Today I Learnt
Neurosexism is the myth that men and women have gendered brains. Gina Rippon, the author of “The gendered brain: the new neuroscience that shatters the myth of the female brain” debunks these ideas. She says that the “science” that proved that men and women have different brains was biased, misinterpreted, and over-amplified.
The term TERF was coined by Viv Smythe in 2008. It is used to define the people who refuse to consider trans-women as a part of their feminist narrative.
Body image is how you perceive your appearance, how attractive you think you are, or how much you don’t like the way you look.
While it may seem like a tangible problem, patriarchy is much more. It is seen, unseen and elusive and we unknowingly participate in it till we learn what it means to be complicit.
The Bechdel test is a blunt, basic and absurdly simplistic measure of gender equality in movies. And often—still, ridiculously— it’s not passed by Hollywood and Bollywood movies.
Laura Mulvey, a British film theorist described the “male gaze” in her essay, ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’. She wrote, ‘In a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between the active\male and passive\female’. This means that visual media reduces female characters with virtues and aspirations into mere objects of aesthetic value.
Benevolent sexism originates in an idealisation of traditional gender roles that dictate women as ‘naturally’ more kind, emotional, and compassionate.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She’s quirky, she’s gorgeous, she’s damaging to the representation of women, and mental illness in pop culture.