Gendered Performance and Rape Culture

The article talks about online representation and portrayal of women and how daily life and everyday encounters make up a the meat of the female portrayals on the internet.  Media is intertwined with our everyday lives and now the internet has become a big part of that representation. I can think of quite a few youtubers that take on gendered roles in order to make a social statement or prove a point.  The article also talks about masquerade and the role of the internet in gendered performance.  In particular, this video from Anna Akana addresses the subject of rape prevention an din it she put in a different mask.  In the video she shows what a hyper paranoid woman would do with the anti rape advice women receive everyday.

In the video she parodies all of the crazy things women could do to prevent themselves from being raped and then gives some real examples of the type of advice we receive on a daily basis. In it she juxtaposes the reality of womanhood and rape culture with the extremes, and as a a result she shows just how ridiculous it is that we have to do all of these things to protect ourselves.

Here Akana successfully separated two types of female gendered performance.  The woman that does everything she can to protect herself, and the woman who thinks parents should teach their children that rape is never ok.  They have become categories within one overall arc.

Gendered Performance and Rape Culture

Is the “F” word Alienating Women From the Movement

In the article, “Post Feminist Radical” it is mentioned that there is a “hesitancy and at times outright hostility to ‘feminism’ on the part of both young men and young women (246).”  I would agree and disagree with this statement, and in particular it calls to mind in interview, Divergent star, Shailene Woodley did for Time Magazine.  In the interview, she tells Time contributor, Eliana Dockterman, after being asked if she is a feminist that she is not. Shailene says, “No because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. . . And also I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn’t work either. We have to have a fine balance.”  When I read her original statement my first reaction was “well, I’m pretty sure feminism doesn’t do any of those things” and “You kind have missed the whole point of feminism.”

I believe it is less to do with hostility and more to do with of a lack of understanding of what feminism is and particularly what it is today. Since then there have been many responses to Shailene’s comment ranging from “how can you be a woman today and not be a feminist” to “She doesn’t know what a feminist is.”  I believe that a lot of the hostility toward feminism today is a result of a lack of understanding of what feminism is. Shailene likely thinks that feminist are “bra burning men haters”, but what feminist really advocate is an end to sexual abuse, equal pay, and equal rights across the board.  So is there really a ton of hostility or are people just totally misinformed. People misinterpret this shift from the “F” word as the death of feminism but I don’t believe this is the case.  I just think that a lot of uninformed people don’t know what it means today.

Frith, Hannah. 2001. “Young Women, Feminism and the Future: Dialogues and Discoveries.” Feminism & Psychology , 11(2): 147–151.

Gournelos, Ted. “The Post-Feminist Radical: Jenna Marbles and the Digital Masquerade.”

Is the “F” word Alienating Women From the Movement

SEA Check-in

old treeRight now I’m playing around with the idea of a tree, a really old and twisted tree.  I want to do the line work for the tree myself and then do a spilt run of leaves as the canopy for the tree.  Right now I’m thinking blues, greens, and pinks but I’m still figuring that out. I wanted to use organic lines and shaped to fill the parts of the trunk that are supposed to be light. This image would go on the first page of the notes.  I also want to include a transparent flower on the first page, probably on the back an layer slashes of color on both side of the page.  I’m interested in creating an imaged that is bright and attractive so that people will keep the pages and, as a result, keep a reminder of how wonderful the earth is.

SEA Check-in

Love Notes to the Earth

For my project I will be writing and creating love notes to the earth.  From me with have a line of poetry and a fact about our environment either written or screen printed in them.  The other side will be a screen printed image and the notes will be folded as shown. So each not will include two pieces of paper.

For the performative aspect of my project I will have a hat box and a clipboard, and I will walk around asking people to write a not to the earth and exchange it with me.  In that way they will demonstrate how they have learned something about the environment they live in and they also gain something from the experience.

The images of the notes will be beach, floral, and forest scenes overlaid over each other. Each note will also have a slightly transparent image of future bear on it. I think that I want to be pretty flexible with the color schemes.

Love Notes to the Earth

“Return of the King” and a Response to Black Cutlture

When I see season 1 episode 9 of the Boondocks I see a lot of allusion and an additional responsiveness to this episode that might not be present in other episodes.  Martin Luther King Jr. is often associated with social activism, but he was also a pastor and as a result I see him through a religious filter.

In this particular episode MLK is alive after waking up from a comma and he is trying to effect black culture.  In the episode, the Christian doctrine of loving your enemy and turning the other cheek is raised and the media reacts viscerally. It represents the first moment when the filter is removed and, in this case, the media says he loves Al-Qaeda. I associate MLK to these religious aspects of his doctrine and to see such an unfiltered reaction was surprising even in the context of the “Boondocks.”

Here we see a total breakdown and removal of censoring and filtering in order to address popular African American culture.  The episode connects and alludes to multiple texts but this speech and the scene after it make the episode responsive.  As a result, the episode becomes a commentary on modern a day black culture and its dismal climb.

“Return of the King” and a Response to Black Cutlture

Primpin’ Like a Peacock

Primpin' Like a Peacock We often associate animal characteristics and human characteristics.  Man sees elements of itself in those animals they contribute traits to.  Humans are limited by right and wrong, social expectations, and norms.  But animals escape this, relying on instinct and what they have always done to survive.  Humans are forced through the strainer that is society while animals run wild.

This piece is called “Primpin’ Like a Peacock”, and it is meant to humorously gesture at the fact that Peacocks are male yet we associate it with being feminine.  Feminine being a very human characteristic.  I juxtaposed this face by making the Peacock more “hip hop” which is associated with hyper masculinity, the antithesis of feminism.

Primpin’ Like a Peacock