Dove Evolution

Dove photoshop makeover

This video, which is put out by the folks at Dove(r), is an eye opening look at what a photoshop makeover is truly capable of. It’s enlightening as well as disturbing, because it shows how skewed our culture’s perception of beauty has become and the lengths even people with a personal hair and makeup team have to go through in order to live up to it.

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Slip of the Tongue

Slip of the Tongue

One of my sociology teacher introduced me to this video.  It’s a  great spoken-word piece on gender and race/ethnicity.  It’s thoughtful while also humorous.  And I love how well it’s performed; I’d love to be able to read like that.    

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

This video examines some trends in American dating (specifically why there’s more Asian girls dating white guys than the other way around) and it does it in a upbeat and very funny way.  Enjoy. Smile

Something Other than Other

Something Other than Other

This very short documentary looks at what’s it’s like being biracial and some of the challenges of not fitting neatly into one of the socially defined racial boxes—do you check “other” on forms?  Trying not deny either aspect of their racial identity while also not being stuck simply as “other” can be challenging. 

It’s an interesting and well-made video.  And I hope you enjoy.  Smile

A Girl Like Me

A Girl Like Me

I used to think of issues like race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality as being isolated issues.  But no one is only a race or only a gender, so those aspects of our identity seem to fuse together to make up our own unique lived experiences. 

As a result, I love this video because it does an excellent job of showing the intersection of race and gender as the girls interviewed in the video explain how what society, friends, and sometimes even their own parents tell them is pretty and feminine is also what makes them look the most white—bleached skin, relaxed and dyed hair.  It also illustrates how even little kids have the ability to pick up on the racial biases and prejudices they’re surrounded by.  And how damaging those messages can be regardless of someone’s age.  

Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity

Part 1

This week in my Intro to Gender Studies class we watched this film, but I think it’s an important subject and should be discussed and examined by the general community, not just gender studies students, because these issues impacts us all. 

The documentary Tough Guise by social theorist Jackson Katz masculinity examines specifically how in modern American society masculinity and violence have become almost inseparable.  The film looks at whether or not this “tough guy” mask is helpful for those who wear it, whether violent crimes should be gendered (rather than being seen as a racial or age related issue), and some of the social consequences of such  a limited definition of what it means to be a man.

If you get a chance, I encourage you to watch Tough Guise.  It’s a great video. 

And if you’re interested, the next part in the documentary can be found here.

Killing us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women

Women and the media

I watched this video, put out by Jean Kilbourne, in my gender studies class, but I think it’s very important that the issue of how advertisers are portraying women  is addressed outside of academia because these images are directly shape all of our ideals when it comes to “beauty,” “sex,” “femininity,” and “normalcy.” No wonder so many women and girls struggle with self-esteem and eating disorders when they’re told the goal is perfection.