posts tagged "media consumption"
The (500) Days of Summer attitude of “He wants you so bad” seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones, but I would encourage anyone who has a crush on my character to watch it again and examine how selfish he is. He develops a mildly delusional obsession over a girl onto whom he projects all these fantasies. He thinks she’ll give his life meaning because he doesn’t care about much else going on in his life. A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them. That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person.
Because those very-thin models in the magazines or catwalks — even the ones who may struggle with eating disorders, as we are so quick to accuse — are real. Morbidly obese women are real. Trans women are real. Women who curse, who eat with their mouth open, who dress and act in what you perceive as a “masculine” way are real. Laughing at your jokes and knowing how to make a pot roast do not suddenly transform a woman from Pinocchio-esque facsimile into a living, breathing human overnight.
I’d like to talk for a second about what bullshit this picture is, and how emblematic it is of a particular wrongheaded approach that many feminists take in critiquing pop culture, and Disney in particular:
Look at the blurb for Jasmine “As a woman, your political worth is reduced to your marriageability.” Like, seriously? Do people seriously think that’s what the movie is saying? That that’s the message kids are getting? The only way a person could come to that conclusion is if they’re LOOKING for things to fit their thesis (the thesis being “Disney is anti-feminist”). In Aladdin, Jasmine’s sociopolitical plight is VERY UNSUBTLY portrayed as being all kinds of bullshit, and her rebellion AGAINST it is portrayed in an unambiguously positive light. Like, seriously? We’re using the existence of patriarchal oppression in a piece of art as evidence that that art advocates patriarchal oppression? Give me a break.
If you must hate on Aladdin, talk about the problematic portrayal of Arabs, and the fact that Jasmine, despite being a princess and a strong, independent female character, dresses like a concubine/belly dancer—which is neither historically/culturally accurate nor empowering.
Observe shit critically. Don’t just latch onto the most immediately obvious piece of information to jump to conclusions that support your preconceptions—and your measure as a feminist is not determined by how many things you indiscriminately slap the “sexist” label on. Critical feminist observation means recognizing what’s bad and what’s good.
you know, there were several media responses to this video calling it “racy” and even comparing it to porn. the youtube comments are mostly people calling her trashy and guys boasting that they’re getting off to it
the video consists of nicki minaj doing tame cute dances in a few different swimsuits on a beach (quite possibly a callback to her childhood; the ethnic makeup of the backup dancers reminded me of trinidad)
which just goes to show you that black women are coded and read as hyper-sexual, always, and lord help a black woman who wants to wear a damn bikini on a beach — she can’t be cute or have fun, she’s being “pornographic”
there is nothing racy about that video, but of course since she is a black artist and a female hip hop artist at that, then they will degrade her no matter what.
its her in relatively conservative bathing suits doing cutesy pin up poses.
but thats a black body right there so
but can we just focus on how hot that swimsuit is please
I actually get really annoyed when “feminists” or women in general get really upset when you try to critique their problematic female heroes. Her being a woman doesn’t mean her sole existence has solved inequality, nor that she is above critique. That’s what happens when your idea of inequality is narrow and only focuses on middle/upper class straight women like yourself. “pack up your stuff y’all, we got what WE wanted, battle over, time to go. Wait, what? POC are upset about something? UGH WHAT PARTY POOPERS! Why can’t anyone just be happy for us?!? We can’t have anything!” the most annoying part is that the same people who worship some feminist figures who are still oppressive, and scream solidarity if you deflect, will be the FIRST ones to throw people like Nicki Minaj under the bus. “I mean, she just asks to be objectified.” or sex workers “I need to help you save yourself from degrading yourself!” or women who understand the true meaning of choice “you shave? You want to have kids? Don’t you know there is a better life out there for you?!?” Yeah, I’m done. This Girls fallout has been very telling - in a “internet manifestation of things I’ve dealt with some of the other feminists I’ve met on campus” kind of way
Lea and Dianna: Real bodies vs. their Photoshopped counterparts
Here’s a comparison of two photos of Lea and Dianna: one was the photo taken of them in the studio, and the other the final Photoshopped photo scanned from a magazine.
Lea, Glamour,December 2011:
- Eye makeup was adjusted
- Eyebrows were trimmed
- Some skin spots removed
- Wrinkles on nose removed
- Wrinkles on wrists removed
- Tone added to legs and arms
- Breasts accentuated
- Waist and back made dramatically smaller
Dianna, Cosmopolitan,September 2011:
- Wrinkles from dress removed
- Elbow has been reshaped
- Mouth tension erased
- Armpits are smoother
- Arms are skinnier and more toned
- Collarbones less noticeable
- Nose reshaped
- Breasts augmented
- Stomach made smaller (it’s cropped out from this picture, but her waistline is at least 3 inches smaller)
reason #2345 why I just don’t even read magazines anymore. A majority of the time none of the articles are targeted to/or even cognizant of the fact that people of my race and class status exist. But on top of that - everything is fake anyway.
I don’t think Mattel realizes the good influence they could be having over the young girls and boys who play with them… Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself when I go to sleep at night. Otherwise, how else do you justify seeing yet another Barbie being manufactured that has so much promise to promote strong, empowered, healthy, young girls and boys that are happy in their own skin, fall short of that potential.
It’s not that hard. Make barbies that represent real, tangible, and sensible characteristic of real girls and boys, real men and women, real people!
I’m not saying you need to give them nipples or arm hair, or even drill in holes for nostrils, but get diverse and stay diverse. Make them real in that way. Don’t make all your Barbies look like those new H&M ads, you know, where the models bodies were made by a computer and colored to fit the races and ethnicities of the
The next time someone walks into a room and says, “Hey, you look like a Barbie my child has”, I want no one in the room to be able to figure out who that person if referring to. That’s the kind of diversity I want.
Oh, and also, Mattel, “Glam-paign”… really? Have you not caused or added to (not going to do the chicken or the egg math on that one) enough beauty standard, body image, and self-esteem issues already, that you are now making it your platform? If that’s that case, I think you need a new campaign director…
Being a feminist doesn’t mean suddenly no longer liking problematic things. If you stopped liking everything that was sexist in media and entertainment there would be no media or entertainment left. Being a feminist, to me, is being aware of what it is you’re liking, and of its problematic aspects.
This is a really well made and powerful video. I definitely encourage everyone to watch this and pass it along. Invest in the future of youth!