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ANTH 100A – Lecture 12 (October 21, 2013) Dr. Charles Menzies.docx

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University of British Columbia
ANTH 100
Charles Menzies

ANTH 100A – Lecture 12 (October 21, 2013) Dr. Charles Menzies Agenda: • Gender Ideologies and Violence • The Difference a Family Makes Gender Ideologies and Violence • North American Gender Ideologies ◦ dress, cosmetics, body morphologies, vocal tone ◦ carries set of values that sexualizes gender roles and holds discomforts/fears about this sexualization ◦ representation of gender has increased in last 50 years ▪ images that used to be considered 'pornographic' are now found everywhere in the media • Not a Love Story - film ◦ Canadian documentary released in 1982 ◦ detailed analysis following sexualization in United States and Canada ▪ linkage between pornographic imagery and gender violence ◦ men discussed what classifies as pornography ◦ women talked about how they felt • Toleration of violence ◦ what intrigues us? ◦ persistent discourse that individualizes acts, from comments to acts ◦ ignores perpetrators and focuses on victims ◦ should look at more overt acts of gender violence • Disempowerment ◦ removes societal responsibility in ways we act ◦ disempowers targets of assault - blame the victim thesis • Taking Action ◦ need to reclaim public and domestic spaces as only path available ◦ co-parenting instead of mothering and fathering ▪ undermine gender differences that exist in society ◦ whether cloister or sexualizing genders, these societies are higher in gender violence ◦ shift away from gender violence in play and performance ◦ we all have responsibility to act personally and collectively ◦ we carry the expectations of our societies with us, but we need to learn to sepa
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