Presentation on theme: "Power, Sexism, Heterosexism"— Presentation transcript:
1 Power, Sexism, Heterosexism The Nature of the Beast by Anita HillRape and Sexual Assault, by James A. DoyleHow the Entertainment Industry Degrades Women by Martha Burk and Kirsten Shaw (77)Killing Us Softly 3 - Advertising's Image of WomenMothers of Convention by Lindsy Van Gelder (94)
2 Power, Sexism, Heterosexism Patriarchy, sexismEconomic, political, culturalFeminismEgalitarianTransformationalRecent history – feminist movement, backlash, etc.
3 Discrimination Based on Gender Includes Socialization – early childhood and beyondSchooling, including steering males and females toward different subjects, majorsEmployment - hiring and promotion (glass ceiling), sexual harassmentFamily – females do a disproportionate amount of housework and child-raising, even in heterosexual households with two full-time workersViolence – rape and sexual assault, battering
4 The Nature of the Beast by Anita Hill BackgroundSexual HarassmentDefinitionPrevalenceClaims by HillPervasiveOften unreportedWhen reported, responses are often unhelpful
5 III. DiscussionDiscussion – what is appropriate and what is inappropriateWhat do you do about it? (prevention, response) Why?What should you do about it? Why?
6 James A. Doyle, Rape and Sexual Assault Rape isA violent sexual actPerformed by many[Current statistics]Reinforced by the dominant patriarchal valuesMost cultures in the world contribute to rape and sexual assault
7 Rape and PowerPremise: rape is primarily a crime of dominance and aggressionFor many men, dominance is a major part of self-image, and carries over into sexual lifeResearch cited
8 The problem of numbers Underreporting historically a problem Caused in part by stigmatizationHas been changing, partly because of organizing and work by rape prevention groups, many of which include men
9 Rape as a Social Concern Prevention strategiesFor individual womenRestrictiveAssertive[for individual men, education and discussion]Social and institutional issuesMedia imagesGender role
10 How the Entertainment Industry Degrades Women, by Martha Burk and Kirsten Shaw Says there is an “epidemic” of “gender-specific violence” Claims that the complacent reaction is “shored up by the background noise of media images telling us it is acceptable”Cites examples of movies and televisionArgues children are especially influence
11 Key points – see reading notes See also Killing Us Softly 3 - Advertising's Image of Women featuring Jean Kilbourne (2000)Key points – see reading notesSee also
12 Mothers of Contention, Lindsy Van Gelder Key PointsPower and heterosexismMarginalization of homosexualsIn this case, of lesbian parents