Gendered World Views (Section 1)

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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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5 années 11 mois 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.

5 années 11 mois 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???????

5 années 11 mois 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???????

5 années 11 mois 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.

5 années 11 mois 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..

5 années 11 mois 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.

5 années 11 mois 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.

6 années 4 jours 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''.

6 années 1 semaine 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

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6 années 1 semaine 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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