Social Construction of Masculinity and Femininity

  • A well written essay will demonstrate mastery of concepts presented in the textbook, film and relevance to sociological inquiry and your personal life.
  • Essays should be no shorter than 1000 words and typed in the standard 10-12 font double spaced.
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not you do, all sources consulted (paraphrased or not) must be cited according to APA standards and must include bibliographic references (including quoting or citing from the film).

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Essay Prompt

The films Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In delve into

numerous themes relating to concepts discussed in your textbook and

presented in supplemental videos. Both films include discussions

concerning media representation, the social construction of masculinity

and femininity, gender inequity, sexism, violence, rape, self-image, eating

disorders, race, body image, media centralization, labeling, deviance, the

sexualization of young girls, objectification of women’s bodies, and

suicidal and homicidal violence, to name a few concepts.

After watching both films and reflecting on the course material presented: 1) Discuss the main points of both documentaries, paying keen attention to the aforementioned issues, and, its effects on the social expectations and lives of young girls, boys, men, and women.

2) Where relevant, relate the the films to concepts discussed: in chapters 3, 4, 11, 16 and supplemental videos and articles provided in Blackboard. 3) Finally, personally reflect on what the film meant to you and how the mass media has contributed to your notions of beauty, sexuality, and gender.

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Social Construction of Masculinity and Femininity
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