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Gender and Sexism in Dystopian Literature

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Miranda Her

on 24 February 2014

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Transcript of Gender and Sexism in Dystopian Literature

Real Housewives of District 13:
Kim, Miranda, Sam, Mary
Gender and Sexism in Dystopian Literature
the expression of being male or female based on a set of expectations and characteristics held by society.
Prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination and/ or unfair treatment of people because of their sex.
Gender Roles in Society

Quick Vocab!

Gender Stereotype
- beliefs and attitudes about masculinity and femininity.

Gender Role/Gender Norm -
behaviors and characteristics, as well as the activities appropriate to, men or women

Gender Identity
- How one feels about and express their gender and gender roles (e.g. clothing, behavior, personal appearance, etc).
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Incredibles (2004)
Gender Roles in Dystopian Society
The sexes are more equal in society, however women are hyper sexualized.
Gender Roles in The Hunger Games
Both 1 man and 1 woman from each district participate in the Hunger Games.
No discrimination on sex in the games.
At the capitol women are expected to wear feminine clothing and makeup.
Women generally have longer hair.
Men are muscular and keep short hair and facial hair trimmed.
Gender roles are broken with Katniss and Peeta.
The Ideal Woman
"Women can't do this... This is a man's job"
The Ideal Man
Conforming to Gender Norms
Breaking Gender Norms
Sexism in Dystopian Literature
"The emotional, sexual and psychological and stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: 'It's a girl.'"
- Shirley Chrisholm

"We don't determine narratives about our kids' futures based on genetic information like eye color, so why do we create these narratives about their lives based on their sex chromosome? When we let go of the idea of what it means to be a girl or to be a boy, we allow our children to unleash their true selves and reach their full potential."
- Ari Isaacman Astles
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