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Does Gender Limit Us?

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Majo Gna

on 20 November 2015

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Transcript of Does Gender Limit Us?

Gender and its stereotypes have to do with every aspect of our lives. It is our responsibility to change our culture.
Gender does not limit us in a true sense but society's expectations and our own definitely do.
Who we are
We "become" our gender everyday
We base our choices on it
Gender influences our social status
Freud thought it was penis envy, Karen Horney says it is social position envy
Men's dread of women
Women's body as shameful

The way we relate to others
Lack of solidarity between women due to competition
Men vs women
Emotional vs rational
Sexual behavior and shaming
Rape culture and victim blaming
Women are NOT victims
The other side
Strong and stoic
Domestic abuse victims (10%)
Sexual assault and fear of masculinity being questioned
Lack of emotional intelligence
Present day
Our role and choices
Motherhood as instinctual rather than optional
Objectification and sexual harassment in the workplace (1 in 3)
Masculine interests only acceptable as sexual fantasies
Beauty standards and eating disorders as consequences of objectification
Does Gender Limit Us?
Gender vs Sex
Beauvoir makes a distinction:
sex = anatomical & biological
gender = cultural meaning of being male or female

Inclusive feminism
Independent women is still flawed
Media as both ally and enemy
Under-representation and discrimination, especially for women of color
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