In our Society when you don't follow the rules, you become an outcast to the rest of the society. Suzanne Collins’ novel series, The Hunger Games criticizes our society and its demands for people of specific genders to act in certain ways and become certain things. Stereotypes concerning gender are prevalent in our society and all over the world. However, The Hunger Games gives a very refreshing tone of “mockery” to these stereotypes. Katniss Everdeen isn’t your typical 16 year old girl, and neither is Peeta Mellark a typical 16 year old boy, especially when they are fighting everyday just to survive. The Hunger Games is a work of social commentary, used to convince us that there can’t and shouldn’t be any defined “roles” based on gender. A mixture of “stereo-typical” gender roles within a person and their actions is what people need just to survive in our world that is changing every day. Well what is gender and what do we mean by gender roles? “Gender describes the socially-constructed roles and responsibilities that societies consider appropriate for men and women” (World Health Organization). All people on earth are affected by gender and the stereotypes that surround it. A person should be able to choose who they want to be and not be scared. Things are changing. According to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, “same-sex sexual harassment extends to where the victim is singled out due to failure to conform to accepted gender stereotypes” (Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP). This is very important for everyone to know and understand. It allows people the ability to express themselves in any way they choose, without the anxiety or fear of being harassed for their decisions because they are a certain gender. This has only o... ... middle of paper ... ...s can be switched in people and things still be okay. However I want to combine how having a mixture of each gender's traits is also good. Blankschaen, Bill. "The Hunger Games: Battleground for Gender Wars." FaithWalkers. N.p., 24 June 2012. Web. 8 Nov. 2013. Great article to read. Focused on the sexual reversal aspects of Katniss in The Hunger Games. It discusses how people relate to this topic in today's society (YA girls). However it is focused on the religious standpoint of this topic. Based on the websites title (Faith Walkers) one should expect the article to be biased. We however are also told Kate O'Brien is the original author in her own words. She is a teacher of literature and history at a Christian Academy. So she is accredited but may be biased. This was an easy article to read. It may be useful in explaining or understanding an opposing argument.
In 2012 the film The Hunger Games hit theatres and became a success. The success of the film was originally fueled by the fan base of the Suzanne Collins authored trilogy of the same name, but it soon gained popularity amongst those who had not read the trilogy as well. You could relate the movie to sociology in one of two ways. The first option would be to write about how the film became a cultural phenomenon or other theories relating to its success. This paper will be written using the other way, which is to write about the movie itself through a sociological point of view by writing about how culture, social control, and stratification are featured in the movie and how people with different sociological perspectives may view the film.
The Hunger Games film, based on the books written by Suzanne Collins, has received much praise from adolescents and adults alike. Having never watched or had interest in the film I became more and more curious as to what the film is about and the type of message ascribed. People expressed their anticipation and excitement for the release of the film. Most of the eagerness indicated was due having read the books, – which are designed for tweens, adolescents, and young adults despite all of the gore being referenced, – wanting to see Katniss in action and others bought into the hype created by the media (“Anticipation builds…,” 2012, “Movie Anticipation…,” 2012). Other websites referenced anticipating the film because the lead character’s strength, caregiver qualities and warrior qualities could be a role model for young girls. In addition, Katniss was praised for being a caregiver to her family and served as a savior for taking her young sister’s place in the game (Brewster, 20...
Although it is easy to classify people with gender roles, there will always be exceptions to the rule. Carefully scripted to defeat gender stereotypes, The Hunger Games breaks the norm by both challenging and affirming Deborah Tannen’s views. The film portrays Katniss as an example of a woman who is capable of filling masculine roles that are usually reserved for men. While Katniss does reveal an underlying need for intimacy, she is capable of exceeding society’s gender roles by providing for her family, defying the system, and in doing so, showing her independence.
Over the past few years, there has been various books, films, and even songs about influential, heroic, women throughout the world. Some of the most recent heroic female figures include the fictional character “Hermione Granger” from the novel Harry Potter by J. K Rowling. Another strong female figure includes “Katniss Everdeen” from the novel The Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins. The two heroic women certainly share their differences. Hermoine was described as a bookworm who could be a tad bossy at times. Katniss was athletically inclined, however, lacked certain communication skills with people. Although Hermoine and Katniss have their distinct differences,
In this article, Shaw and Lee describe how the action of labels on being “feminine” or “masculine” affect society. Shaw and Lee describe how gender is, “the social organization of sexual difference” (124). In biology gender is what sex a person is and in culture gender is how a person should act and portray themselves. They mention how gender is what we were taught to do in our daily lives from a young age so that it can become natural(Shaw, Lee 126). They speak on the process of gender socialization that teaches us how to act and think in accordance to what sex a person is. Shaw and Lee state that many people identify themselves as being transgendered, which involves a person, “resisting the social construction of gender into two distinct, categories, masculinity and femininity and working to break down these constraining and polarized categories” ( 129). They write about how in mainstream America masculinity and femininity are described with the masculine trait being the more dominant of the two. They define how this contributes to putting a higher value of one gender over the other gender called gender ranking (Shaw, Lee 137). They also speak about how in order for femininity to be viewed that other systems of inequality also need to be looked at first(Shaw,Lee 139).
In a not-too-distant, some 74 years, into the future the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 13 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games; these children are referred to as tributes (Collins, 2008). The Games are meant to be viewed as entertainment, but every citizen knows their purpose, as brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts. The televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eradicate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. The main character throughout the series is a 16-year-old girl from District 12 named Katniss Everdeen.
In Roxane Gay’s book Bad Feminist (2014), she writes an essay, “What We Hunger For”, about the difference between strength and surviving, and the importance of strong female characters. She argues that surviving something doesn’t mean you are strong; life throws unendurable circumstances as people all of the time, and people manage to overcome them and survive, but that doesn’t make them strong. Gay uses Katniss in The Hunger Games trilogy as an example of a relatable, strong female character. Gay describes her as a “heroine with issues” (p. 146). Also in the essay, Gay refers to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s article in the Wall Street Journal about how Young Adult fiction is too dark for its intended audience. Gay argues against it, stating that
On the big screen, women have often been treated as second-class citizens and portrayed as helpless creatures, waiting to be rescued by their Prince Charming. This gender gap came to a halt when The Hunger Games (Dir. Gary Ross) was released in theaters. The brave Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) - stood up for someone else – even when it meant risking her own life. The Hunger Games was not only one of the top grossing movies of the year, but it was also one of the very few movies where a woman was able to display her stability and willingness to fight. The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Gravity are some of the recent movies that show a woman’s much greater potential in life centering around: courage, nature, and recognition.
First off, although many people may want to believe social inequality is behind us, it is still on the rise, with American teens in its way. Racism is a perfect example of the a rising inequality affecting teens. Rasim is defined as a belief in differences among races, and although America has come far, racism still remains and it is apparent in police shootings. Racism related shootings are becoming more apparent and frequent. Ferguson, Mo. being the most notorious of these deadly shooting. Police law-enforcement has show signs of disproportionately targeting African Americans in things such as traffic stops. Also few can deny the risk for a black person to be shot in a police shooting then a white person due to the overwhelming percentages.
According to Oxford Dictionary, gender role is defined as “set of social and behavioral norms that are considered to be socially appropriate for individuals of a specific sex in the context of a specific culture”. Gender role created an expectation of how each individual should act, talk, dress etc., based on their biological sex. Over many years, the issue of gender equality has tried to be eradicated but till now this issue still exists. Women, specifically are looked down upon in our society, while men are seen more powerful. Some individuals will argue that women are better off taking the traditional role and being inferior towards men. In this society, there are few women who have proven and destroyed views and perception of all females
Gender is deeply embedded into our society. It is pretty much at every level; it is something complex that goes far beyond just being a male or female. Gender impacts what occupations individuals have access to do, what type of activities they can and can’t do and even what colors they can and cannot wear. As mentioned by Catherine G. Valentine, in The Prism of Gender, society has taught us that a real woman is feminine; a real man is masculine and heterosexual; and any deviation is unacceptable and unnatural (3). Therefore, we live in a society that is binary, and has taught us that there are only two acceptable genders, male and female, and as a result everything is shaped by that idea. Nonetheless, like stated by Kate Bornstein in Gender
Many people relate sex, gender, and your sexual orientation as the same thing grouped in two categories of male or female traits and preference, however as both authors argue it is imperative to view each as a separate and ever changing category in order to protect peoples beliefs who contradict the earlier statement. “Educating legislators and policymakers about the damage inflicted by sexism and gender stereotyping is a critical component of winning
When I began taking this class (GWS 1000) I knew very little about gender and the different positions it play in sociality today. Growing up you hear about many stereotypes that defines gender and women’s roles, putting them inside little boxes representing a fairy tale form shaped by the media. Gorham states that “Stereotypes give us highly edited and distorted images of groups that tend to support the way groups are treated in society”(2013). Social generalizations of minority groups, have a tendency to reflect the biases and the histories of the majority, with the end goal that the general population being stereotyped are reduced to a couple of attributes that are socially relevant for understanding that group 's placed in the public eye.