Conclusion

This blog experience has been very educational and eye opening for myself, and I’ve been able to draw several conclusions from my research.

The first important conclusion, is that the feminist movement is not an outdated, “already-over” movement.  It is still very active, and very important in our society.  Women are still not being treated as equal as they could be, and still have to be encouraged to take a stand and make equality a reality.

A second conclusion I’ve made is that a lot of media reflects how women are treated in society, and mocked.  Like, for example, my clip I posted from the movie “The Sandlot”.  Women were used as insults, and made to seem like they are horrible at sports in comparison to men.  The media also places women into roles of society, such as housewives, cleaners, cookers, sex symbols, etc.

A third conclusion, is that I’ve found that music and PSAs showed the most female empowerment out of everything else I went through at researched.  Music was also a very popular and awesome way to actually reach people, especially when it is music of popular, well-known artists.  I think that music is the best way to get people to actually pay attention and listen, and understand the inequalities that are real in our society.

A fourth conclusion I’ve made, is that it is much harder to find examples that actually empower women and the feminist movement, then it is to find examples that lack/suppress female empowerment.  Finding examples of media that suppress women, and stereotype them into roles was all to easy, but it definitely took some digging to find good examples of female empowerment.

All in all, it seems as though media more so in favor of keeping women below men in society, unfortunately.  Women have made important strides towards equality throughout history by taking a stand and keeping the faith.  The key to equality is expressed through the examples of speaking up through media, and not stopping the fight for equality, no matter how long it takes.  Media can be a very powerful weapon in the war for the feminist movement and equality, and should be used to it’s fullest extent.  As said in my “James Bond Actor PSA” example, “Are we equals?  Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”

Stupid Girls

Through the research I’ve done over the course of my blog, I’ve found lots of sources that make the point that media can tend to make females look stupid, and stereotype females that way.  Along with that, young ladies tend to mimic what they see in the media.  This video shows a young girl at the beginning mimicking what she sees in the beginning.  She’s wearing a boyish shirt, holding a Barbie.  She has and “angel” and “devil” on each shoulder, pulling her in different directions.  The video makes “stupid” girls look very unappealing, and at the end, the girl decides to play with the football.  I like how she says “what happened to the dreams of girl president?/she’s dancing in the video next to 50 cent.”  It makes a good point, because some girls think that dumbing themselves down, and getting careers that exploit women, rather than make them look smart.  I think this video is a good influence on young ladies, because it’s different from what they usually see in the media, and makes a mockery of it, rather than promoting that sort of behavior.

“Just a Girl” – No Doubt Making a Statement!

I absolutely love this song.  It is basically Gwen Stefani trying to make a statement and get her point across.  She uses sarcasm to express how girls are treated and made to feel how they should act by society and the media.  She describes the roll that women are typically placed in, as well.  She continues to say “i’ve had it up to here/am i making myself clear” because she wants to let everyone know that she is sick of how females are made to be so seperate and humble from men.  This is shown through the flashes of the iconic men and women signs in the music video.  I also like how at the beginning she says something along the lines of “take this ribbon off my eyes, I’m exposed, it isn’t a surprise.”  I like that because to me is expresses that she actually can see what is going on in terms of women being treated, and that it was bound to happen.  In a nutshell, I think this song and music video says, this is how society wants me to be, and its wrong, I’m finished with it, so I’m going to speak my mind, and not have it.  It is definitely an encouragement to women to speak up, too.  This video and song makes a great feminist statement.

 

I really like the lyrics, and think they are super important, so here they are:

Take this pink ribbon off my eyes
I’m exposed
And it’s no big surprise
Don’t you think I know
Exactly where I stand
This world is forcing me
To hold your hand

‘Cause I’m just a girl, little ol’ me
Don’t let me out of your sight
I’m just a girl, all pretty and petite
So don’t let me have any rights
Oh … I’ve had it up to here!

The moment that I step outside
So many reasons
For me to run and hide
I can’t do the little things
I hold so dear
‘Cause it’s all those little things
That I fear

‘Cause I’m just a girl
I’d rather not be
‘Cause they won’t let me drive
Late at night
I’m just a girl

Guess I’m some kind of freak
‘Cause they all sit and stare
With their eyes
I’m just a girl
Take a good look at me
Just your typical prototype
Oh… I’ve had it up to here I
Oh… am I making myself clear?

I’m just a girl
I’m just a girl
In the world…
That’s all that you’ll let me be!

I’m just a girl, living in captivity
Your rule of thumb
Makes me worry some
I’m just a girl, what’s my destiny?
What I’ve succumbed to
Is making me numb
I’m just a girl … my apologies
What I’ve become is so burdensome
I’m just a girl, lucky me
Twiddle-dum there’s no comparison

Oh…I’ve had it up to!
Oh…I’ve had it up to!
Oh…I’ve had it up to here

Cinderella – The Cheetah Girls

This is a clip from from one of those Disney channel original movies, “The Cheetah Girls”.  I found this clip interesting because most Disney movies I watch are definitely all about the man saving the day, and women being dependent on men and catering to men.  However, this song in this particular movie is all about the complete opposite, and I think is definitely and great influence on the young crowd that views it.  It talks about not waiting around for a “prince” to save you.  Also, that women are capable to doing things themselves and they should not be dependent on men.  I like how it mentions that “fairy tales” express this image that women need to be rescued, especially since it’s ironic in a Disney movie.  It lets girls that are exposed to all the “Disney princess” stuff know that they can accomplish whatever they want and are strong enough to be independent.

Classic scene from The Sandlot

I was watching this movie today, and as soon as this classic scene came on, and I actually thought about it, I knew I had to post it! I don’t think I know one person who doesn’t like this movie, “The Sandlot”.  However, I know many people are are completely ignorant about how sexist this scene really is.  They go on and on with insults, and everything goes quiet when the “worst insult” comes out “You play ball like a girl!”  It’s actually very offensive.  All throughout history, women have been discriminated against when it comes to sports, and it seems to me like it still goes on now to a certain extent, considering women’s sports and men’s sports are seperated, and men’s sports get more recognition and views then women’s.  Not only that, but I’ve never noticed an”end” to the whole men are stronger and athletic then women thing.  “In the 1930s, some doctors warned that high-stress sports might harm a woman’s reproductive system. If you watched the movie “A League of Their Own,” you know that players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of 1943 to 1954 had to attend charm school. There, they studied etiquette and beauty routines, including how to arrange their hair in a manner that would “best retain its natural style despite vigorous play… A turning point for women’s sports occurred when President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, which states that any educational program receiving Federal assistance can lose its funding if it discriminates on the basis of sex. This legislation was a great opportunity for women because it gave female athletes access to better equipment, coaches, playing fields, and travel budgets. Before Title IX, Interscholastic competition for females had been declining over the years. In 1970, only one out of 27 girls played high school varsity sports. Now, due in part to Title IX, that number is one in three.” (Women in Sports: The Struggle for Equality, http://www.riverdeep.net/current/2000/03/front.150300.women.jhtml)

Who Run the World? Girls. – Beyonce Music Video

This brand new music video was just recently premiered this week.  It is for Beyonce’s song “Run the World”.  This song and music video is all about female empowerment.  The first thing that stands out is all the women in armor, and it seems as though they are set up in a war against the men, who stand on the other side of the room.  Their are several lyrics in the song that stand out and make a statement in particular.  In the first verse she says “make your checks come at they neck, disrespect us no they wont.”  I found this empowering because she’s making a point that we as women will not let men disrespect us.  Another line I liked was “Who will buy it for themselves and get more money later.”  This is making the point that women can get their own jobs and do not need to be dependent on men. Also, she  says “My persuasion can build a nation.”  I really found that line interesting, because if you think about it, women really can be very persuasive.  Another part of the song I liked and found empowering to women was “I’m “repping for the girls who taking over the world/Have me raise a glass for the college grads/Anyone rolling I’ll let you know what time it is/You can’t hold me/I broke my 9 to 5 and copped my check/This goes out to all the women getting it in/Get on your grind/To the other men that respect what I do/Please accept my shine.”  ALSO, “Boy you know you love it/How we’re smart enough to make these millions/Strong enough to bare the children/Then get back to business/See, you better not play me.” Basically, Beyonce is making the point that women can do anything and everything, and men need to respect that.

James Bond Star in Womens’s Rights PSA

In this video, Daniel Craig, the star of the James Bond movies, takes part in a PSA for women’s rights.  While you are watching him, the narrator shares a variety of important facts about how women are treated in the world.  I thought it was a good point that she mentions that the world is changing, but that women still are NOT equal.  This is a good point because the world is progressing, and with that many people do feel like women are equal at this point, even though there are so many things that still need change.  Another thing that stood out to me as having a good meaning is how as soon as he dresses in drag, and as more and more information on how women are treated is stated, he begins to take off the various parts of his outfit that make him look like a woman.  It’s almost like at first, like many men, he thinks being a woman is easy, and dresses up right away.  Then, once he realizes how hard it actually is, he realizes he wouldn’t be able to handle the inequality that truly exists in our society.  I like that a male celebrity was used for a women’s rights PSA, as well, because typically women are used to convey this information.  Showing that a man cares about these issues helps this PSA to appeal to a male audience, as well.  My favorite part about the video, is at the very end she says “So, are we equals?  Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”  This promotes more and more advocacy and encourages a fight for equality until it is ACTUALLY achieved.

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