When people yawn, often they open their mouths widely. Usually this action is caused by drowsiness or boredom. When my family and I go out, sometimes I feel tired or disinterested I yawn. This causes me to expand my mouth fully which happens to call the attention of my father. He tells my mother how I’m being not being like Japanese people and how it is not lady-like even though I have Japanese heritage. Although I know my father is joking, this reflex is generally considered inappropriate for women to do so in public in Japan. Women have to either cover their mouth or suppress it in public. This is an example of pink think. As Lynn Peril, is the publisher of ‘zine Mystery Date, explains in her essay “Pink Think”: “pink think are a set of ideas and attitudes about what constitutes of female behavior” (281). This concept stills exists in our culture in activities, behaviors, products, and institutes; although, women are put on these ideals, men also struggle from similar problems. In the article “‘Men are stuck’ in gender roles, data suggest” by Emily Alpert Reyes, who is a journalist for The New York Times, one can notice the conflict a man goes through. Some activities that enforce pink think are being a house wife, a nanny, a nurse. These are example of works people often see women working on. Even though, if the female is comfortable with the job and likes it, there is no problem. The problem surges when girls think they have to act certain way because that’s the way it is supposed to be. In 1961 on Ladies’ Home Journal, Betsy Martin McKinney wrote to readers that “for women sexual activity commenced with intercourse and was completed with pregnancy and childbirth”; although this was wrote in the early 60s, it is rude comment towards women (Peril 280). Are women only for giving birth to the next generation? Well, that depends of who is answering the question, but some women do it for pleasure, others do it...
Cited: Peril, Lynn. “Pink Think”. Everything’s an Argument with Reading. 5th Ed. Luther, Andrea A., John J. Ruszkiewicsz, and Keith Walter. Bedford St. Martin’s, 2010. 280-3. Print
Reyes, Emily Alpert. “’Men are stuck’ in gender role, data suggest”. The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 26 Dec. 2013. Web. 1 Apr. 2014.
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