Dr. Christina Sisti:
“To live in a culture in which women are routinely naked where men aren’t is to learn inequality in little ways all day long. So even if we agree that sexual imagery is in fact a language, it is clearly one that is already heavily edited to protect men’s sexual–and hence social–confidence while undermining that of women.” Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth
“In America, a woman’s body seemed to belong to everybody but herself. Her sexuality belonged to her husband, her opinion of herself belonged to her social circles, and her uterus belonged to the government. She was supposed to be a mother and a lover and a career woman (at a fraction of the pay) while remaining perpetually youthful and slim. In America, important men were desirable. Important women had to be desirable.” 2
1 Collins, Patricia Hill (2004). Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and The New Racism. (1st ed.) New York, NY: Routledge.
2 Porizkova, Paulina (2017, June 10). America Made Me a Feminist. The New York Times,Sunday Review.
3 Ty, Eleanor Rose (2010). Globality and Asian North American Narratives (1st ed.). Minneapolis, Mn: University of Minnesota Press.
4 Fine, Michelle, Adrienne Asch (Eds). (1998). Women With Disabilities: Essays in Psychology, Culture, and Politics. Philadelphia, Pa: Temple University Press.
This article is extracted from the Research paper titled ‘America’s Public Policy on Sexuality: The Repression of Girls in Vulnerable Populations’ in Chapter 4 of the Safety Report by SAFIGI Outreach Foundation ‘Safety First for Girls’.
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