Culture & Identity

Sexism still permeates culture through the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes as well as misogynistic, negative and violent imagery in mass media. Perceptions of identity and gender roles are influenced, reflected and reinforced through myths, narratives and stories. Cultural cues about appropriate gender roles can have a negative and harmful impact by, for example, defining strength and rationalism as ”masculine” and submissiveness and emotionalism as ”feminine.” NCRW and its members are promoting awareness through research and critical analysis that uncover the tensions and assumptions involved in identity and gender roles.

Robin Ely: Drilling in the Gulf - Risk, Safety, and the Culture of Masculinity

Presentation: Drilling in the Gulf:  Risk, Safety, and the Culture of Masculinity
Robin J. Ely, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community and Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

Arab Women and Social Media

 The societal and political transformations taking place across the region played an instrumental role in challenging stereotypes about Arab women as oppressed and subservient. In particular, the leading role that women have played in orchestrating and participating in social movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen has cemented their position as equal partners to men in transforming the political landscapes in their countries. The most obvious acknowledgement of this leadership role was the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to an Arab woman, Tawakkul Karman, a leading female Yemeni political activist. Whether Arab women’s civic and political engagement will be enhanced in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring” remains to be seen.

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http://www.dsg.ae/NEWSANDEVENTS/UpcomingEvents/ASMR_AWSM3.aspx

Forced Marriage in Immigrant Communities in the United States

 The Tahirih Justice Center released the results of our groundbreaking national survey on the state of forced marriage in the United States. The survey is the first of its kind conducted in the United States and designed to understand the scope and nature of forced marriage among immigrant communities. Newsweek magazine has reported on the survey results in this week’s edition (click here to read the full article) and the full survey report can be read on Tahirih’s website (click here to read full report).

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http://www.tahirih.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/REPORT-Tahirih-Survey-on-Forced-Marriage-in-Immigrant-Communities-in-the-United-States-September-20112.pdf

Reality on MTV: Gender Portrayals on MTV Reality Programming

In a new report, the Parents Television Council examines the good, the bad and the ugly of MTV’s most-watched reality programming. PTC’s new study, “Reality on MTV: Gender Portrayals on MTV Reality Programming” is based on a content analysis of the most popular primetime cable reality shows among children and teens ages 12 to 17 during the 2011 TV season. The top four programs all aired on MTV and include: “Jersey Shore,” “Real World,” “Teen Mom 2” and “16 and Pregnant.” To view PTC’s full report, click here

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http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/publications/reports/MTV-RealityStudy/main.asp

The Path to 270: Demographics Versus Economics in the 2012 Presidential Election

Report by the Center for American Progress examines how changing demographics and the perceived and real state of the economy will play a huge role in determining the presidential winner when voters head to the polls in 2012.

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http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/11/path_to_270.html
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