I thought this post would be appropriate because of the general topic being very popular especially in this class about Bruce Jenners transition. June 1st, Bruce made the official transition into the public as Caitlyn Jenner, from here out I will refer to her in feminine pronouns.
With all of the pre-caitlyn news, you could say it was hard to believe, however after seeing Caitlyn with all her gorgeous-ness, it truely was breathtaking and moving. A quick glance at the photos and one gets the sense of “she was meant to be she”.
In this article on CNN, I found an interesting statement (not to steer away from Caitlyn):
“Indeed, most stories about the cover photo could not help but include glowing reports of Jenner’s white, satiny corset and long, brunette locks. But, then, I guess, what else is new when it comes to media representations of women. It’s all about what she’s wearing and how good her skin looks, isn’t it?”
What I found interesting was that transgendered females and females in general are still facing the sexualization of females, even Caitlyn Jenner. Why is this?
This evening I was watching television while eating dinner with my single mother, (a regular occurrence), when a Whirlpool commercial came on, here it is:
Although this commercial did not yell “single dad alert”, it brought to my attention how maybe there is an equality issue for the single fathers in the World who are raising children alone. Single fathers are unlikely to be recognized and also believed in that they too can raise a child single handedly. This week, we have discussed the different personality traits and communication styles of males and females. This topic, brought to my attention that maybe it is more difficult for a male to be naturally inclined to be a mother figure and a father figure. In this commercial it shows the struggles of not being a perfect dad, burning food, neglecting to show up to sports games to support the child, and other struggles. Being a single mom is a regularaly praised topic, praising mothers all over the nation for doing the best they can. However, single dads is something that is increasingly becoming more common and may deserve an equal amount of praise. According to the The Atlantic- The Rise of the Single Dad there are more than 2.6 million single father households in the United States. This article also discusses the unfairness of child custody cases always going to the mother because it is “best for the child”, never considering the father just because they may lack maternal instincts.
I found this commercial interesting to be brave enough to praise dads in general and also single dads; a rare sight. This is a gender difference in equality with men and women. What are your thoughts?
Recently, I noticed a campaign video on Facebook called “Free the Nipple”, out of pure curiosity I watched it and was actually shocked at how I responded to the video, agreeging. Not because I want to go topless, but because of equality between males and females. If a man can, why can’t I? Also, why is it that if women are topless we would be asking for it? If a male walks on a beach, nipples and all, which by the way are the same nipples we have, no one is objectifying them or sexualizing them. In the video it discusses that if maybe women were not only allowed to show their nipples in a strip club or porno then maybe we would not be so sexualized. It would just be a norm.
Warning: Yes, there is nipples in this video. Male & female nipples.