PSY3012 Lifespan Psychology Term 2
Which Lifespan theories might explain why women are influenced by perceived male preference in terms of valuing their bodies?
Which lifespan models might explain the need to augment and alter the body?
Why is plastic surgery so predominant in women? What lifespan models might explain the move in society towards ‘normalising’ invasive cosmetic procedures?
How do normative values of femininity in societyaffect women who desire to be ‘feminine’?
What is the experience of a young person who feels they have undergo such a drastic change to their appearance?
One that has long term consequences
What is the experience of an older woman who feels that, due to life events (such as childbirth) or the passage of time, her body is no longer visually acceptable?
What is the experience of someone who has lost a breast due to mastectomy?
Women or Womyn?
In Old English sources the word "man" was gender-neutral, with a meaning similar to the modern English usage of "one" as an indefinite pronoun – as in mankind.
The words wer and wyf were used to specify a man or woman where necessary. Combining them into wer-man or wyf-man expressed the concept of "any man" or "any woman."
Over time, in the context of a patriarchal social and legal system, wer-man was simplified to man while wyf-man developed into woman.
How might lifespan theories explain the psychology behind why some women are psychological vulnerable to pressures to adopt a transient feminine ideal?
What internal processes might lead a woman to feel the need to pursue this type of body modification?
How might external pressures lead women to do this?
Masculine stereotypes are putting enormous pressure on men to ‘shape up’
How might psychology explain the power of these pressures for men today
How might these pressures affect a man’s:
Think of two lifespan models that could help understand why men feel compelled to conform to stereotypes ¡ (one intrapsychic model and social model)
Feminism is about EMPOWERMENT. Feminists strive to empower women by their example.
Some feminists in the 20th Century sought to abandon aspects of femininity in order to promote feminism. Can a feminist icon embrace femininity and still promote feminism in the 21st Century?
What is the psychological role of a feminist icon and how, in theory, could this be related to empowerment?
How might 2 lifespan models explain the effect on self-esteem in women of ‘feminist icons’ over the 20th and 21st centuries?
How might these models explain the process of ‘empowerment’?