Sociology Reader Important Quotes and Significance

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Sociology Reader Important Quotes and Significance “Effortless Perfection” 1. Alison Perlberg: “Sometimes there’s a lot of competition. You’ll walk into your class in sweatpants and a t-shirt and look around and notice that some people are wearing make-up, and you think, ‘Oh no, should I have been wearing make-up? I didn’t spend enough time getting ready this morning” (Farrelly 7). The notion of perfection under cultural ideal is depicted here. Duke’s competition drives students to think they need to “dress right” in order to be socially accepted. Being just smart isn’t enough, because at a place like Duke, where everybody is smart and future leaders of America, they are expected to present themselves in an attractive manner. People expect that Duke women undergraduate students have to appear to be perfect without visible effort. Alison is in doubt of herself because she isn’t sure whether or not she should be wearing make-up and dressing nicer to fit into social norms. As a result… 2. “It [was] found that many of Duke’s undergraduate women were entering the university with a great deal of self-confidence, but were graduating 4 years later with eating disorders, stress-related illnesses, and an overall sense of insecurity and self-doubt” (7). The pressure to need to be “perfect” causes people to become insecure of themselves because, ultimately, perfection is IMPOSSIBLE. People have the hegemonic notion that Duke students are perfect without trying, but it is actually unachievable! Emphasized femininity is an example of cultural structure, and social structure backs up this because it is a pattern of behavior where women are expected from society to be perfect without visible effort. 3. “Most men don’t know the difference between a designer shoe and any other shoe. They’re not necessarily that savvy about it. The women know the difference. So they’re performing for one another. But men also know in broad strokes whether the women are fitting into the role that they expect them to fit into” (8). This is a good example of hegemony because although men don’t know the difference between a regular shoe and a really expensive shoe, they have an idea of what women should know about their own gendered identity/convey it through what they wear, like designer shoes. In reality though, women are dressing up to impress each other, not really men because women know women better, so the competition goes up.
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“NFL” 4. “Being an NFL star is like being put on a national stage as the ultimate man: tough, decisive, invulnerable. Superman isn’t supposed to get depressed, so depression gets viewed as a source of shame, like failing at manhood. … In failing to discuss and deal with the very human reality of men’s vulnerabilities, it seems to me the football establishment is once again giving boys and men a very unhealthy message” (Zirin 12). Fans have the hegemonic belief that football players are supposed to be
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