Sunday, April 29, 2012
Last year a bill was passed that extended compulsory education to 12 years but allowed home schooling after the first eight which encourages the practice of child brides.
My question is, in the struggle to find women's rights for all. How does one attack the issue of women's rights in the middle east? Many of the existing governments have conservative ideologies and perfer women to play their role in society. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/world/europe/women-see-worrisome-shift-in-turkey.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=world
My question is, do you think this is only entertainment? Should artists and directors be held to a high standard?
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
When I saw this on TMZ I had an eyebrow raising reaction. It was weird to see the description for an actor be worded that way. I posted this video because of the light skinned aspect of "FHALT-P". I honestly felt like the world thinks dark skinned people are ugly. Hegemony or not, feeling threatened or what ever else. Dark skin in our society is equated to ugly.
What do you think white people think about the way dark skin looks? Do you think they find dark skinned people (meaning people that are not tanned white or mulatto) unasthetically pleasing like the lists compiled on http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/full-list-of-stuff-white-people-like/?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
By Stephanie Gomez
1. Do you think the media should start representing the diversity in Latina women? (ie: blonde hair, blue eyes)
2. I found it interesting when Jessica mentioned she would never be hired as a Latina girl on set. What are your thoughts on that?
Reflection on Class Discussion: Women, Class and The Media
From this discussion I came to the conclusion that class defines the upper class as the economically privileged who enjoy luxurious lifestyles, and are least affected by economic recessions, on the other hand the lower class is economically oppressed with limited chances of upward mobility. The class system fails to include members of the middle class, who can be defined as being of a better economic standing than someone in the lower class however may never reach the luxurious lifestyle of an upper class person. Class is certainly a very changeable category where any economic recession can place you at either extremity.
Capitalist ideology is what has perpetuated in the media as the American dream in which every family owns their own house on their own land. The media takes on the role in keeping the lower classes “in their place” at the mercy of the upper-class. The media convinces people that everyone has an equal chance in this country, although these ideologies are only designed to serve as a basis for the economic security of the upper class through the perpetuation of the capitalist ideology.
By Stephanie Gomez
Monday, April 23, 2012
After our class discussion on Gender and Sexuality, I was curious to look up some articles regarding gays playing straight roles. Since I love the show "How I Met Your Mother" starring Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, I went looking for articles to find out what people had to stay about a gay man playing a straight role. This article "
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Do you think aphrodisiacs really work?
Do you think there should be more segments like this but used in more of a general context, as to not isolate any other sexualities?
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I chose to present this article because I feel that it relates to everyone, whether they like it or not. Living in a society surrounded by gay people is not something that we can avoid as many of us have family members, friends, co-workers, or famous people who we know in the media, are gay. It's not easy for many people to just come out of the closet as I know a close friend who still hasn't, but I know that if more and more people do, then maybe eventually society can come to accept it. And if you think about it, living in a modern society, you would think discrimination and misconceptions about gays would be an old thing. Hopefully, the media can educate people and change the way how some feel and think about homosexuality.
Information about the article:
The article “What is Gay and What is Not” discusses how being gay is not a choice, it is something that is predetermined at birth. Gay people are no different from heterosexuals except for their sexual orientation. There are
so many misconceptions such as common myths that people have for gays and
the only way for society to realize that gays are just like straight people, is if gays are more visible in society. And by keeping oneself in the closet is to succumb to being “undesirable” or “inferior.”
There are many misconceptions that society has about homosexuality. And the only way to overcome it is the increase of their visibility in society.
Questions for the class:
1. The presence of more gay people in the media can definitely help society to ease into accepting them, but do you think there is also a disproportionate amount of visibility of gays oppose to lesbians in the media? If so, do you think that being a lesbian is more acceptable in our society?
2. Do you think the media currently stereotypes gays and how can the media change that?
3. Is there any one particular individual in the media who you think has paved the way for gays?
4. Are there any other common myths that you have heard about being gay, which wasn’t covered in this article?
Sunday, April 15, 2012
"I am offered solely the parts that I like to refer to as The Unfuckables. In reality, if you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn't point at me and recoil and throw up and hide behind a shrub. But by Hollywood standards, I'm a troll, ogre, woodland creature, or manly lesbian..."
In the article, columnist Torie Bosch argues that despite the evidence to support Dratch being victimized by hollywood, an effort should be taken to consider that Dratch's acting style might just not be for everyone.
"Delightful as Dratch is in interviews and in her book, there is something uncomfortable about this framing. If we accept the premise, that Dratch hasn't cracked Hollywood because she isn't good-looking enough, then there would seem to be a feminist obligation to support her, to buy all her DVDs, go to her movies on opening night, protest the studio heads who reject her..."
Bosch continues with her case even asking herself despite her support of Dratch if she is "betraying feminism if I say Im not a huge Rachel Dratch fan?". Yet looking at Roseanne as a model for a progressive character type for the image of women in the media, can Dratch's situation warrant her response to Hollywood's framing of her? After reading this article I was torn as to my feelings and position, because while I would love to take a feminist position and full out support Rachel Dratch as a victim of Hollywood misogyny I also can easily take a more observant role of her talent. This though seems a tad bit naive considering how we've seen women portrayed in the media across all races as sexualized attractive beings. It is also naive then to consider Bosch's position or as an audience do we embrace both outlooks on the subject?
Friday, April 13, 2012
According to the Romney campaign the Obama administration has caused the loss of 92 percent of women's jobs. However, according to Toby Washington he says that it is "a standard characteristic" to see women lose their jobs after a major downturn because it is part of the cycle.
My question to the class is, do you think Mitt Romney has a point? Is there a "war on women"? Is this more of a political agenda or a real issue being raised here?
Monday, April 9, 2012
In an article which appeared this week in the Daily Beast, an online-only subsidiary of Newsweek, actress and philanthropist Ashley Judd responded forcefully to speculation that she had gotten plastic surgery. According to Judd, the steroids prescribed to combat a recent illness in March caused her face to look a little puffy, and tabloids and ragsheets in the US and Great Britain quickly pounced on her appearance, saying she looked terrible and commenting that she must have "had work done." Even the Huffington Post jeered that her "pillow-face" looked "blotchy, red, and plump" in a video hosted by a thin, primped, decidedly non-blotchy young lady. While such celebrity reporting is common fare for many magazines and television programs, Judd's articulate written response is refreshing, angry, and admittedly unusual.
Showing enough courage to own the F-word, Feminism, in her rebuttal Judd indicts what she calls the partiarchal assault on women's bodies that takes place in the media. She breaks down the assumptions that underlie the comments made about her appearance and how they are tied to skewed conceptions of female value in society. She explains pointedly that "The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about." She concludes the article in an uplifting and activist manner, calling for media makers and consumers to "Join in—and help change—the Conversation."
What do my classmates think about an actress calling out the press for being overly critical of her appearance? Would it change the Conversation, as Judd terms it, between media makers and consumers if both expressed disgust with the current media climate as it relates to objectifying women? Or is the power of cosmetics/dieting/gym membership advertising too strong?
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Media Moment: "Sarah Palin co-hosts NBC’s ‘Today,’ pokes fun of herself by reading newspapers, writing notes on hand"
I came across this article “Sarah Palin co-hosts NBC’s ‘Today,’ pokes fun of herself by reading newspapers, writing notes on hand”on the Daily News’ website and it caught my eye. This article takes me back to the class discussion we had the other day on the news clip about Jon Stewart calling out on Gretchen Carlson for "Dumbing Herself Down.”
So 4 years later after the 2008 Presidential Election, Sarah Palin is brought on the Today Show, and she pokes fun at herself, do you think she’s doing it just to please people? She is obviously an intelligent woman, who otherwise wouldn’t have gotten as far as to being the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election if it wasn’t for her credentials, right?? Either way, do you think the producers of the Today Show asked her to poke fun of herself or that was Palin’s decision?