Wednesday, September 29, 2010
SEE JANE is a program of the Institute that utilizes research, education and advocacy to engage the entertainment industry and recognize the need for gender balance and varied portrayals of females and male characters into movies, TV, and other media aimed at children 11 and under. We work cooperatively and collaboratively with entertainment creators to encourage them to be leaders in creating positive change.
Monday, September 27, 2010
This demure commercial features Barbie in a wedding dress, a beach dress, a conservative nightgown, some city-wear, an evening gown (with cigarette holder! that's how you know it's the 50's!), some party dresses, and a swim suit. The song ends with a close-up on Bride-Barbie and the lyrics are, "Some day I'm gonna be/ exactly like you!/ Til then I know just what I'll do/ Barbie, beautiful Barbie/ I'll make believe that I am you!" So clearly, the fantasy constructed for little girls in the 50s is that you can have a lot of pretty dresses, but the best thing is to someday be a bride. And ergo... wife.
In the 60s, it's exciting that Barbie's a little more mobile than before! She can pose! And... pose some more! Did we mention that she can sit?
Superstar Barbie is all about the fashion. They don't even try to get her to be "active" and sit.
Astronaut Barbie! Finally! A profession! But don't worry, she's still stylin' and her space-wear doubles as futuristic club wear. Phew! And finally, in the 80s, we get Barbie's new slogan, "We Girls Can Do Anything!" ... as long as you're wearing the right outfit, of course.
Ah, Super Talk Barbie. She has SUCH good ideas. Malls, sleepovers.... tell me where she's applying to college! Oh, she's not? She's just going to go to the mall every day in hopes of running into Ken? Well, that's a good idea too.
This article from the UK Daily Mail by Rose Prince claims, basically, that the reason that there is a growing obesity problem is that feminism took women out of the kitchen and replaced their loving and healthy prepared meals with unhealthy fast food.
When the feminist voices of the Sixties made home cooking into a symbol of drudgery, they no doubt had the best intentions. Equality in the workplace was a noble cause and a degree of sexual revolution was necessary.Domestic cooking was chucked aside as an irrelevance, an icon of unfairness to women — which allowed a very eager food industry to leap forward with the convenience-food solution.Yes, it’s feminism we have to thank for the spread of fast-food chains and an epidemic of childhood obesity.
Okay, so this article is obviously ... crazy. There's a great response at the Guardian UK that deconstructs Prince's article pretty well, which I am thankful for, as reading Prince's article nearly caused me a heart attack. Prince is among a traditionalist camp of women who believe that women are naturally more nurturing, thus must be the primary providers of domestic care for their families. Quite frankly, I don't know a lot about the psychology of nurturing in men vs. women, but I do know that it is incredibly sexist to assume that men can't be nurturing, caring, good cooks, and involved in domestic work. Many times, the finger is pointed at feminists for "destroying" this or that, when really what we should be looking at is how sexism is harming our ability to progress as humans.
So what's Rose Prince's problem? Well, first of all, she doesn't have any evidence to back up her claims. Food is a lot unhealthier than it was 30 or 40 or 50 years ago. The world is also just a lot more expensive. Most families cannot afford to have one spouse stay home and do domestic work full-time. And even when both spouses work full time, women often end up doing more domestic work.
This graph shows how even among men and women in "elevated" professional positions, there is hardly equality among domestic work.
It’s important to remember that women can embrace cookery without betraying their cause. Being a feminist does not mean dropping femininity.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
In response to criticism towards Hit-Girl's character, Chloe Moretz stated in an interview, "If I ever uttered one word that I said in Kick-Ass, I would be grounded for years! I'd be stuck in my room until I was 20! I would never in a million years say that. I'm an average, everyday girl." Moretz has said that while filming, she could not bring herself to say the film's title out loud in interviews, instead calling it "the film" in public and "Kick-Butt" at home.
Monday, September 20, 2010
In Spanish, all nouns are gendered. Sometimes this is kind of random. For example, table is feminine. Hairdryer is masculine. Water is masculine, but plural water is feminine. You could spend a lot of time trying to analyze the gender of words without probably getting anywhere. However, there are some instances when the sexism of language is clear. After Dana and I gave our class a powerpoint presentation on Sexism last week (there are a bunch of topics we could choose from, I of course, volunteered for that one), Evelyn showed us these words:
So, I missed this series this summer, as I was off taking care of children in the woods, but when I got back, my friend Carol and I got together for lunch and among the things we talked about, she recommended this series to me.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
bitches and hoes don't exist because the hoes know bo's a feminist,
bitches and hoes don't exist because the hoes know bo's a feminist
so take off your bras and burn em or you can let me burn em
take off your bras and burn em, or you can let bo burnham burn em.