Write 2 thoughtful paragraphs answering the following questions:
What is pornography? Is the wide availability of pornography good or harmful for society? Can a democratic government legitimately prohibit citizens from publishing or viewing pornography, or would this be an unjustified violation of basic freedoms?
nterchangeably. Discourses of masculinity are available to be imposed upon both men and women. In this definition, Connell claims that masculinity has three components. Firstly, the social component in which the individuals can come across via practice. Secondly, gender relations component that enable both men and women to understand what the masculine is. Thirdly, the effects of these gender relations on the social domain. Masculinity is neither biologically determined nor automatically ascribed to all men (Morrell 2006). Instead, masculinities are “configurations of practice,” meaning that men enact masculinity based on shared understandings of how “real men” behave (Connell 1995). Masculinity is something that is continuously performed through actions and interactions with others, and is learned through those interactions (Connell, 2005). Definitions of what it means to be a successful man are socially and historically constructed, and they evolve based on changing material circumstances and gender systems. In Manliness and Civilization, Gail Bederman delineates the difference in meaning among ‘manhood’, ‘manliness’, and ‘masculinity’ (5 – 19). Bederman observes that the difficulty in demarcating these terms; first of all, the definition of ‘manhood’ has varied according to time, place, and context. In addition, ‘manhood’ remains an ambiguous and frequently misunderstood concept in that it subsumes disparate assumptions about its meaning. In her book, Bederman traces out the history of ‘manliness’ and ‘masculinity’ to the turn of the century. She indicates that in the late 19th century, ‘manliness’ connoted a moral dimension. In other words, it denoted “character or conduct worthy of a man, [comprising] all the worthy, moral attributes which the Victorian middle class admired in a man […] for example, sexual self-restraint, a powerful will, a strong character” . On the other hand, ‘masculinity’ was devoid of moral or emotional meaning. It was used to refer to any characteristics that all men had, and consequently, “‘masculine,’ more frequently than ‘manly,’ was applied across class or racial boundaries” . By definition, all men were masculine although all may not have been necessarily manly. However, Bederman suggests that as the shift from ‘manliness’ to ‘ma>GET ANSWER Let’s block ads! (Why?)