Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teens Talk Back

I was really excited to research teens talk back. But I ended up being upset with the results. I thought I was going to find a lot of information but ended up barely finding anything. But what I did find was an Important topic, bullying.

I think one important topic I would like to talk about it’s about bullying. I found this video about teens. I think it’s interesting. The reason I found it interesting was because it was about teens talking back about  bullying. There are many teens that are being bullied. There are many people that don’t say anything. I thinks this video is great because its teens giving advice to other teens about this issue. I think this is also important because most time people don’t talk about teen sticking together helping each other. Every time I hear people talking about teens is always negative. I don’t like people referring as teens as negative. I know that many teens are getting bullied and a lot time nothing is being done about it. Teens are speaking out getting their voices heard and a lot of time you don’t see that. I think bullying has a lot to do with what we have been trying about during the semester. This reminded me of Orenstein and Christensen reading. The reason it remind of those reading is because the media influences a lot. Another reason is people stereotyping because of body image. Teens are being bullied based on looks and what they are wearing. The media has to do a lot with that. The way people should look and dress. I don’t want my blog to seem that teens listen to media and that’s why there is bullying, No. I want to let people know that bullying is bad and shouldn’t be done. Teens are speaking out and helping teens not to be bullied.

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Queer Youth

Reading about queer representation was interesting to me. I do agree that there is a misrepresentation on the LGBTQ community. What’s shown on the media it’s not what LGBTQ  really is about. Most of the representation on the media is based on “queer” but this does not represent the whole LGBTQ community. Most of the time when you do see gay or lesbian representation you see a people that’s upper class, flamboyant and that is good looking. I think that is a bad representation not everyone that is gay or lesbian are not flamboyant. I think what we see on television is all being stereotyped of what a gay or lesbian should be or what straighter film writer think it should be. I believe that everyone comes in different ways. I believe that media could represent other types of gay or lesbian. I have noticed that the media doesn’t do a good job representing the transgender community. I think people need to understand and support transgender person.  

The media representation of love is so wrong. Most of the shows on television about lesbian and gay are about having sex and having multiple partners. I think there is so much about being gay. I think that a person daily life is not portrayed correctly. The struggle of being gay or lesbian being judged on their daily life and not being accepted. I think television needs to focus on to help people understand that love is about two people it doesn’t matter their sex they are.
I do agree that we have had an upgrade because before the LGBTQ weren't even shown on television.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Hip- Hop

Tricia Rose is  a professor at Brown . she has a BA in sociology and her Ph.D. in American Studies. She was born in New York. I believe that Tricia Rose is a smart woman. By reading and watching her videos it gave me a lot to think about for example, hip-hop.

I would have to agree with Tricia Rose Hip-hop is not dead its underground. Like the reading said. Hip-hop has really changed over the years. The reason for that is because artist like Jay-z has to "dumbed his music down" so that he can sell records. The reason for that has a lot to do with  self-fulfilling prophecy. People now don’t want to hear real hip-hop because they connect it to negative things about the genre. People connect rap to violence but I do not believe it’s true even though some of the themes and lyrics of  rap songs today are violent.  It’s not the reason for violence. People deny that self-fulfilling prophecy doesn’t influence sales, that there's no influence on content. But there's evidence that that's false. “stations used to play a song on average about 40 times a week. It's up to 140 times a week now”.  Now in days rapper want a song that catches audience the more the radio plays their song more that people want to buy the song and even the album. I think in rap and hip-hop is about making the money and not about the music. Artist want to their song to be heard. If the song has a lot of sex talk people just think of that artist as negative. I think that it’s the genre in general  that people have a problem with. As soon as someone says hip-hop or rap automatically thinks it’s bad. I don’t think it people should judge it that way.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

I think that Orenstein reading was interesting. The reading was about how the Disney princess has a big impact in young girl. I agree with her because it’s in our surrounding, it hard to avoid. This reading reminded me of Unlearning the Myths That Blind Us by Linda Christensen. The reason it reminded me of Orenstein’s reading was  because she argues that media has an impact on us.  The reason I connected both of readings was because princess dominate us girls when growing up. It’s hard to avoid the Disney princess even if we wanted to.  The media impacts our daily life. Even though Orenstein wanted her daughter to reject the princess it was hard. Like Christensen said it’s hard to avoid. When you go to a toy store or even go shopping pink is everywhere not only are those princesses are on clothing but they are everywhere. Like Orenstein said “ but all we did was envision a little girl’s room and think about how she could live out the princess fantasy. The counsel we gave licenses was: what type of bedding would a princess want to sleep in? what kind of alarm clock would a princess want to wake up to?” I remember my cousin planning her daughter’s birthday. All you would see is princess theme. So how could Orenstein daughter avoid princess if it’s something you see everywhere. Like Christensen said young  society is manipulated. If young girl don’t see it at home they have friends that are obsessed about wanting to be a princess. If you watch TV shows for children it’s all about the happy ever after.  So could a young girl reject being a princess? The princesses are manipulated to be perfect and have this amazing life.                   <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SMpL6JKF5Ww" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


Museum Outline

For my museum project I did social media. The reason I picked social media was because it’s part of our daily life especially of teenagers. Many people would say that social Medias are bad and would talk about it as if it was negative. I think social media is a great way to connect. I think there are many positive outcomes about social Medias. I think social media is a great way to connect, look at videos, get informed and share ideas.  When teens are on a social media it’s their own space. With their own space they could express how they feel and post whatever they feel like.

my idea of social media is to show how great it really is.  I think that there are negative aspect of social media but also there are positive things to it as well. When people think about social media right away they think it’s bad and could list a number  of negative ways to talk about the different types of social Medias. Many teens are in at least one social media. Many teens start getting social Medias at a young age. Since Myspace  a numerous of new social medias has come out. Now there are more privacy to help teen be safe while on the media. Teens could pick what to keep public and gets to decides who gets to see what.
My partner and I, created this poster to represent how social media is positive. I think it turn out to be great!

This link is about how social media is positive for teenagers.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fat Acceptance

As girls we grow up watching Disney movies and playing with dolls. But what does this teach us about our bodies? We see the princesses with nice bodies, make up and getting a prince charming. Does this mean we have to grow and become these perfect women?

The media  and Ideology plays a big part in our view and expectation of our everyday lives. According to Croteau “ideology” often means belief systems that help justify the actions of those in power by distorting and misrepresenting reality. What that means to me is that certain people in power justify their action by making it seem what they are showing us is real. For example in Orenstein reading were viewing girls that growing up watching the Disney princesses, in this case Daisy that take part of being a princess and that the prince is going to wake her up by a kiss. When have we ever seen this in real life? Girls are growing up believing this. When we look a princess or a doll we see a skinny girl that doesn’t have a perfect life until she meet her prince and that’s when everything changes. According to Crotreau, Ideology us a system of meaning that helps define and explain the world and that makes value judge about world, which is related worldview, belief system and values. The dominant ideology is different perspective of struggle within media text, those in the promotion of particular ideas such as diverse are among the primary contemporary battleground.

 Even though some parents feel that their daughter would not encounter Disney it hard to avoid it, seeing that its everywhere.  For example Orenstein thought her daughter would reject the princess  but then there was her daughter waiting for  her prince to kiss her to live happily ever after. Many girls grow wanted to be just like a princess. Some of the movies show that the “modern” princess show that the right woman could turn a beast into a prince.

According to Orenstein  she have never seen a study proven that playing princess could damage girls self-esteem. But big evidence that the more media girls consume the more importance they play on being pretty and sexy.  Many studies show that teenage girls and college students who hold belief about femininity especially those that emphasize beauty and pleasing behavior are less ambitious and more likely to be depressed than their peers. They are also less likely to report that they enjoy sex or insist their partners use condoms.

 According to the Orenstein reading in 2006 survey of more than two thousand school aged girls repeatedly  described paralyzing pressure to be “perfect” not only to get straight As and be part of an activities but  also to be “kind and caring” “please everyone”, be thin and dress right” rather than living the dream. What does this tell us?  To me this is telling me that I would have to be this perfect woman to fit in. This also goes back to Disney because the princesses in the movies are perfect.  I believe that people do not have all this time to be thin and  get straight As. The media is very powerful and make girls believe that they have to be perfect in order to have a perfect life. They now feel they must not only have it all but be into all: Cinderella and super girl . aggressive and agreeable. Smart and stunning. The number of girls who excessively about their looks and weight actually between 2000 and 2006 did their reported stress  levels and their rates of depression and suicide. It is as if the more girl achieve the more obsessed they become with appearance.

“we can excel ion school, play sports, go to college, as pore to and get jobs previously for men, be working mother , and so forth. But in exchange we must obsess about our face, weight , breast size, clothing brands, decorating , perfectly calibrated  child- rearing about pleasing men and being envied by the other women”


According to Raby, Discourse organize how we think, what we know and how we can speak about the world around us. A discourse refers to a set of meanings, metaphors, representation, images, stories, statements and so on. Discourse works as truth statement; it is to see though them to identify how our reality is shaped. Many teenagers reject the dominant discourse.

Why do people resistance? It’s hard to resistant especially if it’s something you grow up and its something that is install in you ever since you’re little. According to Christensen our society’s culture industry colonizes their mind and teaches them how to act, live, and dream.  This hits young children hard.  The secret education. Children’s cartoons, movies and literature are the most influences genre. The stereotyped and worldwide embedded in the stories become accepted knowledge.   These books are mostly are made to entertain us, but are constantly giving us a secret education we are not only taught certain styles of violence, the latest fashion and sex roles by TV, movies magazines and comic strips . Many don’t believe that they have been manipulated by children’s media or advertising. Being expose d to TV images of girls and their set goals given to them by the media.


Changing the standard is hard especially when you’re going to be judged by society. Many people believe that you are an outcast if you go against society. Many people that resistant are seen as rebel. But it’s hard to go against what you have been raised with.  According to Christensen, they looked at how overweight people were portrayed as buffoons in episode after episode. When people see overweight people they look at them as they done something bad. People that are overweight are always looked as negative in the media. If you think about it is a form to resistant what the media and what we have been shown to be “real woman”.


What is fat acceptance?

The fat acceptance movement is known as the size acceptance, fat liberation or fat power movement.  What it is a social movement to change ant-fat bias in social attitude. The movement grew out of the various  identity politics of the 1960’s and campaigns for the right of fat people to be treated equally  both socially and legally. The fat acceptance movement argues that big people are targets of hatred and discrimination. Fat women are subjected to more social pressure than obese men. The movement argues that these attitudes comprise a fat phonic  entrenched social norms. In the social medias fat people are ridiculed or held up as objects of pity. Discrimination  includes lack of equal access to transportation and employment
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Many people sees a fat woman and automatically judges her. Have you ever a feeling of walking to a run and everyone is staring? Or have you ever walked to eat and people say little comments about you eating ? This is what society has come to where people look at you stares because you are not a size zero. A person never knows how it feels till you in that place. This all comes from media. Watching runway shows where all the models are tall and skinny. That what American considers to be pretty. Especially watching Victoria secret runway show. I feel that every year girls get skinnier.  Now in days teenagers are focus on looks.  But it’s not there fault. Media has a big impact on teenagers behave. But there are many girls that resist. For example when I was a teenager I remember wanted to be skinny then I learned that I was never going to be skinny. I learned to love myself because at the end of the day is not all about looks. I know it was hard living in a society that only focuses on looks but you learn how to overcome that.  I believe that everyone is beautiful no matter what size, shape or color you are, because I believe that everyone has special within them.
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No to Victoria's Secret runway shows!!!!!!
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Before taking these class I had no idea how much media influences us. When we are teen we are seen as this rebel, misbehaved, troublemakers. Teenager just want to live their life they don’t want people saying  that they are aliens because they are not. They are teens that just trying to live their lives just like the rest of us. Before this class I had no idea how much Disney affected  who we are and who become. This class raised questions to me. Teenagers are not the problem they are just living their daily life.

This link leads to a page about how teenage girl feel. There are different experiences and if you are plus then you’re going to relate to this

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Tangle of Discourses: Girls Negotiating Adolescence

A Tangle of Discourses: Girls Negotiating Adolescence

“Many grandmothers presumed the characterizations to be fact, with the caveat that some teens, including their grandchildren, are not social problems. Jan suggested that today’s teens are rude and lack respect. Claire said that teens are scary, insolent, promiscuous, spoiled, insufficiently controlled and not religious enough.”

I believe that things are changing. My parents tell me that things are not the same as when they were growing, in some aspect I believe it’s true.  I believe that the media could be blamed but not for all.  Like Claire said “are scary, insolent, promiscuous, spoiled, insufficiently controlled and not religious enough” I don’t believe this is true. In my believe I think it’s all how children are raised and parents have some fault to it. Teens could be controlled it the matter how you handle it. I remember when I was younger if my parents could not afford something I was not getting it. But in the other hand if the parent gives the child everything they want of course they are going to be spoiled. I believe that teens could be controlled it’s the way you speak to  them.

“Beatrice claimed that teens get into more trouble today than they did in the past. Some attributed these problems to wider social tensions and media influence, others lamented the lack of parental discipline.”

I agree with Beatrice teens do get into more trouble now than before but I believe is because there are more things out there. I believe that everything before was hush hush. But now teens do see more things for instance like drugs and violence. But I do believe that kid need to experience certain things in order to grow. I never did any drugs or got into any fights because I knew there were consequences. I knew that I would get disciplined. But some kid get into fight and do a lot of things because they now they are no consequences. But when kid get order they grow out of things and see they are better things to spend their time on.