I have a crazy imagination. It helps me to be creative in the long run. Most of my ideas are quite random but those ideas have been around me during my childhood years. Who knows, one day it might change. But until then, here is my American Dream
The recent Chanel window displays show female manikins in elegant gowns wearing large, feature-hiding, white-feather-covered, Venetian masks.One of these women is also sitting in a large, human-sized, golden birdcage.
Chanel’s design, while intended to capture a woman’s attention and draw her into the store, is extremely derogatory toward women.The masks objectify women, turning the manikins into body parts for passersby to look at anonymously.The manikin positioned happily in the birdcage suggests she is submissive and passive.
Chanel, a high quality brand that sells to wealthy, influential women, has determined that showcasing stereotypical attributes of women will sell their products.Their marketing strategy shows how much America is influenced by traditional views of women as obedient, passive, simple beings.
I spent my time reading articles on the blog spot called Rookie. One of the blogs in particular caught my eye. "The Year of My Eating Disorder" was an article that discussed the tragedy of a sixth grade girl. She had become anorexic but, because she was incredibly strong, was able to overcome her emotionally and physically painful, dangerous, and disabling eating disorder. I was completely heartbroken that someone at such a young age could be so incredibly disgusted with themselves that they would put their body through something like that.
Before we started talking about the effects of media on the current population in America, I didn't realize, to the full extent at least, how strongly the younger generation was swayed by what they saw on the TV like Keeping Up With the Kardashians or read in magazines like Seventeen. I think it's because the only attention these younger distressed kids get is what they're on episodes on reality TV shows talking about how they've been affected by skinny, airbrushed models or when they're on the news pronounced dead because they've been bullied so badly about their weight that they've decided to end their lives.
This article only fully proved my belief that "body image" stereotypes have negatively altered women's decisions on how they feel about themselves. It backed up every piece or research out there that says that the media pressures society into believing certain things because someones favorite celebrity said so or because an advertisement made a women portray that skinny is sexy.
OPRF has close to 4,000 students, so probably close to 2,000 females. It's hard to think that out of all of those girls, there are only a few who stand up to stereotypes and dress and act the way that they truly believe is beautiful. It's sad to know that a lot of the time, a good majority of the rest of the girls at school make fun of them or look at them with a snotty attitude because they aren't meeting pop-culture stereotypes. Although not everyone falls under that category, there are few to no girls that can honestly admit that when they see another girl extremely overweight or dressing in something a little too concealing that they don't at least, for a split second, judge them or wonder who picked their wardrobe. You would think that with 2,000 women, we could all join forces and change stereotypes.
This aerticle makes you realize how just a few popular advertisements or TV shows or lyrics to a song can have a life-altering negative affect on a good portion of the female population, starting at distressing young ages.
It is obviously not false to state that the majority of entertainment in today's society advocates common stereotypes of women in America. Popular media frequently contributes to degrading stereotypes that originated many centuries ago. The Walking Dead, a popular TV series, is not free of that charge. However, while it may seem to strongly promote stereotypes that women have been trying to avoid for ages, its main female character, a strong outgoing but incredibly gorgeous woman named Andrea, is characterizes as being so rebellious to pop-culture views on stereotypes, that it can in fact be inferred that the series is taking a stand against degrading stereotypes.
To summarize for those who are not familiar with this TV series, it centers around a former police officer who was shot and wakes up from a coma when the world has been taken over by a zombie plague. When he finds everyone gone, he travels to where he head he would be safe; the cities. He then finds a group of survivors. They fight for their lives against vicious zombies.
Although many of the women in these episodes adhere to common stereotypes like women being incredibly defenseless and having their only legitimate place be in the house serving their husbands, Andrea becomes the rebel feminist whose goal in life is to fight alongside man, defying common beliefs of the rest of the women in her survivor group.
Throughout the series, Andrea does her best to fight with the men. She becomes well trained with using a gun even though her girlfriends disapprove and do not learn to use guns themselves. SHe proves herself to be less of a defenseless housewife, like the others. She is rarely in the kitchen cooking or in her laundry room washing clothes. She spends hours every day outside with the males in her group looking for trouble and fighting whatever comes along.
Andrea's incredible rebellion shows that women are not merely objects, but strong individuals who create their own stereotypes with each and every decision they make.
I do not think that The Walking dead is filmed to belittle women, like common critics believe. I think that the show was filmed to show that women can defy stereotypes in everyday life if they make the right decisions and go about their way purposely avoiding promoting their own feminist stereotypes.
Andrea is merely characterized to make women want to become free of degrading misconceptions that tie them down in today's society.