How Women in Many Places Have No Control Over Their Bodies
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Achieving equality between women and men requires a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which women experience discrimination and are denied equality so as to develop appropriate strategies to eliminate such discrimination.
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.
For Showalter, the historical interpretation of culture and body cannot limit itself to medical texts; after all, a representation can even originate in medical discourse, but this is not enough to ensure its cultural consolidation and dissemination; ergo the importance of understanding networks of meaning and significance, exchanges, and the means of circulation of the representation. 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).
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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