view on this supposed injustice gives us, your readers, the opportunity to form our own thoughts before even reading Gema Bate's article "Parent's Fury After 'Discriminating' School Trip".
If you think about it, the discrimination expressed towards those children who's first language is not English, could be compared to the discrimination made towards people in the LGBTQIA community. For example the way people expect the minority groups to react nonchalantly when facing a discriminatory situation, how they are expected to simply overlook it and walk away, as if it is ok that they even have to deal with any vulgar remarks.
Heres a link further elaborating what people in the LGBTQIA community have to go through when it comes to discrimination:
I agree with what the author is trying to say that the football club CSKA Moscow it’s not there fault on what the fans say during the the football game. I believe that the club is responsible for the actions that their fans took against Manchester City’s Yaya Toure during a Champions League game. I think the punishment that the UEFA give to the Russian club received was a slap on the wrist for what the fans did was not acceptable and I think than should have gotten a bigger punishment. The worst part of this is that Yaya Toure is thinking about boycotting the 2018 world cup in Russia I think that’s very sad to see that a player does not wanna go to the world cup because of the racist chants to Yaya Toure. The thing that I would have like is if the author would have said how the players of CSKA Moscow felt on how the fans reacted to Yaya Toure and how the color players of CSKA Moscow felt on the way they own fans were acting towards a black player.
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