This is a very interesting video compilation of high- and low-points of how women have been represented in mass media in 2013. Worth watching!
This is a great example of how culture and personal interactions help us develop our ideas of gendered identity. In this case, people who are born biologically women in Albania choose (or are told as children) that they are male. They then act as, dress as, and perceive themselves in ways that are associated with masculinity. The pictures in this article are fascinating.
Although the trend is slowly, slowly reversing since 1953 when Gallup first asked this question, there’s still a 2-to-1 ratio of people who say they would rather have a male boss than a female boss. Much of this is attributed to the stereotypes and double-standards women face in leadership positions.
This is a real-world example of intersectionality that describes how ethnicity and gendered norms interact in women’s lives.
From the article: “The majority of facial cosmetic operations performed on Asians are considered “Westernizing” procedures. Two of the most popular, nose jobs (rhinoplasty) and eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty), are specially designed to make these features look more Caucasian.”
Interestingly, often it is the parents of who encourage younger women to undergo these procedures.
Why are salaries so often considered confidential information? Why are employees often disciplined for discussing their pay? A lack of transparency is one of the reasons that unequal pay persists. Check out this article about the many consequences of these policies.
From the article:
You know those electronic collars that zap dogs that stray outside their electronic fences?
That seems to be the purpose of everyone’s favorite and seemingly innocuous phrase, “man up.”
Just mumbling those two words in a typical guy’s direction delivers a psychological shock that discourages him from venturing outside the restrictions of our traditional view of what it means to be a man.
Check out Lily Myers 2013 Award Winning Slam Poetry Contest performance of “Shrinking Women” that explains “the pressure women feel to take up less and less space, to be quiet, to be small.”
Check out this artist’s parody of real influential women as imagined by Disney. From the artist, David Trumble:
“Fiction is the lens through which young children first perceive role models, so we have a responsibility to provide them with a diverse and eclectic selection of female archetypes. Now, I’m not even saying that girls shouldn’t have princesses in their lives, the archetype in and of itself is not innately wrong, but there should be more options to choose from. So that was my intent, to demonstrate how ridiculous it is to paint an entire gender of heroes with one superficial brush.
Love this story about the Burka Avenger, a Pakistani cartoon series featuring a woman who is a school teacher by day and dons the Burka by night to fight the “bad guys” who try and shut down girls’ schools.