The very act of buying household products or a princess crown is not liberating; it normalizes a female social role centered on appearance and status rather than intellectual growth and financial success. The commodification of femininity reveals how various marketing practices and strategies shape consumer patterns, gender identities, and social roles that continue to perpetuate gender inequality.
Individuals need to confront the reality that sexuality lies on a spectrum, and no single person’s identity along it is invalid. Asexual, pansexual, bisexual and everything in between, all sexual identities are valid, real, and need to be respected.
It’s important to consider how this commonly used word is a slur to one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in the world, the Roma.
The bottom line is toxic masculinity harms all genders. It promotes sexism, misogyny, violence, and rape culture, while enforcing dangerous stereotypes of masculinity and femininity.
There have always been ways to chastise and police the actions of women and marginalized groups. “Daddy issues,” as a term, is yet another example of this.
Why has feminism, a movement so typically stigmatized for its disavowal of social norms, fallen under the umbrella of a term that epitomizes herd mentality?
In my friend’s straight cis male reality, one does not have to shape their individual behaviors around the avoidance of threats—or maybe one does, but certainly not during a routine trip to the restroom.
In interviews, a woman’s appearance heavily influences whether she is to be evaluated on the basis of her intellectual merit or solely on the basis of her gender. Many times, her choice of clothing may be the sole deciding factor in her success.
Tokenism, broadly speaking, is including someone in a group for the sake of sounding or appearing diverse.
We must replace outdated ideals about gender, beauty, and self-worth, with a more holistic approach that focuses on the multifaceted, complex identities that make up an individual.