The Self Representation Of Young Women

899 Words Oct 11th, 2015 4 Pages
The self-representation of young women today, however, is limited by social and political forces. The bodies of young Australian women are still governed by laws and regulations around female bodily autonomy, including the criminalisation of sex work and the difficulty in accessing abortions. Females are continually blamed for their own sexual assault and rape, and young women are still sent home from school over their dress code. In a study sponsored by VicHealth, it is revealed that up to “1 in 5 young respondents believe there are circumstances in which women share the responsibility for sexual assault” (Harris, et al. 2015, 13). By shaming women for her own self-sexualisation, such as the use of the term slut to police women’s sexual behaviour (Attwood 2007, 244) or O’Connor referring to Cyrus as a “prostitute” (O 'Connor 2013), society is restricting the freedoms afforded to young women. These restrictions are often set by older generations who have lived through previous waves of feminism, such as O’Connor, who states how “women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. [They] aren’t objects of desire” (2013). O’Connor refers to the misogynistic and exploitative pornification of society, something which second wave feminists actively challenged in the late 1970s (McNair 2002, 62). By actively encouraging the sexual liberty and the individual agency, third wave feminists are challenging the liberation from sexual objectivity that second wave feminists…
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