Sunday, May 12, 2013

TED talk: "Looks Aren't Everything. Believe Me, I'm a Model"

Here are two cool posts from Maya (who's not able to access the blog):

A really interesting TED talk by model Cameron Russell.

An article by Jonathan Rauch, "Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul"

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gender Roles Reversed in Advertising


This kinda is like the movie we watched in class, Miss Representation. But a lot shorter.
And after 2:30 minutes, it shows pictures of gender role reversal in advertising.

Jackson Katz

I'm not sure if this particular video has been brought up in our conversations, but I just watched it recently and really found it inspirational. It's a TED talk by Jackson Katz, who we saw in Miss Representation and in the videos about Tough Guise. He talks about the importance of recognizing that gender issues are not just women issues and should not be ignored by men. Although some parts have already been said in the movies and videos we have watched, I really like his take on this global issue of sexism.

Sheryl Sandberg: Tearin' Up the Facebook Workforce (In an Awesome Way)

Sheryl Sandberg has some serious heart and soul. Upon watching her TED talk, I remembered reading an article about her in TIME magazine, which I've brought in to class today, and thinking what a 
kicka@$ woman she was/is. I am empowered by her strength and courage to make a difference in a "man's working world,"and to embrace the power of the individual, the woman, and herself. Rock on, Sheryl, rock on.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Why the CEO of Abercrombie "hates fat chicks"

A fairly revolting article about why Abercrombie and Fitch only carries relatively small sizes and does not want larger people wearing its brand.

Women in a Man's World

This article stood out to me because the speaker Sheryl K. Sandberg in the Ted talk video is mentioned in the article. I think it is important to realize not only how society may limit women, but how women may limit themselves: "In many cases, she says, the problem of the glass ceiling is matched by what she calls the “sticky floor” — that is, women who remain in lower-tier jobs because they don’t proactively try to climb the corporate ladder."

Monday, May 6, 2013


This is a link to an article about a new Danish TV show.  During the show, a woman silently strips in front of 2 men, who critique her body.  I was disgusted to read about the sexist premise of this show, which only furthers the role of women as objects of beauty.

Being a Human Being in the Academic World

This may not be directly related to our discussion, but when we were talking about the article on the disadvantages of elite education, I thought of this article. It is written by a Professor at Harvey Mudd, and it discusses how "Your accomplishments are NOT what make you a worthy human being." Like we said in class, I think that it is really important to remember the real reason why teachers teach and why students learn. Although it is so easy to get lost in the moment (especially during this time of seemingly endless finals), once we understand that a letter grade does not make us who we are, all of the stress becomes a whole lot easier with which to deal.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

An interesting perspective on the Dove Real Beauty Sketches

 The women's fixation on moles or wrinkles, for instance, that account for a disproportionate amount of their self-denigration; the age and race of the participants, generally young and white; and a seemingly minor detail -- the sketch artist is male. Fridkis writes, "He got to be the one to gently suggest to the women, 'Maybe you're more beautiful than you thought.' He got to present their "true" beauty to them. That felt like it might be open to some discussion in an earnest gender studies class at a liberal arts college somewhere."

Anti-Rape Campaign Scotland

This is an awesome commercial that Maya and I enjoyed. It is part of a campaign to stop rape in Scotland. It addresses the ideas that women "ask" to be raped and shows how ridiculous women-blaming is if you take a step back and think about it.

Gender Neutral Housing

This is an article concerning the implementation of gender neutral housing at CMC.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Gender and Appearance

I saw this picture on Facebook, and it reminded me of FHS. This is just one of many ways people can fall in between the two boxes of the stereotypical man and woman.

Barbie vs Average Woman

I thought this pertained to the movie we watched yesterday in class. It just shows a media hyper-sexualized figure of a woman (Barbie) compared to the figure of the average woman.