Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Watching that Hip Hop video in class made me want to puke. When I heard the way some of the rappers talked about girls, I felt sick to my stomach and disgusted. In class, I remember some comments regarding the difference between “sisters” and “bitches”. Some of it had to do with how the women dressed. It also had to do with whether these women would give it up to the guys or if they would stand up for themselves. So basically, if you’re showing more skin, then you’re more likely to give it up.
I’ll admit I typically dress on the conservative side. I don’t show a lot of thigh, or cleavage or whatever. But what if I did? Would that mean that I am more willing to give it up to a guy simply because I’m showing more skin? No. I’m not saying that women should show lots of skin simply because they can. I’m just saying that if a woman WANTS to dress a certain way, then she should be able to do that, and not necessarily be thought of as a slut.
Also, if a woman doesn’t tolerate a man coming up to her on the street and smacking her butt or touching her inappropriately, does that make her a “bitch”? Seriously, the perception that these guys had of women was so disrespectful; they only saw them as objects for sex.
I think the main reason I have beef with rap music is because of the lyrics. If you really listen carefully to the words that are being said, so much of it is chauvinistic and demeaning to women. Not only that, it’s mostly about violence, sex, and being a tough guy. I can’t relate or connect with that at all and on top of that I don’t respect it.
I’m so sick of this tough guy image, especially in the Hip Hop world. It’s so pointless and stupid. I mean obviously I don’t want a guy bawling all over me all the time. But I can respect a guy that is in touch with his feelings and emotions, and is not afraid to show what he is really feeling.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Talking about advertising this week and seeing a few examples of how both men and women are portrayed in the media got me to thinking. If I'm not 5' 9" and and 105 lbs, I should be hitting the gym... hard. I mean, I'm 5' 3 AND 1/2", so what's a girl, nay, a woman to do about that? I can go to the gym, all day, everyday and it's not going to make me any taller. I'm stuck with what I got, so I might as well flaunt it, right? (Just joshin').
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Talking about gender and roles this week in class got me thinking about my own role as a girl in society. Growing up, I wasn't the typical girl. I didn't like to play with dolls or Barbie's. I didn't like to play "dress up" or wear bows in my hair. Instead I liked to play sports. I liked swords, guns, Ninja Turtles, Legos and GI Joe's. My best friend was a boy. I still played with girls, but I had less in common with them as far as interests go. When it comes to the portrayal of girls in the media, I was not acting according to my gender role.