Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jones, Locker Room Talk. "Says Who?"

In this TED Talk, Alexis empowers young men to better respect and protect girls and women in their lives. Alexis explains the importance of young men should be educated and have a better mindset of women. She states that, "sexual assault is but a symptom of the problem, the problem is the mindset of how young men are being programmed to think about, to talk about and treat women."  For example, when she tells the story of the boy when he says to his coach "it's okay to respect girls, but it's okay to f*%@ girls." Alexis questioned and said "say's who" but the boy didn't have a response until a minute or two went by and responded with idk. I agree when Alexis says that young boys are being programmed to think that way. The problem is that young teenagers are on auto pilot.

Throughout this video, I agree with Alexis on most parts. She also has a really good point when she states that men are really not being invited to sit at the women's table. Men are not having a clear broaden their definition of manhood. I think that locker room is an important part because they can have conversations, express themselves. Men have to be aware of their programming. Media glorifies violence against women that is inherently disrespectful that is hypersexualizing and objectifying. She also explains how majority of these men are learning about sex through porn. Alexis believes as a society that we should educate young men about 1.sex and healthy relationships 2.identity, about manhood 3. broaden a definition of confidence, 4.real talk with these men.

I really like this quote by Alexis Jones because even when you do something little for someone it can mean a whole lot to them and have a big impact. In order to change our own world we need to heal ourselves. This quote made me think of when she mentioned back in the video how young men are being programmed to think what is said by others about women. If men are being educated about sex and how to treat women it can be better for themselves as an individual as well as thinking different about women.

Things to talk about in class:

What are some ways that society can inform young boys and men the importance of sexual assault?  How can we put an end to rape and sexual assault? I know media can also influence young boys and how they think of women. But I feel that something should be in place.

I found this link pretty interested. Alexis Jones points out in the video how the LGBT community is assaulted in ways briefly but not into depth. "LGBT Community"

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Selling Girlhood


I decided to write extended comments on Lexi's blog for "Enlightened Sexism" and "Cinderella Ate my Daughter". I chose her blog to write about because I agreed to what she was stating on most parts.  Media does portray women and girls in different ways that seems unreal at times. The idea of how media is a huge part of our life is totally true. Some people rely on what they see on media and seem to believe it at times as well. A part that confused me was when Lexi mentioned "there are so many cases of women being sexually assaulted that turn the women into the reason for being assaulted". I had to re read the sentence a couple of times. The way I interpreted that was that the reason why women are being assaulted. Media in a sense can also control people the way they think and act. I agree that women in TV shows, movies are being misrepresented. In this article here are some examples "Misrepresentation ".

:Cinderella Ate my  Daughter" by Peggy Orenstein argues that the mass production of materialistic things such as Barbie Dolls, Disney Princesses to name a couple have an influence on young girls to become obsessed with these things. I agree to when Lexi mentioned that there is evidence that shows that media is more important on being pretty and sexy.  When young girls are playing with these certain toys I feel that it can lower there self-esteem. It can lower it because they want to be like the "perfect barbie doll". I also like the fact that you mentioned how Orenstein explains the rise in number of girls concerned with looks and weight and reports the stress levels as well as rates of suicide thoughts and depression. The media can play a part when girls feel this way.

I like how Lexi reflected after the article on her thoughts about the affect on young girls watching these TV shows. I agree with the statements of why are young girls watching these type of movies and shows. I believe that there are reasons behind it as well.

Raby: A Tangle of Discourses


In the article, "A Tangle of Discourses: Girls Negotiating Adolescents" by Rebecca C. Raby, she argues that discourses are deployed unevenly between adolescents of differing social locations, and teens may be deferentially interpellated into these discourses. Raby also argues that discourse on youth is significantly affected by gender, class and race.Discourses shouldn't be a reflection based on society perception .Parents teenagers years are different from their child's. In fact some of them can be similar. When it comes to teenagers, they all experience different than others.

"Adolescence is discursively framed as a stage that seems to require a degree of self-reflection, it is also marginalized (in terms of voice and self-reflection) and often laced with current, popular concern about adolescents as dangerous, ungoverned and in need of control. While heavily regulated, teenagers are also in the contradictory  position that they are supposed to be beginning their ‘prime’ of life, in this culture that idolizes and celebrates youth. "

Raby explains how adolescence is seen as a stage that requires a degree of self-reflection. Looking back at my past I see that there were some choices that I made that I regret and wish that I could erase but cannot happen. However, all I know is that I can reflect and move on from the past when I was a teenager and not let it happen as an adult now. There are some things that I can say that I am proud of when I was a teenager and there are some things that I am not. I believe that new experiences begin when your a teenager, Some may be different for others.  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

No Selife's Day


Selfie city makes claims that while examining selfies between 5 different cities (Berlin, New York, Moscow, Bangkok, and Sao Paulo) they claim that  more young women between 21-25 years old are taking selfies. Only 3-5% of images that were analyzed were actually of selfies. However, most images are taking of food, cats, dogs, shoes, other people and etc.

Teen Vogue makes claims that when the iPhone 4 was invented in 2010 with a front facing camera thats when "self portraits" were being popular. The obsession with selfies need to be noticed.  People are wasting so much time and focusing on taking these selfies as a way to build self-esteem. 

This connects to our readings that we have gone over in class. For example, Raby: Discourses because when it is explained how wanting to be noticed by others can play a role in how others feel about themselves whether it is positive or negative. This also connects back to the article "Framing Youth" as this shows that teens have an aspect of their culture that is seen entirely as their own. Teens are becoming more focused on taking selfies and seeing how they look. They are becoming obsessed and analyzing them.  

Framing Youth

According to the article "Framing Youth" by Lesley Bogad I decided to elaborate on the three quotes mentioned from the text:

1. "Aadults we believe we know youth — we once were youth, and some of us share our daily lives
with youth as teachers, parents and friends. But to rely on that which we already know is to reproduce that which we already “know” (Bogad, pg.3).

This quote explains that we as adults believe and understand youth because we were once children ourselves. To me this quote means that us adults can learn and grow with youth and vise versa. This also reminds me of when adults will tell youth  "your too young" you wouldn't understand. I feel that when people say this they are thinking less of them and in a way adults should teach the child or explain to them what we know so they can know as well. Children are becoming reflections of these adults in which they are interacting with throughout their daily lives. 

2."Dominant discourses about youth — adolescent development, age, erasure of difference — secure the weight of their voice(s) through repetition and reproduction in mainstream texts, popular culture and “scientific” studies which naturalize them as a part of the “common sense” of American culture" (Bogad,p.2).

When reading this quote, I personally think it explains that youth are being embedded in our culture through television, films, pictures and magazine covers. Society portrays teenagers in a different way than other group secures the common sense in American culture that applies in real life.We come to know youth and label them in society based on the things we think we know about them such as the hormonal traits we associate with puberty, their age difference from any other age group.

3. "We come to know youth as incomplete,in-transition, finding themselves, hormone-driven, emotional, inexperienced, and always inopposition to the adults in their lives" (Bogad, pg.1)

This quotes explains that in our culture we know teenagers to be very rebellious. We know that teens are in transition during puberty and in a point in their life when they learn about themselves as an individual. Their hormones drive them to behave in foolish ways and they oppose adults in their life. It's like you can't tell a teenager anything because they are "know it all's" again this is how we view teenagers due to the discourses we see in media.

Pecha Kucha