White is a racialized concept too the mythical norm

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"W'hite" is a racialized concept too. The mythical norm serves to assume race is just about
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Midterm Exam 6 people of color, but white is a diverse category also constructed through history, cnlture, and politics. In terms of bodies, however, the stereotype of the hypersexualized black male body, for example, has been used to control communities of color, just as the expectation that certain bodies are "naturally" good at sports or science and so forth has functioned to reinscribe racialized discourses on human bodies. As already mentioned, there are also discourses or regimes of truth about the aging body that regulate behaviors, just as there are mauy discourses in contemporary societies about ability and disability that provide meaning about the body. As discussed in Chapter 2, these include the very notions of disability or differently abled as bodily "impairment" that implies a lack or pathology(Shaw & Lee 181). What this is basically saying is actions peformed by our bodies incsribes our gender. Another example is quote from a Judith Butler article “Peformative Acts and Gender Constitution”: When Simone de Beauvoir claims, "one is not born, but, rather, becomes a woman," she is appropriating and reinterpreting this doctrine of constituting acts from the phenomenological tradition. ln this sense, gender is in no way a stable identity or locus of agency from which various acts proceed; rather, it is an identity tenuously constituted in time-an identity instituted through a stylized repetition of acts. Further, gender is instituted through the stylization of the body and, hence, must be understood as the mundane way in which bodily gestures, movements, and enactments of various kinds constitute the illusion of an abiding gendered self( 97). What this is trying to say in this quote is that a person is not born a gender but is instituted through the stylization of the body and its getsture/movements. Hallstein gives another great example:
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Midterm Exam 7 Media are saturated with postpregnant celebrity mom profiles and images: magazine covers and articles, gossip Web sites, and even on television. In all of these media formats, pictures abound of postpregnant celebrity moms looking slender and fit shortly after giving birth. Although celebrity mom profiles have always featured fit, in-shape moms, more recent celebrity mom profiles have begun to highlight celebrity moms’ quickly slender, even bikini-ready, bodies. A recent OK Magazine cover story, for example, features Kendra Wilkinson in a blue bikini holding her eight-week-old son, Hank. In keeping with her extremely fast weight loss and return to the slender body, (112) What this is trying to say that the media are creating these “norms” by showing the pictures and writing the articles and giving the tips on how to do this for the average mother. But for the average mother it’s impossible because they don’t have the money or the right job where they can take a large amount of time off. Part Four(Research Paper and More) I don’t think I could pick something that I’ve struggled with the most because they all have been important and complicated topics so far this semester. They all have been so interesting topics to read and to discuss. Every topic had it’s own reason whiy it and it’s information was so important for us, the reader, to learn. If I had to pick one, I would say the embodiment of gender because I
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  • Spring '16
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