Social Relationship Discussion
How does society and particularly the media communicate appropriate ways to engage in romantic relationships? Specifically, include the show or movie you choose to cite for this section. How might one’s social position (race, class, sexual orientation) affect how one experiences and reacts to violence? Why might it be essential to take all of these factors into account when trying to understand violence against women and what to do about it?
The media sends many implicit and explicit messages about sex, gender, sexual activity, and sexuality. Find an example from the media of the mixed messages regarding sexual activity and sexuality. Specifically, the ambivalent message: “Be sexy but don’t be sexual.” Were you aware of this before? What reactions did you have while analyzing the messages being sent regarding sexual activity, and sexuality? How might these messages impact girls and women, specifically their sexuality?
The experience of one’s own body as an object to be viewed and evaluated is referred to as objectified body consciousness or self-objectification. Provide examples of how our culturally constructed feminine beauty standards are internalized. What messages are being sent regarding gender and expectations of women? What are the real-life implications of these messages? Now, discuss how objectification affects observers. In what ways does research show that objectification influences observers’ perspectives and judgments? GET ANSWERS