• Women's Studies,  Writings

    Gendered Violence: 3 Essays

    Men and women both have gender normative roles in society that they are expected to before. In his Ted Talk, “A call to men,” Tony Porter discusses how these roles, particularly men’s expectations to be strong and aggressive, can affect the way our society functions. Young boys are taught that the way to be a man is through anger, sex, and courage. They’re taught that women are inferior and men are the strong ones. The myth of the macho man causes obvious identity issues for any men that don’t fit that ideal description, but also threatens women’s place in our society. According to Porter, “we as men are taught to…

  • Women's Studies,  Writings

    Gender + Media: 3 Essays

    Barbie was my favorite toy growing up so I feel like I’m a really good counter to the author. Susan Gilman, in her essay Klaus Barbie, makes it clear that she hates the iconic doll and everything she stands for. Gilman says Barbie is “clumsy, stupid, overly obvious.” A lot of the reason the author claims to dislike the world of Barbie is that it, according to her, “was meant for vapid girls in the suburbs.” It’s not a stretch to blame Barbie for perpetrating the basic tall, tan, and blonde standard of beauty for women in our society. Personally, I think Barbie is a lot of what helped fuel…

  • Women's Studies,  Writings

    Gendered Bodies and Intimacy: 3 Essays

    Double standards are present in all societies, if they weren’t, then this class would have very little to discuss in the ways of equality. Having double standards implies that women and men play by different rules and are held to a different standard. Some of the most outrageous examples of double standards come from women’s health like breast feeding, PMS, and childbirth. Breasts, after all, are one of the primary differences between women and men and these differences cause controversy. In Lisa Latham’s essay, she discusses all the different ways women conceal, shape, and grow breasts and what they mean to womanhood. This makes me think of the scene in…