Monday, October 26, 2015

Talking Point #3

Generation M : misogyny in media and culture directed by: Thomas Keith


While watching this documentary, I was thrown off with what was going on, what was the topic of the discussion, what they mean't and so forth. As the documentary began firing up with all these crazy facts, is when I started making connections and becoming more understanding with what was being talked about. There were a few things that were mentioned and automatically caught my attention for various reasons. The documentary had stated that, media tries to make believe that women are each other's rivals when it comes down to dating a man. So, pretty much women are mean't to fight over a man. I could say that I agree, media does display the rivalry between two women, I've witnessed myself women fighting over men. This was my junior year in high school, where one girl hated my guts, called me out of my name, all because of one reason...a boy who I once dated my sophomore year, whom I also had no connections or communication with. Social media also triggers women/girls are trained to please men, to keep them happy with these, "Female Empowerment," which is the sexuality on a women. Which is how idealized beauty became the topic afterwards. The media sells ideals that aren't attainable, such as models, singers, dancers etc. 80% of young women in California start a diet or has already started one, which is why 8-10 women a year get plastic surgery done because social media has such a huge impact on some people's life, that it literally influences those that strive to be like their idol. This is causing the quest for perfectionists to not go away anytime soon. Lastly, The Pink and Blue Dichotomy, where we are now considered "weak." They had said that, for centuries women were told not to go to college because, "women aren't cut out for it," which baffles me, because now, women are outnumbered by men with graduation rates. You see here, overall this document stated various ways of how women are criticized in an everyday life, whereas some women get influenced with social media. 

Below is a link that briefly goes over what this documentary displayed, but just more detailed. (sorry classmates it's 12 mins. long; but the best 12 mins you'll never regret!)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Talking point #2

"Oppression" by: Marilyn Frye


"Oppression" by: Marilyn Frye

slowly, but surely making progress...


After reading this text, I truly believe that it is by far my favorite. At first, I was completely lost with where she was going with the word, "oppression". But after I did a few google searches, I came to a better understanding of it. I can honestly say this text made a huge impact in my life in numerous ways. There were far too many quotes that stood out, but I picked a few that really brought out my attention. "If she is heterosexually active, a woman is open to censure and punishment for being loose, unprincipled or a whore. The "Punishment" comes in the form of criticism, snide and embarrassing remarks, being treated as an easy lay by men,..." (175). After coming across this sentence, I questioned myself, Why is that a women is being criticized for doing what most guys do? I'm mind-blown by the stereotypes, it's like why are people even concerned with someone else's life? Doesn't that slow your life down; when you're worried about something that has absolutely nothing to do with you? Then again, answers that will never be truthful. Another quote that stood out and brought criticism to the table, "If one dresses one way, one is subject to the assumption that one is advertising one's sexual availability; if one dresses another way, one appears to 'not care about oneself' or to be 'unfeminine'." So pretty much she's saying that some people, men at that, observes a women's sexual availability by her appearance; the way she dresses. Everyone has there own sense of style, most women have a reason for the way they dress, some just don't. Why can't that be an acceptance? Cause we're in the "bird cage," as Frye mentioned in the text; and no one will ever understand what's like to be in that bird cage, because we're viewed in a microscopic system.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Talking point #1

"The F-Word" by: Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner "Fear of Feminism" by: Lisa Maria Hogeland


As I began reading the F-word text, I came across a quote that really caught my attention, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude, yet the word "sex" was conspicuously omitted"(21).  This is the 15th amendment, stated in the first wave of the woman's suffrage movement. Every women had tried numerous ways to fight for their rights, for an example, Abigail Adams had requested that her husband, John Adams, whom was drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776, to "remember the ladies." This text provides many different aspects of the woman's suffrage movement. Back then, they made it so difficult for women to have the right to vote. Just like the quote from earlier, the 15th amendment was stated, but it didn't pass until 1869 and wasn't officially valid until 1870. Although they passed the rights for women to vote, they continuously gave women of color a hard time to get their votes in. "Although women of all races were legally granted the right to vote, many areas instituted Jim Crow requirements, like poll taxes and literacy tests, specifically intended to keep poor African Americans from the voting booth" (22/23). It was hostile, people like Mary McLeod Bethune, daughter of former slaves president of the NACW, worked so hard and so much to equalize the rights for women; Mainly for African-American women whom didn't have that opportunity.

When I was reading the Fear of Feminism, I was a little confused to where the author was going, and what the definition was to some words. But after doing a little research, I became a little more understanding with the text. Many women don't take after feminism, there's many reasons behind it. Some may do it for personal reasons, whereas others are influenced. "Our public culture in the U.S presents myriad opportunities for women to take pleasure in being women--most often, however, that pleasure is used as an advertising or marketing strategy" (18). This quote brings to the readers attention that most women take after the "women's culture," which is well known for mass media, such as soap operas, talk shows, books etc.  Some women get this way because some men expect so much from a women, and that causes a lot of pressure on someone. That is what causes fear of feminism for certain people, because not many young women nowadays get involved with the public life or careers or even community involvements, kind of like a private life, are those that have damaging consequences.


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