1Content Analysis: Iron Jawed Angels (2004)Jessica L. FujikawaSO455 A. Ames23 November 2015
2IntroductionFor some inane reason, the history of women has somewhat pitted them as the weaker, less important, socially inept gender in the grand story of humankind in the world. Unlike that of their male counterpart, women have had to endure and sacrifice parts of their personalities, physical abilities, emotional health, and overall sense of being in order to be considered equal to that of men. These inequalities and struggles that women experience throughout their daily lives are why sometimes, when the necessities of their lives are not being properly met, women may resist the chains of their gendered predicaments and stand up for themselves. Ultimately, this sign of bravery and resistance goes against the norms and regulations of an already male dominated society leading women to become deviants to their societies. Why does this continue to happen? From a sociological perspective, several concepts and theories can help inform an dissect the various intricacies that show why women are viewed as deviant. How does an individual learn and understand what constitutes deviant actions? Who sets the guidelines of moral and immoral behavior? These questions can be answered by looking at the norms and structure of any given society. Through the process of socialization, the culture in which an individual is raised andlives in, shares the dominance in shaping the ideas and expectations of that individual's behavior. Further,the social construction of gender reinforces what socialization and culture have indoctrinated into the minds of individuals. Sociological theories that help support these concepts are labeling theory, differential association theory, and conflict theory. These concepts and theories can all be paired with the movie, Iron Jawed Angels (2004), in viewing how women in that particular time of society were viewed as deviant for fighting for equality. Defining Sociological Concepts Deviance, from a sociological perspective can be defined as "a violation of every-changing social norms" (Ames: Handout: 2015). Moreover, "being" deviant means that both the actions and the individuals committing the actions can be considered deviant; deviance is culturally dependent and historically located, juxtaposing the idea of normality (Ames: Handout: 2015). The bigger issue in
3defining and taking deviant action into consideration is how the culture of an individual has set the norms of what it is to be either a man or woman. A person's culture determines how he or she views the world around them; this includes the traditions inherited and passed on to the next generation (Ames: Handout: 2015).