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Historical, Cultural and Social Issues of place and space
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The Body in Public Space

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Here are some seemingly eclectic topics.  All of them center around the appropriateness of the being displayed publicly and the cultural norms that shape how we think about what is, and what should be.  I've included a sensational restroom, public nursing, top-free protests, and of course, the Kate Middleton scandal.


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Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 26, 2012 10:11 AM
Hilarious! The breasts of women are human parts of a woman which should be respected because it is where a human being feeds. It is a symbol of life.
Don Brown Jr's comment, September 30, 2012 8:07 PM
This cartoon clearly shows how breast are sexually marketed in our society and how we will can accept the fashionably sexual display of breast in public yet consider breast feeding offensive. In many ways this cartoon seems to show how some social norms seem to interfere with common sense as we should be more critical of the sexual advertisement of breast while breast feeding on the other hand should at the very least be tolerated.
Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:37 PM

I think the men who prohibit public breast-feeding of babies should be starved.  I have a baby cousin, whom I love dearly, and I would hate to delay his lunch as much as anyone else would hate to have their own lunches delayed.  To prohibit public-breastfeeding is cruel, discriminatory, and hypocritical, as these prohibitors were likely publicly breastfed at some point in their infant days.  A message overall about other people acting 'scandelously'- get over it.  Grow up.  I don't like having to hear from or about you, and it takes away from my definition of a perfect world when I see people starving my baby cousin.  Culture should accomodate to the entirety of the population, not a majority.  After all, as for babies- we've all been there, and as for old people- we'd be lucky to live that long, but we'll llikely be there too.  I don't think we should be governed by someone that some people elect and other people don't vote for, because it's really not fair... it would be better and a compromise to not be governed at all!  So don't be critical, be understanding... Peace and Love!

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Hijab: A Different Definition of Freedom

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Hijab: A Different Definition of Freedom http://t.co/WzAFA5Fv...

 

The meaning you ascribe to a cultural artifact is inherently based on your cultural perceptions and values.  While many in the West perceive the hijab to be a symbol of male hegemonic power and female oppression.  In this article that defends the Hijab, it is presented as a distinct form of female liberation.


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Khanh Fleshman's curator insight, December 5, 2013 3:21 PM

This is on my page because it offers a different perspective to how clothing affects gender equality. It shows how the women in these societies don't see their restrictive clothing requirements as holding them back, but rather as empowering them. They instead feel that people can appreciate them for their brains and personality rather than body. People that could  benefit from reading this article are any Westerners that feel sorry for these women because of the way ther are required to dress. It gives the perspective of the women in these societies. This relates to Half the Sky because the book also has a section about how the women in these societies actually feel sorry for the women in our societies that have to change their bodies and clothing to please men, and how they are angry when people feel bad for them.

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NYTimes Video: Botswana’s Pride

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The Olympic hopeful Amantle Montsho, who won the 400-meter title at the world championships in August, has inspired a generation of female athletes in Botswana.

 

This is a great cultural look at sports, gender and economics within Botswana. 

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FIFA agreed officially to allow Muslim women players to wear Hijab

FIFA agreed officially to allow Muslim women players to wear Hijab | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
After a five year ban, FIFA agreed officially to allow players to wear the Muslim hijab (headscarf) during football games and all sports.

 

Many Islamic activists argued that FIFA was descrimating against Muslims by banning the hijab.  Why change it now? Why would FIFA have made this ruling 5 years ago in the first place?


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'Better streets will make Delhi safer for women'

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That Delhi is India’s rape capital is a fact repeatedly stressed by crime statistics, but recent studies show safer streets could help to make the city safer for women.

 

The physical landscape can play a powerful role in shaping (not determining) cultural practices.  As we deliberately reshape our cities to make women safer, we are also reshaping our cultural values to be more commited to gender equality. 


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82 Seconds to History for Saudi Olympian

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It only lasted 82 seconds, but Wojdan Shaherkani made history.

 

In 2012, we have now entered an era of human history where all national Olympics teams have sent women to compete in the Olympic Games.  Is this a cultural watershed moment or is that overstating the symbolic moment?   

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Portraits of a Thailand Tribe That Explore Gendered Norms

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"Young boys of the Shan tribe in northern Thailand undergo a ritual known as 'Poi Sang Long.' They dress in bright colors, wear makeup, and adorn themselves with flowers. The purpose of the ceremony is to mimic the young Prince Siddhartha before he became Lord Buddha. To a Westerner, or person unfamiliar with the tribe’s customs, these adolescent males could easily be mistaken for young girls." 

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Best places on earth for women

Another International Women's Day just behind us - the 101st - and it is hard to know whether to celebrate or give in to despair. "From London to Lahore," says Oxfam, "inequality between men and...

 

What do the stats say?  This is a nice breakdown that highlights the global differences in gender equality.

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Afghan Girls Are Penalized for Elders’ Misdeeds

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The illegal and denounced practice of “baad,” the giving of girls as payment for offenses committed by their relatives, is pervasive in parts of Afghanistan, according to human rights workers.

 

Deeply rooted cultural traditions that clash with modern values are increasingly politically problematic.  How should cultural practices such as this been changed?  By pressure from people on the outside?  Through efforts by those from within the society? 

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