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In our society women are often pressured and conditioned to conform to traditional feminine standards In the past fifty or so years women have begun to find modes of resistance against these cultural constraints In this essay I will cover Bartkys essay Skin Deep she theorizes about the properly feminine subject the definition of the body disciplinary practices and how to resist Bartky theorizes about the properly feminine subject by stating that it is to embody the proper feminine qualities of character and behaviors According to Bartky the properly feminine woman must be sure to never appear sloppy or loose The properly feminine woman should also allow herself to physically controlled by male companions to a certain extent She must allow the man to lead her around almost like a dog on a leash Bartky talks about the properly feminine body and how every movement is to be done a certain way in order to seem feminine It is like when a mother tells her daughter Dont sit with your legs open its not lady-like Bartky talks about how the proper feminine body must display itself within the proper parameters of femininity A woman must wear clothing and make-up that display her in a positive way A woman should not wear clothing or make-up that would make her look sloppy unkept or masculine This can be seen through out society but especially in the sports world Women who compete in sports are often seen as unlady-like or non-feminine because they are active in a masculine dominated realm of society Most sports are traditionally seen as outside the parameters of femininity The idea of the properly feminine subject is an extreme example of femininity yet it is the example that we use most in our society In order to conform to these concepts a woman must train herself and her bodyBartky talks about how the proper feminine body requires training and how our culture implements certain
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