Saturday’s Song: "Let’s Dance"

I happened to stumbled across this slow, beautiful, bluesy cover of David Bowie’s energetic song “Let’s Dance” while dinking around online yesterday.  Not as keen on the original, but I’m in love with this version.  It’ll likely be on repeat for awhile. 

Man, this song makes me want to go dancing.  

An absolutely beautiful version of “Let’s Dance” performed by M. Ward

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.    

Judging a Book by its Cover

tumblr_lags1qtzeh1qczxc6o1_500Normally, I’m not so keen on people making  snap judgments based on a book’s cover (this may  partly be because J.D. Salinger is one of my favorite authors and his covers are just about as exciting as new printer paper).  But despite the fact that the website Better Book Titles’ goal is strictly to provide people with the chance to judge books by their covers,  it makes the book-nerd side of me quite happy.

The site’s creator, Dan Wilbur, says his “blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences.”  So, he saves you the hassle: “I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image.”

Wilbur renames all the familiar favorites, so Charlotte’ s Web becomes Spiders Make Great Publicists and The Great Gatsby becomes Drink Responsibly and The Scarlet Letter becomes I Know What You Did Last Summer.  To name just a few.  The new witty and often snarky titles attempt to summarize the gist of novel, and they do a pretty darn good job.

Feeling Somber: The Death of a Terrorist

angel-in-irish-cemeteryThe sheer level of devastation that has been caused by one person is overwhelming. And his death, even if it does provide a sense of closer to some, doesn’t even begin to take away the damage.  For the people impacted the most by 9/11, I imagine this only brings back all their grief afresh. 

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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.

A Day in My Shoes: Breaking a Cultural Norm

Converse_Shoes_by_styx777Goal: Breach an American cultural norm.

Method: Fashion (Converse© shoes, specifically).

Reason: For fun!  And also to get a good grade on my sociology paper.

Social theory: Symbolic interaction—a micro sociological theory that examines the symbolism in daily life, what things mean to us.

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