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The first important conclusion, is that the feminist movement is not an outdated, “already-over” movement.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