Nowadays, more people tend to care about and work on social justice. Women’s rights, as one of the topics, draws people’s attention. The society and female-selves have rethought the meaning of being women in the 21st century. Therefore, nowadays twenty-something girls start to behave differently from early generation. One of the behaviors becomes ambiguous, which is female sexuality.
The erotic is very much rooted in a strong understanding of self, fundamental to the self-worth that women of society, of every culture, so desperately need. There are many ways in which dominant discourse works to shape the lives of women into boxes. These prepackaged boxes often lack: power, understanding, worth, fulfillment, pleasure, pride, choice and esteem. These things of which, hold much importance to the acquirement of better lives for women as well as the eradication of the contradiction that is specifically placed on women, therefore facilitating lives that are empowered and assured. By negating the ways in which women are oppressed through our social systems and cultural framework, especially sexually, we begin to rightfully encourage a better quality of life for all women.
Young women today are maturing at increasingly earlier ages, and the sexual messages in Spears' songs may simply be satisfying an existing demand for these types of songs. On the other hand, her sexy image and provocative lyrics may be creating the demand in young women, sending harmful messages about what it means to be a young woman within American culture. Is Britney Spears the newest manifestation of "girl power," and does this make her a feminist role model? Or does she perpetuate stereotypes of thin women as sex symbols? Does she provide a healthy outlet for girls to examine their sexuality?
Younger feminists (many of whom were third wavers) argued that gender no longer constrained them. They felt that they were free to enjoy “girlie” femininity that the women before them participated in, but without the oppression that followed this expression. Third wave feminists stated that they were rebelling against the cross-sexual dress seen in the sisters before them. Third wave feminists attempted to reclaim their power, by dressing in a manner that society thought dehumanized them. This was an ongoing struggle of post-1990s feminism – how to reclaim different aspects of “traditional” female sexuality and femininity in which their culture dehumanizes them for expressing.
Body image for women has always been stressed for them to look a certain way and to try obtain “physical perfec... ... middle of paper ... ...deva, 2012). These results show a small part of the media's effects on the mindset of women. You can perceive yourself as something your are not, because of the things you are exposed to. The mass media plays a large role in shaping a teenage and adolescent girl’s body image. By pushing an ideal body type that is uncommon and untrue to life, girls strive, and struggle to obtain this image.
Before even talking about women in the workplace, we link women with characteristics such as being caring and emotional. The most common complaint with women is that they are always wanting to share their emotions and feelings whenever the chance is given. (First Lady 2013) This could often be an issue because emotions can alter the effectiveness of work production and dealing with clients correctly. To add to this point, women are taught to be nurturing and caring which could contribute to their gender roles. (Duggin, 2013) In another article, it summarizes that women are naturally more mature which allows them to accurately pick up on nonverbal communication.
These issues keep the reader tied to the article while raising the important concern of what kind of messages these are for the quickly maturing girls of our time. As our youth are becoming more mature at an ea... ... middle of paper ... ...g that these are the images that all women have chosen; they are instead saying that this is the image the media has chosen for them. So why, after so many years of bra-burning and protesting, have women lagged behind on their upkeep of a positive image in society? Judith Timson's article is a prime argument for the media's influence on the image of women. Her argument that women are stuck in a stereotypical limbo of who and what to be in our world today is credible and intelligent, while funny and intriguing.
The cultural messages that we are receiving from these ads do affect young women immensely. To be aware of this issue is important to everyone. As author and lecturer Jean Kilbourne says “These days, self-improvement seems to have more to do with calories than with character, with abdomens than with absolutes, with nail polish than with ethics.” References Calvine, Howard. (1999). Depicting Women as sex objects in television advertising: Effects on body dissatisfaction.
The Impact of Women Redefining Sexual Identity in Middle Adulthood It is becoming an increasing phenomenon that women are coming out as lesbians in their middle-adulthood. While defining one’s sexual identity is often a confusing time for youth it becomes that much more difficult for women as they get older. As women age they are more likely to get married, have children, begin careers, and settle into a lifestyle that is dictated to them by patriarchal rules. The further they become saturated with the male dominated life, the harder it is for women to become open to their own identity formation and needs. It is instilled in women from an early age that it is expected that they learn how to cook and clean, manage household bills, raise children, and be able to manage a home.
The concerns of liberated women are more individualized than those of the women's lib movement. Liberated women are more concerned with their own personal identities and independence, whether it's their sexual freedom or freedom from their bras. The women's liberation movement, however, is more about women's collective interests and the actions that can be taken to remove the sexual oppression that denigrates all women. Works Cited Bloom, Alexander and Wini Breines. "Takin' it to the Streets" A Sixties Reader.