Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Rosie the Riveter and social control through manipulation

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Rosie the Riveter and social control through manipulation

When I saw this film it shed some new light on the concept of social control. THe prevailing belief of the day was that women were incapable of independence. It had supposedly been "scientifically"proven that they were the weaker sex physically and mentally, and therefore needed the protection and dominance of the male. Women were supposedly built soley for procreation and to maintain the domestic front. Then comes war which takes away men and forces women to take on male roles in addition to their feminine roles.

"Scientific" findings went out the window when women became necessary to keep production going for the war. Women became strong, capable beings who needed to serve their country. When the men came home, they were suddenly weak again and belonged in the home.

The powers that be manipulate us more than we are conscious of. Throughout history, women have continually been oppressed in several societies, yet they've always somehow proven themselves worthy of equality....but still manipulated back into the homes so men can maintain their dominance.

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