Stage 2: Assessing Resources
One: I am assessing the relevance for the TIME magazine resource named, "Not So Pretty in Pink: Are Girls' Toys Too Girly?" I liked this article as a resources for analyzing feminism in the media, how it is created, and how young girls are affected by the objects that are advertised to their gender and age-group. TIME magazine is known for addressing the issues for the people so possibly unlike other resources used in our project, the article is not written by a feminist and the audience is not necessarily only feminists. This article introduces the advocacy group, Pinkstinks, that is mentioned in another article for our group, but the fact that TIME is publishing the article means it is not necessarily just for feminist viewers, but to introduce the idea to the public. One of the main ideas for feminism is to get people to understand and listen to the issues that should be addressed, this article is coming from a magazine with a broad range of people's issues.
Two: This resource is very accessible to the community and the public. TIME is known as one of the largest weekly news magazine, if not the largest with a wide range of domestic U.S. viewers, but a large global audience. One of the barriers of this resource is that TIME is in a partnership by CNN. CNN claims to emphasize its strictly factual news, but its ratings have been falling in the past year whereas news stations like Fox News that are criticized for having a right-winged sway on the stories portrayed are experienced increases in viewers: "CNN continued what has become a precipitous decline in ratings for its prime-time programs in the first quarter of 2010, with its main hosts losing almost half their viewers in a year." (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/business/media/30cnn.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=cnn%20fails%20to%20stop%20fall%20in%20ratings&st=cse ) The barrier that this TIME article may have is the decline in viewers with its partner news distributer. It seems as though all news media have a magnifying glass over them in the current state. This article seems to provide a solid story about where the specific feminist issue of girls and media advertisements are a sign of the Western projection of gender roles. This resource seems to be very accessible; when I first found the resource, it was used as a link from a feminist blog.