By Patricia Roxas
Collaborative issue mapping has become an iterative yet critical component of this subject. Through weeks of numerous mapping exercises, I have gained greater appreciation for it as it has certainly enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of the issue of gender equality and the other areas or perspectives revolving around the issue.
Week 5 Stakeholders Map
During week 5, I had the opportunity to create another stakeholders map with a partner. My partner and I revisited the maps we did in Week 4 (see Post 3) and decided to choose categories of stakeholders which we could then expand upon. We chose media, government, help & support, victims and celebrities then started to name specifics within those categories. For example, for the media category, we listed various examples of social media platforms, newspaper and online sources as well as magazines. The magazines that we were able to think of were mainly targeted to women such as Women’s Day, Girlfriend and Dolly Magazine. The naming of specific magazines, particularly Women’s magazines, allowed for discussions about how they have made an impact on the issue and how their impact may differ from magazines targeted to the general public or men. Since my partner was focusing on a different area (violence against women), she was able to contribute names of organisations who provide support to victims of violence. Such organisations which I was not initially aware of include White Ribbon and Our Watch.
Week 5 Controversies List
The second task required us to list the controversies and underlying emotions and motivations associated. This task was useful as it allowed us to further analyse how one would view and react to the controversy.
Week 5 Gender Stereotypes Map
Following on from the second task, we chose one controversy and mapped out the corresponding emotions and motivations, resulting in a complex visualisation. The additional mapping of stakeholders unlike the previous task, was significant as it allowed us to gain insight into how different actors can have the same or conflicting views on the controversy. While women may feel fear, inferiority, anger due to gender stereotypes, men may feel a sense of superiority or even pressure. As seen on the map, there are many linkages, most of which stem from the media. Rather than portraying inaccurate gender stereotypes, I certainly believe in its potential to create change whether it be empowering girls to break the gender stereotypes or encouraging men to empathise with the negative emotions felt by women. This is crucial since gender stereotypes is the root of all other areas such as violence against women, gender pay gap and “glass ceiling”.