Posts tagged: representation
Interesting article on Body Image for those studying Gender Representation.
If you’re driving north, up the west coast of Grand Theft Auto V, as I did in the 40th hour I was playing the game, you might spot a crashed car smoldering in the long ditch between the northbound and southbound lanes. The car doesn’t appear there every time. The man who was in the car appears to be dead. A woman lies nearby, presumably thrown from the vehicle. She’s alive, but she’s hurt. She is asking for help. She’s one of GTA V’s strongest female characters, though in this game, she only gets a handful of lines.
Banal = something that is trite, obvious, cliched, predictable, and/ or commonplace.
The first Diet Coke hunk ad conjures up a powerful sense of mid-Nineties nostalgia: it’s right up there with PJ and Duncan, Seattle being the centre of the universe and double light-wash denim. It was so successful that two spin-offs followed and a third has just hit the airwaves, starring lawn-mowing model Andrew Cooper. The timeless appeal of these commercials isn’t just about the gorgeous leads or the iconic Etta James power ballad, but also the brilliant minutiae; the giant pearl earrings, old-school beige telephones and abundance of gratuitous lip-licking. As a new “hunk” gets set for the spotlight next month, we take a look at the cultural phenomenon that is the Diet Coke ad…
Having recently announced that Scarlet Witch will be among the new characters included in The Avengers 2, Joss Whedon has been talking about the general lack of female superheroes on the big screen…
Cultural appropriation - to borrow/ steal/ pick/ choose from other cultures to which you do not belong.
Here, Miley, a wealthy white woman, is taking elements from black culture in order to achieve a specific image (great article from ‘Huff Post’ - link at bottom of post)
Miley Cyrus’ status as a member of a traditionally oppressive race and class means that she is able to pick and choose what parts of black culture she wants to embrace without having to deal with the racism and racialization that black women live with every day. In short, she can imagine that she is being “ghetto” without having any concept of what living in a ghetto would really mean.
Miley is doing her best to promote herself as a part of rachet culture, which Jody Rosen describes as ”the potent sexual symbolism of black female bodies,” while simultaneously treating the black women in her videos and performances as props. She is taking elements of black culture and using them to give her the patina of street cred that she wants so badly. She is playing at being black without even trying to understand what the lived experience of being black really is. She is appropriating cultural elements without taking any time to reflect on her position of privilege and how her use of the term “ratchet” or her twerking are contributing to the oppression of black people.
Read the rest of the article here….http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/anne-theriault-/miley-cyrus-vma-performance_b_3819177.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
Gender is the range of physical, mental, and behavioral characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity.
Depending on the context, the term may refer to biological sex (i.e. the state of being male, female or intersex), sex-based social structures (including gender roles and other social roles), or gender identity.
Sexologist John Money's meaning of the word (as different to 'sex') did not become widespread until the 1970s, when feminist theory embraced the distinction between biological sex and the social construct of gender.
The idea that gender is not fixed will be discussed in #bcotmedia assignments.
I’m Not a Joke is a campaign spreading awareness for the LGBTI community through art and design, created by Daniel Arzola (@Arzola_d) in light of the recent violent acts against the sexually diverse community in Venezuela. It initially seeks to expand in the online community. If you’d like to share your opinion please do so via twitter using the hashtag #ImNotaJoke. Like my page on Facebook and share the posters to support the cause!
To present or regard as an object.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza use the term well here in relation to ‘Don Jon’s Addiction’ (by Vanity Fair)
Objectification is a notion central to feminist theory. It can be roughly defined as the seeing and/or treating a person, usually a woman, as an object. In this entry, the focus is primarily on sexual objectification, objectification occurring in the sexual realm. Martha Nussbaum (1995, 257) has identified seven features that are involved in the idea of treating a person as an object:
Rae Langton (2009, 228–229) has added three more features to Nussbaum’s list:
#bcotzombie Why do we love Zombie’s?
'…the horde is a symbol for a world beyond control'
Do they symbolise something in our real lives? Has this always been the way in popular films eg reflecting prevailing fears in our society?
In these films humans tend to defeat or live alongside the enemy and persevere in the face of something we are afraid of.
So - watch this brilliant ‘PBS Ideas Channel’ video and respond using our hashtag.
Do you think zombies are a representation of technology? Consumerism? Class Warfare? Terrorism?
[Luddite = someone afraid of technology]
#bcotselfie Is your generation more vain and narcissistic than any other generation?
(Narcissism = Excessive love or admiration of oneself)