How Women in Many Places Have No Control Over Their Bodies
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The construction of gender identity by our surroundings if further described by Bornstein as, “Then there’s gender attribution, whereby we look at somebody and say, ‘that’s a man,’ or ‘that’s a woman.’ And this is important because the way we perceive another’s gender affects the way we relate to that person. A woman meant to be feminine and the degree of femininity she possesses is evaluated by the way she dresses up, the way she speaks, the way she walks, her body language and most importantly her beauty. Paintings, fashion photographs, news photographs, pornographic images, magazines differ in the way they are utilized but, they all interconnect in the representation of femininity and the female sexuality. The photograph by a renowned photographer Horst P. Horst will be analysed to discuss the feminist issue of measuring a females value through her appearance and the feminism, the feminist theories against it and also representing women as surreal objects.
Showalter relies on various sources to access representations of the madwoman, from medical sources to legal texts and literary sources, but also such images as paintings, photographs, and film. She endeavors to weave medical knowledge with culture and understand the development of a gender language on madness, within an intriguing analysis of language and interactions between medical-scientific texts, fictional texts, and images (Leavitt, Judith Walzer, 1999).
Women’s reproductive rights lie at the heart of their basic human rights. The UN and governments must adopt and enforce laws and policies that allow all women to control their fertility, their health and their lives.
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