Hello everyone my name is Wesam Wekhyan. I too was intrigued by several particular questions posted, such as the ones in relation to pop culture and women’s roles in Arab society today. I find it interesting that one of the questions posed the idea that women’s progress in a society was linked to their choice of dress.
“I have noticed that much of the progress that women made in the middle part of the 20th century has been reversed in the past few decades. By progress, I mean that I noticed that women dressed in more Western clothes…It just confuses me on how so much progress can be made and then taken away in such a short amount of time ” Jeanetta Clement UNC: Women in the Arab World
Hugh Hefner in 2010 made the clear statement that “women are sex objects”, riling many Feminists to reach the conclusion that many women in the American sexualized culture believe “Women’s liberation has now come to be seen as the ability to wrap your legs around a pole, or flash your breasts in public, or send a sexual image of yourself to your boyfriend … Girls think that empowerment lies in their ability to be hot and sexy.” In an article By Caroline May – The Daily Caller
Today the media bombards girls and women with 400-600 images daily, images of impractical and unattainable beauty standards. Leading women to believe if their hair doesn’t curl in the right way, if their legs aren’t a certain length, if their body weighs above a certain number, or if their clothes don’t portray a certain image they will be unaccepted. The desire to be an individual clashes with the desire to follow the standards of society and the media, the consequences are outrageous: eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, depression, and even resorting to plastic surgery.
The issue of hyper sexuality in television, movies, magazines, celebrities, basically the media in general in the United States is the REAL factor to the oppression of women. This is something that the media has turned a blind eye towards for one reason sex sells.
My question is, in your opinion, with the help of campaigns such as Oprah’s Real Women Real Beauty, and Dove’s campaign for Real Beauty is there hope to break this predominant ideology? What do you believe could be a solution to this very serious problem that day-to-day robs children of their youth and individuality? In the future if and when some of you have children what would be your restrictions, and methods to raise and educate them about this issue?