Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014


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Miss Representation

In class we watched the film Miss Representation. This is not my first time watching this film and each time it brings back the same memory. The part that draws my attention is the Hispanic or Latina girl who is crying because her sister cuts herself. She is wanting help to encourage her sister to be at peace with herself and disregard the negative remarks from her peers. I am older sister of two high-school girls. I can sympathizes with the young girl, my youngest sister is dark skin and is battling with the feeling of thinking she is ugly. The media have screwed the thoughts of the world and has everyone conforming to it whether they realize it or not. Young girls are the end result of this miss representation because they are in the process of finding themselves and being told to be to look a certain way at the same time. Which have them to result to hurting themselves. That group decision that they we having in the film would be essential to help girls build self esteem and talk about their-selves with others who have similar situations.

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Wonder Woman

In class, we watched a film called Wonder Woman. This film really opened my eyes and changed my opinion on the beloved character Wonder Woman. I always viewed Wonder Woman as a sexual object for men. This is not the case. Wonder Woman was created to empower women. She was made to be a role model for young girls to look up to. She sets the example that women do not need a man to protect and take care of them. This film definitely changed my prospective of the character Wonder Woman, and I now see why so many people love her.


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Bechdel Test

In class, we learned about and wrote a paper based on the ideas of the Bechdel test. I had never heard of this test before. The Bechdel test is a three question test used to evaluate a movie. The movie must have at least two female characters, they must have names, and they must have a conversation with one another for at least one minute. The conversation must also be about something other than men. I began thinking about all of my favorite movies, and almost all of them failed this test. This really opened my eyes. I never realized just how under rated female are in the movie industry. Majority of movies are based around men and their adventures. I would love for people to become more aware of this, and make the movie paying field more equal


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Miss Representation

While watching Miss Representation, I found myself in a mixture of emotions, I couldn’t tell if I was angry or shocked or frustrated, or disappointed, or probably a mixture. As I was watching the movie it really made me think, about what I do in my own life, about what I have learned from the media, and what I have learned from my family, and if there was really a difference? I’ve always known that women and men were not equal, but then I would just think about how far women have come, and that we are making progress, and that was the end of it. But in watching this movie, it has made me realize how wrong that type of thinking is, and how women’s progression really has come to a halt.  I was disgusted during that clip, where it was a compilation of men from the radio and TV talking about the women in politics, and what they were and how they look. None of it should matter, and yet it does. I am guilty of this myself, I watch the gossip shows, and read the magazines, and look at what the reporters are wearing. This movie has made me really think about myself, as a women, and the women who I surround myself with. Miss Representation was interesting and inspiring, and I really enjoyed it.


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Military Secrets

In class we watched a documentary that discussed rape and sexual harassment in the military. It was very eye opening documentary. These issues are something you do not hear much about, and that should be changed. To hear the stories of women in the military who were raped by their superiors and to know that little to know action was taken is shocking. It is such a shame that these women signed up to devote their time and energy to protect their country and the were disrespected in such a cruel way. I cannot imagine what it feels like for those women and how it affects their lives.I remember in particular  one women saying that she was charged with adultery because her superior accused of rape was married, even though she was not. That makes no sense at all! This is an issue that needs more awareness, more needs to be done to prevent these events from happening.


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Super Women

Watching the documentary Super Women really gave me a lot to think about. I grew up reading comic books and though I had some Wonder Women comics, I was mostly interested in Zatanna. Zatanna was a superheroine who was not quite as iconic but really captured my childhood imagination. As I got older, I began to watch Star Trek: Voyager with my parents and very much admired Captain Janeway. I realize how lucky I was to have these strong female characters to look up to, growing up. The more I look around, the more I realize female characters have been boxed into flimsy tropes or purely objectified in the media. It has become a widespread problem and one that needs to be rectified. If we brought back characters along the same vein as Zatanna or Janeway, the media would be a much friendlier place for young girls.


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Media Violence

In class were watching the film Miss Representation. This is not my first time watching this film and each time it brings back the same memory. The part that draws to my attention is the Hispanic or Latina girl who is crying trying to find answers on what to do for her sister who is cutting herself because she her body is built differently. I am older sister of two, I can sympathizes with these girl a lot. My younger is sister skin is darker than the rest of us and I know that is challenging for her. Media has made people believe that being dark skin is not ugly. My sister has much more hate for me than the other sister because I am the lightest, I have never made her feel that way but she is looking pass me and listening to the myths that have been told about light skin girls. My sister has just entered high-school and she has been acting how more than ever I know it’s for attention because she feels that is the only way a dark skin girl can be seen if she draws attention to herself. My family is doing everything we can think of to boost my sister self-esteem and it slowly working. I hate what the media has done to women. Super models are not happy the pretend to be and the one smile on the cover of a magazine will have a billions girls injecting the lips and lifting the nose. Little do we know they are probably crying their selves to sleep just to have a moment of what we take for granted.