Being a woman today is vastly different than it was ten years ago. Companies dont know what to do with today’s twenty something women, neither do politicians, our male counterparts, even our selves, though we do know we like watching videos of cats. Seriously though what do today’s young women want? what are they like? “Beyond ‘Slut’ And Shopaholic: What Being A Gen Y Woman Is Really All About” tries to uncover answers to my questions and the results are surprising. Turns out we do more than sip wine while we shop (and watch cat videos) online. We are trying to make a new world for ourselves. Our flapper ancestors would be proud im sure. We value hard work, education, and are stressful perfectionist. We are also deeply unsatisfied, and un aware of our selves, sorry flapper great great grandma.
“Judge under fire for rape sentence, implying victim was promiscuous” discusses a recent court decision to give a 20 year old man just 45 days in jail and community service for raping a 14 year old girl. He was given such a light sentence because of the girl’s past sexual history, having 3 sexual partners, and having given birth once. The judge ruled that “20-year-old Sir Young, ‘is not your typical sex offender.’” This case is very disturbing because it implys that if the girl is already promiscuous the rape is her fault, not the offender’s. This type of discrimination should have been left in the 1920s so lets put it back there.
“Just perfect, more pressure on modern moms” delves into the obsession todays mothers have with being the best mom scientifically possible even though they are also working. They frees baby food, pump breast milk, fees their baby only organic foods, and obsess with strollers, car seats, cribs, toys and music all so their bundle of joy can have a perfect childhood despite mom working. This overcompensation of working mothers is a complex the mothers of the 1950s would be sympathetic to as they also strived for perfection as the standards of their time dictated.
“Motherhood ‘was better in the 70s and 80s’, according to today’s under-pressure working mums” Modern women struggle to, if they decide to have children, make both work life, and home life function properly, dubbed the “Homes Shift.” Women who have professional careers often find that when they come home from work all the tasks of home fall in their shoulders. Women feel that if they cant perform both lives they are inferior to their companions. This vastly different from the 50s 60s 70s and even 80s when women largly stayed at home and did not need to worry about maintaining their professional lives.
Dove Real Beauty Sketches were supposed to be this awesome feminist campaign telling every woman that she is beautiful. But it misses the point of being feminist, being free from needing to be beautiful, knowing that who you are is more important than what you look like. This Advert would feel at home in the 1950 where ads regularly sexualised and objectified powerless women. “Dove makes me realize I’m beautiful so now my husband doesn’t have to tell me.” you get my drift?
The Previous article simply noted trends, this article, “To bear or not to bear?” delves into the why. Why does generation XYZ appear to generally be uninterested in having children? The article explores the values and lifestyles of America’s child bearing women and finds that women either want to have children much much later in life, or simply don’t feel like they have the time for children. This lax attitude about child bearing still contrats with baby boomers.
“The right to bear (or not to bear)…children”
‘Fewer women are having children except for those with advanced degrees’
This article simply comments on current child bearing trends. It is found that, generally, women are having less children than in the past, except for higher educated women. This downward trend of child bearing is in sharp contrast to the baby boom of the 1950s and even the more recent echo boom of the 1980s and is reflective of the rapid rate at which women are choosing career over children.
“The Shifting Roles and Expectations for Men and Women” outlines the growing chaos that has arisen out of the vast changes in society. Women now know that they can do anything, and they are. As a result neither men nor women are certain of their role in society. The 1950s saw families flocking to suburbs where men would leave for work and women would keep home. Those days are gone now and have been replaced by chaos and confusion and men stugle to understand that their female boss in an authority figure, not a sexual fantasy.
This article breaks down just how sexualised, and under-represented women are in film. Going into detailed statistics of how women are treated as objects, not people in the vast majority of films. Although some women have been influential in the film industry, it remains to be a male dominated field. This can be connected to the ideology of separate spheres where women should be unseen in the public sector, inclusive of movies.
The Bechdel Test is a relatively well known test that assesses whether a movie acknowledges that women exist. The requirement is simple, Are there two or more women in it and do they have names? Do they talk to each other? And do they talk to each other about something other then a man? the fact that so many movies fail to meet these requirements is an indicator that women are over objectified in movies. This objectifying of women can be traced back to the 1940s when movies and TV shows first became popularized and predominatly displayed a damsel in distress surrounded by men taking action and fixing things