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blog post #6

29 Dec

http://thefbomb.org/2010/11/not-so-gleeful-whats-wrong-with-gqs-latest-shoot-2/

I didn’t think it was such a big deal when this magazine came out with the Glee characters on the cover. The mention of pedophile is completely out of the question considering all three of the people on the cover are over the age of 21. And why do people make such a big deal out of things like this? If they are ok with dressing this way and they are ok with dressing out of their Glee characters for this cover, then why does the media make such a big deal out of it? I personally don’t think it was such a smart decision, considering people relate to them as their Glee characters. But why are people making such a big deal out of it? Considering its for the cover of GQ, you had to make it sexy and make the females look that way. This magazine is focused of male readers and don’t expect to get children to read them. Why would a child be reading GQ anyways? It doesn’t make sense to me. If this picture of the Glee characters was on a different magazine, like People, then it would be inappropriate and uncalled for. People need to stop  making a bigger deal out of it than it really is. If they are ok with being portrayed this way, then who are we to judge them?

 

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blog post #5

29 Dec

http://jezebel.com/5710629/why-do-straight-women-think-being-a-lesbian-is-easier

After reading this article, the first thing that comes to mind is how can someone really think being a lesbian is easier? And then I stop and think-wait, I’ve definitely had this conversation with my girlfriends before! Any time one of us has some kind of boy trouble the first thing we immediately say is “It would be so much easier if we were lesbian, cause then we could date each other!” We naturally assume that because we are girls and we know what we want or expect in our relationships that its got to be a whole lot easier than dealing a guy who is clearly from a whole other universe. What we don’t realize is that we are stepping onto a whole new level of problems. Same sex couples definitely get a whole lot more than they bargain for. Even though we would like to think we are in a broad-minded society where everyone is accepted-that isn’t really the way it is just yet. Lesbians and gays have to fight for things that we just assume everyone gets-equal rights.

blog post #4

29 Dec

http://thefbomb.org/2009/08/glamour-magazines-september-issue-gets-it-right/

I truly appreciated my curves after reading this about Lizzie Miller from the cover of Glamour magazine. Society doesn’t allow normal sized women to feel confident or sexy about themselves. Society makes women in today’s world feel like the models on magazine covers and the models that walk the runways are normal but those are the women that are actually not normal. The majority of women are not 6 feet tall and a size 0. Clothes are not even sold in stores for women of that size. Being curvy is what’s sexy. There are so many more celebrities in today’s world that are showing off their curves and showing everyone else to accept their body in any way or form. For example, J Lo, Beyonce, Kim & Khloe Kardashian are one of the sexiest celebrities right now and those girls are nowhere close to being a size 0. They are gorgeous, confident, successful young ladies and are doing a great job of increasing the acceptance of body image, just like Lizzie Miller did on the cover of Glamour magazine. They are inspirational. But the media and society needs to accept it too and not continuously criticize women with normal looking curves. The problem is that it’s the society and us readers that allow the magazines and media to criticize us and tell us what normal is and what normal isn’t. We are the only ones that can truly make a change.

 

blog post #3

23 Dec

http://thefbomb.org/2010/10/street-harassment-and-sluts/

This article stuck out to me because it started out talking about this girl studying abroad and dealing with street harassers and their comments and how they just don’t get it. I’ve never studied abroad, but I do travel abroad very often. My family is from all over Asia so I travel to places like the Philippines, Hong Kong, India and Indonesia. Just walking around as a girl in these places is putting yourself in danger already.  Indonesia is probably the worst place. No one really drives themselves over there so if me and my cousins want to go to the mall we have the driver take us. And if we ever want to go to the mall ourselves to pick up something really quick, its not allowed because we’re alone in the car with the driver and when you get to the mall they have a section where all the other drivers wait around near the parking lot and just passing through that section is scary. You can’t wear short shorts or dresses because you’re afraid of the comments these guys that sit out on the streets are going to make. You have to make sure in with at least one other person and that you carry mace with you wherever you go. I thought living in New York City was bad, having to deal with being harrased by construction workers as you pass by, but that doesn’t compare to the lifestyle of those in third world countries. Like Beth had shouted in response to one of the car honks “its sexual terrorism!”, if I were to say something like that to the men in Indonesia, no one would even understand what I was saying to them. Being uneducated doesn’t help the situation because these men don’t understand that what they are doing is wrong.

Social Construction Exercise

23 Dec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul_ZSOOUENI

 

The ad that I chose is a Yoplait Light advertisement. The ad focuses on a young lady walking around in a bikini, covered by a bubble tube. She seems uncomfortable in the bikini and isn’t confident with herself. It’s presumed that the women eats the yogurt and as days go by, she loses weight. At the end of the ad, she is clad in an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini and feels fantastic about the way she looks. This ad is targeted towards women, of all ages, who want to lose weight and feel good about themselves. By eating Yoplait Light, its presumed that one could lose weight gradually and in a healthy manner. In today’s time, with the highly populated obesity level increasing, people are looking to extreme measures to lose weight. The advertisement makes it seem easy to lose weight and look good. The end of the ad says to “lose the weight” and to “find the confidence,” which many people build by losing weight. The women in the bikini eats the yogurt and smiles while sitting on the sand in the beach in her yellow polka dot bikini at the very end. She seems content with herself by eating the yogurt. The colors used in this advertisement bring out the happy side of people. It’s a neutral color and doesn’t seem like they are targeting one type of female. The most commonly chosen color when describing a girl in today’s time is the color pink. By choosing the color yellow, it shows that anyone can eat this yogurt and look good and feel confident. By using the colors, the advertisement was made to look fun and bright. The message of this advertisement is that anyone who eats this yogurt will lose weight and have confidence. I don’t necessarily find this to be true as the advertisement makes it seem too easy to lose weight. People should not have to lose weight to find confidence in themselves. Confidence comes from within and not from the way you look.

blog post #2

23 Dec

http://thefbomb.org/2010/12/taylor-swift-possible-feminist/

I don’t necessarily agree with Taylor Swift being a feminist. She’s just being honest in all her songs. She’s reflecting her life in her lyrics and it doesn’t sound like she’s a feminist at all through her songs. She sounds like a normal 21 year old from what she’s gone through in all her past relationships and breakups. Everyone goes through good and bad relationships, but the different with her is that she is able to express them in a beautiful way through her lyrics and her voice and people are able to connect with her because they go through the same thing. She’s never admitted to being a feminist. Just by singing about her bad relationships about the men that she’s dated doesn’t in any way make her one. She may have the potential of becoming a feminist, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon because she just seems like a relatable, normal, honest girl to me. She has anger within her about all her past relationships and emotions, but who doesn’t? I think it’s great that she’s able to let it all out in her music so other people can relate to her also. Listening to her music is very therapeutic to people, especially for girls around the same age as her because they’ve experieced the same situations as her. She’s allowed herself to be in the more “innocent” side of the Hollywood scene by not partying as much and making the craziest thing she’s done is express her anger in her music. She’s one of the most popular singers in the world now, so clearly she’s doing something right and I think she’s great.

 

blog post #1

23 Dec

http://thefbomb.org/2010/12/eliminating-gender-expectations-starting-with-the-dorms/

I love this article on gender expectation in dorms. As a known “feminist” to my friends and family, I always wonder why people just associate me with being a feminist just because I like to stick up for myself, or any woman for that matter. It doesn’t just start in the dorms. My parents are very traditional so for them, being a boy and being a girl are two VERY different things. The things they allow my brother to do are far more extensive than those things that my sisters or I would ever be allowed to do. For instance, dorming. My sisters and I all attended college locally-living at home  whereas my brother was allowed to go away to DC for school where he dormed with other classmates. Whenever I bring this up to my parents about why and how that is fair, my brothers response is always “because I’m a boy and boys are better than girls”. When I asked my parents why my brother can stay out later than me his response is always “because I’m a boy and were stronger than girls and don’t need anyone to take care of us”. Even though he does it just to joke around cause he knows I have very strong opinions on such matters, it still irritates me that my parents still think traditionally.  I like the section in the article when they talk about how most people take the path of least resistance so that they can be accepted. They way I know my brother is just joking around with me is the fact that he is the last person to take the path of least resistance. He lives in a dorm room with one roommate-a basketball player who is all about masculinity to the max. Instead of forming to the norms of how men are supposed to act or worrying about this jock will think, my brother continues to listen Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful of Sunshine” and sing alone in a high pitched voice. He chooses to be himself and not worry about the other kids think of him.