Gendered World Views (Section 4)

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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 3 mois 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/

6 années 1 mois 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.

6 années 2 mois 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...

6 années 2 mois 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
6 années 2 mois 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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6 années 2 mois 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
6 années 2 mois 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
6 années 2 mois 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-...

6 années 2 mois 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.

6 années 2 mois 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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