Gender and the Fashion Industry Persuasive Essay by cee-cee

Gender and the Fashion Industry
This paper discusses the blaming of gay men for the emaciation of women within the fashion industry.
# 109580 | 1,725 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that many media sources, have targeted, not commercial or cultural pressures that encourage women to tailor their bodies to fit the image of the moment--whether that be fat or thin, voluptuous or skinny--but instead have cited gay men's dominance in the fashion industry as the reason that so many thin models dominate the catwalks. The writer discusses whether this supposed cause of female emaciation is endemic to the popular media's homophobia, or whether it has its roots in academic discourse. Further, the writer discusses how academic discourse can help us escape this polarization of gay and feminist liberation ideals, or whether these two movements are really opposed in their larger cultural and epistemological aims. The writer concludes that women must reject the objectifying gaze that forces them to 'see' one another as heterosexual men provided by the industry, and offer new ways of seeing, thinking, and conceptualizing sexuality beyond the idea of beauty at all.

Position Paper
Works Cited

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bordo, Susan. The Body Betrayed. Berkley: University of California Press, 1995.
  • Fuss, Diana. "Fashion and the Homospectatorial Look." Critical Inquiry. 18. 4. Summer 1992. Identities. pp. 713-737. Accessed on 17 Nov 2007 through JSTOR
  • Holland, Erik. "Possible solutions to some problems that this site is trying to solve." Feminine Beauty. 2007. 18 Nov 2007.
  • Radford, Robert. "'Women's Bitterest Enemy': The Uses of the Psychology of Fashion Journal of Design History. 6.2. 1993. pp. 115-120. Accessed on 17 Nov 2007 through JSTOR at
  • Roof, Judith. "Hypothalamic Criticism: Gay Male Studies and Male Feminist Criticism." American Literary History. 4.2. Summer, 1992. pp. 355-364. Accessed on 17 Nov 2007 through JSTOR at

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