My identity is very meaningful to me. I identify as a pansexual male, meaning I am attracted to people of all genders and I am female-to-male transgender. I have been attracted to people of all genders throughout my life so when I discovered that there were other people that were like this, I was not surprised. Ever since I could remember, I have felt that I was a boy on the inside. Back in December 2014,I discover what being transgender is and I began to question my gender identity. I started to identifying as a male. With no parental support, I cut my hair and began to bind my chest.
I was twelve when I came to the conclusion that I was meant to be born a girl. I have been questioning my gender and sexuality for a while, and at age twelve I was ready to change. I went to my mother to tell her my decision because I was scared to face my father.
Two years ago our family was changed forever when the women who helped us thrive passed away. She inspired me in ways that no other person ever could. Only a month of summer had gone by and it was already the most inferior one i've ever experienced. The day my great grandma died, I had just gotten back from Billings after my grandma Barb had emergency surgery. We got back and got the call that she only had moments to live. As I was listening to my aunt on the other line, I felt like I couldn't breath. Cancer had taken over her body and it was too much for her to bare. Considering, I lived out of town, she died before we arrived there. Although her death was tragic, she was a hero who died in the end just like Beowulf. Two years ago, my hero died and I will forever respect her for saving our family, always being there for us, and for living the life she dreamed of.
Feminism has come a long way in helping many different aspects of society. Some even consider feminism good for men, as well as women. While feminism of course erases what it means to be a woman, but it also erases the rigid masculinity that it means to be a man (Noble and Samakow, 2016). By keeping men in a bubble where they are expected to be emotionless and to be making the money in the family, society is limiting what men think they can do and affecting how they see themselves if they don’t adhere
When will I won’t have to spread my legs worldwide to have the world’s attention. When will my mind hold more value than my physical appearance. When won’t I be able to turn around and see an advertisement pressuring me to buy the next best thing to get the “ right look” or whatever is most will appeal to men or society in general.
Throughout their lives, women of all ages are constantly being bombarded with advertisements convincing them they must meet an ideal of the perfect body image. This is all thanks to companies that share a common goal to influence the mainstream population into believing they need to purchase certain products in order to compare to the impossible standards set by the beauty industry. In Dave Barry’s “Beauty and the Beast” he displays that it is planted in young girls minds that they need to look, dress, feel, and even act a certain way. However, men aren’t as affected by these capitalistic marketing schemes. In short, the media has affected the way women think of themselves.
Throughout history, women have been regarded as of lesser value than men particularly in the public sphere. This is the result of gender stratification. Gender stratification refers to the issue of sexism, “or the belief that one sex is superior to the other” (Carl et al., 2012, p. 78). The theory that men are superior to women is essential to sexism. Sexism has always had negative consequences for women. It has caused some women to avoid pursuing successful careers typically described as “masculine”—perhaps to avoid the social impression that they are less desirable as spouses or mothers, or even less “feminine.”
Females have been constantly shamed for generations if one does not act, dress or look a certain way. The media has been a major influence on women from a young age on how one is perceived in society. The media has created an impossible goal for women to achieve. The media will take multiple different parts of women that are seen as perfect and Photoshop them and put them on billboards (Kilbourne, 2010). This makes young girls lead a life where one will inevitably fail to what she has always been shown as the ideal women. This causes eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem in women, which leads to mass amounts of unnecessary cosmetic reconstruction surgeries (Kilbourne, 2010). This is just one negative issue with the way societal norms degrades women. Women are constantly portrayed as objects and to be viewed as lesser than a male. The way men are shown of needing a masculine side and cannot show femininity
When my mother stayed at home nurturing and caring for my siblings and I without working to secure a job. I assumed that was females destiny in life to stay at home, but I did not like that idea I had to stay at home and be a servant to a man. Yet, the society told me I had to stick with that notion in another to have a happy life. Fortunately, things fell apart, as I grew older, I began to realize that it was tough for females to accomplish or success in the same career as men. Additionally, when I was in high school, the girls thrived in class, I never knew that the male teacher disliked the idea that girls were succeed than the boys. The men were filled with rage that they decided to confront the boys in the class and told the boys it was a disgrace against manhood. Once the teacher left, the boys were angry and said lots of awful hated speech towards the girls. They stated that girls, should not be in class and they should stay at home clean the house and raise their children. Nonetheless, I decided to fight back with that hateful speech and sooner or later the girls joined in. Finally, we won the argument. Regardless of the victory in class, I realized that the mainstream media portray women in a despiteful manner, low wages income, and nurturing the home. Although, things are changing gradually, ladies should still strive to make sure the equality last in the
From flagrant magazines on the rack to photoshopped public figures to shapely models on the runway, there is no product better advertised than sex, and no sex better advertised than the feminine variety. Despite all of the legal progress for women’s equality, socially men and women will always be unequal and this injustice must be repaired. No amount of protest and no amount of activism can fix the rampant misogyny in America today, for one simple reason: it just isn’t reason enough to. Our disgraceful society needs immediate and full resolution, but fortunately, such radical change has a simple solution: unlearning.
We are together but have been created physically different, we are equal when it comes to our rights to live, air, water yet not the same in certain issues. Both sexes are,“deeply ingrained in the codes of our society.” Stereotypes imposed on us by the society has shrewdly manipulated or brainwashed us into believing that being told how to comport ourselves and be is rather a liberation, not oppression. Unfortunately, we are unconscious of this conspiracy when trying to look and behave like those individuals we see in the media or magazines. For women, in particular, the assumption is that we wear beautiful clothes such as dresses and skirts, reveal some skin to attract men, wear makeup and keep our hairs long. Two different images of Grace Jones will be the source of comparison in this essay to illustrate gender stereotypes placed on women.
Girls are one of man kinds most confusing creatures. they have random mood swings, try to be something their not, whine and bitch over nothing, create drama for absolutely no reason, and nobody gets them half the time.
In American society, there is an obvious gender hierarchy in which men are viewed as strong, powerful, and valuable while women are viewed as weak and timid. Women face this challenge every day, and more prominently when they are trying to go against the hierarchy. Regardless of how many social norms or “power ceilings” that women break, they constantly face messages that perpetuate stereotypes, which reinforces this gender hierarchy. At the same time, men are also facing similar, gender-related pressures. Because men are on the top of the social hierarchy, there is an expectation that they be strong, brave, and confident. This causes an undue burden on the men that are unable to fulfill these gendered expectations.
The media, which seems to endlessly show women as sexual objects, has the capability of limiting a woman’s potential and damaging their self worth. More often than not the media depicts the way people go about their daily life. People look at the media to determine how they should dress, act and in some cases even how they should perform sexually. There are the fashion magazines that focus on beauty, attracting and satisfying men, self-improvement, and (occasionally) work and politics. Examples are Vogue (emphasizing fashion and makeup), Cosmopolitan (emphasizing sexuality and relationships with men), and Self (emphasizing self-improvement and employment). Not only are most magazines directed at women, but the ones that are directed towards men are about work and politics, not about how to improve your looks or please your woman. The media along with other social institutions plays a large role in how women are viewed. A horrible example is being set for today’s youth, and men are taking the loss of self respect of women in the media to the extremes, thinking that they can degrade women in everyday life as well. With the constant representation of women being viewed as nothing more than sexual objects, women themselves are beginning to feel as though they have little or no potential, as well as no self
In today’s society, there is often a misconception among women and men and the roles they are expected to follow through with. Although there has been advances in the way women are treated, it is unfortunately still an unbalanced dynamic in our society. From an early age, women are often persuaded, even if subconsciously, to follow a certain pathway in life. They are most often associated with staying home, keeping the house clean, cooking, baking, and raising children. Certain mediums that girls are exposed to tend to sway them towards these specific wants and aspirations. The way in which certain products are presented to little girls create an image they feel like they need to master. Men, on the other hand, are taught something completely different. They are regularly habituated with more masculine and self-reliant tasks. From an early age, they are automatically seen as people that deserve to be educated and use their smart, resourceful assets to contribute to society. They are without a doubt going to get a job and become a father and husband that provides for his family. In most situations, even if the woman has a job, men are the main “bread-winner.” Going along with this belief, the products boys are often marketed portray the idea of strength and independence. Whether it is a toy or a book, men are more often than not characterized as the heroic, more capable gender. There are many cases in which different mediums exhibit the ideas of men being the superior