The film Billy Elliot, directed by Stephen Daldry, focuses on the life of eleven year old Billy Elliot and his struggle to become a ballet dancer. The social problems surrounding Billy when he is living at home are labor strikes and especially gender norms. His father and older brother were on job strike and the film depicts how hard it had already been for his father to pay for Billy’s boxing classes, yet alone “waste” that money on ballet. Ballet was considered to be feminine, not because females were born dancing in tutus, but because society made ballet and dance feminine. At the same time society made being tough and doing physical sports masculine. In one particular scene during the beginning of the film, Billy is in boxing class in a match while his dad is watching. Billy is distracted by the music from the ballet class sharing the gymnasium and is knocked to the ground by the other boy. The boxing coach tells Billy that he is a disgrace to his gloves and his father. Because Billy is not good at doing what is considered manly, he is considered a disgrace to his father. His father, who holds the same gender norms, feels the same way about Billy’s boxing inabilities. This film portrays going outside of gender norms not only by Billy but by others in the surrounding society as well. When his father finds out about Billy attending ballet classes he puts an end to it and explains to Billy how he should be doing things like playing football, boxing, and wrestling because “that’s what lads do.” Billy’s father and brother constantly follow gender norms through the movie. They are constantly swearing and fighting the police for increased wages, Billy’s father even punches his brother in the face in one scene of the film. These previously listed are all considered to be masculine things to do. Other characters in the film who find out about Billy’s ballet call him names like “sissy” and “a poof” which translates to “fag”. All of these things are telling Billy that he shouldn’t be doing ballet and he even calls his friend Michael “a poof” for helping Billy warm his hands inside his jacket. Although Michael was doing nothing more wrong than Billy, he still went outside of gender norms and was criticized for doing so. The social problem is accurately portrayed in Billy Elliot by all of the men in the film being involved in either mining or on the police force. Both of these are masculine in society today and the women and young girls in the film are portrayed doing ballet. These are gender roles that society has assigned to the individual sexes. This separation between what men and women do for a living is occupational sex segregation. Occupational sex segregation is the sex typing of jobs and the concentration of women or men into most fields (as explained in the class lecture on Oct. 10, 2013). The fact that most ballet dancers are females and most miners are male is a fact that is depicted accurately in this film. However, since objective data, such as that in the powerpoint presentation from class on Gender Inequality, shows wage gaps favor work given to men by occupational sex segregation.There is no objective data that supports harm to society by Billy being forbid to do ballet. Women on average make 75% of what men make on average. But in this film, ballet, a woman’s role, is considered more prestigious and has a higher wage compared to his other option of being a miner, especially after the union gave in to the lower wages. There are certain things that a society expects of men that are different from what they expect of women. That is why Billy’s friend, Michael, tells Billy about how his father dresses up in his wife’s dresses and puts on makeup when he thinks that everyone is out. He does this because it’s something that he enjoys and there is no objective harm behind him doing it but because it is seen negatively by society, he tries to his cross dressing so he will not be criticized.
soon learns that the husband she has placed her happiness pays no regard to his marriage vows. Children of every shade of complexion play with her own fair babies, and too well she knows that they are born unto him and his own household” (Jacobs 39). Here Jacobs is showing Mrs. Flint’s callousness as something other than basic human indecency. The masters’ affairs cause their home to deteriorate, but that doesn’t stop them from acting on their sexual desires. As a result, their wives are unhappy and…
will be called Mr Jacob in order to preserve his identity. It is important that patient’s information and trust is maintained at the strictest confidence at all times (NMC, 2008).
Mr Jacob is 68 years old man with his ethnic origin from African Caribbean. His medical history shows he has type 2 diabetes which is a long-term (chronic) condition caused by high level of glucose in the blood, this is also known as non-insulin dependant diabetes (Watkins, 2003), however Mr. Jacob is placed on both…
emotional and behavioral programs that are offered in prisons and jails. Upon interviewing an ex con about his experiences with re-entry, I discovered that even with proper education it is near impossible for many ex cons to have a career. Mr. Christian Jacobs a former inmate, now graduate of the renowned school of culinary arts, Cordon Blue, has yet to even begin a job with his degree. The point of my interview is to inform readers of alternative views when it comes to those of our society that have been…
Total Quality Management
March 31, 2014
TQM & ISO
Total quality management (TQM) was developed by William Deming, a management consultant whose work had great impact on Japanese manufacturing. While TQM shared much in common with the Six Sigma improvement process, it is not the same as Six Sigma. While is focuses on ensuring that internal guidelines and process standards reduce errors, Six Sigma looks to reduce defects (Investopedia, 2014).
The continuous process…
"Satanic alliance", but rather branch their motivations from ambition, a theory probed by Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. Afraid of the severe penalties for secretly dancing in the forest and chanting spells, characters such as Tituba and Abigail Williams accuse others of witchcraft for their self-preservation. Capitalizing on this newly acquired power, Abby's self-preservation transforms into a strong desire to do harm unto others and quench her great lust for power. Moreover, other individuals such…
Founding fathers essay
4 April 2014
Jacob Broom was born in Wilmington, Delaware on October 17, 1752. He was the oldest son. His father, James Broom, was a well-known blacksmith and prosperous farmer and his mother, Esther Willis, a Quaker. Jacob was most likely educated at home for the first few years. He entered the Old Academy around 1765. There he studied surveying, apparently completing his courses successfully around the spring of 1772…
Honors English III
26 April 2014
(Thesis) Blanche and Stanley represent two different social classes in the 1940’s. Those two classes also represent the Old and New South and it is clear that Williams favors the New South.
(Topic Sentence 1) Blanche‟s and Stanley‟s confrontation symbolizes the collision between two worlds, the old world and the new world. It further shows a conflict between the values of the old world and the new. Blanche, the Southern belle represents…
Osborne, Goody Nurse, Goody Corey, George Jacobs and my good husband John, were unjustly hanged by the ridiculous accusations of a group of pretenders. My husband John Proctor, were a humble farmer who died to spare my life after I were accused of witchery. He were tortured, starved and thus he decided to die rather than lose his name and admit to witchcraft. He did this to maintain the good, honorable name of Proctor.
Who accused me you may ask? Abigail Williams, a vindictive child willin’ to kill me…
Ceran St. Vrain
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Santa Fe Trail-
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Swansea Smelting Process-
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Sand Creek Massacre-
love does conquer anything and gives the ability to give options. The
story that I chose to write about is from an interview between Seth Fleischauer, who interviewed his
grandfather William Jacobs. Here in this interview William recalls the visit from his mother-in-law while
in the hospital. From this visit, William is made aware that his bride to be is infertile due to childhood
issues. However as stated before, love conquers all and is more than willing to still go through with the