Sophia’s presentation on Supernatural intrigued me. I have watched the show through season 5 and agreed with much of what she said. First, this show is 100% run by males. It’s a show about two brothers, their dad is brought up in most episodes but rarely is their mom ever mentioned, and all the powerful forces in the show (good or evil) are always males. The females either die off, or have sex with Dean/Sam (the two main guy characters) and then die shortly thereafter. The women are more considered pawns and rarely are put in positions where they seriously compete with the other male characters in the story. Also, we rarely see any heroines, rather the women are depicted as evil demons who try and fight (but always lose) with Dean and Sam. I loved Sophia’s statistic because it proves everything she was saying, so far there have been 9 episodes in the most recent season which have already entailed 5 female deaths. Also, Sophia brought up a great point in that the lesbian characters are the ones sticking around. Basically, if the woman is a romantic threat to Dean/Sam they are usually killed off.
To be honest I get annoyed when women keep dying off considering the fact every single woman on this show is ridiculously attractive… Not only the females though, literally EVERYONE is extremely attractive and those who watch it know exactly what I am talking about.
I loved all the presentations on Tuesday! They were all really interesting to listen to! There are two that really stood out to me. One was Chloe’s rendition of Snow White, I thought it was really unique to change the story into one that takes on all the social norms that occur today. It was really interesting to listen to and found it funny that if this were read to others who may not be used to talking about the topics she brought up in her story, they would not find it as funny or would feel uncomfortable by it..but it was just great!
I also liked Kelly’s presentation over Mulan. I liked how she went through specific clips from the movie that demonstrate how equality was really not apart of this movie. And how she tied it into Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat. It was a great way to tie everything together and she did a good job demonstrating the barriers that are still around.
All together, the presentations were great and all had awesome visual aids or were just interesting topics all together!
Every presentation was really good today, but I’m only going to discuss two. First, Jordan’s presentation, “Relationships and Social Commentary in Alan Ball’s True Blood,” was really interesting. I liked the points she hit on with Jessica and Hoyt’s relationship. She discussed how Jessica “cheated” on Hoyt by going to Fangtasia and drinking people’s blood. She started embracing her Vamp self although Hoyt had not necessarily wanted her to do this. Hoyt had turned from the “liberator to the repressor.” I think it was interesting when Jordan mentioned that discovering one’s self is more important than having a relationship. I agree that this is true. Without knowing who you are as a person, you cannot know who will be the most compatible for you.
I also enjoyed Kelly’s presentation on Mulan. I didn’t know Mulan was a true story, so that was very cool! I realized from this presentation that gender equality in Disney’s Mulan does indeed fall to the side. Mulan says that she thinks men should be attracted to women because of their “brain” but she gets laughed at by the men for thinking this. I was able to see through Kelly’s presentation that in the movie, girls are seen as the minority and unworthy of holding such an honorable role in society. I agree that barriers need to be broken in movies such as Mulan where the woman’s role is pretty much laughed at.
I really enjoyed everyone’s speeches on Tuesday. I was interested in seeing what everyone’s topics were going to be about. Tuesdays group had great visual aids. I really enjoyed Kelly’s presentation that covered gender equality in the Disney movie “Mulan.” Mulan is one of my favorite children’s movies and I still catch myself time and time again watching it when it’s on TV. I really like how Kelly used clips from the movie to refer to what she was talking about and how she also talked about the poem “Ballad of Mulan.” I didn’t know that Mulan was based on a true story of Hua Mulan’s life. This shows that Disney movies are truly trying to portray a good concept for children and adults that watch these movies.
Chole’s reading of her revision of “Snow white” was a great touch to how fun this class is. I loved how she used social norms in her story and I give her props for being able to read her story out loud. I believe that if I heard of a story like Chole’s about social norms before this class I would have felt a little awkward. But now there isn’t a reason that we can’t talk about the thing in a fairy tale. I kind of wish I had would have done a revision of a story because it would have been a lot of fun.
Not only was her revision of snow white interesting to listen to, but it really did challenge a few different social norms like she said she would. First off, I commend her on being able to read her story out loud to the class, because I don’t think I would have been comfortable reading something like that out loud. But this also brings me to thinking about why I would feel uncomfortable reading something like that and it is only because it does challenge so many of our social norms. It is almost sad how things like this have been engrained in my mind as “okay” and “not okay”. In my mind her story was “not okay” but I still loved it. My favorite norm that was challenged was the black man decked out in all gold and many chains that was seen as very “nice” and “approachable”
Overall I loved Lauren’s presentation, but my favorite part was by far the clip that she showed. There wasn’t much talking or explaining that was done in the clip, but the actions of the tourists spoke volumes to me. One thing that really stood out to me however was the apparent innocence of the one child who still took a picture with the Indian man even while he was dressed up in his western clothing. To me, this just showed that children in fact are innocent to and have a blind eye towards our societies stereotypes. To him, the man whether clothed in traditional Indian clothing or not, was still very intriguing. In my opinion, it would be wonderful if the adults in our society could turn the same blind eye towards the many different stereotypes our social media has built around us.