I really enjoyed reading Susan Bordo’s Gentleman or beast? this week. I liked the way she addressed ideas people have about genders and gender identities. Gray claims that men’s attraction is “mindless physical attraction” and that “women need to talk in order to raise their sexual temperature” (pg. 232). These are just stereotypes that have become expected of both genders. For example there is the idea that there is something wrong with a women if she does want to have unattached sexual interactions. She is stigmatized and viewed as either tainted or something is wrong with her. She could either be called a slut and her past relations and childhood could then be brought into question. On the other hand if a man does not want to jump a women’s bones and does not objectify women in front of his friends he could be called gay. These type of stereotypes are detrimental because they give men and women very strict roles they need to play and give others the chance to ridicule them if they don’t follow them.
Last class we spoke about how Conn’s rates of sexual assault is lower among athletes because many of them have attended Green Dot training, but after reading Gentleman or beast? I have to question if those statistics are true. I wonder if alleged sexual assaults committed by male athletes just aren’t reported as much because of the “athlete culture” at Conn. The aggression that athletes may or may not have could be excused because they are expected to be “real men” on the field and representing our school.
After reading Martin and Kazyak’s Hetero-Romantic Love and Heterosexiness in Children’s G-Rated Films all I could think about is the newest Disney Princess movie Frozen. Past Disney princess movies show women waiting for their prince to complete some brave feat and for them to end the movie “happily ever after”. Frozen had more variation on the formulaic princess movie. It showed a woman who after some time realized she was content living on her own and that her power is beautiful. There were also other parts in the movie dubbed “progressive”. (At the bottom is a link about the 7 Progressive moments). There are some concerns in anointing this movie progressive. This means that now its ok. Disney is forgiven for all its other times it showed heternormativity. Disney is a company and is making money off children and family. They are making money off of the dreams that children have. It is a long cycle, are there little girls out there begging for their prince because of a Disney movie or are Disney movies showing this because some girls are already conditioned to want their prince? I believe it is both. When I was younger I was obsessed with Disney movies and Disney princesses but for some reason I had little care about the Prince in these movies. I believe that the idea of a “Prince Charming” is not totally understood or seen until a girl becomes older, and that in their initial watching of the Disney movie when they were maybe 5 that is not something completely saw or noticed.