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HREQ 2020 Lecture Notes - Honor Killing, Sexualization, United Nations Development Fund For Women

Human Rights and Equity Studies
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HREQ 2020

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Davis and Stasz, “Women: The Sexualization of Deviance”
The women movement changed many lives in major ways. It helped women especially
in many different aspects of their lives. In the early sixties college graduates were treated
differently due to their gender. Women and men with the same education had different jobs.
Men were looked at as dominant and held to a higher standard then woman. Women with the
same education as men were only given jobs assisting these men. Before the 1960s, which was
the rise of the new feminism act women had no right to anything and were practically missing
from studies such as sociology. When it came to crime and crime control women were left out
but when it came to studies of sexual deviance women were the primary suspects. Some of the
feminist scholars even pointed out that these studies treat women as the society dose, taken
for granted, ignored and stereotyped. Before the women’s movement women were under strict
control of fathers or husbands, if they were to appear in court they would have to be presented
by their father or husband. Comparing women rights and the men’s rights at that time, if a boy
had committed a deviant act it was looked at rebellious, it was made seem normal and part of
the norm, but if it was a female they were labeled “neurotic” and submissively deviant. Even in
occupational situations if a women manger was forceful, she would seem pushy, but a male in
the same job position being forceful would be looked at as a “go-getter”.
In today’s world we see a lot more equality and occupational freedom for women, but
we still see that women are being labeled as deviant, especially when it comes to sexual issues.
Women are still being demonstrated as deviant.
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