Society 's Norms Of Sexual Activity

1587 WordsMay 31, 20167 Pages
Social norms are rules of behavior that are considered acceptable in society. If one does not follow social norms one might be shamed or suffer some kind of consequence. This leads to the actions of slut shaming. Slut shaming is the act of making a female feel degraded of certain sexual behaviors that deviate from social norms. Feminist believe that women deserve equality, and therefore stand up for women’s rights. Society’s norms of sexual activity is different from men and women, when men seem sexually active they are praised, but when women seem sexually active they are judged and called “sluts.” In society, from a very young age people, including women, have been unintentionally teaching their children about double standards in gender, being unintentionally sexist. In Toronto, a police officer addressed young women about safety by saying, ¨women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Because of this, feminist have started “slut walks” where the movement goes againts seuxal injustice, victiam blaming, derogatory labeling and gender inequality. Unspoken gender education stereotypes are social norms that lead to slut shaming: oppressing females in the imposition of "social norms.¨ Society makes sexual objectification a social norm for females but not for males, equality is impossible. Children are being taught that girls may not have boyfriend while young, but for boys they are praised if they do. Double standards make it difficult not to
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