I have been watching the excellent response to the 'most frightening group' stuff with masses of interest. Feminist theory is something that's new to me but I really like a lot of what I have been reading here and will be ordering a few of the recommended books for my kindle.
I mentioned this to my bf, and while he is pleased and supportive and interested in my new enthusiasm for feminism, I don't really know where to start arguing against one or two of his views.
We were talking about it yesterday and he said something like this:
"The gender revolution has been the single greatest change in our society in the last century, and has created a world of work and education where barriers have gone, and sexist attitudes and behaviour are as popular as smoking.
Strangely, the result has been an explosion of overtly sexual advertising and media programming...ever greater display of nudity and promiscuous behaviour...a naked or almost naked girl to advertise every product.
And this when the editors of magazines and TV programmes are overwhelmingly female.
Does this mean that there is actually an innate female desire to show off sexually, to titillate and "look gorgeous"? A feminine counterpoint to rugby playing and football chanting and macho cars? Does this mean that the gender stereotypes were accurate? That once the ceiling was smashed, women could go back to being sexy?"
It doesn't really sit right with me but I lack the knowledge to argue.
I think my thinking is along the lines of these editors etc may well be female but they are reacting to a certain amount of conditioning?
Also I feel like he gets the impression feminism is something to do with women trying to be men, which as far as I'm concerned it isn't.
Does that make sense? How can I explain myself here?
Feminism: Sex & gender discussions
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lubeybooby · 28/02/2011 09:52
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