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Sexualization of Young Girls in the Media

Nowadays, the desire to look sexy is being emphasized in incredibly young ages of women. When I flip through TV channels, it discomforts me to see seven-year-old girls parading around in padded bras and high heels. The reality TV show … Continue reading

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Miss Representation

The documentary, “Miss Representation”, asserts that it is difficult for women to remain immune to the damage inflicted by today’s modern culture. I wholly agree with this statement. The media disseminates such limiting portrayals of women that pervade every aspect … Continue reading

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Comparing Gender Roles in the U.S. with Other Countries

In this class, we have predominantly spoken about gender roles within the United States. It would present a striking dialogue if we compared gender dynamics in the U.S. with other regions. For example, prejudices associated with gender are also quite … Continue reading

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Rape Culture and the Eroticism of Violence

In class today, we spoke about rape culture and sexualized violence against women. Oftentimes, rape is an unspoken atrocity in our society. It is a difficult topic and few people want to openly discuss the reasons behind this vicious act. … Continue reading

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How are Oppression and Body Image Regulation Related?

Conforming to conventional body image standards has become one pervasive form of oppression in this country. Similar to “doing gender,” the issue of weight has become an inescapable object of obsession in today’s society. Our pop culture delights in ridiculing … Continue reading

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Ladine Professional Black Hair Commercial

In her film, Killing us Softly 4, Jean Kilbourne briefly addresses how women of color are forced to emulate Caucasian standards of beauty. The above commercial portrays an African American woman’s transformation from a big, puffy Afro to straight, shimmering hair using Ladine salon care products. It is implied that straight hair is vital in order for African American women to be estimated as desirable in today’s society.

African American women are urged to conform to a mold that judges women based upon “acceptable” standards of Caucasian beauty. The implicit positive associations with “straight hair” versus negative connotations related to “curly” or “nappy” hair is used to promote and sell hair-straightening products. Thus, African American women feel obligated to adopt mainstream hairstyles in order to assimilate into both professional and social circles. This pressure to conform is teaching girls to feel insecure about their hair from a very young age. 

Within the African American community, going “natural” is considered to be a bold statement.Women who are “natural” are stereotypically characterized as “rebels” instead of simply being identified as their natural selves. Beauty has become one-dimensional with no room for personal expression. Contrary to the claim in this commercial, there is no “science in being beautiful”. People who believe otherwise set themselves up for failure, which contributes to feelings of depression and low self-esteem. However a woman chooses to style their hair should be an individual choice without any racial influence or comparisons.

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What role does gender play in society?

Why is there such an all-consuming desire to place people in a gender category? It perplexes me as to why people choose to publicly monitor and “police” those who do not fall into what is believed to be the norm. … Continue reading

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