How are men overpowering women, in obvious and subtler ways…


Purpose     In this activity we begin studying gender differences among cultures.


  1. Become familiar with differences among countries and cultures in how women are treated, in particular, differences between Western and non-Western cultures.
  2. Become aware of the severity of the difficulties faced by women in many Third World countries

Readings & Presentations    

Video: “Community” which can be found in the following two parts:

Part 1

Part 2

Video: “Shackled Women” which can be found in the following ten parts [Beware that some students may find this video offensive or too crude.]:

Part 1          Part 2          Part 3          Part 4

Part 5          Part 6          Part 7          Part 8

Part 9          Part 10


Evaluation of two videos, which are included as part of Course Content:

Based on the Community video: Bangladesh men who were opposed to women seeking more power used a variety of tactics to resist change: threats of violence, spreading rumors about the women, religious threats that the women would go to hell, etc.

In the country that your team has selected, what are some tactics used to put obstacles in the path of women’s empowerment? How are men overpowering women, in obvious and subtler ways? Cite sources for this information. Then, give suggestions for combating these tactics in your selected country.

What can or should women do to fight back? Explain your rationale, including why these particular strategies might or might not work in the country in question. Cite all your sources of reference.

Based on the Shackled Women video: For your selected country, research how the condition of women has changed since the last U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing. In other words, use the factors discussed in Shackled Women, such as violence against women, to evaluate the condition of women in your selected country. Cite your sources of reference.

These are two short separate reports, but you will submit them together using the Assignment Drop Box under M2A5. The combined report should not exceed 5 double-spaced pages. The style is that of your choice. A rubric is used to evaluate the work.

Reading and Presentations

Part 1

Part 2

Shackled Women

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

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