The word “patriarchy” is defiantly a loaded word. It is hard as a woman, or as any other person speaking about women’s oppression, to not sound “anti-man”. The purpose of speaking about women’s oppression is to bring awareness, not to make anyone feel uncomfortable because as soon as a person…
Current Event: How Movies Teach Manhood
In this video Stokes discusses how modern movies are failing to teach young boys how to grow to become strong men with good moral. He talks about how most movies are targeted to the young girls, and teach them to become strong independent women with good moral. Movies such as Brave, Tangled and Snow White and the Huntsman help portray these strong figures. However great these lessons are, they aren’t doing both sexes enough. He continues to discuss how out of the top best movies of the year of them has strong female lead characters. Although these in some movies still the women in the movies don’t have many lines such as Argo. Stokes then uses the Bechdel test which consists of three questions to ask yourself while watching a movie:
1. Are there at least two women?
2. Do they talk to each other?
3. Do they talk about something other than a man?
There are already a few movies that I can think of that fail the test, Like Toy Story and Finding Nemo. What I found most interesting is when he brings up the statistic about sexual assaults and he questions what are these boys learning? What are they failing to learn? This is contributing to rape culture. Movies!
I chose this because I am a movie lover. I enjoy going to the theatre, watching Netflix and hulu, also a LOT of tv. It’s such a popular form of entertainment, and such a high grossing industry. I’ve watched Disney movies all my life and still go to see the new ones they make. All the money that these movies make only shows how enthralled we are with these scripted realities. And if we are so invested in these activities we are making it a part of our culture. So the more you know, the better you’ll become.
"Many doors open for certain people through no virtue of their own," this line makes me agree with what McIntosh is saying about privilege being misleading. When you think of privilege you would think that it represents a positive or honorary right. In the article however, McIntosh is saying that these advantages that she has acquired simply because she is white, aren’t so glorious. This is because the privilege was given by having power over certain groups of people. Granted, it’s not as though having power over someone was the goal but it was happening unconsciously. She noticed that she was able to "freely disparage, fear, neglect or be oblivious to anything outside the cultural forms," and that the only way to stop is not by changing her attitude about it, but by acknowledging that it’s happening first.
Often than not, people do not like to be accused of something. Even if they have honestly done it or not. In this reading Wildman and Davis are saying that in many cases we try to cover our own acts by giving words “isms”, however categorizing such words only proves that these “ism” words are a part of our culture. By trying to disassociate the blame we are allowing the”ism” words (words like racism or sexism) to have that much power. In giving these words power, it then creates the privilege system by giving these words a category to refer to.
Allowing words to define us by giving them power makes you wonder why whoever came up with the “sticks and stones” rhyme did. Words like slut, queer, emo, loser, all have meaning because we allow them to be insulting or belittling. Then again, the rhyme makes sense because they could also be saying that they aren’t giving words that power. Guess it depends on whether you’re a the glass is “half full”, “half empty” kind of person.
In Kincaid’s piece Girl (1978) she discusses what it means to be a woman in the late 70’s. She discusses the do’s and don’ts of a woman’s behavior based on society’s social construct. Although it’s almost thirty-five years later, many of these behaviors are still expected to be followed. Society has sheets governed our way of thinking and our behaviors. We conform to these ideologies because of our need of social acceptance. (Both men and women are subject to conforming) When I read this piece, “the slut you are so bent on becoming” is a recurring theme, and it makes me think of how much we hide. We like to think we are open-minded, but just how open-minded are we? There are still various things we don’t accept and aren’t conscious of, a lot of the time it’s because we choose not to understand it.