Queer Identities and Selfies (Think about how you define yourself. Write…
Queer Identities and Selfies
So much of this class has been critical about selfies. Today, we are going to look at some potential positive aspects of the practice
Now the big question: growing up, did you see "yourself" reflected in popular media?
Movies, television, the news
Were those depictions positive? Were they true?
Second big question: Why is it important to "see ourselves" in popular media? Even though Sontag thinks all images do violence, why might images be important?
Can you think of examples where popular media depicted minorities in a positive way? What effect did that have?
Cosby Show, Will and Grace, Glee?
What about minorities?
Think about how you define yourself. Write down descriptions of: (this will be private)
Socio-economic status (how you were raised)
Were you raised in an urban environment? Suburban? Rural?
Home life: one parent? Two parents? who worked? Any extended family live with you?
What about physically? How do you think about yourself physically?
What about your sexuality?
What about your gender?
Selfies as positive?
Alica Eler: thinks selfies can be a positive force/practice.
Queer vs. Gay…
Look at feeds
Cosplay? Dress up? Halloween? Bahktin and the carnivalesque
Alternative Selfie: Take a selfie that presents an alternative version of yourself. Play with your identity! Write about how it feels to portray an alternative version of yourself. Does it feel strange? Is it liberating? Why or why not?