February 2, 2009
I found it interesting that we talked about women in the media and that same day I saw a movie with my wife that really showed what we had been talking about. The movie was called “What Color is Love”. Basically a white woman sleep with a black professional basketball player, she gets pregnant and he leaves her. She raises the child for several years, and then the father starts to fight for custody. The child looks like his father, not his mother. During the custody battle the biggest advantage that the father has is that he is now involved with another woman. At this point the battle is between the two women. The film rarely shows the father during the custody cases. The film always places the two women against each other.
The other thing that I found interesting in our discussions was how roles for men and women are defined from a very young age. We talked about how colors are ascribed to male and female from the time we are young. When a child is just a baby, blankets and such are blue for boys and pink for girls. At such a young age when you can’t really tell the difference, I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. Since we have used these colors to signify boy and girl, we can tell if the child is a boy or girl. It is a practical thing, but as they start getting older the toys and such that we give them help form what they think their roles are.
January 24, 2009
I think this week’s topic of women and media was really pretty interesting. I had a class where we talked about it a little bit. I don’t know that I had ever noticed before taking that class that when I watch a movie or television show, that I am watching from a prodominantly male perspective. An attractive woman comes into the picture and the camera then looks her up and down or will focus on her butt, breast or some other attractive part of her body. Everytime the camera does that now, I notice.
I also found it interesting what our teacher said about being an object. I found it interesting that she said when doing the nude modeling or when she was covered head to toe in the robes, she felt she was an object. I thought that was interesting that in two totally opposite experiences she felt the same way.
I also just wanted to finish saying that I have noticed that the media in other countries is very comparable, at times, to the media here. My wife is from Mexico and I know the media has a very similar effect on women there. They also have to look perfect. I don’t know if there is as much of a competition between women as there is here, but the women do have to fit certain stereotypes too. They also have to be thin, attractive and many of those same stereotypes we ascribe to women, physically speaking.
January 17, 2009
Ok, so this is my opportunity to speak about our class and the things that we are studying. Unfortunately, the meeting that we had to attend on Wednesday was not such a great experience. I have been to public meetings or forums and found most of them to be a good experience. This time it didn’t start that way. When each of the speakers was given a few minutes to share some opening comments, they didn’t take just a few minutes. By the time they had finished speaking, there was no time left for public comment or question. I liked a lot of what they said, but one of them lost me. He started speaking on so many different tangets and subjects that I wasn’t sure if he was still in the same meeting as the rest of us. Maybe it was just me.
I did find it interesting how there was a small independent newspaper that thrived in Utah, especially being a diversity paper. I agree with the man that started it, Utah is not known for it’s diversity. It is kind of like the other night on Colbert. Jason Chaffetz was a guest, one of the things that Colbert mentioned is that according to statistics Jason Chaffetz represents one of the most diverse geographic regions in Utah. So, Colbert asked Chaffetz to tell him about the black man. He didn’t ask about the diversity, he asked about one single black man. Which in many circles would make it more diverse.
With what little time was left it was interesting to find out that we can influence local media. Possibly even national. Just take the time to speak with the editors of the paper, radio or television station. It may take more people that have similar concerns before they listen, but it is worth a chance. I think that if needed, we can gather facts and information to present to prove our case.