Gender and Politics in the media

Why Disability is a Feminist Issue. Women’s roles in horror films.

Why Disability is a Feminist Issue OpEdNews By its very nature, feminists are called upon to consider the totality of women’s lives. Feminism is about challenging “normativeness”  in all its forms.

The website Sociological Images has done an excellent job of highlighting the degree to which “male” is so often considered the normative state of humanity. Feminist law professor Catharine A. MacKinnon argues that the law limits its judgements on discrimination to situations in which men’s and women’s experiences are the same; therefore, all of women’s unique experiences get erased from considerations of equality. But in addressing the challenge of the normative, feminist scholars have had to explore issues of race, class, and sexual orientation, as well as gender.

Early (second wave – i.e., 1960’s & 70’s) feminism has been accused of failing to look beyond the upper middle-class white women’s experiences. Hester Eisenstein’s brilliant book Feminism Seduced , points to early feminism’s insensitivity to the experiences of poor and minority women. Most poignantly, the emphasis on paid work as the hallmark of liberation, ignored the history of less-than-glamorous jobs held by black women in white households, who might have preferred to stay home with their own children. Melissa Harris-Perry highlighted this dynamic as it relates to our first black  First Lady’s decision to be a “Mom-in-Chief”

Women’s roles in horror films The Slate Online …In an article written by WorldPress.com, women were described as the innocent damsels in distress in horror films, while men tend to play the heroes or the monsters. This has always been the case and is the case in other film genres.People have this preconceived notion that women could not play the monsters and that is not the case.

“Horror films, and the slasher subgenre, are famous for portraying women as hypersexual damsels in distress who are usually murdered within the first five minutes as punishment for their indiscretions…” said Bellaonline.com blog writers.

What really kills me (no pun intended) is that these films are targeted toward the male demographic who watch these movies for scantily dressed women.

So at first, women are objectified as sex symbols for the entertainment of men in these slasher movies, thenthey are killed for entertainment.

I am just confused. What is the point? There is no reason that a woman could not be the monster in a film.

Hillary hints at ‘glass ceiling’ she could crack in … NBC News PHILADELPHIA – Hillary Clinton hinted at a possible rationale for another presidential bid on Friday, telling a major women’s conference that cracking glass ceilings is “the great unfinished business of the 21st Century.”

Speaking at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the former secretary of State debuted plans for a new initiative called “No Ceilings,” meant to encourage opportunities and civic participation for women and girls in the United States, and around the globe.

“The great unfinished business of the 21st Century is helping women and girls break through these ceilings and participate fully in every act of life, once and for all,” Clinton said to applause from thousands of women on hand for the event.

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