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Women’s Sexuality and Gender Roles Across Different Cultures By Sara Petersen, Stephanie Brongel, Liz Kiebel, and Kelsey Majewski-Jensen
Get Ready to Join Us… …on our journey through the cultural norms that affect the lives of millions of women in 4 major countries around the world.
Overview ~Dress/roles ~Marriage/divorce ~Women in the workforce ~Prostitution/human trafficking ~Rape ~Female genital mutilation ~Abortion ~Myths ~Discussion
~Differs from place to place *West Africa *Hausa communities How Women Dress in Africa
Women’s Roles in Japan ~Women expected to be extremely self-sacrificial *yet still considered less important to society than men. ~Confucian teachings *" A woman is to obey her father as daughter, her husband as wife, and her son as aged mother"
Marriage in Africa ~Differs from place to place. *West Africa *Mali *Nigeria *Hausa girls ~Polygamy
Divorce in Africa ~Differs from place to place. *West Africa *Kano *Ghana
Marriage in India ~ Arranged ~ Dowry system ~ Love marriages
Marriage Customs in China ~Dowry system ~Minimum age: 22 for men, 20 for women ~“Free love” more acceptable today than previously in History
Women in the workforce in Africa ~Differs from place to place. *Social standing
Japanese Women in the Workforce ~Many Japanese women are doing study abroad programs to gain higher education and better work opportunities outside of Japan. ~Women expected to leave career for children ~Many women correlate better opportunities with marrying a white husband
~ Discrimination ~ Don’t move very high up corporate ladder ~ Views towards working outside the home Women in the workforce in India
Chinese Women in the Workforce ~Top 10 jobs for women: *No. 1 Toy Designer *No. 2 Home Designer *No. 3 HR Manager *No. 4 Career Development Facilitator *No. 5 Yoga Coach *No. 6 Foreign-language-speaking Tourist Guide *No. 7 Perfumer *No. 8 Cartoon Draftsman *No. 9 Public Nutritionist *No. 10 Parent-offspring Education Teacher
Prostitution in Japan ~prostitution is illegal but still very prevalent and socially accepted ~one third of all prostitutes are teenagers ~Ranks as a number 2 in the U.S. 3- tiered system
Trafficking: India ~ 1.3 million children in sex trade ~ Sends and receives children Prostitution ~ 10 million prostitutes ~ Forced into it ~ Treated badly
Prostitution in China ~Illegal but widely tolerated ~“Karaoke” clubs guarded by Chinese police
Rape/Human Trafficking in China ~Women sold involuntarily-tricked ~Tier 2 watch list
Rape in Japan ~many cases of rape are by gangs ~rape is a socially acceptable act of passion. *women who resist rape don’t mean it ~although the sentence for rape is between 2 and 15 years in prison *uncommon to get more than 5 years. former WWII comfort woman Lee Yong Soo, 78
Female Circumcision ~Religion ~3 types of female circumcision
Abortion in China ~Multiple abortions common ~One child policy *Physicians banned from revealing sex
~Creation of women ~Ashanti Women * “Ye ko bisa aberewa” Myths about African Women
Myths in Japan ~Kenash Unarabe i *monster drinker of blood which attacks the hunters *can help the women during the childbirth *called upon during childbirth and during menstruation to clean up the pollution *her reward is the flowing blood
Chinese Myths about Women ~Bad luck ~Dangerous ~Seducers & Temptresses ~Menstruating women *Banned from fields- harm to crops *No cooking- poison food *Unclean
Ideas-Let’s Be Open-minded ~What can we do to end human trafficking? *What are its causes? Economic? Social? ~Should women contribute to the workforce or to home stability? ~Should women should the U.N. try to implement stronger laws in regards to abortion, prostitution, etc?
Conclusion ~Women’s sexuality, especially across different cultures, is very different and controversial. ~It can be hard for people from different backgrounds to understand various practices.
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