Gender And Power Essay

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GENDER AND POWERThere are three categories of gender that exists in this world, male, female and hijra but mainly male and female. Each gender has distinct characteristics and responsibilities. It is said that men have the predominance in every field over women and they are supposed to comply with men's decision and be inferior to them. We especially men do not usually think about the pain and sufferings that women go through. For this essay I would like to discuss about how being so obese and so skinny can impact women's lives. In Susan Bordo's article, she states about eating disorders mainly in women and how it plays in their lives socially and culturally. Obesity is a disaster that is affecting women than men. Once someone is obese, it takes a lot of time and hard work to get to normal shape which means a healthy body, not too obese and not too slender. Besides that there are a large number of females who suffer from anorexia nervosa, the disorder that makes people lose their weight. Women are concerned about their body than men therefore they perform their best to achieve a normal body shape that would give them a better value in society. Being too obese or slender can destroy people mentally or physically. As the rate of obesity and slenderness is increasing day by day, the most difficult task for a woman is to stay in normal body shape because of the unhealthy fast food restaurants, lack of exercise and self confidence.Susan Bordo, a professor of English and Women's studies show that Greeks believed that adjusting the consumption of food would lead to self mastery and achievement of moderation. And Christians during the Middle Ages practiced fasting as a means to clean their body. As a result, they are struggling to get in shape. After that people began to see their body as enemy rather than the soul. Ten years ago, the ads in televisions, magazines, and radios mainly focused on the ways to increment body weight. Bordo explains how women are supposed to look in today's world. According to Bordo, "Now get rid of those embarrassing bumps, bulges, large stomach, flabby breasts and buttocks. Feel younger, and help prevent cellular build-up….Have a nice shape with no tummy" (66). She argues now-a-days the ads are coming up with fat burn products and physical exercises to diminish the large stomach, loose breasts, and buttocks. Women mostly expect not to have a partner who is not too obese and not too slender. Besides those ads she mentions they undergo a surgery called liposuction by which excess obese is removed from under their skin while anorexic people, even though they eat to get to normal shape, they stay the same. Being obese is accepted in any culture or society but it might not be the same with the people who live amongst them because other people make fun of obese people. Bordo's argument is that people view their physical body as their enemy because of either overweight or slenderness but they should fight against it though it...

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