WGS Ch. 5 Media and Culture - Coggle Diagram
WGS Ch. 5 Media and Culture
Digital Tech, TV, Movies
Internet was originally thought of as utopian place for all communities, but traditional values set by society were reinforced through ads, pornography, and entertainment
Social media allowed for ideas to be spread much faster, which lead to more groups forming in protests and revolutions, as well as more people to be educated in related topics
TV is especially influential, would often be catered to their audience (sports shows were followed with ads for beer, soap operas followed with ads for make up, etc) and had traditional roles. Now, TV shows and ads are showing less traditional roles but it's just the old ones with a twist. Only dipping their toes into cold water instead of jumping in. Ex: women in positions of intellect and power but still being sexualized.
"The Male Gaze"= making films while looking through a male's point of view. Influences almost all movies. Encouraging to have marginalized people be the POV instead
Literature, Music, Print Media
Popular music genres offer resistance to societal norms and convey teen angst, which is attractive to youths still trying to figure out who they are in relation to authority
Music videos both sexualize women and give voice to female performers (it's a weird combo, think Lady Gaga)
Internet/YouTube allows musicians of all communities to distribute their music without needing a huge record label deal. Also gave rise to indie artists, who work with independent and underground labels
Women's magazines often help advertise the traditional women's roles like caretaking, beauty, and traditionally female hobbies. However, zines are popping up that are countering this some more
Female artists, writers, and musicians have been ignored, misrepresented, and trivialized throughout history. Female artists did not make "art" they did "crafts", female writers would use a male pen name, and female musicians usually couldn't afford to fully dedicate to music.
I see a lot more representation and female artists in the more recent media, in particular media that has a target audience of middle/elementary school kids but usually gets more than that (so, family friendly things). Rick Riordan, The Dragon Prince, Avatar: The Last Airbender, RWBY, Sanders Sides
Disclosure Documentary Notes
A lot of media representation of trans people would pose them as over the top jokes to be laughed at rather than real people. Espeically black trans men, bc this seemed to counter the violent stigmas. "Putting a black man in a dress takes away the threat. Oh, we can laugh now"
Media has taugth us to react in fear to trans people (see many films where trans people are murderers/psychopaths). This makes horrible psychos some people's only reference point when dealing with trans people. "Oh, you mean like [insert murderer]?" That, or as sex workers/prostitutes.
Trans men are not as represented as trans women
Many characters in shows that are trans die bc they're trans (murder), or from cancer, or from the hormones/medical treatments they use to change their bodies.
1952 Christine Jorgensen firs person to be globally famous for transitioning. Started the talks of trans people, mostly media focused on biological/surgical aspects
Trans people/gender nonconforming people were a heavy influence in the Stonewall riots and the gay rights movement but are often left out in favor of gay white males. Alex Fierro and Magnus Chase getting the Stonewall Award. Alex was homeless, like the 30% of transgender people who report being so.
The rep. in media gives trans people more reason to fear coming out and transitioning bc they see how disgusted others are and how rejected they could be
Disclosure Documentary Opinions/Thoughts
Need more good representation so that the occasional bad rep. isn't the only thing people have for reference. "If I choose a certain life, I would be the bad guy."- Disclosure "Now I see if I were truly to be myself I would break my family's heart"- Reflections
"I saw the film and thought 'oh my god I'm gonna die'. But it's based on a true story. But why is this the kind of story that gets told over and over again?" This is scary and I feel so bad that I didn't know all of this horrible rep. existed.
Notable people/shows mentioned: Ma Vie En Rose, Bugs Bunny, Hairspray, Paris is Burning (1990), Transparent (2016), MJ Rodrigez,
show is very good, Laverne Cox, Jazzmun, Sandra Caldwell,
"Living stealth was the way to survive" First off, this is sad. No one should have to hide who they are in order to just not feel like they will be killed or shamed. Also: "I am not a stranger to the dark. Hide away, they say, cause we don't want your broken parts"- This is Me
"if you're going to choose to insert yourself in the telling of a particular community's story, or you want to help a particular community tell their story, you need to realize the privileges that you have and you need to realize that life for them is different." This just spoke to me, I really hope to see some more rep. where this is the baseline for the creators, where the communities they're representing get to have decision making in it.
"Children cannot be what they cannot see. We cannot be a better society until we see a better society. I cannot be in the world until I see that I am in the world". It is so important to have good rep. to younger kids. Racial mirrors.