Cinderella Ate My Daughter Book Review

This is my essay on Peggy Orenstein’s book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter. The book examines the pink/blue dichotomy that boys and girls face, toddler beauty pageants, and how an obssession with anything pretty and princess affects young girls.- Andrea

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Black Widow Unable to Break Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling

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Black Widow is a significant female superhero appearing in multiple Marvel movies, but she always plays a supporting role, is particuraly sexualized, and can’t ever fight characters with powers because she lacks them. There are male characters who have these chracteristics as well, but not in the same numbers as female superheroes. Noah Gittell’s article on Policy Mic explores this ongoing issue.

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The Illusionists

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The Illusionists is an upcoming documentary examining the effects of the globalization of media on cultures around the world, and how Western bodies and facial features are becoming the equivalence of modernity.

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Orange is The New Black Cast

Orange Is the New Black Season 2

The trailer for Season 2 of Orange is The black is out. This original netflix show features a primarily female cast. It’s highly reccommended fro anyone who wants to see a diverse representation of women in the media. Season 2 comes out on Netflix June 6th!

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Media Literacy 101

This post is particuraly relevant for our us, as we started the blog for our Media Literacy class. This article from Everyday Feminism stresses the importance of being Media Literate. You may be afraid to come off as “that friend” who has to ruin for everyody by pointing out sexist and problematic aspects in ads and movies, but it’s important that people know what they’re consuming.

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This video is a compilation of clips in the media of India. Being a country of immense beauty and economic standing, Indian women are still heavily facing abuse in all forms, something that is very visible and quite shocking in the video. Misogyny is very prevalent in countries like India, and that the proper utilization of feminism would slowly but surely make women equal within their own countries.

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http://vitaminw.co/culture-society/trailblazing-roles-tv-nurses-vice-presidents
Parthasarathy’s article on the progression of women’s careers on television is a comforting look at the positive direction that we are heading in. This list of trailblazing women on television shows how far we’ve come without taking away from how far we still have to go.

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A major part of achieving equality is having a government that actually represents our country’s demographics. In our country 51% of citizens are women, but only 19% of congress and 20% of the senate. Elections are the platform for changing those factors, but this graphic based on research by Name it. Change it., shows that our media and its treatment of female candidates impacts the elections negatively for women.

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“‘We had [some companies] tell us, ‘Well, we don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed. You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.'” -Jean-Max Morris (when he tried to sell publishers the upcoming cyberpunk-action game Remember Me)

http://bitchmagazine.org/article/gaming-the-system-female-video-game-characters

In “Gaming the System: Are Women-led Games D.O.A.” by Katherine Cross, the subtitle’s question seems to be answered by the quote above from the first sentence of the article. However, Cross reveals that the game with a female protagonist was eventually picked up and released in June 2013. As Cross goes on to explore the world of video game development and the pressure that Harris faced to get his game out to the public the outlook is dismal. Developers have foisted the blame on their “market pressures” that have decided only boys play video games and these boys don’t want to play a female character. Never mind the fact that numerous reports from The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Boston Globe have stated that women make up nearly half of video gamers and spend as much money on said games. Developers and their “market pressures” need to change their ideals because their demographic is evolving and shouldn’t tolerate this treatment. 

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http://vitaminw.co/culture-society/ad-stereotypes-hurt-guys-too
As “The Women in Media Project” we have a clear focus on women (obviously), but it is important to call attention to the ways men are hurt by stereotyping media aspects. This article explores a few of the tropes that we see commonly in commercials and other ads. One of the criticisms of feminism is that it is all about women and misandry (the hatred of men), but misandrists can’t be feminists because feminism is about equality and you can’t fight for equality when you think you’re better than the other party. The patriarchy hasn’t just forced women in to girly boxes, it’s forced men in manly boxes. These gender ideals are equally detrimental to our society and culture.

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