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Janelle Ogren Introduction to Visual Culture Professor Germann Fall 2007 The Social Construct of Gender and Body Image The terms sex and gender are commonly referred to interchangeably, however the two terms mean entirely separate things. Sex refers to a person’s biological make up whereas gender is what the person identifies themselves as. Gender is socially constructed, meaning someone is deemed male or female based on traits or stereotypes that make them appear more masculine or more feminine. Each culture, and era also, have different expectations for the roles that males and females are supposed to fulfill. As seen by comparing and contrasting Adam and Eve, the Abercrombie advertisement, The Toilet of Venus, and Draped figure behind seated nude , gender norms have changed throughout time yet overall subtleties remain the same. The perception of the images depends on the viewer with social norms having a significant impact on this perception. Body image is always an issue in today’s society. The epitome of a female figure nowadays is one that is very skinny yet somewhat curvy in the right places such as the breasts or hips. However, this idea of what is beautiful is the product of many decades of evolution. Centuries earlier a beautiful woman was one who was voluptuous and in today’s terms, “chunky”. This change can be seen by comparing The Toilet of Venus and Draped figure behind seated nude . The painting of Venus is a woman sitting nude with
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ARTH 13500 taught by Professor Germann during the Fall '08 term at Ithaca College.

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