Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I have found three very influential women, who have been tv celebrities throughout the communist period, which provided me with some evidence that women had better chances at entering the TV industry in communist Poland than in a free/ democratic and capitalistic United States.
Krystyna Loska, Edyta Wojtczak and Bogumila Wender
Last semester when I took Asian American History class at Hunter, I met an interesteing girl named Taylor. We got the same interest and passion in films. But the difference between us is that where as I am just starting to make small films here and there, Taylor in the other hand was in big Hollywood movie and TV productions. Though she didn't have big parts in it, she was in the scene. She knew people (actors,producers, directors etc.) and she knew how the business goes. My big question to her was why go back to NY, if she was there, the place where aspiring filmmakers have dreamed about, what happened?
When thinking about this project I was very much confused on the topic as well as medium I would use to present. We all know there are many issues Women face and many things in the world it would be great to see women take on and have a positive affect. I chose a topic dealing with sexual health because of my past work with the subject as a peer educator and conversations I've had with people in my life. It just seemed to fit at the time. The idea for a magazine, well web zine came because I wanted to challenge myself a bit creatively within reason. Meaning no camera work. Through this process i learned that being an "editor" is not easy in any form. To give me a small taste of being an editor of a magazine I enlisted outside help in the form of writers and subjects (interviewees).
My topic question is To be or not to be... a slut?! It looks at the idea of sexual promiscuity and the negative impact of the word slut. With this issue of my zine I hoped to take away the negativity and stigma associated with promiscuity and embrace sexual freedom in order to decrease sexual abuse of ourselves and each other. Towards the end I had to question whether or not my goal had been achieved and to be honest.. I'm still very much questioning this.
But here at the Double Standard I encourage you to form your own opinion. So Read on :) .
Healthy Images: An art piece to bring awareness to the harmful images portrayed within media.
The idea behind this project comes from a lifetime of viewing the disgraceful images created by our media; which objectify, oppress, shame, and over sexualize women. The specific images I am responding to are beer, lingerie, cosmetology, and shoe advertisements within there general categories. For example I focused on beers unhealthy images and the messages they send to society, instead of Budweiser, and there particular images. In most cases these specific categories work to sell the product through portraying male dominance, female passiveness, sexual violence towards the female, over sexualization of the female, and reducing the female to a mere object. Researching for offensive ads was as easy as picking up a magazine, researching healthy ads which do not do any of the above was extremely time consuming and prove to be difficult. I looked at “Anti-Advertising” for inspiration; I also looked at Cindy Sherman, as an artist for inspiration. She uses photography and photographs her self in specific situations/places in order to make a statement. Although her goal is not to create feminist photography, a lot of her work was inspirational to me in that aspect. The images are what I wanted to attack, and try to recreate. The images which I have included are images which could be included in ads. I made this decision because the images are what people from all cultures see, these images are the most persuasive device used in marketing, so I believed I needed to recreate the images themselves. These images are meant to be displayed as a print portfolio, because they are images that could possibly be used in print or web advertisements, however they could have been displayed in a gallery as a photography project. In the future I would love to have my in gallery, in the medium of photography; I believe the message of female empowerment can reach more people that way. In the future I would also like to transform the prints into a larger art project by combing them with other mediums, creating a collage perhaps. My goal for this project was to recreate healthy images which drew attention to the women in these photos in a light that was not demeaning violent or oppressive, and I believe I did that. I directed and modeled in the shoots, my colleague Kayla Duffy shot the photos. The models include me, and Allison Meade.
Welcome to my short film concentrating on the depiction of women in Latin American Novelas. To prepare for this interview/conversation I looked to Oprah Winfrey, Katy Couric and Zach Galifianakis as role models and took into account their interviewing talent.
This is my first interview and my first use of Final Cut Pro. In the filming of this footage I used my Panansonic hand held 3.1 megapixel video camera and a tripod. My husband stood behind the camera to make sure we were centered and he also assisted on the editing of this film. The lighting used was basic floor lamps and natural light and was filmed in my living room.
Josephina agreed to be interviewed and was very helpful with her candid take on Novelas. Without her and my husband, this film could not be made and I am very grateful.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy my film!
The images on this blog came from Google Images
TELENOVELA CLIPS SHOWN DURING THE INTERVIEW:
Link to my documentary below:
Apologies for late post. The youtube link took roughly 12-13 hours to fully process.
By the way, I wish everyone ALL THE BEST OF LUCK first or last (and in between lol)!!!!
According to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, women have comprised the majority of college journalism majors since 1977. However, according to the Poynter Institute’s American Journalist Survey, done in 2003, women represent only 37% of personalities on television, 33% of writers for daily newspapers, 22% of radio personalities, and 20% of representatives for a major wire service. Shockingly, the results of this survey differed very little from a similar one conducted by the Institute in 1982. Add onto this the fact that many of the stories given to female journalists are considered “fluff” pieces – centered on the entertainment industry, fashion, and beauty – and the severity of this issue becomes more apparent.
For my project, I decided to focus on a group of serious female journalists, journalists that are not degraded to "fluff" pieces based on their gender. I chose to make a movie in the styling of a broadcast news piece, highlighting three of these correspondents who stand out for various reasons.
My final project is about the religion of Santeria and the empowering effects it has had for the women who practice it. In order to explain these effects I decided to interview four priestesses ordained in this religion. These four priestesses have years that vary between three to thirty-six years. It was video recorded in an interview format a ranging from questions of their experiences as Iyawos, new initiates, to being madrinas, godmothers, to other initiates and other godchildren. This one of the many rare moments many of initiates in Santeria ever speak of their experiences before, during and after ritual and ceremony. I also discuss if there is problems with the compromising integrity and equality. In the process, I came to realize there have not been problems of that sort at all. This is due to the relationship between the godparent and godchild within an ILE, a house of worship or equivalent to a temple. Furthermore, the varying differences of respect between the senior elder, the Iyawo, and the godchild. My video is only a hard copy, and will not be viewed as a link.
Abimbola, Wande. Ifa Will Mend Our Broken World: Thoughts on Yoruba Religion and Culture in Africa and the Diaspora. Roxbury: Aim Books, 1997.
Brandon, George. Santeria from Africa to the New World: The Dead Sell Memories. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1993.
Brown, David H. Santeria Enthroned: Art, Ritual, and Innovation In An Afro-Cuban Religion. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Cuando los Espiritus Bailan Mambo. Dir. Bobby Shepard. Prods. Bobby Shepard and Marta Moreno Vega. 2002.
Drewal, Thompson Margaret. Yoruba Ritual: Performers, Play, Agency. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1992.
Elebuibon, Chief Priest Ifayemi. Apetebii: The Wife of Orunmila. Brooklyn: Athelia/Henrietta Press, INC., 1994.
Johnson, Paul Christopher. Secrets, Gossip, And Gods. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2002.
Murphy, Joseph M. and Mei-Mei Sanford. Osun across the Waters: A Yoruba Godess in Africa and the Americas. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
Omari-Tunkara, Mikelle Smith. Manupulating The Sacred. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2005.
Vega, Marta Moreno. The Altar of My Soul: The Living Traditions of Santeria. New York: The Ballantine Publishing Group, 2000.
Title:Santeria Empowerment: A Female Perspective
Title:Santeria Empowerment: A Female Perspective
Directed and Edited by Brian Tayco
Directed and Edited by Brian Tayco
Interviewed conducted by Brian Tayco
Interviewed conducted by Brian Tayco
Performed By: Emilio Barreto and Orlando "Puntilla" Rios
Performed By: Emilio Barreto and Orlando "Puntilla" Rios
So for my final project I chose to do a video on domestic abuse. I’m fortunate enough to have never been abused in my life but I’ve watched other people’s lives destroyed from abuse. Whether it’s physical or emotional, abuse cannot be accepted. For my video I interviewed some people on their own experiences with abuse and the result is some graphic accounts of abuse in their lives. This is a silent epidemic that needs to be dealt with. When I first started making this video I really didn’t have anyone in mind to interview. Through some small asking around I ended up finding four different women, all with a very unique and personal story. I struggled editing this video because honestly these stories barely need to be edited. Instead I chose to keep the video pretty simple, no major effects or music, just the stories.
Password to access video: womenandmedia
Crane, Beth. Personal interview. 20 Apr. 2011.
"Domestic Violence Statistics | 2010 and 2009 Abuse Stats." Web. 15 Apr. 2011.
Although the Constitution of Nepal provides protections for women, including equal pay for equal work, the Government has not initiated any significant steps to implement its visions.
South Asian countries Like NEPAL are primarily linked with the status of women in family, society and the state structures. Traditional ethical code of the society expects women to remain restricted within four walls of home, which is still a common occurrence. In some of the countries of South Asia women are outlawed even to cast votes. In NEPAL, women are discriminated, because of son preference traditions of the society dominated by religious beliefs. Daughters are discriminated from birth to funeral ceremony. Women are also suffering from domestic violence, wrong tradition and cultural malpractices. Some awful examples of violence are: sex selective abortion, wife battering, child marriage, polygamy, rape, sexual violence, trafficking of women & forced prostitution, sexual harassment, dowry, Tilak system, suicide, killings, and domestic violence, still prevailed. They are still accused in the name of Witchcraft. Members of Parliament have beugn working for the passage of tougher laws for such crimes but have had little success so far. Therefore I decided to my final project on status of women in NEPAL and violence against them.Hopefully my final project will create awareness among 21st century generation of women in USA and in NEPAL. In order to execute my final project i used website as a medium and here is the link to the website.
Acharya, Meena,(2000) Labor Market Developments and Poverty : with Focus on Economic Opportunities for women, TPMF and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Kathmandu.
Česky. "Nepal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
The mass media have powerful forces in society. The media gives us important information to help us to understanding social status, social values. Our understanding of female athletes is influenced by the media. I will Exam the coverage of female athletes. I do some research on history of Women in Sports and pay Inequity in Athletics, and use pie chart to organize the data that I find online. I also create an online survey. In addition, I will collect local newspaper to see whether they have equitable coverage of female and male athletes.
My blog: http://mediacoverageoffemaleathletes.blogspot.com/
Online survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G9XKFLJ
Please spare a few moments to take my survey. Your feedback is important!
“History of Women in Sports Timeline” http://www.northnet.org/stlawrenceaauw/timelne4.htm
“A Quarter Century In The Evolution Of Women's Sports” http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/Content/Articles/Issues/Equity-Issues/A/A-Quarter-Century-In-The-Evolution-Of-Womens-Sports.aspx
Suggs, Welsh. “A Place on the Team”. Princeton, NJ. Princeton University Press, 2005.“Pay Inequity in Athletics”
“Media Coverage and Sport: FACTS AND STATISTICS”
Image from: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://s4.hubimg.com/u/1523463_f520.jpg&imgrefurl=http://hubpages.com/hub/Pay-Inequities-Between-First--and-Third-World-Nations-Distributive-Justice&usg=__GxMICY-oUl_KohUlZI0PZp860tg=&h=339&w=520&sz=31&hl=en&start=49&sig2=9U0kwbyPQKCIbos6nyZh8w&zoom=1&tbnid=8gecc4HUi7plGM:&tbnh=134&tbnw=177&ei=WT2zTbLlCMX40gHZ8KCTCQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3DPay%2BInequity%2Bin%2BAthletics%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1020%26bih%3D564%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=203&page=4&ndsp=17&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:49&tx=130&ty=70
Friday, May 13, 2011
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For my final project I focused on pornography and it's negative depictions of women. Most of my research comes from feminist theory on porn, however I also did a critique of Playboy and Hustler. This multi-billion dollar industry precipitates female subordination and male dominance...and that is what the crux of my paper is about.
The link to my paper is below.
My final project is on Women in Univision.
Univision is the biggest Hispanic channel broadcasting in the US. I used the information we learned in class relative to "women's position in media" and specifically with regard to TV, to research how it may apply to a mainstream-commercial, non-American channel... Is the objectification of women an American phenomenon? Are women "treated" differently in Univision? What is the position of women and how they are being portrayed on this major spanish- speaking channel? I looked at women in news, weekly programs, and telenovelas....I found photos & videos to support my case and with the help of my friend, Manolis, I am presenting this video as my final project....
We learned a lot this semester but the part that stuck with me the most was the idea of media images teaching girls from birth that they are not enough. Media images teach girls to always 'fix' their skin, bodies, hair, ect. as if there is something perpetually wrong with them. This just didn't/doesn't sit well with me.
Having three kids of my own, it's always important to me to give back and teach them whenever possible. I took the opportunity of making this project as a way to teach not only my children, but their friends and particularly the girls around them. I hadn't awoken to the effects of media on my life and actions until this class. There was no reason for the teens around me to have to wait that long. The video I made will hopefully teach teen girls about media and its effects on teens and their body images. In order to effect true change, we need to start with younger girls. They are our future. I use the end of the video to give ideas on where to start learning about change for the betterment of us all.
It has definitely become a labor of love. I only hope the people who watch it will be able to learn something from the time spent watching. I hope you enjoy it!
My final project is a research article that both discusses and exposes what it is to be a female in law enforcement throughout history and today. I discuss the progress they have made to date, which is not enough. The mistreatment and sexual discrimination against police women. I also wrote about the fact that our NYPD needs improved training policies on stereotypes and discrimination and how our recruiting strategies are inadequate. I introduce my source Rosa Otero and explain her experience on the force, which makes her information and testimony valid. Lastly I discuss examples of police women in the media that have both hindered and helped women to progress in the field of law enforcement.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
How does it feel to be the unwanted recipient of men’s catcalls, comments and aggression? Ask any woman you meet and she will have a story to tell you. Every woman knows what it feels like to be assaulted whether through words, looks or force.
Living in a culture that condones the ritual harassment and abuse of women is maddening. We are conditioned to endure the humiliation, fear, anxiety and shame of our experience.
I recently heard comedian Chelsea Peretti say, “I read somewhere that men’s biggest fear is that women will laugh at them. And women’s biggest fear is that men will kill them. Kind of different stakes that we’re working with”.
Different stakes indeed...and it’s madness.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Penny Marshall is an amazingly diverse and unique actress and director of American films. She has directed one of my favorite movies, A League of Their Own and various other films such as Big, Renaissance Man and Riding in Cars With Boys. Her acting career, which includes Laverne and Shirley has also had a strong influence on her directorial achievements as well. She has grappled with failed relationships, struggles between family and career and her strong passion for sports.
Her movies have all included some sort of masculine/ feminine struggle or a gender role battle of sorts. In Big, for example, Tom Hanks is a child who has been transformed into an adult man. A huge scene in this movie occurs when the main female character, Elizabeth Perkins, seduces him and has him lose his virginity. The following day, Tom Hanks appears more mature, more adult-like in his nature and most importantly, more masculine because of the seduction of his female co-star.
In the film, A League of Their Own, which is set in 1943, Marshall attempts to show the strength, perseverance and character of the female characters through one of her passions: baseball. In this film, she explores gender roles, sexism, feminism, and the struggle for independence experienced by women in WWII United States while their husbands were at war. Marshall also shows the pain and defeat some women experienced after the war ended, when, after working so hard to support their husbands at war, they were forced to leave the workforce and return home. Marshall uses her filmmaking to demonstrate that women have a huge voice, and can lead and take control over any situation. This is somewhat indicative of what Humm is trying to say in Author/Autor: Feminist Literary Theory and Feminist Film. Humm states, “the separation of the female way of thinking, and a recognition that women's experiences have been effectively silenced by a masculine culture.” In other words, Marshall is attempting to break free of the silence of the “Masculine culture” that has dominated the female voice by playing the boys at their own game. By using masculine activities controlled by a female group, she demonstrates that women can take charge and empower themselves in any situation.
Marshall’s desire to show something different is reflective of Bell Hook’s stance on the viewer in the cinema: “truth be told, lots of us, myself included, go to the movies to learn stuff. Often what we learn is life transforming in some way." Marshall attempted to transform and empower women by showing them how women were able to carry an entire country on their own. They were, in fact in, “a league of their own.” Marshall showed that although gender roles were so strict, and so rigid, the female character could be strong and could be better than the boys.
Hooks, Bell. "Introduction Making Movie Magic." (n.d.).
Humm, Maggie “Author/Auteur: Feminist Literary Theory and Feminist Film”
She was an art student and then an art teacher. She did some acting in a Lizzie Borden film. Her early interest in films were by European filmmakers like Passolini and Fassbinder and moved through American B-movie directors of the ‘50s, and then to the likes of Sam Fuller, Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah.
As an exercise in learning narrative, she adapted novels (Patricia Highsmith gave her a free option on “Enough Rope,” which she wrote but couldn’t finance), and even wrote an episode of the TV series “The Equalizer.”
Is Kathryn Bigelow as auteur? I think she is because even though she did not write most of her films, she has definitely put her own spirit and trademarks into them. For example: she likes the first person point of view and uses this method in most of her films. Most of her films are not feminist in nature, although her film called The Weight of Water is about women trapped in suffocating relationships.
What I find fascinating about her is that all her movies have been independent and she took a tremendous risk making The Hurt Locker. No other directors wanted to make it. She made it very true to life and documentary like. She doesn’t do what Bell Hooks explained in Making Movie Magic from Reel to Real, “..give the reimagined, reinvented version of the real."