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RC Difficult passage but easy question [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2011, 03:33
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This passage is accompanied by a rather easy question.
However,the passage itself may be rather dfficult.I will post OA later.

One very common practice in extremely sexist societies has been much stricter control over
women's sexuality than over men's sexuality.This has been done in order to ensure"proper"paternity,
which in turn is linked to the intergenerational transmissionof property form father to son.It takes
an extreme form such as purdah(the total seclusion of women in Hindu and Islamic tradition)
or milder forms such as chaperoning unmarried women,covering women's bodies and faces
almost entirely, or simply a double standard that punishes women(either alone or more harshly
than men) who lose their virginity premaritally or commit adultery.The ideological justification
often stresses women'sextreme sexuality and the diversion form duty this supposedly creates
for men. Left unchecked, female sexuality would presumably constitute a danger to the social
collectivity.Insuch cases the image of females is sharply bifurcated: the pure, virginal, or chaste
woman who conforms to religious and social strictures(the"lady")versus the polluted whorelike
temptress, the fallen woman who has rebelled against God and society There is no counterpart
bifurcation of males on the basis of sexuality. Language often reflects this phenomenon by producing
a vast terminology of "dirty words" to refer to women who step out of bounds and more generally
to specific parts of the female anatomy.Women are thus defined essentially on the basis of their
sexuality and sexual conduct, resulting in the irony that in attempting to repress female sexuality
women are made into sexual objects. Moreover, when the repressive aspect is removed the objectification
does not quickly disappear,asmanifested by contemporary advertising and pornography.

"Women are thus defined essentially on the basis of their sexuality and sexual conduct,
resulting in the irony that in attempting to repress female sexualitywomen are made into
sexual objects." What is the basis of theirony described in this passage?
1.The contrast between sexuality and sexual conduct.
2.The contrast between advertising and pornography.
3.The contrast between intention and result.
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Re: RC Difficult passage but easy question [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2011, 02:03
I go with 3.

Intention here is propreity but the result is "portraying women as sexual objects"
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Re: RC Difficult passage but easy question [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2011, 05:04
OA is,yes,3. My answer is the same.
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Re: RC Difficult passage but easy question [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2011, 01:54
Nice passage!! The main point is that Though the categorization of women has started to maintain social collectivity. The process of repressing sexuality in women actually resulted into the objectification of women as sexual objects.
Re: RC Difficult passage but easy question   [#permalink] 17 Jul 2011, 01:54
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