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Description of the Project

My project focuses on how society and the people in it use different power tactics to slut-shame women. I’ve chosen this topic to bring to light all the ways women deal with discrimination for making their own choices for themselves and their bodies.

The meaning of my object is to show how countless women of all ages, sizes and ethnicity deal with slut-shaming from people everywhere. My clay creation is a woman questioning her own identity (the question mark on her chest) and decisions because of the incoming slander from the outside world. The strips of writings are just a tiny example of the things women have to deal with daily due to shut-shaming.

List of Ideas

Idea #1: Domination:Power over -when A has power over B, A can get B to do something that B would not other wise do on their own. Ex: In school, girls are not allowed to have exposed shoulders to “not distract boys”. Since the school has power over the girls they must comply.

Idea #2: Legitimate Power- when someone invokes a feeling of obligation; something you ought to “obey”. Ex: Women are told they should dress modest and appear pure “out of respect for themselves”, since that’s what’s valued culturally.

Idea #3: Informational Power- using facts or data to persuade  Ex: when people tell women who show more skin, “be careful going out dressed like that because ‘statistics say’ that women dressed less modest are more likely to be victims of rape”.

Idea #4: Overcoming Opposition: Coerce-forcing compliance by threatening, intimidating, or harming someone  Ex: boyfriend threatens to leave his girlfriend if she shows too much skin

Idea #5: Privilege- people using some sense of entitlement to control others  Ex: people slut-shame strippers and prostitutes because “that’s not a real job” or their work is considered “dirty” so they’re less privileged.

Idea #6: Power Tactics(Hard and Soft)-using either subtle or obvious remarks in order to get someone to comply Ex: (soft) a manager giving an employee a “friendly reminder” she’s not allowed to wear leggings to work.

Idea #7: Authority(Rational-Legal)-using the power of authority to control someone’s actions  Ex: a women gets arrested for showing her nipples in public but it’s totally fine for a man to be completely shirtless

Idea #8: Prestige(Importance of Class)-widespread respect for someone or something on the basis of a perception of their quality  Ex:average white man is seen as prestigious–So his opinion on women is valued most and most respected

Idea #9: Strategies of Empowerment(Educate)-being “educated” on how you must act or go about situations  Ex: girls are taught from a young age not to grow up to be strippers because no one will take you seriously and it’s not a respected profession

Idea #10: Referent Power: when a particular person is looked up to and influences people (sometimes unknowingly) because they’re seen as a “higher standard”  Ex:women as young girls often look up to female guardians (mom, grandmother, …etc.) and because they see them as role models, they’re going to listen when their guardian tells them to be delicate and modest and not sexual– they just want approval.

How did you make it?

How I made my project was, I found a box and then printed out the comments women had received from one of my sources and glued them to the box as if the comments were being said to the girl I placed inside. For the girl, I just got some clay and molded her together.

Advice to Others

Other topics you could explore that combat this behavior toward women would be a book titled “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur. This book is a collection of short poems she’s written throughout her life-Many of them dealing with the awful treatment she’s received from men her entire life. I highly recommend it to anyone going through a  hard time or questioning their worth or life in general.

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