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RC Difficult passage but easy question [#permalink]
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.
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.