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.
It has been a lifetime’s work of trying to find my name beautiful again. There are days where I am tempted to revert to my old ways, days where I still see it as a source of discomfort, a word too foreign even for my own tongue, but I am working tirelessly to unlearn this.
Contextualize, Clarify, Converse, Connect: How You Can Use the 4 C’s to Inspire the Fourth Wave of Feminists
Their keenness and young age provides a sort of blank canvas for the new generation of feminists. Unlike people who are older, it is easier to address misconceptions and alter a backwards mindset. Thus, I have come up with the four C’s of teaching feminism to middle school kids: contextualize, clarify, converse, and connect.
So why is “feminism” called “feminism”? Why not, as many people suggest, do we call the feminist movement “equalists” or “humanists” if equality is what we are trying to achieve?
A ten-year-old boy figuring out his place in the world, while under the guidance of three magical aliens tasked with protecting Earth? As the series progressed, I realized that what intrigued me more than Steven Universe’s inventive plot was its underlying feminist messages.
“A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men.”
To understand gender roles, we have to take a step back and examine where they come from, what they mean and how they function in contemporary society. Are gender roles a result of social interactions, simply a repeated process that has been learned and taught over time? Or do they result from a biological…
Here, I present to you the two times Into the Woods followed the feminist path and the two other times it strayed.
In mainstream culture, women are valued for two things: being a beautiful wife and a good mother. Advertisers often exploit these two concepts in subtle ways, however, the negative effects of this cultural phenomenon aren’t subtle at all.
Instead of pasting a smile on my face like a docile, beautiful woman, I let go of those self-conscious thoughts, choosing to let myself feel the full release of crying, even at the expense of my “prettiness.”