“Perfection is a disease of a nation,” a verse used in Beyoncé song. It explains how women are obsessed with trying to be the ideal woman in the world. The message behind making the song was finding beauty in imperfection. The music video also showed younger Beyoncé accepting an award for a singing performance. Sia Furler wrote the song and when Beyoncé heard it she wanted it for herself, she knew it would be perfect for her
The movie Chi-raq by Spike Lee is one of the most interesting movies I have seen in a while. It’s funny, it’s engaging, but most importantly, it has a message. The movie centers around the city of Chicago, Illinois, or as it is nicknamed “Chi-raq.” The movie opens up with a song about Chi-raq which shows a narrative of someone’s life in Chi-raq, it then opens up to a quote stating how the number of people killed in chi-raq have surpassed the death toll of Americans in both the Afghanistan and Iraqi combined. The film then sets the narrative of the girlfriend of one of the gang leaders leading a “sex strike” in order to force the men to create some kind of treaty to stop the killings. There are two main aspects of this film that I believe can be interpreted incorrectly and unsurprisingly these are the aspects that received harsh criticisms and left people wondering what is Spike Lee trying to do.
I asked my father one day regarding gender roles in the American culture and his opinion on it since gender roles play a huge portion in my culture. He brought up the point that even if we state that in today’s society, there are some equality and freedom in gender roles, it doesn’t matter much because in some shape or form, we can never really walk away from the stereotypes or labels that have been clearly defined on us. Some people will look at us and when there is fault, our gender sometimes becomes
I have not yet met a single person oblivious to the phrases, "Blonde moment," or the annoying, "She won't understand because she is blonde." Being blonde myself, I've personally heard these I would say oh-- maybe a million times, give or take a few. I have grown to turn a deaf ear to someone whenever they say such things because I know that they are either ignorant to the fact that hair color does not in fact play a role in someone’s intelligence whatsoever, (which is scientifically proven by the way), or they themselves have heard it so much that they now use the phrases without a second thought. But here I am, green eyes, fair haired and all, trying to put a rest to such things that once caused me problem, but have now been downgraded to more of a nuisance in my life.
It is often said that the first step for improvement is to recognize that there is a problem needed to be dealt with. Though not uncommon, this dilemma is rarely brought to light and therefore has a long, tragic history. The Representation Project 's documentary The Mask You Live In is focused on the age-old question, "How to be a man in America?" This film defines masculinity, discusses learned behavior, and reminds us of our role in society.
The film Tangerine, present how trans people live their life and the challenges that they face. At the beginning when we started to watch the film, I didn’t think it would be interesting or anything. As you continue the film to the end, it was interesting then expected. This film was able to give a more understanding to how trans people are being perceived in society and how they are excluded by people.
Virgin, Sandi looks in the mirror in the bathroom and is “surprised to find a pretty girl looking back at her. It struck her impersonally, as if it were a judgment someone else was delivering, someone American and important, like Dr. Fanning…” (Alvarez 181). When Sandi looks in the mirror, she does not feel as if she is herself, but rather the powerful host of cultural ideology that is at play in the working of the definition of beautiful, as if she were a doll looking at a doll. She sees what Valerie Babb would refer to as having “…no particular power, until ‘adults, older girls, shops, magazines, newspapers, window signs—all the world’ give them such by aggregately terming them [Spanish] and privileging that now racialized classification.” Sandi realizes the power of having
“Pink is for girls; blue is for boys.” This sentence is not just a proverb. It is a cultural phenomenon that has been creating genderic stereotypes since the 1940’s (Maglaty, 2011). Clothing options that are available for children not only affect their style, but also the way they express their identity. My research question stems from my interest in the effect of culture and, by extension, clothing options, in the expression of identities especially among children. In this research study, I explore the cues that children’s clothing convey about the perceived identity and expected personality of boys and girls. To answer my research question, I decided to observe children’s
Movies offer different ways of looking at the world and everything in it. Each movie tells a story and the story can be inferred many different ways. Dissenting voice movies go against what the normal is, creating diversity and uniqueness. The ideology of the dissenting voice movies are not obvious to everyone. To find the ideology of these films, the audience must really think about what the movie is trying to portray to the audience. In this paper I will analyze the movies Mulan, The Lion King, and WALL-E. By examining the binary opposites, symbols, motifs, and archetypes, I will show dissenting voice ideologies in animated movies.
When the film industry began in the 1900s, it was exclusively dominated by Whites. At the time, slavery existed which meant that it was hard for Black people to be treated or even seen as people, let alone represent their own ideas and lead the film industry. That being said, White people “controlled the entertainment industry and were able to choose what images of Black people to portray” (Kulaszewicz). These stereotypes that Whites have created for Blacks in the film industry are continued to be found in the 21st century’s film industry. For the purpose of this research project, I will be diving into the importance of media representations, specifically in the film industry, by breaking down and answering these question: How
I watched a film called “Enough” which it’s main character is Slim, or better known as Jennifer Lopez. Slim (Jennifer Lopez) marries Mitch and had a child together. Eventually Slim found out that Mitch has been having an affair with a French woman named Darcelle. Slim threatens Mitch to leave which enraged Mitch that caused him to becomes violent, slapping and punching her in the face. He gives her a warning, saying that he makes the money and gets to do whatever he likes. Series of abuse between Mitch and Slim that eventually caused Slim to go on a run to Seattle. One of Mitch 's wingman found Slim in a house that she purchased and Mitch decided to travel and meet Slim. After Slim discovering Mitch in her hallway, she flees after tussling with him and applying pepper spray to be able to get a head start. Slim sent Gracie to Hawaii with her friend to be out of
Hollywood has been the most successful place in the film industry thanks in large part to their enormous budgets, a wide range of subjects, engaging stories, and willingness to push the boundaries of social norms. Due to Hollywood’s outreach, their influence can be felt all across the United States, and in many other developed countries. It is for this reason that Hollywood often becomes trapped by their desire for ultimate success, and they begin falling back on the artistic decisions that are considered “safe” and “appropriate” for the mass public. Despite Hollywood’s notoriety, at the end of the day it is a business seeking to make as much money as it can earn with each new project, and for this reason, the “unpopular” or less common characterizations
Disney produced many films and cartoons which all of as individuals during our childhood watched and were extremely attached to. These films and cartoons seemed to direct the way we did things, changed our attitudes, and encouraged us to be like the main characters in them. As children or during a human’s childhood, each individual can be extremely influenced and directed by what these films and cartoons portray and the ideas behind them could be highly influential. In addition, Disney played a role in setting the role models of many young children and basing their lifestyles on the lifestyles of the characters portrayed in the films and cartoons. Time came that children grew up and began to realize that Disney portrayed gender in a stereotypical,
With the recent Disney movie Moana hitting theatres around the world, the movie has been met with many dazzling reviews and it wasn’t long before Moana was coined as the ultimate anti-princess. Looking back at Disney’s progress the past few decades, we can see an increase in the appearances such anti-princesses. But let’s be honest, when asked to name Disney’s strong female protagonists, Mulan is a given.
I never realized the gender inequality in this Disney song until I read your paragraph. From a sociological viewpoint, I agree with your point that this song highlighted all the masculine traits needed to be a man. With this also being one of my favorite Disney movies, I went back and read the lyrics which include; “Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons”? From a sociological viewpoint this verse devalues the judgement of women by calling the soldiers daughters. This is an example of Johnson’s concept that patriarchy is male-centered and to be accused of feminine qualities is insulting (Johnson, 2007). I like your observation how to film revolves around gender discrimination and inequality, but by the end of the movie the lesson