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Madonna's Sexuality Thesis

… Madonna's Sexuality


Madonna's sexuality

The subject of Madonna's sexuality is considered in the context and against the background of her development as a musical and video star and modern cultural icon. The paper explores the meaning and the significance of the use of sexuality in her art and focuses on two important and often contradictory issues. The first is that the use of sexuality in her music, videos and book publications as essentially a marketing and strategic device intended primarily to shock and, furthermore, to manipulate the perceptions of the viewer or audience. This view would suggest that Madonna uses sexuality rather callously as a manipulative technique to draw attention to herself and her music.

The other view considered in the paper through the…. [read more]

Pornification of Women in Western Term Paper

… (Groote, 2011) After a study done on 120 male undergraduates revealed that subsequent to watching an aggressive erotic film, they would like to assert aggression against female through electric shock. Thus the result indicated that after watching the aggresive-erotic film which is what the porn now a days is mostly about, the students became more aggressive and willing to hurt women. (Donnerstein, 1980) It is evident that the media is exacerbating the porn situation. Let's look at some examples how.

How they all project themselves

Two main ways are adopted by the pop singers and actresses to get their names in the list of artists who are the "hottest" or the "sexiest." One way is to dress up in a way that is so revealing…. [read more]

Sociology and Feminist Theories Term Paper

… Of particular interest to the casual observer are the differences in relational dynamics and social interaction and perception between African-Americans and white Americans. African-American societies are by far one of the most dominant societies in the U.S., and have also been subject to different stereotypes and stigmas that have been existing for many years.

In fact, racial and gender differences are the most common forms of stratification that society tends to look in an individual. In the case of the American experience, African-American males are perceived differently by society as compared to white American males and females, as well as African-American females. In Myra and David Sadker's article entitled, "The Miseducation of Boys: Changing the Script," the authors discuss the significance of race and gender…. [read more]

Rapists and Rape Term Paper

… Rapists

Between 2002 and 2003, there were approximately 223,280 victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assaults in the United States alone. By this estimate, someone in America is sexually assaulted every two and a half minutes, and statistically, most of these victims are women (Catalano, 2). Further, since only 20 to 50% of rapes are reported to police, this number is likely much higher (Scully, 6). In order to understand these violent attacks and devise ways to combat the crime, it is imperative to understand the motives behind the crimes, and the minds of the attackers.

First, it is essential to understand the differences in terminology when discussing rape. In order for a sexual crime to be considered rape, most states require that the…. [read more]

Society - Gender Theory Theoretical Approaches Thesis

… Society - Gender Theory


Human behavior is influenced tremendously by different elements of biology and culture. Even the most fundamental attributes of the individual, such as gender-specific expression is undoubtedly a combination of evolutionary biology, as evidenced by parallels between human behavior and that of numerous other higher animal species that reproduce sexually. Similarly, there is a powerful interpersonal basis for most aspects of human behavior, shaped by early life experiences (Gerrig & Zimbardo, 2005).

Undoubtedly, the original basis for gender differentiation is biological, but within the human species, culture and social learning is the primary determinant of most outwardly observable gender-based social behavior. Society establishes and defines common expectations associated with gender and cultural practices, beliefs, and customs account for…. [read more]

Abbe Prevost's Tale of Manon Term Paper

… Grace Poole bent over the fire, apparently cooking something in a saucepan. In the deep shade, at the farther end of the room, a figure ran backwards and forwards. What it was, whether beast or human being, one could not, at first sight, tell: it grovelled, seemingly, on all fours; it snatched and growled like some strange wild animal: but it was covered with clothing, and a quantity of dark, grizzled hair, wild as a mane, hid its head and face.

The real strength of Manon Lescaut as a novel and of Manon as a character is that she convincingly combines the virtues of all of the Jane Eyres of the pre-Romantic and Romantic movements as well as all of the Bertha Masons. She is…. [read more]

Daisy Miller Term Paper

… Daisy Miller

Men who suffer from the Madonna-Whore complex believe that only good women deserve their love, while bad women are only good for sex. These men nevertheless seek out the bad women to fulfill their sexual needs because they feel uncomfortable at the thought of having sex with good women. In fact, such men experience shock when a good woman expresses her sexuality. So much so, that the woman is thereafter seen not as a Madonna, but as a whore. In Daisy Miller, Henry James explores this theme through his portrayal of Winterbourne's reactions to Daisy's character. Indeed, Winterbourne's ambivalence on Daisy's moral character makes it evident that the man suffers from a Madonna-Whore complex.

Winterbourne's attitude towards women is, in fact, hinted at…. [read more]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Research Proposal

… Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical in the tradition of the Who's Tommy. However, unlike traditional or even rock musicals, it is not an ensemble piece, with a focus on music over character development. Instead, it relates the tale of the title character who is trying to find love against all odds. The title character of Hedwig is abandoned by his American serviceman lover after Hedwig gets a botched sex change operation. Hedwig goes on the road as a rock musician after the man's son Tommy steals his act and his music. Unlike most musicals, which are about romantic couples or groups of people putting on a show, Hedwig's story is about an individual's quest for identity. Instead of validating the audience's…. [read more]

Sistine Modonna and the Swing Term Paper

… After a brief stint in Italy, where he admired the work of Tiepolo and the late Baroque, he returned to Paris and changed from the erotic imagery responsible for his destitution to the en vogue fame of which The Swing is the most famous. An immediate success, its technical elegance combined with the scandal of a young nobleman hidden neatly in the background with a perfect bird's eye-view for the lady's skirt. However, the rear of the painting reveals an all-too telling larger secret: the swing is being pushed not by the force of her own legs, but the priest-lover behind her.

Unlike the genteel quiet evident in the swinging girls of Watteau (The Pleasures of Summer particularly), Fragonard explored the large picture in sweeping…. [read more]

Suffering Madonna of Ireland: Women Term Paper

… What an old snarly gob she could be at times; an ignorant one too."

Thus O'Casey was willing to valorize Irish femininity, even at the expense of men, but only within certain traditional constructs, and to validate his own agenda of pacifism.

Works Cited

Atkinson, Brooks, Ed. The Sean O'Casey Reader. By Sean O'Casey. New York: St. Martin's, 1968.

Gill, Peter. "A New State of Chassis: The Irish Civil War and its background." National Theater. First Published 1989. Last Modified 16 Feb 2005.

O'Casey, Sean. "Juno and the Paycock."

"Sean O'Casey: Biography" The Moonstruck Theater Database. [1 Mar 2005] Article originally published in Minute History of the Drama. Edited by Alice B. Fort & Herbert S. Kates. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1935.…. [read more]

English Sexism and Misogyny Term Paper

… ¶ … Love Got to Do With it?

I'd like to start this essay out by saying that I agree with Bell Hook's critical examination of the Piano. I agree that misogyny and sexism are the central themes in the movie, although I have to say that the movie relies on these ideas to keep it alive and of interest to women because it's the very most thing they are familiar with. The movie has received rave reviews because of its sexuality and expression, although I do not think the average person sees the misogyny present. I believe this is because it has become so mainstream and accepted that it's hardly recognizable anymore. The following paragraphs will detail the film's themes and the advantages and…. [read more]

Gender Masculinity and Femininity Femininities Essay

… The pithiest definition of feminism comes from Rebecca West's statement, "Feminism is the radical notion that women are people." Feminism is not about hating men; it is a basic human rights issue no different from any other. There are different types or different expressions of feminism such as socialist, reformist, and radical branches (Feminism 101 document). Regardless of the different approaches and points-of-view, it is important to place feminism within the context of human rights and not just women's rights

One dimension of feminism that is relevant today is how feminism is linked to poverty worldwide. Poverty is, in turn, related to the male domination of political and economic institutions. The Torregrosa (2012) article shows that Cuba is one of the few nations to boast…. [read more]

Dracula There Are Numerous Themes Term Paper

… Then again he writes an image that is extremely uncharacteristic of Victorian women and again uses the word voluptuous:

"She still advanced, however, and with a languorous, voluptuous grace, said, 'Come

to me, Arthur. Leave these others and come to me. My arms are hungry for you. Come, and we can rest together. Come, my husband, come!' There was something diabolically sweet in her tones, something of the tinkling of glass when struck, which rang through the brains even of us who heard the words addressed to another"

(Stoker Chapter 16 pp).

Lucy had become sexual enticing and filled with "hunger" for her man, something he would only have experienced in his dreams or imagination, but hardly in Victorian reality. She was as much a…. [read more]

Illusion and Reality in "Araby Term Paper

… But in other ways, nothing much has changed. This story has universal appeal because it speaks to the intense passion and awesome insecurity of adolescence.

Within this story, prayer and sexuality also become crazily fused and intertwined: the young man prays to God that he may be able to give Managan's sister something beautiful and precious from the Araby Bazaar, and thereby encourage her affection for him. "I pressed the palms of my hands together until they trembled, murmuring: 'O love! O. love!' many times." To further juxtapose the opposing forces of repressive religion and sexuality, Mangan's sister herself "would love to go" to Araby, yet cannot do so since she is scheduled to attend a convent retreat that night.

Next, however, he is pulled…. [read more]

Emma's Ride to Freedoms Autonomy and Domination in Madame Bovary Analysis of Specific Passage Essay

… Madame Bovary

Explication and Analysis of Emma and Rodolphe's Initial Tryst in Flaubert's Madame Bovary

It is at approximately the midpoint of the action of the novel when Emma Bovary first -- and rather quickly -- succumbs to the seductions of Rodolphe Boulanger, and it is also at this point that the tale of Madame Bovary takes an explicit and, at the time of the novel's publication, a highly controversial turn. This scene begins Emma's descent into the depravity and debauchery that ultimately ends with her taking her own life, and is the first instance where the titular heroine (of sorts) seems to take a truly full enjoyment and engagement in her chosen activity. It is perhaps ironic, then, that she demurs at Rodolphe's initial…. [read more]

Media (MIS) Reprsentations of Chinese-Americans Research Paper

… He plays for the New York Knicks. The fact that he is Chinese or rather, not black is enough of a shock regarding stereotypes of Chinese-Americans and athletes. The stereotype for professional basketball players is that they are large African-American men who are naturally gifted at the sport. Chinese-Americans are rarely represented in the media as being athletic, let alone with enough athleticism to compete professionally. While lots of Chinese adults and youths really enjoy basketball in the U.S. And beyond, it is a surprise to the average American that a Chinese-American enjoys and is skilled at basketball. His existence and his abilities were a media and cultural phenomenon.

'Linsanity' refers to the meteoric rise and prominence of NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin. He is…. [read more]

Lifespan Development Term Paper

… Lifespan Development: Britney Spears

Many people believe that they know Britney Spears. Having grown up in front of a camera, first on Mickey Mouse Club, and then as a major worldwide pop star, her life was covered by the camera. Unfortunately, Spears might be more notable for her personal problems than for her major life success. She had a public marriage followed quickly by two children and a divorce. However, it was her post-divorce behavior that garnered a significant amount of attention. She engaged in some publicly erratic behavior, which was apparently even more dramatic behind the scenes. The breakdown led to speculation by people that Spears was suffering from a bio-chemical disorder, with most people speculating that she was bi-polar. It also led to…. [read more]

Venus in Art Term Paper

… This painting indeed conveys to the viewer feelings of delight and joy.

Another artist who produced works that depicted the birth of Aphrodite was the French painter JA.D. Ingres. Ingres' work is considered more classical in form that Boucher's version and is part of the artistic movement known as Neoclassicism. In addition, Ingres' work draws inspiration from the past as he depicted her as she emerges from the sea.

Various representations of Aphrodite became popular especially during the 19th century. Not all of the paintings, however, attempted to communicate a serious, intellectual purpose. One example of this trend is Adolphe Bouguereau's Birth of Venus. The work itself is more dynamic than the formal, classical-feeling Venus Anadyomene of Ingres but with a much lighter feel.

The…. [read more]

Fashion Photography Advertising in High End Women's Magazines Term Paper

… Fashion Photography Advertising in High- End Women's Magazines


Fashion Photography in the Form of Advertising, for High-End Women's Magazines

Table of Illustrations

Literature survey: Origins / history / theory of fashion photography advertising in high-end magazines

Recent Developments of Fashion Photography Advertising

Case Studies .10

Appendix of Illustrations.

Table of Illustrations

Helmut Newton, "Rue Aubriot," Vogue France. Paris 1975

Helmut Newton, Vogue France, 1979, Paris, Yves Saint Laurent Collection

Helmut Newton, "Self-Portrait with June and Models"

Diego Velazquez, Las meninas (1656)

Helmut Newton, Cover of Vogue France, September 1986

: Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait (1964)

: Steven Meisel, Calvin Klein "Euphoria" Fragrance campaign, 2010

: Steven Meisel, "Madonna hitchhiking (from Sex)," 1993

: Steven Meisel, "Make Love not War" cover of Vogue Italia, 2009

Typology:…. [read more]

Claiming Feminism Matrilineal History or Girls and Women's Empowerment and the Music Industry Essay

… ¶ … feminism, Matrilineal History, or Girls' and Women's Empowerment and the Music Industry

Gaga over Gaga? Girls' and women's empowerment in the music industry

Feminism in America today is often justified by the word 'choice,' in the sense that women should have a 'choice' in terms of what feminine conventions they embrace or reject. For example, some young feminists say that they are empowered by choosing to wear makeup and high heels and mothers 'should have a choice' to work or stay home with their children. So long as there is individual self-awareness, theoretically whatever one does is 'feminist,' according to Third Wave feminism. The role of social pressures in motivating such choices -- such as being teased if one does not wear makeup,…. [read more]

Postmodernism and Film Essay

… Postmodern Cinema

Postmodernism and Film

Postmodernist cinema aims to redefine film through its rejection of definite principles and structures. As cinema has evolved, it has adapted to various artistic modes, one of the most recent being a postmodernist approach. Postmodern elements can be seen to an extent in Beyond the Black Rainbow, a 2010 science-fiction horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos, however, this film fails to capture the spirit of postmodern film. On the contrary, postmodern elements are more evident in Sugar & Spice, a 2001 comedy by Francine McDougall. Through a comparison of Beyond the Black Rainbow and Sugar & Spice, one can see how the postmodern to erase the delineations between what is considered high culture and low culture by focusing on self-reflexivity,…. [read more]

Plays of British Dramatist, Pam Gems Dissertation

… Edith once engages two marines she meets in a pub in a menage a trois; it is possible, that the bartender formed the fourth of this group. There is no indication that Edith is particularly gifted in the art of making love. She just makes her self available as a willing sexual partner. Except with Marcel Cedran, the married boxer, Edith manages to dissociate physical pleasure from any emotional foundations. With Marcel, Edith is truly in love. But this union is not to be. Anecdotes abound, that Edith's jealous sister informs Marcel's wife of her husband's "philandering." Edith's sexual proclivities and escapades are not a manifestation of her femaleness. Her sexual nature transcends gender. It is a flaw in most superstars. In Edith's case, particularly,…. [read more]

Gaze Seeing Essay

… Both are posited on nature (or on anatomy in Freud's famous phrase). (p. 22)

This is a set of assumptions that most of us do not accept, that women define themselves as wounded and as men manques. Indeed, an argument has been put forth by a number of feminist scholars that it is men who see themselves and their sexual potential as lacking, since it is within the body of women that new life is nurtured and brought forth.

Horney (1967) has termed this latter dynamic "womb envy" as a way of placing her concept within a model of human sexuality that is analogous with Freud's psychosexual model. While Horney's model has its own limitations, it embraces more cultural and social dynamics than does Mulvey's.…. [read more]

Art Gustav Klimt Research Proposal

… In "The Golden Knight," the mood is stark and austere. No sexuality is depicted in "The Golden Knight," except that which is cov ert in the symbolism of the horse. Moreover, the absolute, artificial erectness of the rider is an allusion to male sexuality as the horse is poised for action.

Sexuality becomes a more notable theme in later golden period paintings by Klimt. For example, in 1907, Klimt exhibits an extravagant use of gold not as a means of glorifying God as the Byzantine artists would have, but to display wealth ostentatiously. The Bourgeois woman in the portrait is ironically taking the place of Mary, as Adele Bloch-Bauer has no child in her arms. She is the new, modern form of the Madonna. Gold…. [read more]

Censorship in Music Term Paper

… The Spanish-born Pablo Casals (1876-1973), who enjoyed a spectacular international career as a violin and cello virtuoso and conductor, was considered to be one of the finest musicians of his day. However, he had a rather harsh assessment of rock and roll in the early 1960s, one that should be viewed through the filter of a person whose life was devoted to European fine-art music.

You want to know what I think of that abomination, rock 'n' roll? I think it is a disgrace. Poison put to sound! When I hear it I feel very sad not only for music but for the people who are addicted to it. I am also very sorry for America-- that such a great country should have nothing better…. [read more]

Italy Is a Cultural Hub Term Paper

… As society becomes more secular in nature however, one would assume that the traditional religious associations with masculinity and femininity would fall away, leaving room for growth and expansion. This has not necessarily however, been the case in Italy and its European counterparts, where religion perhaps still has more of an influence on society.

Interestingly, concupiscence was often coded as feminine. Lansing cited previous studies on the Bible that explained original sin in terms of the psychological difference between men and women: "Adam because of his rational nature would not have listened to the serpent alone. It was Eve who was moved by concupiscence and acted as intermediary" (Lansing, 1997). This idea points to the notion that that feminism in Italy is associated with the…. [read more]

Ernst Research Paper

… A Max Ernst composition is one that combines disparate elements in the same way that dreams do: they make no literal sense as would a newspaper article. On a visceral level, though, the mind does seem to grasp the inner meanings and emotional content of the art. Dada and surrealism were important movements in that they asked art critics, art historians, art collectors, and art appreciators to revisit the perennial question, "What is art?"


Max Ernst spent from 1922 to 1941 in Paris. Like the other surrealists, Ernst enjoyed a good degree of popularity, owing to the trend towards avant-garde in art. The art movement in Paris was embracing the international scene also, welcoming artists from places like Germany. Unfortunately, World War Two changed…. [read more]

Boccaccio's Decameron Day Four Story Essay

… Much as this skirts potential blasphemy, in Boccaccio's hands we are reassured of Alberto's wickedness and moreover its inverted parody pays a sort of homage, particularly as the Roman Catholic humanists of the Renaissance were apt to emphasize the incarnation of Jesus Christ -- the specific bodily character of his existence and his sacrifice -- as being the thing that justified the Renaissance's renewed interest in things otherwise potentially profane. In any case, the entire thing seems more like a Venetian carnival episode, considering the story as a whole hinges upon a succession of masks, donned by an inveterate liar. Alberto pretends first to be a monk, then to be the Angel Gabriel -- then in punishment he is turned into a "wild man" (like…. [read more]

Rights of Women in Islam Research Proposal

… ¶ … Misunderstood Role of Women in Islam

The Islamic faith represents one of the most widely spread and acknowledged religions in the world. Often misunderstood and even more often exploited, members of the Muslim faith have developed an identity in the modern world which is problematically associated to such issues as regional conflict, global terrorism and internal mistreatment of women. However, an examination of Islam finds it to be a deeply complex faith based in a rich history of tradition and progressiveness. First and foremost to that tradition is the relevance of its theological code of laws to everyday life of observant Muslims, which though today are perceived as only helping to intensify the stigma surrounding the people, are nonetheless a self-contained moral paradigm…. [read more]

My Favorite Music Term Paper

… ¶ … Music

From "What a Girl Wants" to "Candyman," Christina Aguilera has proven herself to be bigger than a bubblegum diva. Her hit songs show that Christina has a remarkable versatility. The half-Ecuadorian, half-Irish singer is known for her lovely looks but it is her powerful pipes that earned Christina Aguilera a litany of awards and fans. Aguilera has won several Grammy awards including prestigious ones for best pop album and best new artist. Christina Aguilera has inspired millions of teenagers, especially young girls, to greatness. The pop star has also garnered support from industry veterans like Madonna and so has enjoyed a successful career at a relatively young age while at the same time avoiding the scandals that have besieged other stars in…. [read more]

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