Introduction to womens and gender studies

Program Scope Women and gender studies examines the importance of gender and feminisms in relation to issues such as race, class, sexuality, labor, colonialism, multiculturalism, and globalization. Students study how bodies, families, communities, and nations are gendered in specific cultural and historical locations; and investigate connections to their own lives, roles, and contributions.

Introduction to womens and gender studies

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Image of Ardhanarishvara However, in a religious cosmology like Hinduismwhich prominently features female and androgynous deities, some gender transgression is allowed. This group is known as the hijrasand has a long tradition of performing in important rituals, such as the birth of sons and weddings.

Despite this allowance for transgression, Hindu cultural traditions portray women in contradictory ways. Marriage Marriage is an institution that influences gender roles, inequality, and change. Through these platforms society has influenced individuals to fulfill the stereotypical gender roles within a heterosexual marriage starting out at a young age.

Typically, women are concerned with caring for the family and the home while men are typically providing for the family.

This ultimately portrays the man as a leader and the woman as the follower. Census American Community Survey. The results are varied between age groups, with single men per single women in their 20s, versus 33 single men to single women over For example, China has many more young men than young women, and this disparity is expected to increase.

Introduction to womens and gender studies

Both men and women ranked "kindness" and "intelligence" as the two most important factors. Men valued beauty and youth more highly than women, while women valued financial and social status more highly than men.

It seems inevitable for society to be influenced by the media and what it is portraying. Thinking about the way in which couples act on romantic television shows or movies and the way women are portrayed as passive in magazine ads, reveals a lot about how gender roles are viewed in society and in heterosexual marriages.

People learn through imitation and social-interaction both in the physical world and through the media; television, magazines, advertisements, newspapers, the Internet, etc.

Girls feel pressurised and stressed to achieve a particular appearance and there have been highly worrying consequences for the young girls if they fail to achieve this look. These consequences have ranged from anxiety to eating disorders. Young girls in an experiment of this journal article describe pictures on women in advertisements as unrealistic and fake.

They are dressed in little and revealing clothing which sexualised the women and expose their thin figures, that are gazed upon by the public, creating an issue with stereotyping in the media. Social Interaction[ edit ] Gendered roles in heterosexual marriages are learned through imitation.

If the wife grew up imitating the actions of traditional parents, and the husband non-traditional parents, their views on marital roles would be different.

When a little girl imitates her mother by performing the traditional domestic duties she is often rewarded by being told she is doing a good job. Nontraditionally, if a little boy was performing the same tasks he would more likely be punished due to acting feminine.

Gender roles can be defined as the behaviors, values, and attitudes that a society considers appropriate for both male and female.

Traditionally, men and women had completely opposing roles, men were seen as the provider for the family and women were seen as the caretakers of both the home and the family. More and more individuals are adapting non-traditional gender roles into their marriage in order to share responsibilities.

This revolutionary view on gender roles seeks out equality between sexes.

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More and more women are entering the workforce while more men are contributing to household duties. Changing roles[ edit ] A woman publicly witnessing at a Quaker meeting seemed an extraordinary feature of the Religious Society of Friends, worth recording for a wider public.

Engraving by Bernard Picart, ca Throughout history spouses have been charged with certain societal functions. Husbands were typically working farmers - the providers. Wives typically cared for the home and the children. However, the roles are now changing, and even reversing.

The 21st century has seen a shift in gender roles due to multiple factors such as new family structures, education, media, and several others. Women have also started to get more involved in recreation activities such as sports, which in the past were regarded to be for men.

Fathers are also becoming more involved with raising their children, instead of the responsibility resting solely with the mother. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of stay-at-home fathers in the US nearly doubled in the period from tofrom 1. East and West[ edit ] See also: Gender Studies This section has multiple issues.Knowledge of core concepts of gender and women’s studies, including: gender, intersectionality, feminist theory, epistemology, class, race/ethnicity, global processes, sexuality, disability & embodiment, health and science, and contemporary and historical issues.

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WGST Introduction to Women Studies (3). An interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality in American society and internationally. An interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality in American society and internationally.

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