How Gender Oppression Is Throughout The Lens Of Race And Racism

1456 Words Oct 29th, 2015 6 Pages
In this response, I will focus on how gender oppression is exemplified in the lens of race and racism. This paper will demonstrate how Fausto- Sterling, Preves, Messerschmidt, Crittenden and the film Senorita Extraviada have helped us understand the gender oppression itself. While still keeping Intersectionality, the system in which multiple categories intersect to contribute to who you are, in mind. These categories may consist of gender, race, socioeconomic class and sexuality. Intersectionality aids our understanding of oppression, not just by focusing on one variable, but several that lead to social inequality. We will come across the women of Juarez, Intersex, gender regulation of children, gender labor, heterosexuality, homosexuality within a culture, the pay gap and transgender feminism to further our view.
The film “Senorita Extraviada” helps illustrate the women of Juarez. In this city numerous murders were being committed targeting the female sex. Not only was their gender a characteristic which played a role, but the idea that these women were seen as “models” with shoulder length black hair and dark skin tone. These were the stereotypical version of a Mexican female. These women worked in maquiladoras, breaking away from the gender norm, to be later robbed of their lives. We see that being a “vulnerable” female would involuntarily give off the idea that they could be rapped and killed. Women of color that were poor as well had a larger chance of getting…
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