This book examines sexual power dynamics, long-held patriarchal values, and other harmful attitudes toward women in The Bahamas and Caribbean through the lens of media and law. Though gender politics is pushing these societies toward inclusivity, Storr, adopting a phenomenological framework, argues that, as sites of both reinforcement and resistance to misogynistic norms, future progress must focus on deconstructing the inequitable social institutions underlying unhealthy gender relations.
Juliette Storr is professor of communications at Pennsylvania State University, Beaver.
Chapter 1 “So, you think you is woman, hey/aye?”
Chapter 2 Constructing Gender in The Bahamas: History, Power, Progress
Chapter 3 Gender-Based Violence: “You Gern/Goin’ Get What Woman Does Get!”
Chapter 4 Gender Equality, Law, and Human Rights
Chapter 5 Gender Equality and Popular Culture
Chapter 6 Media Representations: The Image of Bahamian Women
Chapter 7 Media Representations: The Image of Bahamian Men
Chapter 8 Transforming Gender Equality in The Bahamas
This book is a well-researched, insightful, must-read resource on the complex manifestations of gender inequalities in contemporary Bahamian society. The author's analysis of the challenging realities of gender and its impact on human relations succeeds in captivating any audience interested in social justice. This text has a transformative effect as it unveils hidden socio-political truths facing the people of the Bahamas. It also provides thought-provoking and comprehensive policy solutions that advance a gender equality agenda within a rich, socio-cultural nation landscape.
Casting a discerning eye on popular culture, Juliette Storr acutely diagnoses the role that family, religion, business, and other key institutions play in engendering gender inequalities and violence in neocolonial Bahamas. Written in an engaging style, her provocative analysis is a forward-looking vision in the direction of Bahamian gender parity, with implications for the broader “postcolonial” Caribbean and its diaspora.
Juliette Storr's book shows us what good writing of history and good journalism can do. She tells a complex, brutal, powerful, and promising story of the contemporary Bahamas and the legacies of 500 years of systematized inequalities in the Caribbean and how these continue to torment gender ideals in the region today. An indispensable read on the past to look towards the future with hope.