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My roommate wanted to watch all the Twilight movies because she has never seemed them, and she commented on the objectification of men in New Moon.  My roommate is a feminist and brought up the idea of women being objectified.  Some other people that live in my dorm stopped in and joined in on our conversation.  After a night of talking, I feel my friends are complacent with the place of women in society and they don’t have many complaints except they think that men objectify women in most situations.  This really got me thinking about how women are viewed in the media.
That in TV for example women are portrayed as sexual beings and look pretty.  That they are a supporting role to the male roles and if a show is has a leading role be a woman, she is a super strong independent woman, who isn’t effected by anything in their surroundings.  Or that in movies women are damsels in distress and need saving or help from something.  That women and in magazines and advertising are dressed in skimpy clothes or laying in a seductive position to get a man attention because a man wouldn’t pay attention to the commercial if it were just a women in a turtle neck sitting down.  Overall that women are nothing more than a beautiful sexual person.  I think women objectify themselves.  First and foremost if a women is in any commercial, tv show, or movie and didn’t say no to doing something objectifies herself, then it’s her fault and her fault alone.  No one is forcing women to do this.  Secondly women are directors of movies or screenplay writers for tv shows.  So to say that men objectify women is incorrect, because women objectify themselves.
Let’s just look at music.  Men use women in their videos in bikinis to lounge around and look pretty.  Women will wear next to nothing and dance provocatively.  People get upset about his and think that rap music is so awful because it’s broadcasts women in a negative way.  What about the women who do it to themselves.  I love Beyonce, but she has on a leotard in multiple videos of hers, at her concerts she wears leotards as well.  She has her hair done up big and elaborate makeup as she struts around in a leotard and heels.  Her single ladies video; it’s simply 3 women dancing provocatively in a room in no clothing.  Britney Spears and the Spice Girls, when I was young I thought that I would be just like those artists.  I remember throwing a fit because I couldn’t have Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time outfit for Halloween.  I think about it now, and these women just put themselves out there and sex symbols.  Not saying that women need to dress conservatively, but a little clothing is nice.  Rarely do you see men in a music video running about half dressed.  It just doesn’t happen.
Personally I think that women play into being objectified.   They don’t take steps to prevent it and it gives a negative connotation to how women should act.  This just sets up how the gender role for women and how they should act because of how they are perceived to the public eye.  Society complains that women are viewed sexually, but no one takes the steps to change it.

Janell Alston

Reality tv is a huge business for any television station.  It seems that anyone and everyone can get a reality show these days and become rich and famous.  Yet when it you look at the people who are in reality tv, I think a good majority of them and seemingly attractive people.  No one wants to see ugly rich people every time they turn on their tv.  Take example the Kardashians; most ridiculous family on television, but they are all beautiful.  I don’t think that these women have much to offer young women to aspire to be.  They talk about getting, having breast implants, being skinny, and what magazine they are going to be in next.  They don’t want to go in public or be on camera without makeup.  The message being delivered to girls who watch the Kardashians are that you have to be a certain way to be acceptable.
The show the Bachelor or Bachelorette, how about that show?  A woman can’t be complete without her man and vice versa for men?  It’s not bad to have a show where people want to find a significant other, but there are two problems with this show.  One the people who are chosen to be on the show are attractive and secondly all the couples are heterosexual.  Understandably that the network, ABC, doesn’t want to chance there ratings of one of their most precious shows and they don’t want to create conflict, but between 21 seasons of these shows, not once has there been a gay or lesbian couple.  ABC probably doesn’t want to jeopardize such a high rating show and deal with the back lash from society about having an entire season with a non-heterosexual couple.  I think it’s time to move forward.
I do give ABC credit for having Chaz Bono on their show Dancing With The Stars.  He is a transgendered man and ABC probably knew that it would create controversy, but they signed to have him on their show anyways.  I know that my grandma wouldn’t watch the show because of Chaz and Dancing With The Stars probably had a sizeable viewer drop, but I give ABC credit.  People question why ABC would put Chaz on their show and think that it’s some bad message being sent out to the world.  That it’s going to give people the wrong idea.  I completely disagree!  What is they wrong idea?  Isn’t it a great message that people can do things for themselves that is entirely life changing and makes them be the best they can be?  Celebrities are celebrities because people in the world are fascinated with them and people want to know about their lives.   People look up to celebrities.  So isn’t in empowering if you’re uncomfortable in you’re skin to know that it’s okay and that you’re not alone?  Even celebrities change their gender.  Personally I think that it’s an amazing thing because people are so judgmental and have so many preconceived notions about everything and everybody.  People are so set in their own way of thinking that they can’t accept anyone else for being themselves.  It’s amazing that ABC put Chaz Bono on their show.

 

Janell Alston

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I’ve been paying more attention to commercials lately and today, I was watching t.v. and a Tide detergent commercial came on, and this mother was talking about how her daughter only likes to wear cargo pants and hoodies, and how her daughter doesn’t like pink.  They advertise Tide when the mom talks about how her daughter had crayons in her pocket and she thought her clothes were ruined, but with Tide the stains came out.  Then she says to her daughter, “Is that another car garage, it’s beautiful honey.” In a strained voice, like it hurt her to say that to her child, while she herself is in a frilly skirt and pink top.  This commercial, I thought was extremely offensive.  Who decided that girls can’t like cargo shorts and hoodies, or like to play with wooden blocks and build something?  I wore cargo shorts and athletic pants until I was eleven.  I hated jeans, skirts, and dresses.  I also played basketball, and ran around outside with my brother all day, there is nothing wrong with that.  This commercial just irks me to no end!  I cannot stand the message that is sending out to everyone that sees it.  Why would society want to deliver such a sexist view of anything?  It tells people that girls are supposed to want to be dressed up and look pretty play with dolls and bake and that boys are rough and tough and get dirty.
I also saw a State Farm commercial, and it just characterized the man and the women into stereotypical roles of their sex.  The woman was nagging the boyfriend and complaining, while he just stood there frustrated.  Then after they sang the State Farm jingle they asked for new boyfriends and girlfriends.  They could have changed to different people, or had different personalities, but nope.  The man had no shirt and a six pack, and the women had on heels and shorts, in tank top with her hair done up.  Frankly I think this exploits both men and women and I think that it’s a skewed view to advertise to people.  I understand that the commercial is supposed to be funny and that it isn’t supposed to mean any harm, but I think it does.  It gives off the impression sublimely of how a man and women she interact, and how they should look.
How about all the “unmanly” Miller beer commercials; what’s with all of those?  It’s unmanly to be afraid of a rollercoaster or to be wearing skinny jeans.  Obviously to the marketers of Miller Lite it is.  To me, those commercials say two things.  One, “men have to be men” and do things that men are “supposed” to do according to society; two, men are the only people who drink beer.  I know plenty of women who enjoy a cold beer.  I also don’t think that men can’t be afraid of rollercoasters.  They are scary contraptions and if a man wants to wear tight jeans, who is anyone to judge what he wears.  I think these commercials set a bad example for men to want to obtain to be.  These commercials are portraying stereotypical gender roles of men.  I don’t think that they are funny at all, and I don’t enjoy them.

Janell Alston

I just finished the book The Hunger Games about a day ago and I am completely addicted to the series.  I only read it because people said if you like The Twilight Saga, you’ll love these books too.  Yes, I love Twilight, but this book is entirely different from Twilight and I was completely taken aback by it.  It was so intriguing and didn’t remind me of Twilight much at all.  Then I got to thinking about what we talking about in class and gender roles popped into my mind because it is a big deal to me.  My brother was a typical boy and I was a typical girl, but our baby sister is such a tom boy, everyone claims she is homosexual.  I would not care is she liked girls, but I know that she does not.   She just likes to play basketball more than shop for clothes.  Yet everyone else seems to think it is so tragic that she does not like to wear dresses.  The Hunger Games, I think it has a pretty good message to it concerning gender roles and the irrelevance of them.

 

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