Todays lecture will focus much on our making meaning from discursive signifiers. Symbols of language; symbols of culture. And questions of our subject positions, representation and subsequent forms of interpretation. We need to deconstruct these concepts in the lecture.
In the meantime though, we discussed work being undertaken by a Masters student in Sociology regards attractiveness. For us, the broad question to unpack is:
What is beauty? What do people see as attractive or unattractive?
And what are the forces and influences that shape our interpretations of 'beauty'?
What role does 'culture' play in constructing our perceptions of beauty?
What role does the media play in this shaping?
Question your own assumptions regarding physical attractiveness and how this might link to ways in which we define masculinities and femininities.
Ask, also, if these conceptions are rigid or fluid? Can they be changed? And How?