Gordon Parks was an African American photographer that had a very rich and diverse body of work from black and white photography to motion picture films. Parks was known for taking photos of social injustice, poverty, and racism in the United States. “Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective Exhibition” was organized in 1997 by the Corcoran Museum of Art which showcased his astonishing works of art. The book Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks was also released in 1997 includes over 200 photographs that illustrate Parks work.
No More Miss America discussed the topic of Miss America and the impact in has on both men and women. Women are treated like dogs: they strut around on a stage, being judged on their every move, appearance, and intelligence. People are voted off in the first round just because they don’t fit the “look” the judges are going for. This is the society that we are in, which places these unrealistic standards on women, which ultimately will never allow women to become equals to men. First thing on my mind: body size.
Hi Tuyen, good job on rhetorical analysis since you did points out many significant points of the issue presented in the documentary Miss Representation. I agree with you that “Newsom effectively convinces the audience of Miss Representation that the media portrays women in society simply through the value of women’s look” based on the statistics and her persuasive evidence. Photoshop is mostly used to retouch models’ figure in advertisements in order to bring perfect female images to the public. That the media’s extreme focus on how a girl or a woman should look like creates a misleading thought that women’s value is portrayed by their outward appearance. It is absolutely inaccurate since advertisers just tend to manipulate consuming behaviors;
When the Emperor was divine is a very interesting book. It explains the story of the WW1 internment camps from the point of view of the Japanese people and what they went through. It also includes many forms of symbolism that can completely change the story’s meaning. It also tries to imply how “American” the Japanese-American internees really were.
The protest was held outside of the Atlantic City Convention Center as feminist activist gathered on the boardwalk. The New York Radical Women (N.Y.R.W.) organized the entire protest. The Miss American Protest began Saturday, 2 pm. There was over a hundred women marching with signs. Women at the protest bashed the products advertised at the pageant and companies who used the contest to promote their products.
Double consciousness, the way in which people, specifically African Americans maintain two behavioral scripts, one for how they would typically move across the world, another that takes racially prejudice onlookers into consideration (You May Ask Yourself). Although first coined in the early 20th century by W.E.B DuBois in a time that racism was more prevalent, the term may still be applicable to the United States currently. The Doll Study provides evidence for this topic. As it allows insight as to how the easily impressable minds of children are affected by their parents and surrounding and reflecting on show the children see themselves.
It has long been known that there is a stereotype of vanity and superficiality attached to celebrities, both in Hollywood and on Broadway. This vanity is often associated with society’s notion that being beautiful is a make it or break it deal. Unfortunately, this requirement holds much stronger for women, especially in the 1940s and 1950s when a woman’s value was determined primarily on her appearance. The 1944 film Cover Girl discusses at great length these gender roles, as well as status, and even gender roles within status. This film is produced and released at a time where we see gender roles start to shift and change, and feminist thoughts first begin to develop.
In The House on Mango Street it's describes the problems that latinos and/or women face in a society that thinks of them as lower ranking. They are faced with having to be second to men, and cared for what they look like. In the novel she shows us several ways that women are lower ranked. This makes the most apparent theme, in my opinion, the inequality of women.
Although the term colorism has only existed for around 35 years and is quite young, the concept has existed for centuries. Colorism by definition means to discriminate within a single race against those with a darker skin tone in favor of lighter skinned people of the same race. The idea behind this concept comes from early slavery when the slave masters would sexually assault the female slaves and the result was lighter skinned slaves that were kept inside the home to do house work while the other slaves had to work the fields (Kerr 273)..” During this time, it was believed that the fair skinned slaves and/or the mixed children of slaves and master were “gentler, kinder more [attractive], smarter and more delicate"(Kerr,273). During that
This passage really stood out to me because it is a fond and genuine moment between two characters that often come across as lost and are exploited incessantly by Russell. The story that Suzanne retells is humorous and preposterous, revealing the personality and the carefree attitude that any ordinary teen should possess. You can see a real warmth and friendship between the two girls, as an episode of something close to normality briefly suspends itself in their portfolio of otherwise offbeat experiences. Instead of running towards crazed situations charged with danger and immorality, the two are simply content with just being typical girls, enjoying each other's company with sunny