In the excerpt “Why Do We Make So Much of Gender?”, from his 1997 book The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy, Allan Johnson argues gender through identity and culture. Johnson starts out by expressing opposition on how women are looked at through a patriarchal society and not the biology from which they came. He mentions the feminist argument that women in a patriarchal society are “oppressed” and that this comes from social order (545). He goes on to point out, the focus should be on raising children to adulthood rather than worrying about reproduction. Although, I agree with Johnson’s arguments, there are things in this world that cannot and should not be changed.
Gender derives its formative meaning from culture and societal values, it is not a universal entity as there are various cultures, societal values, beliefs, and preferred ways of organizing collective life across the globe and even within a single culture the meaning of gender varies over time. Chapters three and four of Gendered Lives by Julia T. Wood helps to insightfully look at those views, and rhetorical movements (women and men’s movements) that have overtime influenced, defined and given various meanings to gender (masculinity and femininity).
In the “Domestic Divo? Televised Treatments of Masculinity, Femininity and Food” Rebecca Swenson explores the role of the women and men in the kitchen in America and how the kitchen has helped in defining gender roles in America. Swenson analyzes the gender theory in relate to how Food Network applies traditional gender roles and gender is socially constructed. Therefore, the kitchen becomes a place where it employs ideologies about feminine and masculine traits. For men, grilling helped to preserve masculinity. Professionalism: most of the professional chefs are male. Shows on the Food Network will often times be a way to show off professionalism such as Emeril Lagasse. Show off their restaurants, food knowledge, and culture such as Good
The novel That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis is comprised of a lot of gender issues, especially concerning the two main characters. The two main characters are Mark and Jane, a married couple who struggle with their roles as husband and wife. Chapter 1 starts with a quote from Jane that states, “Matrimony was ordained, thirdly for the mutual society, help, and comfort that the one ought to have of the other” (That Hideous Strength, 9) That quote ran through Jane’s mind throughout the day, during her daily house cleaning duties, and while she was waiting on Mark to call and say he would not be able to attend dinner due to work taking longer than expected. Based on that knowledge, it is easy to say that their marriage had trouble from the very
In the fall of 2016, CoverGirl released a new campaign for a mascara called “So Lashy”. This mascaras key point was that it was designed to work on all types of lashes, keyword all, so why not have a male represent the diversity this mascara offered? James Charles, a 17 year
Sharon Begley bring to light that many of the studies claiming sex differences within the human brain have been falsified. Many of these types of studies depict things that separate people of different genders into stereotypical depictions of gender roles. Gender roles and expectations can have negative impacts on parenting
When it comes to gender, it is as easy to determine as quantum physics; all the pieces are there but it is impossible to put together. Without hard evidence, all people can do is to make assumptions. The two biggest arguments on how gender is determined right now is based upon social and biological construct. Arguing for the sociological aspect is Aaron Devor, writer of the article, “Gender roles behaviors and attitudes”. Dover believes that, “People use femininity and masculinity to claim and communicate their membership in their assigned, or chosen, sex or gender” (Devor 505). Devor considers that society has certain roles that are predetermined towards males, females and anyone in between. A man has to act a certain way to be masculine and a female a certain way to be considered feminine. On the not so opposite side of the spectrum is Deborah Blum, author of the work, “The gender blur: Where Does Biology End and Society Take Over?”. Blum doesn’t necessarily disagree with Devor, but asks the question, “Do the gender roles of our culture reflect an underlying biology, and, in turn, does the way we behave influence that biology” (Blum 512). Blum is arguing that maybe it was our genetic makeup that built the foundation on how a gender should act. Both authors present valid points for their arguments, but in the end, it is Blum who comes over on top with her usage of tone, evidence, and the use of a counterargument.
Gender is a very complex topic in our society. While one may have the sexual organs of a male, a female, or both, one 's gender is defined by complex rules that the culture defines through social norms and expectations. One must consider how gender may or may not impact
Can I just say that I was not sure where Raising Gender Healthy Kids was going but I am glad it wasn’t as abruptly homo- and transphobic as the Christian community can sometimes be. The writer still embodies all of the heteronormative rhetoric that is traditionally Christian but it at least doesn’t perpetuate the stereotype that gender queer/ Queer kids come from broken homes with overbearing mothers or absent fathers. Oh wait. I guess it did do that. I am fairly glad that this piece does allow for the differences in cisette children to be accepted as they are. Because, in fact, my God does make everyone different and does not shame us for those differences. As a matter of fact, my God gives us agape love, which is perfect, unconditional love
Another perspective to consider when exploring the absence of women in Jekyll and Hyde is the curious descriptions regarding Hyde. Doane and Hodges state that “many descriptions of Hyde’s physical characteristics are congruent with cultural descriptions of femininity” (69). As a result, perhaps women are not seen much in the novella because Hyde operates as the sole feminine representative. He is small in stature like women typically are, walks with a quick light step swinging his arms instead of walking with a heavy step, and weeps like a women. Many critics argue that Hyde’s size and even his walking pattern represent outward manifestations of his morality. In regards to size, his small stature references stunted growth in the area of moral
Gender and race in American TV shows Student’s Name University Affiliation There's been a considerable measure of discuss the forthcoming fall TV season in the US being the most assorted one as far as throwing, ABC's new show Black-ish entering its first season. Be that as it may off camera, the writers' room remains to a great extent the space of white men.
discussions in the article mostly support this new understanding of gender introduced by the authors. West and Zimmerman claim that gender is not something we are but something we do.
Dear Wasan Ratchuphan, I agree with your post that the author used background information, statement, and example to persuade the audience to believe this movie. This is an actual problem in our society, and people, who have daughters or plan to have baby girls, should take action to equalize the social gender stratification. Indeed, she convinced the audience by put some her background and her plan for her daughter in the future. Moreover, she try to interview some professors and people who work on the field. These people's background knowledge made her statement more believable and credible. Furthermore, the example on this video is very specific and it help audience understand the author. I also agree with you that this video has a very
The Gender Dynamics Within Iran Throughout the various texts and films we observed this semester, there were a multitude of underlying themes associated with each. These themes do not live in a textual or film related vacuum, but rather offer major implications on given Middle Eastern cultures. In the fictional film Offside, directed by Jafar Panahi, he decides to zero in on the complex culture within Iran. He illustrates the culture within Iran by employing the 2006 World Cup qualifying soccer match between Iran and Bahrain as a metaphor of the various social dynamics attached to this sporting event and the country as a whole. That said, there are numerous underlying themes associated with this film. In this paper, however, I will