Description of the Project

My project is on Women’s Rights. Historically, women’s rights have been controversial issues. Although various forms of gender discrimination still exist today, the women’s movement has addressed many issues that are considered discriminatory toward women. While we’ve seen many positive changes since the first wave of feminism, we still have a long way to go before true equality is achieved.

List of Ideas

#1 Sociological Idea: Doing Gender

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Sex, we told students, was what was ascribed by biology: anatomy, hormones and physiology. Gender, we said, was an achieved status: that which is constructed through physiological, cultural, and social means.

URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/189945

 

#2 Sociological Idea: Cultural Thought Mold

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Growing up as a boy, we were taught that men ahd to be tough, had to be strong, courageous, dominating…that men are in charge, which meant women were not; that men lead and women follow; that men are superior; women are inferior; that men are strong and women are weark; that women are of less value, property of men

URL: http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_porter_a_call_to_all_men

 

#3 Sociological Idea: Patriarchy

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: “All women face the same oppression as women. All women are similarly situated in patriarchy, and therefore all women have a kind of intuitive solidarity or sisterhood.”

URL: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_kimmel_why_gender_equality_is_good_for_everyone_men_included

 

#4 Sociological Idea Imposed Humility

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Through the ages men have been considered to be financial providers, career-focused, assertive and independent, whereas women have been shown as low-position workers, loving wives and mothers, responsible for raising children and doing housework

URL: http://krytyka.org/gender-stereotypes-in-mass-media-case-study-analysis-of-the-gender-stereotyping-phenomenom

 

#5 Sociological Idea: War of Position

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: I hold certain truths to be self-evident: women are equal to men. We deserve equal pay for equal work. We have the right to move throught he world as we choose, free from harassment or violence.

URL: http://www.ted.com/talks/roxane_gay_confessions_of_a_bad_feminist

 

#6 Sociological Idea: Power Makes Culture

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: …which is to say the dominant group is rarely challenged to even think about its dominance, because that’s one of the key characteristics of power and privilege, the ability to go unexamined, lacking introspection, in fact being rendered invisible in large measure in the discourse about issues that are primarily about us.

URL: http://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_katz_violence_against_women_it_s_a_men_s_issue

 

#7 Sociological Idea: Double Standard

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: If we really want to close the gender gap, maybe we should start by opening up the payroll.

URL: http://www.ted.com/talks/david_burkus_why_you_should_know_how_much_your_coworkers_get_paid

 

#8 Sociological Idea: 2nd class Women

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Another thing that’s very serious about the abuse of women and girls is the lack of equal pay for equal work, as you know. And this is sometimes misinterpreted, but for full-time employment, a woman in the United States now gets 23 percent less than a man.

URL:http://www.ted.com/talks/jimmy_carter_why_i_believe_the_mistreatment_of_women_is_the_number_one_human_rights_abuse

 

#9 Sociological Idea: Sexual Harassment

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: …repeatedly made advances toward her, calling her “sexy” and explicitly asking for a sexual relationship during a meeting in his office. She says that when she rejected his advances, he retaliated against her by cutting her salary, curtailing her airtime and then refusing to renew her contract.

URL:https://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/7/headlines/fox_settles_host_gretchen_carlson_s_sexual_harassment_suit_for_20_m

 

#10 Sociological Idea: Victim Blaming

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: “Why doesn’t she just leave?” It’s clear that you can’t ask that question. All it does is blame the victim for the situation without putting any sort of responsibility on the perpetrator at all.

URL:https://democracynow.org/2014/1/22/private_violence_survivors_advocates_confront_victim_blaming

 

How did you make it?

I used publisher to create a magazine cover representative of the stereotype of women. I got the idea while researching sexism in the media. The storylines I used on the cover are actual vintage ads from the 1950s which I copied to my template.

Advice to Others

Research, Research, Research!!!

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