UNT SOCI 4250 - Ch_07_GenderIdentity-class (20 pages)

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Soci 4250 - Gender and Society

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Questioning Gender A Sociological Exploration 2e by Robyn Ryle 2015 SAGE Publications HOW DOES GENDER MATTER FOR HOW WE THINK ABOUT OUR BODIES Chapter Seven A Brief History of Bodies Mind body dualism A belief in a split between the physical body and the nonmaterial entity we call mind where the mind is seen as superior in many ways to the inferior body o The mind is seen as o Body is seen as Cultural views of women s connection to the body result from women s primary responsibility for caring for babies Body image Involves the perception and evaluation of one s own bodily appearance o Body as source of identity Questioning Gender A Sociological Exploration 2e by Robyn Ryle 2015 SAGE Publications The Beauty Myth Many feminists argue that the body is used to maintain a power imbalance through ideals of beauty Beauty standards define women as objects and downplay women s skills capabilities etc Among the Tiv of Nigeria beauty is achieved among both women and men through scarification The Kayan tradition of wearing a brass coil around their neck is associated with beauty and their culture Our society promotes perfection in our faces and our bodies Is beauty myth upholding gender inequality One way beauty myth contributes to male dominance is by channeling much of women s energies toward the pursuit of beauty Media and images of beauty displayed in popular culture are part of the reason women are becoming increasingly less satisfied with their bodies Failure to achieve the goals leads to Body Image The survey found that 60 percent of adult women have negative thoughts about themselves weekly compared to 36 percent of men 78 percent of teen girls are plagued with this kind of selfcriticism TODAY AOL body image survey The Beauty Myth Naomi Wolf The Beauty Myth The belief in a quality called beauty that is real and universal and that women due to biological sexual and evolutionary factors should want to embody while men should desire the women who embody that ideal Wolf



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