The Pen And The Picket Analysis

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The media has been a source of disseminating powerful and important information and values for a long time. In the article ‘The Pen and the Picket’ by Penni Mitchell, she talks about the goals and features of the feminist media from over 100 years ago to present. The whole point of the feminist media is to serve as a safe haven for women to “communicate with one another through pages, magazines, essays, and pamphlets to build support for their cause” (Mitchell 57). The idea of feminist media has not changed much from 100 years ago because feminist media today is still used for the same cause in serving as a communication ground where issues surrounding women are being addressed. This essay focuses on the way society views transgendered …show more content…
She goes further explaining how feminist struggles are also trans women struggles and they should not be at odds. For example, Elinor Burkett defines what being a woman means by saying “people who have not lived their whole lives as women” (Burkett) should not get to define it. Burkett uses the Vanity Fair cover of “Bruce” Jenner now known as “Caitlyn Jenner” as an example. She describes Caitlyn’s idea of a woman as “a cleavage-boosting corset, sultry poses, (and) thick mascara” (Burkett). First of all, the “ideal” woman that Burkett describes as “people who have lived their whole lives as women” also pose in the magazines this way. Magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan also make some famous cis women look like Caitlyn Jenner looked in Vanity Fair. Ginelle explains that if anyone were to “critique a cis woman this way, one imagines Burkett would take umbrage” (Ginelle). This is where appearance comes in because there’s something called an ‘ideal’ woman in the society and if a person does not fit into that criteria fully then they are not classified as one. Some transgendered women do come taller or more muscular than the ‘average’ woman but then there should not a be a definition of what should …show more content…
The verification of this belief is portrayed in Burkett’s article when she uses Caitlyn Jenner as an example, stating that Ms. Jenner’s (who she still acknowledges as “Bruce”) experience included a “hefty dose of male privilege few women could possibly imagine” (Burkett). Burkett goes in depth talking about Ms. Jenner’s athletic success and safety while walking at night. This is very significant because male privilege is frequently analyzed alongside the idea of patriarchy in the feminist movement. This is a wrong judgment because trans women have “experienced misogyny before they present as women” (Thom). It shows from the beginning from the toys these little kids like to the way they walk and talk. They were scrutinized and often criticized for any sign of femininity (Thom) they showed. Speaking of male privilege, it is an advantage that is available to men or people that present as men and that easily excludes trans women because they clearly fall into neither category. The famous Caitlyn Jenner also offered a genuine record of the “dysphoria and isolation she suffered as a closeted trans girl and woman” (Ginelle). Being read as male because of what you wear or how you talk is not all that male privilege is about cause if that is the

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