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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Hey, I really enjoyed your reading your article and I think you made some really good points and observations. I feel this is a rising issue that needs to be addressed before it becomes too out of control. I am seeing more and more racist costumes on social media and with my own eyes. I wanted to point out that the majority of these racist costumes seem to be worn by man. Men dressed as Trayvon, pimps, athelets or entertainers that wear black face or men that dress in religious wear. I think that too much energy is put into making sexy women costumes. As male costumes seem to get more racist, women ones seem to be getting more and more sexy to the point where they might as well come out in their underwear. I think the lack of options for men are what causes them to make their own costumes which lead to these racist disasters that I think most of them think is funny and they don't even realize how stupid and offensive they are being. Obviously they are some that do and don't care. But I feel most of these costumes are an attempt at joke gone horribly wrong. Costume makers need to stop taking their focus off of sexualizing Halloween and make more appropriate costumes for women and have more options for men.
I agree with what you're saying completely, as well as i wasn't aware that there was a vote to remove such a thing. However, when it comes down to racism just like sexism, or sexual discrimination these topics will never be 'over'. In our society, we need to label things, and point out issues that are seen not of a normal standard that society has placed to be. One thing that comes to gender, it is very much linked with gender and sexual orientation. A black gay man will adhere to many more racial comments and not receive as many privileges as a white heterosexual man. With that being said, the government is seen as a powerful figure and all other individuals not in such a high position have to accept the rulings that are given, not considering this is a democratic state and the public should also have a say in what is being done and chosen for them. But this is how we are governed, what others choose to be fit for us, living in an unjust society with one that has not changed in many years. We are made to ‘accept’ this fact, because one individual cannot change the way things are seen by millions, it takes groups of people to force a change, but if we are being shut down. How far can we go?
Any interesting article that should be read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/keli-goff/keli-goff-racism_b_982443.html
I found this really surprising that he actually got fired for basically, doing his job. Showing a video from the past that includes racism is not his fault. It's the past, history, and it's his job to educate the students in the class about it. You can't just avoid the whole subject because it's bad, you have to show them how it was and why it is not illegal. I feel as if the school administrator took it too seriously or overreacted in that situation. It's ridiculous how it even came to be that he had to be fired, that no one in the office thought about " Hey, this isn't racism at all, I should stand up and do something about it.".
There's a similar story but more of a extreme ridiculous version of this, where a man was teaching homophones to his students. I repeat, homophones meaning like eye and I. He fires for "promoting the gay agenda." which I find completely crazy. Just because homophones has the word homo it was automatically assumed he was teaching about sexuality.
You can read more about it here : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/31/blogger-fired-homophones_n_5637...
I'm always attracted to sports and when I saw your post, I just had to give it a read! There has been a lot of controversy in many sports and in this case of a racial issue. I am taking a gendered world views class right now and we have been studying the gendered world view. I wanted to add to what you had to say about race, because not only is this a race issue to me but one of hegemonic masculinity. What does "not being black enough" really mean? When one male says this to another, it is like he is putting the other male down. It is as if he is also saying that he isn't manly enough. This comment may have been the cause of how he was raised; possibly in a society/family that thrives on hegemonic masculinity.
Here is a link to a definition of what hegemonic masculinity is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hegemonic_masculinity
I love the fact that you refer to the man-box because it is definitely a big issue that is rarely discussed. Even though men have this expectation to be the strong, handsome man in the movies, in reality, many men actually put up a front so that they LOOK like a real man to the world, but are actually 'less of a man' then they appear. This front is sometimes known as the "Tough Guise" front and the reason they put it up is so they can avoid being called humiliating things like 'pussy', 'fag', feminine and so on. If they don't learn to put up this front, then they risk being seen as less of a man. The man-box makes it hard for guys to be themselves, because if they do something that is not considered manly, they will be criticized for it. I think that men (as well as women) should be able to be who they really are without having to put up a front that masks who they really are. As you said, our society is disturbing.
To find out more about the tough guise front, you should definitely read the following link: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/hoffm794/medialit/2011/09/what-is-a-tough-guise....
I agree 100% with what you’ve mentioned that there seems to be a thing where we might tell someone that is black that they aren’t black enough because they don’t conform to what a typical, and stereotypical black man should act. It almost seems as though we want to keep all black people under an umbrella, only viewing them in negative ways such as too ghetto, only good at being athletes, not as smart as the next man, often times white males, and constantly violent, & aggressive. In my own personal experience I’ve been called too preppy and too well-spoken, because I decide not to wear my clothes a certain way and speak with slang. In my opinion Charles Barkley is voicing what many black people all over the world experience and for that he should be acknowledge in a positive manner and that not being what is expected of black people very enlightening.
Suggestions: look more into what and we are more common to see and hear such acts. The demographic and maybe what parts of the world go through such on a more daily basis. Here a links that you can maybe draw from to help strengthen your argument. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2238790-mike-freemans-10-point-stance... and http://www.latimes.com/news/la-op-chude-sokei18feb18-story.html
This is a very interesting subject. I realized Suarez had a problem with biting people but I did not know he also had a problem with racism. All jokes aside, even though it might have seemed racist and I do believe that he is not a victim, I believe too much of the problem is being blamed on racism. Luis Suarez’s behavior can also be explained by hegemonic masculinity in sports. The members of a team are not taught to respectfully just win a game, but to embarrass, degrade, and dominate the opponent team. Meaning that it is not enough to just win, but the other team must lose. I do believe that racism can be seen a lot in sports, but when it is compared to the real world it doesn’t make sense. In a sport, when someone is seen as racist it is blown out of proportion. Suarez did deserve the punishment and he did show signs of racism, but it was no more than competitive trash talk.
This is a good article if you are looking to learn more about hegemonic masculinity and its effects on sports.
I agree that an act such as this is rather outrageous; however, if you look into a case like this and put set it into a gendered theme, where men and women cross dress for Halloween. Cross dressers fit into the transgendered category; an individual would feel angry and shocked of seeing someone cross dressing "for fun". Is it something to joke about? Not really; though I have had my fair share of cross dressing for Halloween for the reason of fun. These people who dressed up as a black person could've been doing it for that reason, though it is still insulting even though their intentions to offend anyone may not be present. Why must we put racism on a higher pedestal than other hatred that has and is presented? Why don't we view it as all equally wrong? some schools have decided to ban cross dressing entirely because they perceive it as wrong, on the same level as racism.
I completely agree with what you're saying that media controls the aspect of how young girls grow up. But one thing that many seem to forget is that it is not only media that pushes it, its other girls also that enforce it. If woman didn't criticize each other on such a harsh level and set high standards (partly because of media) we would not have such a high issue of this today, but we encourage the image were given, we encourage what we see and we continue to play it out without realizing the consequences. We help media continue the path it has by being vial to one and other, constantly judging a girls outfit, hair, make-up. Women don't fully realize that even small comments effect others self-esteem, we forget to take into account the smaller things in life and we allow ourselves to be the puppet to the masters of media.
A great link that shows partially what I am saying: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-25/why-are-women-so-bitchy-...
P.s: Great job on your work!
I found your post to be very interesting and I like your choice of subject and article. I have to disagree on your disagreement with the author in regards to the generalization though. Rather than pointing fingers, I think the point she is trying to make is that racism is far more common than we may think, whether it is something done consciously or not. Social constructs can be so deeply internalized that they may seem natural and innocent behaviors and we fail to see how these can impact our lives. My class on gendered world views has greatly enlightened me on that matter and I think taking a look on how this phenomenon is present in different group categories could help you understand. Here's an article on insidious sexism http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/psysociety/2013/04/02/benevolent-sex...
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