GLAAD study on representation in the media Where We Are on TV revealed several troubling statistics including one that states that lesbian representation decreased dramatically from the previous year, down to 17%. Last year’s percentage was 33.
Coverage of suicide is a difficult subject to tackle, especially in television but I think if viewers should read 13 Reasons Why as a reminder to occasionally step outside of ourselves and acknowledge that our beliefs, actions and behaviors do not exist in a vacuum. No one ever truly knows what issues the people around them are already dealing with so we need to make our best effort to not adding to the suffering of others.
It is incredibly important to analyze the content we consume, especially from reality television which is specifically scripted and constructed to closely resemble real life.
In class we talked about Leslie A. Grinner’s “Bella’s Choice: Deconstructing Ideology and Power in the Twilight Saga” and her framework for analysis SCWAMP, which stands for Straight, Christian, White, Able-bodied, Male, and Property holding.
The way that women are portrayed in popular media, specifically in advertising, is absolutely disgusting. Women’s’ bodies are constantly being used to sell anything from food to tools and luxury items like perfume and cars. The female form is often reduced to its pieces (lips, hips, breasts, legs, vagina, etc) and commodified. Women are objectified, devalued and dehumanized in ads for the sole purpose of driving consumerism and further hegemonic ideals of female identity and sexuality.
Disney provides a very rigid and unrealistic beauty standard that prescribe what conventional attractiveness and femininity looks like to impressionable young girls.
ove the Way You Lie could have taken information and statistics we have already gathered from research into domestic violence to create a video that focused on the manipulation, the warnings signs and the portrayal of abuse and fundamentally incompatible with real, healthy love.
But instead it relied on tired archetypes, literal and rhetorical victim-blaming, and overall glorification of unstable, violent relationships.
I identify as a feminist. But as a feminist, I can also acknowledge that feminism has a sordid history with black women. My feminism is black, intersectional and womanist. Womanism, often viewed as a shade of feminism, focusing more on the interaction of race and gender within the lives of women of color and…
The immediate reaction to any critique on systemic racism, implicit or explicit bias or the micro-aggressions black people are all too familiar with, is to accuse said media of “vilifying” all white people and pushing a “liberal” agenda on “innocent Americans.”
With the increasing access to information, it is crucial to look beyond the popular memes of “long periololically time,” “no, not today,” and “ain’t nobody got time for that,” and see the harmful ramifications of repeated exposure to stereotypical characterizations of black people.