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Kids React to Gay Marriage

6 Nov

Summary: I chose to look at “Kids React to Gay Marriage” on YouTube. It is from the same producers that did the “Kids React to Racism.” I did this video because the one we watched in class with racism really caught my attention.  In this video, the children were asked several questions about what they thought about gay marriage.  They were introduced at first by two videos that showed two men and then two women getting engaged. Following they recorded these children ages 5-13 when interviewing them about gay marriage.

Analysis: Although this YouTube video comes off as “humorous”, it was a very powerful message.   At first when they are playing the proposal of the flash mob, many people didn’t know exactly was going on but then as it came closer and closer to the proposal some of the children finally knew what was going on like Lucas, while others asked if the two men were gay like Krischelle.  Some were completely baffled, while others seemed to be OK with the concept.  Which to me is very interesting.  Interesting, because it seems as if adults act in the same way.

I feel a major thing I did when watching this was compare my age compared to these children’s view.  When stating that adults act in the same way, look at our government.  Typically democrats are pro gay marriage where as republicans tend to go against gay marriages.  Although this is always a debated subject, it shows how people always have different outlooks on things.  Relating this to pro social behavior is awesome because we can see in our country even the youngest of minds are able to grasp this concept.  Although it is in a much more immature perspective, it allows society to see where these learned behaviors are coming from.

I strongly believe this message is very powerful because it shows society how highly impacted are children have on our futures.  Teaching them that gay marriage is OK when they are young might allow homosexual relationships seem more natural for people. Might let them not have to hide behind closed doors because they are afraid to come out to their family and friends.  It might give future homosexuals the even greater feeling of freedom knowing it is OK to openly live how one wants to live his/her personal life.  I think introducing this subject to these children at a young age refrain them from making assumptions later in their life.

Conclusion: Pro social behaviors definitely have an impact on society and it is important to introduce children to these behaviors to help future generations.

Tim Wise

23 Oct
1) Was there anything that surprised you?

Since we already watched the YouTube video in class, I felt I already knew what we were getting into.  However, I must say I am really happy we all had the chance to go. Not very interested in going at first, I ended up coming home and being really happy I went.  That was surprise number one.  Following that and reflecting on the talk, I found the statistics were most surprising.  One of the statistics was African Americans that have a college degree are two times more likely to be unemployed compared to white people with the same college education.  The other major surprise was in 1962 and 1963, Gallop asked white Americans and two out of three white people said education, housing, and employment. ABSOLUTELY insane and one of the most ignorant things I have ever heard in my entire life.

2. Was there anything you disagreed with?

Considering that everything he was saying was all facts how can you truly disagree with him? I am just so excited the new doors he opened for me tonight.  Coming from a very dominant white community, I would have never thought some of the things he was saying.  I am truly fortunate I had this opportunity and feel almost ashamed I haven’t sought out any of this earlier.  However, there was one thing that sort of had me a little unsure and that was when talking about networking.  We are constantly told by African American professors and white professors equally in the classroom it is one of the most important things to do in the business world.

3. How might you apply the lecture to what we are discussing in class?

We can definitely apply the lecture to what we are discussing in class.  One major thing is the underrepresentation in the media of minorities. Not just African Americans but Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, etc.  Another aspect we can look at is how white racial identity plays a roll.  Clearly contact, being unaware of groupness, constantly is happening if we haven’t met equality yet.  White people are still blind and don’t feel the need to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. It also can be related to how most narratives aren’t so called written for white people, but for colored people to try and fit into a white narrative. Also, another way we can relate this to class is  through the critical race theory and that Tim Wise even directly says, it’s political.

Family Guy

3 Oct

Summary: In this episode of Family Guy, Peter (the dad and one of the main characters of the show) indulges in some alcohol.  His wife tells him not to drink because she knows how he gets.  One time he got drunk at church and then he got drunk at a party and did some pretty dumb things.  He ended up losing his job because he was drunk.  At his work, which happened to be a toy factory, his boss who was foreign speaking with an accent.  When he does lose his job, he gets put on welfare and tries pleasing all of his families wants because he gets $150,000 per week due to a mistake in the government.  He gives his daughter the lip injections she always wanted, invested in a new security system for the house which was a river around the house and they ended up getting a boat, and taking his family to nice dinners. 

Analysis/Application: According to the critical race theory, it says that race is not biological but political.  In this episode this theory was very prevalent.  From the very beginning from the introduction, Peter makes a racial comments about crummy neighborhoods and robberies and then Aunt Jemima immediately appears in the window with some pancakes. There was also  a scene in the episode where the president is white, assuming that every president is going to be white. Finally, in the toy factory the boss is foreign with a thick accent representing that foreigners work in factories in their own countries and come here to fulfill the American Dream. I think the man working in the factory can also be seen as part of the mediated construction because I feel media tells us that those who come over from foreign countries go to the working class and are thankful for the jobs they receive because that is what we assume from media. The Aunt Jemima part was probably the most obvious classification of racial stereotypes. Family Guy puts this in every opening scene of their shows which can let people know from the beginning racial scenes are bound to happen. 

Conclusion: I feel Family Guy as a comedy is out to make racial references throughout its shows that relays negative messages about different races that live in the minority in media.

 

 

Trophy Wife

24 Sep

Summary:

I decided to watch Trophy Wife.  I am not a TV person and honestly never watch it so I decided on this show. Anyhow, the first episode is about this man who has had three different wives.  He seems to be well off, has a head on his shoulders.  As for the wives, one is a doctor, the other one seems like your typical down to earth woman  but very over protective of her children and the  last woman, Kate Harrison, who you can tell is insecure the children of her new husband don’t like her.  She seems to be sort of ditsy, but tries her hardest to fulfill that motherly role. When Harrison shows up for to the school with the ex wife who was a doctor, the teacher is extremely annoyed her husband didn’t show up and sent his new wife. After the meeting, it all goes down hill. The down to earth mom and the dad go through a dead hamster crisis and the daughter gets caught drinking vodka and Harrison tries to cover it up for her by chugging the bottle.

Anaylsis:

In this tv series, the upper class is very visisble.  The father of all the children is very dominant and is making the money. They have a nice house and living what most people call the American Dream.  Because he is well off, he shows signs of being dominant of having the children in most of the movie possibly portraying that he has custody of the children. While he has Kate Harrison has his new wife, she portrays a very beautiful, classy, young woman which I feel shows a lot in media when men are wealthy. For goodness sakes, the tv show is called Trophy Wife! <<That is another example of how society has this stigma with use of words to portray those of the upper class. As for one of the wives, she is down to earth and very laid back, yet super protective of her children. I feel this describes the middle class. She doesn’t have much to flaunt and drives an average car. Her being laid back to me shows she enjoys the simpler things in life and isn’t very interested in the name brand things. The audience could easily interpret this movie as I just did.  It is a perfect example of how are lives are lived today and the way we see these types of people. These representations definately shows the popular ideologies of different class levels.

Conclusion:
In today’s society, economic class is physically shown through looks and materials an individual owns.

Trophy Wife

12 Sep

Summary: I decided to watch Trophy Wife.  I am not a TV person and honestly never watch it so I decided on this show. Anyhow, the first episode is about this man who has had three different wives.  He seems to be well off, has a head on his shoulders.  As for the wives, one is a doctor, the other one seems like your typical down to earth woman  but very over protective of her children and the  last woman, Cameron Diaz, who you can tell is insecure the children of her new husband don’t like her.  She seems to be sort of ditsy, but tries her hardest to fulfill that motherly role. When Diaz shows up for to the school with the ex wife who was a doctor, the teacher (who also is a woman), is extremely annoyed her husband didn’t show up and sent his new wife. After the meeting, it all goes down hill. The down to earth mom and the dad go through a dead hamster crisis and the daughter gets caught drinking vodka and Diaz tries to cover it up for her by chugging the bottle. 

 Analysis: I think Cameron Diaz who acts as the newest step mom most commonly portrays how society views step mothers.  They are always trying to get approval of the children from the previous marriages.  Diaz portrays this idea of being that step mother but attempting to make them a good breakfast everyday and covering up Hilary’s rebel attempt to drink vodka at school.  We see femininity here because moms have this typical stereotype of meeting all the ends of their children’s needs and that is exactly what she is trying to do. I think this mostly benefits those moms who are stepmothers who, in a lot of cases, are battling to get the approval of their husband’s children. In this episode, I see the representations that do conform to dominant ideologies. Woman have this sense of nurturing of children where we see throughout the whole episode of season 1, episode 1. The events that come up constantly consist of taking care of the children and one of them women are always involved.

The doctor mother, who was the first wife, portrays what society sees a woman doctor as, very dominant and confident. She is strict and very protective of her children, as most mothers are. You can tell in this episode she is very uncomfortable with Diaz being their new step mom and tries to cope with that.

Conclusion: Stereotypes of femininity through motherhood and “step mother hood” continues in separated families on television shows. 

 

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