Modern America, in accordance to course materials and personal experiences, overtly sexualizes people, specifically among the youth, engendering new versions of gender expectations, roles, relationships, and how society views people based on appearance, sexual promiscuity or supposed promiscuity, and so on. Easy A (2011) represents an example clarifying how gender socialization impacts today’s youth via several concepts such as slut shaming, slut glorification, challenging masculinity, dating/hooking up, gender expectations and social acceptance. This film primarily focuses on a female’s promiscuity. Olive, the main character, is automatically labeled slut, after a rumor she unintentionally sparked by a bathroom conversation. Soon, the rumor spread and Olive became “school slut” in minutes.
Importantly, our language influence how people perceive one another; furthermore, how society label and reference people with sexual expression (Rozema, notes, 2014). Specific terminologies determining positive or negative sex expression between male and female dramatically differ. Think about it. How many positive terms describe a sexually active woman? Perhaps, she is hot and/or sexy (Tanebaum, 2000, p. xi). How many positive terms describe a sexually active male? He is a stud, Romeo, the man, stallion and so on (Tanebaum, 2000, p. xi). Here, positive language describing female all focus on appearance and for men it focuses on accomplishments (Rozema, notes, 2014). For instance, Olive acquires her label through gossip, but maintains it with her appearance. The male peers in this film attain labels through actions and conquests. Now, the female negative connotations obviously out rank the positive. Words like trollop, tart, floozy, slut, whore and the list continues, negatively characterize female sexuality on her actions or supposed actions. Olive faces more negative connotation branding a harsh label to her reputation. Clearly, language affects how society views sexuality between the sexes.
Subsequently, her peers’ assessments differ from male to female. Western culture, specifically media, saturates society with sexualized images of women (Kimmel, 2008). Meaning, most men see the images long before puberty associating women as sexual objects. Sex inescapably shrouds real expectations. For instance, soon after the rumor spread, Olive attracted stares and approached by several unfamiliar male peers (Gluck, 2010). Clearly, the men immediately flock to a so-called “easy” target. If she is a slut, she will give it up. And lets face it, an adolescent male must or has to at some point prove his masculinity by his interest in girls and sex. Rather, persistent verifications as masculine and straight (Kimmel, 2008).
Dissimilarly, female peers react negatively towards new Olive’s slut identity. Hushed conversations and judgmental stares as she walked down the hallways (Gluck, 2010). Female peers judged her supposedly sexuality as a threat and a comparison. She...