Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Final Presentation - Pecha Kucha

Here's my Pecha Kucha on representation in the media

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jones, "Locker Room Talk - Says Who?"

In this TED Talk, Alexis argues that boys are primarily influenced by external resources in their perception of women, and that the way they see women is skewed because of this. She believes that porn and other media causes boys to have unhealthy relationships with girls, and that we should all work to put a stop to this.

For the most part, I agree with Alexis. I believe that we are all fed false perceptions of the world that have little to no basis. I was really affected by the story she told, in which a boy wasn't sure where the idea that it was good to have sex with women came from. So often we're just told that things are the way they are, with no explanation for why that is. We should all question the world around us.

A follow up question I have would be: How do we not only stop boys from raping women, but actually get them to see what's fundamentally wrong with it in the first place? I know that by putting restrictions in place that we can prevent future assaults from happening. This is obviously the most important thing. But I think we need to go further in depth in educating boys about why rape is so wrong, otherwise preventative rape measures could turn into just another thing that they're told exist "just because", as opposed to knowing the valid reasoning behind it.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

"Cinderella Ate My Daughter" and "Enlightened Sexism"


For my post, I've decided to elaborate on Lexi's blog post this week. In her post, Lexi argues that competitive reality shows should not be seen by young girls, as it could shape their perception of female relationships in a negative way. I agree with her, as does Douglas, the author of the article. These shows teach young girls that getting a man's attention is the most important thing, and that you should put other women down in order to do it.

Another point Lexi brings up is in relation to the other article: she states that when it comes to materialism and how it is ingrained into us, we should not blame the parents for buying their children these toys. This is true, as it is difficult for some parents to say no to their children, and it can be difficult to see how these items may influence a child's future. It is the fault of the companies themselves, as they purposely perpetuate harmful ideologies in order to make money. If anyone is to be blamed, it is them.

And there's more to be said about this when it comes to women and materialism. My best friend, who is a feminist like myself, once said "There are lots of incorrect and stupid female stereotypes out there. But you know, I've actually never met another woman who didn't like shopping". I don't think I've ever met a woman who hates shopping, either. In fact, I just went shopping last night, spending money I definitely shouldn't have. Why? I feel like as girls we are conditioned since we are children to love buying things, and that this has been marketed towards us as a way to raise our self esteem, and it can be a hard habit to break as adults.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

#NoSelfieDay and selfiecity


Both of these webpages (Teen Vogue's: #NoSelfieDay and the website selfiecity) argue that selfies are an important aspect of our culture. However, they both eventually go a step further, and claim that people use selfies as a ways to garner attention and build their self esteem. This rests on the idea that our perception of ourselves is formed entirely by what others think of us.

However, I would argue that this is untrue. I don't really interact with social media, but from what I've seen, selfies are mostly a way of expressing self-love (one article on selfiecity claims this as well). I don't think people take selfies to feel good; they feel good, so they take selfies! It's an important distinction, especially when it comes to teens.

Although, as selfiecity suggests, the average age of selfie-takers is in their early twenties, selfies are still something that is connected with teens. It's not a coincidence that TEEN Vogue published an article about them. One reason selfies are connected to teens is due to the perceived fragility of teenagers. If selfies are, after everything, a way to garner appreciation and love, then who needs that more than the imbalanced, insecure teenager? Also, social media is very much tied to teens, and so therefore is selfie culture.

This can connect back to our "Framing Youth" article (as it shows that teens have an aspect of their culture that is seen entirely as their own) and the "Tangle of Discourses" (specifically, "The Storm". Imagine the chaos a teen would create if they didn't get enough likes on their selfie?). A lot of stereotypes are at play here when discussing selfie culture. Bizarrely, selfies are one of the only things that only affects the person that takes it, and yet we as a society are obsessed with analyzing them.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Age Gaps in Television

Here is the youtube video talking about age gaps in TV- quite a few of these are student/teacher relationships involving teens!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

3. Raby, A Tangle of Discourses: Girls Negotiating Adolescence


A "rebellious teenager"
I loved this article, and almost every paragraph had a great quote in it. For the purposes of this post, though, I decided to take all three of my quotes from just one of Rebecca C. Raby's interview subjects.

All of the following are quotes from 15-year-old Vienna:

"[Adults] assume that all teenagers rebel just because this is the age when we start to become our own person. Like, at 12/13 you really start thinking about things for yourself and not necessarily doing everything that your parents do, you know? Becoming more independent...youth are perceived always in terms of what they are becoming, rather than what they are being: they are potential, not yet fully formed" (433).

I think this is incredibly true. The whole term "coming of age" is kind of fucked up, when you think about it. It's as if people don't have any authority over their own lives until they reach a certain age. Teens can become independent...but only with their parents' permission, which doesn't make any sense.

"I know with my parents sometimes they'll turn things around. Like when they want me to take responsibility for something they'll say 'You're supposed to act like an adult'...but then um, when I am, whatever, taking responsibility, or when I'm out for the whole day doing my own things and then I want to go to a party or something, they'll say 'You're not 21' " (439).

This is really manipulative, but also rings true for a lot of teens. It relates to the other quote: Teens can be independent, but only at their parents' discretion. Parents have a tendency to exercise their authority by giving at some points, and taking away at others.

"I mean, I think a lot of kids rebel because society expects us to. And I mean I think that a lot of the time...just sort of being our own people is interpreted as rebelling against our parents and I think it's just- I mean, they assume that all teenagers rebel just because this is the time when we start to become our own person" (445).

This proves that the categorization of all teenagers as "bad" is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Parents punish their teens for lashing out, and teens lash out as revenge against their parents for punishing them. And adults are so quick to diminish teens' struggles that any non-childlike and non-adultlike behavior is perceived as rebellion.

I think that Vienna's quotes were very relevant to the text at hand. She seems very socially conscious, and is the type of person who could make a difference for how teens are regarded (not that she should have to).

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Media Matters

How My High School Experience Was Shaped

This is Annie Edison, from the show Community. She is only 18, but "acts younger", and is a smart and driven, though immature and worrisome young lady. I see a lot of myself in Annie, and dressed like her for the entirety of my Freshman year of high school. Even now, when I'm nervous about a big presentation or test, I'll dress like her in the morning, and it soothes my nerves for the rest of the day.

It is no secret that Rebel Without a Cause is my favorite movie. I saw it during my Junior year of high school, which was a time when I felt very alone, so I related to how the characters felt. Even though I'm not much like him, I immediately felt an intense bond to the character of Jim Stark (played by James Dean) and his compassion for others. If I hadn't seen this movie, I may not have decided to write for teens.

The Secret Life of The American Teenager was not a good show. But when I was in middle school, I loved it. Every week, I live texted with my friend Meghan about the episode (my first real experience texting). To say it shaped my perception about high school would be an understatement, and it created a lot of internalized misogyny in me, as well, as I used to think every girl was either a Grace, an Amy, or an Adrian.

Final Presentation - Pecha Kucha