Almost all modern societies were founded on patriarchal ideals that have consistently oppressed women and forced them into unsatisfying positions. The role of women has been fluid, yet always constricted to benefit their male counterparts. With the ever-changing expectations for women, a common motif found in the rhetoric of said expectations is doubt. Nevertheless, when given the opportunity, women are extremely capable, independent, and strong. Women have fought to gain autonomy and equity, and the chapters in this section will analyze historical aspects of this courage.
When we watch, listen, or look at visual media in our everyday lives, we often do not realize the significant influences they have on us. Media teaches us from a young age what it means to “be a man” or “be a woman” and sets expectations about personal actions and interactions with others. Furthermore, the media portrays certain stereotypes that ultimately create negative and positive impacts on society. This section explores the stereotypical representation of gender and sexuality in various forms of visual media, such as movies, music, advertisement, and photography.
This section is a collection of analyses from primary sources in print media. This print media includes newspapers and magazines throughout history touching on themes of gender and inequality in gender. We are analyzing how this media has influenced gender expectations in society.