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This was my most favorite project to do within my communication major thus far here at CNU because I loved picking out the artifacts and writing about what I wanted about gender.  Learning about the theories in class and observing the representations I encountered in this project has given me a broader understanding of how much gender plays apart in our culture.

Firstly, I used my personal experiences to relate to many theories we learned in class.  Theories included the social learning theory, cognitive development, and anthropology.  Dr. Stern has used our journal entries to think about personal experiences; however, I did not post many of those entries on my blog.  I felt more comfortable posting the personal experiences for this portfolio instead.

When I first started thinking about this project, I thought that I wanted to embed as many media clips as possible because my life basically runs through the media.  However, I have never really thought about the gender examples that occur within the media.  It was easy to find gender norms and violations of gender norms within media representations.  I used sources from movies, television and song lyrics.  I felt the song lyrics were the most difficult to interpret because I had to think through the artist’s mind about what he or she was trying to say within his or her song.  Throughout the media representations, I connected the clips to social institutions such as education, work, family, etc.  I thoroughly enjoyed researching and finding media examples that represented gender concepts.  During my presentation, I hope to show these media clips and describe which concepts and theories play a part in it.

My artifacts mostly supported the concepts and ideas from our text.  There were a few artifacts that didn’t mesh with the gender norms.  Some of the artifacts overlapped with one another because it related to the same concept, theory, or idea.

After creating this portfolio and learned the different concepts and theories throughout the class, I now have a better understanding of gender roles and gender representation.

The text stated that, “Sexual harassment was an example of the power of naming, along with ways for counterpublics to develop a vocabulary that articulates subordinated groups’ interests and needs” (DeFrancisco & Palczewski, 2007).  However, sexual harassment is a great deal more than this in many ways.  Sexual harassment can involve stalking, spying on, etc.  In the image below, a man is staring at a woman, who is bent over trying to find a folder from a cabinet drawer.

The man seems to be smiling because he feels he can do whatever he wants he is the man and she is the woman.  He is seemingly evaluating the woman and somewhat “checking her out”.  The man sees the woman as a sexual object instead of one of his loyal coworkers.  This certain man thinks he has the right to do this because he is stereotyped as strong, dominant and uncontrollable.  Even though this happened in a work-like environment, I believe that these instances happen within education as well.  An example would be when girls are walking to lunch, the boys behind them stare at them as though they are sexual objects.  They talk amongst themselves about the girls in a sexual way, not a positive way.

The other day, I was standing in a long line at the Exxon Mobile across from CNU trying to pay for expensive gas.  An old man had just paid for a water and a bag of chips.  Next in line was a middle aged woman.  As she approached the counter, a man came running in from the gas pump, looking as though he was in a big hurry.  He rushed to the very front of the line cutting everyone, including me.  People near the back of the line were furious saying, “Hey!  What are you doing?”  The man said, “I’m sorry, but this will only take a second.”  The man was implying that the credit card machine for the pump was broken, and he was in a hurry to get to work.  He cut the woman off from her spot in line.  She poked the man in the back and said, “You need to wait in line; we’re all in hurries today.”  As the woman got in her last poke, the man swung around and started talking to the woman in an upper tone voice.  My eyebrows raised.  After the man spoke loudly toward the woman, the woman didn’t peep another word.  This is an example of how a man’s masculinity can be overpowering and somewhat frightening toward a woman.  This act at the gas station was disgusting.  I almost felt a need to say something to the man for his actions.

In the final four of American Idol, I watched how the men and women in the crowd were involved in the contestants’ performances, especially the audience’s body movement and gestures.  The women’s body movement was upbeat, highly entertaining, and their facial expressions showed happiness.  The men’s body movement was much slower.  Some had their arms crossed looking seemingly uninterested.  They showed no facial expressions, and I could not pick up what their facial expression meant.  American Idol does relate more to a feminine group, but other than being family members of the contestants, why are men showing up looking uninterested?  Is it because they don’t want relinquish their masculinity?

This is a scene from “Million Dollar Baby” as Maggie Fitzgerald, played by Hillary Swank, is training to establish herself as a boxer.  Typically in sports movies like these, you see a male playing the role of a boxer instead of a female.  Swank is establishing traits a male boxer would possess such as aggression, strength, determination and a will to win.  Even though it was acting, Hillary Swank played her role to perfection, cultivating in multiple academy award nominations.

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This blog has been constructed for daily reading responses and the gender portfolio.