Weekly Wrap Up: March 1
February was quite the month for women in the media! I’d like to share with you four articles I found interesting. The first two deal with negative impacts the media and society have on women, but the last expose the presence of empowerment!
buzzfeed posted an article on the effects that Megan McCarthy’s role in Identity Thief has on women, specifically overweight women. Critics have called McCarthy “tractor-sized”and a “female hippo”. Unfortunately, overweight actresses in Hollywood are usually left with obese, obnoxiou roles where they are viewed as alone and miserable. Many times, overweight actresses’ weight is used for laughter, they don’t usually exist beyond their weight, and these roles ultimately enforce such stereotypes in our daily realities.
Huffington Post posted an article on how football culture is unfortunately intertwined with sexual violence and rape culture. This post focuses on how male aggression on field occurs just as much off the field. It also digs deep into Superbowl commercials, which are filled with images of gender extremes, treating the women in these commercials as if they are the products being sold and that heterosexual men are the only ones buying. Our hyper-masculine culture encourages men to be physically and sexually aggressive because that is what is considered manliness. Another interesting fact that is brought up is how although overall (reported) rape has decreased, rape on campuses (especially co-ed, football driven campuses) rape has remained a huge issue.
Huffington post had another article dealing with Muslim Feminism. In this article, it explains that, like feminism in general, Muslim feminism encompasses a wide spectrum of views that no one woman can define. It also brings up how Muslim women are often portrayed in the media as victims, when in reality, many identify themselves as feminists and fight for their rights.
And lastly, a local photographer, Matt Blum, has a project called The Nu Project. Although it began in 2005, it is currently gaining popularity and recognition. The project entails nude photos of women of all shapes, sizes, varities, and walks of life and they are shot beautifully and respectively without sexual undertones. This point of this project is because women are often judge harshly by their appearances and should feel comfortable with themselves.
It’s important to remember that although oppression of women is very much present in society there are many women and men working to combat that oppression and turn it into opportunity!