Easy Curves

I don’t know if this should go under wed discoveries or just as a post. But, goodness! it’s funny! Well sort of. The website and commercial have a softcore porn kind of feel to them. The product is advertised as an exercise tool that will “sculpt a beautiful bust linethrough a full range of motion, to lift, firm and enlarge in just 5 minutes a day.” An easy way to get $10 off of thousands of women. They are all white women in the commercial an on the website. It seems to me that doing push ups or a bit of weight lifting would get the same results. I don’t think this product really even needs to exist! And yet it does. 

And what does “Research Throws Women a Curve Ball Mean?” You can see the commercial on YouTube.

Further, it turns out they make their money through shipping you vitamins and charging on your card as this person posted at Yahoo and here. There is even have a blog to battle those who may think it a scam. I don’t think it’s a scam. I think it’s another thing for women to buy because women’s role is often as consumer. What do women want to buy? Things to make their boobs bigger! The blog is interesting. I think the author is suppose to be a buyer of the product, but it’s really just a repeat of the commercial.

I think most of us have enough common sense not to buy a product like this. But it does sell and they make their money off of the need perpetuated by these products and advertising, that women have to be continuously youthful. I’m recalling a chapter in The Feminine Mystique about the child bride. But I think I’m going to stop here.

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Andrea Gibson

I just threw up a couple of links for everyone. There are plenty more out there. I’m not sure how to critique her. Check her out and tell me what you think!

Andrew this is a great gender poem. I think most people can relate to this poem in some way. Very few of us are strictly one gender.

Andrea Gibson This is her official site.

Swing set I liked this one a whole lot! At the Take Back the Night rally, I read “Blue Blanket.” I posted about that earlier. I have decided to practice and perform it again. Hopefully it will go over better. I just can’t take the thought that this righteous poem was “too long for the venue.” They’ll get it if I do it better. Maybe I should see if Gibson will come and do it herself! 🙂

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#6 Reading: Riverbend’s blog

A great thing about blogs is that they are like diaries only we don’t have to wait for the author’s death or publication to read it. I had to let one of my favorite professors know about Riverbend’s blog. She may have already known about it, but I just had to make sure. Like the articles about the blog said, her blog has more depth than the media. It is a different way to understand the war. And I think it is the better way for me to become more aware of what is going on. A friend of mine is taking Women’s Studies 101 this semester. He lent me one of the novels they read in the class called 1,000 Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It is the fictional story of two women living through the continuous warring over there, starting in the 60’s and ending in 2003. The novel was excellent! Read it! Women’s experience in war is so much more different than men’s.

I would almost say that an OK blogis better than a really great novel. Who knows if that could be a true statement or not. Riverbend’s blog conveys reality just a bit better. I did not fully feel the Holocaust until I read Fireweed which is Gerda Lerner’s autobiography. And the only thought that went through my head in high school were about boys, so that may have had an impact on my understanding of the reality of genocide. I find that reading a person’s real story, where I can feel the pain of each day, to be more effective than just the death counts. A blog is totally bias, but I think it is better to side with the ideas of an actual individual than with the media. It is a voice of a living person who is conveying a reality that mainstream media forms cannot.

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#5 Reading

The intimidation and other silencing tactics affects the power of blogging by limiting the number of different voices on Web 2.0. The most affective way I saw intimidation being overcome was through the unrelenting support of women’s issues. Involving women and “their issues” on major blogs like Pandagon did as we read in Blogging While Female in a Male-Dominated Blogoshpere. I really support thatidea. I am an activist when it comes to finding alternative media sources for myself and anyone close to me. These silencing tactics are very strong. It’s very easy to beat someone down further when already their status is so fragile.

Just yesterday I was doing a little dub for the guy who is making the documentary of the Take Back the Night committee. He had taken classes with one of my favorite English/ Women’s Studies professor before yet he cannot yet comprehend why she pushes women’s literature so much. He does not understand or see the marginalization of women. But I was glad to learn that next semester, he will be taking two of her classes! I hope he gets it! I connect this with the readings because of the lack of understanding of most people. They just don’t know anything until they have walked a mile in a marginalized group’s shoes. It sows the need for feminism’s incorporation in what is widely consumed.

Blogs as a place for resistance and attack: Free speech is a double edged sword.

Truths are better seen when there is someone investigating further. A fabrication of a stereotype can easily be made into more than it is such as with the DABA NY Times scandal. The story was easily believed because of the view of women in society. But in reality, it did not exist!

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Week 4 Reading

For one who is interested in an issue, blogging and Wed 2.0 can be a starting place to gain information. Blogs offer a place for debate that may not be available in a person’s normal social life. Activism is really up to the reader. It “foments” activism because the issues discussed can be motivating.

Compared to the usual critiques pop culture receives and as far as I’ve read, the satire of Sarah Haskins showcases the stupidity of it. It’s just about the only way I want to hear about the sexism in commercials. I’m down for a scholarly article discussing the impact of elements of pop culture as well, however. I think her method of critique is effective becauseit mocks more than whines. I have a hardcore girl crush on Sarah Haskins! The Carl’s Jr. critique was the best because the commercials were the worst.

Feministing and Racialicious serve function as examples of activism because the blogs involve the read in discussion. This helps the readers to think for themselves. In analysing the blogs, the reader takes part. Reading one blog that analyzes pop culture helps to spread the theory used in the article to other situations. Embedded in the mind of the reader is the critique. The reader then makes the choice to use the analysis and become an activist. The videos have the same effect on the viewer. Poehler et al has have a different focus, however, which is to show examples of gals who rock! This is a form of activism because it brings to view that which is not seen in pop culture.

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Take Back the Night 4/4/09

Saturday was the Take Back the Night rally and march! It was great! Attendants still don’t get the idea of a MARCH, however. They totally speed walk it. But it’s only the third year. These college and high school students are not activists on a regular basis. We had many related agencies there, a self-defence demonstration, and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration as well. But the main reason I want to talk about the rally is because I performed two poetry pieces which, I think anyway ;), really made the rally! 😀

I performed Kathleen Hanna’s piece called “The Middle of the Night in My House” and Andrea Gibson’s “Blue Blanket” (which can be found at her official site and her myspace). Gibson’s piece was critique for being “too long for the venue.” Which I can understand. I also didn’t perform it as well as Hanna’s piece. Slam poetry is also modern and I don’t think appreciated enough. It’s not what I write, but I enjoy it. I think it’s pretty smart. And really, I wanted the idea of the education of boys as the most important factor in ending rape to be included. Self-defense is great, but it’s not going to end rape.

There is a student making a documentary of the Take Back the Night committee and event! WOOOOOO! I can’t wait to see myself all red in the face and screaming!

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Odyshape Lyrics

I have come to terms with the fact that my Women’s Studies assignment is not going to get done tonight. So I’ll make some posts for my own creative outpour in hope of discussion. Here’s another song by The Raincoats (I hope no one is tired of hearing about them yet!)

“Odyshape”

She looks, She looks embarrassed, embarrassed

She looks in mirror in magazine

I’m not glamourous or polished

In fact I’m no ornament

it could be my body shape

I wonder if I’ll ever look right

Blot on the landskape, unrefined

Quite out of place

Her nose is too big

Maybe operation

Her waist too wide. Slim slim

Her hair is not shining. Oh!

It isn’t fair she isn’t fair

You’re walking sad

You’re looking bad

you’re talking sad

You’re looking bad

Hung up for fractional inches

Hung up for the cloth that pinches

Do I measure up to your expectations?

Am I owed any explanations?

 

The Raincoats. “Odyshape.” 1980, 1993. Geffen Records Inc.

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