Posts Tagged ‘media’

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!


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.
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.
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.

“‘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)

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.
Vitamin W posted this article discussing the one industry in which women make more than their male counterparts: the sex industry. There are many society stigmas that come with being a in the sex industry and while the pay may be better for women, it compensates for the stereotypes we have for women who choose to be employed in that field. Women tend to be looked at as desperate, immoral, whores; meanwhile it is either laughed off when a man is part of the industry or just not talked about. The area where the pay differs is in gay porn. Freleng says, “Female on female porn, particularly for the hetro-male gaze, is so widely accepted and desired that it doesn’t need to pay exceptionally high. In fact, it pays less for most women than doing heterosexual porn. Yet gay porn makers basically have to entice male porn stars with exceptional pay to get them to do gay porn.” This creates a conflict for me and I’m sure many other feminists: it’s refreshing to see a field where women earn more for a change, but that field does a lot to fuel misogynistic views towards women and their sexuality.

Women and Minority Writers Losing Ground in Film

Women and minority writers employment is declining in the film industry, while white males salaries are increasing. In television however women and minorities are making small gains, though they are still no where near there white male counterparts.

Gender as represented in spec script sales
This article and graphic show why women in the entertainment business tend to be unequally represented. If men are the one’s writing the majority of the stories, of course they’re all about men and what men relate to.
This New York Times article by Katha Pollitt is from 1991, but is still depressingly relevant to our media culture today. Pollitt proposes a principle of her own making “The Smurfette Principle” in which cartoons with an ensemble cast have one female character. She marvels at the fact that little had changed since she was a child watching television in 1950. Although aspects of this article no longer hold true (Sesame Street has added female muppet characters) there are still a lot of points that ring true. I googled “popular children’s tv shows” and the top shows I got were Spongebob Squarepants, The Wiggles, and Pokemon. All shows that feature one main female character, if any. Now I know that Spongebob and Pokemon have a variety of peripheral female characters, but the main cast have one girl: Sandy and Misty. This means that over two decades after Pollitt wrote about her Smurfette Principle; it’s still not only relevant, but prevalent.
Melissa A. Fabello offers 5 new points for improvement in the Body-Positive movement and discusses her reasoning. Fabello whole-heartedly supports the movement and uses this article to add ways that the movement can become more inclusive and realistic. Her critique suggests “deconstructing beauty as valuable”, focusing on being “more than just a body”, “diversifying the discussion”, working with others using “more coaching, less pushing”, and working on “prevention as well as intervention”. I agree that all of these points are absolutely necessary if the campaign is to gain ground more universally with every race, gender, body type, sexuality, and so on. The Body- Positive Movement has direct connections to every form of our media. We get our conventional ideas of beauty from media and this movement has taken hold through media. It is important that we finally use media as a tool to help body image issues instead of as a tool to fuel them.