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November 29, 2007

Blog #5

Gender, race, class, and sexuality play important roles in all forms of art in past and present societies. In United States history, typically only white people were considered credible artists. For example, in the times of American slavery, traditional African modes of expression were not considered to be forms of art, even though spoken word, oral tradition, and African dances are crucial components of that culture. The slave owners tried to suppress the artistic expressions of their slaves, and would punish them for singing or dancing. In this case, racial prejudices prevented these artistic people from being considered “artists.�
The sexual objectification of women in art is one of the biggest cultural stereotypes that exist in our society. In current male music videos, for example, women wearing very little clothing surround the singer, eyeing him coyly and smiling seductively. In the videos of some of today’s most popular songs, women merely lay in seductive positions, allowing themselves to be the “object� and not the “subject.� In hip hop, in particular, female artists have struggled with the balance of their image as a singer: are they too girly to get their message across or too masculine to be taken seriously as a woman? Even though society accepts female artists now, women still face, and will probably always face, difficulties with being taken seriously.

November 28, 2007

Art Q x2!!

1) Does art influence people? Why?
2) What problems are posed for women in the industry?

November 21, 2007

AIDS- ethics, drugs, testing

Do you think it is unethical to conduct experiments when you know that some of the participants will not be receiving the life-saving drug? What about the vaccine experiments, ethical or unethical?
How can we stop big drug companies from monopolizing the distrubution of life-saving drugs? Are they making it impossible for the poor countries to receive drugs?

November 20, 2007

Discussion question

What makes AIDS victims feel that they are entitled to the vaccination or AZT ?
Who are going to be a sponser for the vaccination in poorest countries? On the otherhand, is it right for anyone, who has resources, not share the knowledge? Shouldn't we as human being help them?

Aids and Women

Do you think women from all around the world deserve equal access to the same and best medical treatments?
Do you think different research and conducting of medicine should be different for women of different cultures based on traditions, or should it all be conducted in the same way? Is it fair that women with AIDS in Africa aren't given the same opportunities to medicine as a women in the U.S.? What can be done to change that situation and make medicine available for all who need it?

November 14, 2007

Week 11 Discussion Questions-sorry for the delay!

1. Why is violence against children taken more seriously than violence against women in our society?
2. What are the social implications for why violence against women is somewhat tolerated in our society? Why does domestic violence get overlooked more often than not?
3. Why is it almost always men beating up or abusing women instead of the other way around? Does this have anything to do with biology or is it merely because of the social conceptions of masculinity and dominance?

Violence Against Women

With all of the progress in women's rights and support systems, why do many women accept domestic violence and not immediately escape it? In other countries, women are still greatly dependent on men for income. With decreased dependence on men in the United States, why is violence against women still overlooked?

Violence Against Women

Does anyone have any personal experiences with violence against women? Why do you think women stay in abusive situations and relationships?

November 11, 2007

Week 11 Discussion Questions

1. What are some things we, as citizens and not government officials, can do to stop both public and private violence against women?
2. What are some reasons behind private violence against wome, especially sexual violence, are somewhat culturally accepted, and what can we do to stop this?

November 6, 2007

Week 10 Discussion Questions

In film, why are women usually the subject of the male gaze and not the other way around? Why is "the gaze" considered to be masculine and what effects does this have? Should women be offended when they are the subjects of the gaze?

Week 10 discussion question

Why is the male gaze a pervasive form of vision in popular cultures?
Who are similarly objects of the gaze, and why?
Why mostly women are the one who being objectified? and what's the relationship between objectification of women and women's power?

Week 10 Discussion

What types of power do men have when they control the "gaze" and how does it affect women and how they are portrayed? Would society accept a film made through a woman's gaze as much as they would with a film made through a man's gaze? Have there ever been made successful film's made through a woman's gaze?

Week 10 Discussion Questions

How is language used to create power or a sense of it (or lack of) when it comes to a woman's sexuality and a man's sexuality? Why doesn't society want or try to get women into power and decision-making roles?

Week 10 Discussion Questions

Do you think it is possible for a film to have a female gaze and still become a "dominant" Hollywood film? Can you think of an example in which it would be socially accepted in our society for a female gaze to take precedence? Do you think the media representation of male dominance in our society leads to the acception of the manner in which women are sexualized on screen and the lack of a female gaze?

Week 10 Discussion Questions

How has power affected the relationship between men and women?
Does the word power necessarily mean being dominant? If so, how does it relate to gender and why?
Where do you think power most affects people? (At home, in the workplace, in the school environment??)