Misogyny in Media and Culture
Thomas Keith, PhD.
Dichotomy - a difference between 2 opposite things.
As I watched this video, when the subject of dichotomy was brought up, I whole heartedly agreed with what was being said. No one is born being a racist, a misogynist or believing that boys and girls are different. These are all things we learn as a children. From sports, toys, feelings and behavior even the career path we choose. They refer to this as gender training.
When choosing sports for the children boys are usually geared towards playing football, soccer, basketball mostly all physical activities. While girls are encouraged to be dancers or cheerleaders.
The toys are usually labeled either boys or girls. Trucks, cars, army men all toys parents and society see as being for boys. Where dolls, kitchens, vanities with make-up and dress up clothes are all deemed as being for girls.
Different feelings and behavior are encouraged early in life. Boys are usually taught to be tough and aggressive. While girls are taught to be cute and passive.
If a man chooses an occupation that requires one to be compassionate and caring, their masculinity is questioned. If a woman chooses a career generally occupied by men, their feminity is questioned.
In any of these instances the boys, girls, men and women sexuality is questioned if they defer from what society deems normal.
Why can't we be a society where everyone is an egalitarian? Where we are all treated as equals and given the same opportunities regardless of sex, race, sexuality, class, political views, religion.