Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Only Good for a Meal?

             "Woman ... is the divine object, violated, endlessly sacrificed yet always reborn . . .,

said  Pauline RÉAGE in the introduction of the book The Image.”

“Women had a very stereotypical role in British society,” cooking, cleaning, and playing waitress at home. Although many women are still “stay at home moms;” many have used women’s suffrage to their full advantage by getting an education and starting a career. 
 As a women I am all for a women being independent, but I feel that men no longer respect the “stay at home moms.” Men of this millennium are too concerned with protecting their own empires to encourage women to stay at home.  “Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work [; but when women are asked to get a job we are only] allowed that feeling for a man, but not work.”

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    Sunday, October 23, 2011

    In the Lyrics!

    Music is a form of relaxation for some people and for others it's a beat to dance to. As for myself and many others I'm sure music serves as both. As a teenager I may speak solely for myself when I say that music is beginning to turn me off. Music is becoming less and less entertaining.
    Derogatory language in music and movies has become more infamous over the years. “Change my pitch up . . . smack my [female dog] up,” produced in 1997, are lyrics from one of the most controversial music videos in history.
    Although this song was banned by the British Broadcasting Cooperation, it was still nominated for four MTV Music Video awards and won one for best dance video. This in my opinion this encourages the use of foul language and the diminishment of women through song.

    I also feel that this song and many songs similar send the false positive image that this is acceptable behavior towards women. I do not harbor animosity toward rap because of these songs; but “I [also] don’t want to be marginalized by music or any form of art,” said Oprah when asked about the rap industry.
    This link holds the video and the video "Smack my [female dog] Up. http://exclaim.ca/News/prodigys_smack_my_bitch_up_named_most_controversial_song.
    • Adaso, H. (2006, June 13). [Oprah: "I don't have beef with Hip-Hop"].
    • Murano, G. (2009, September 11). [10 Most Controversial Music Videos].

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Are We Worth It?

      I am beginning to think that we have done something wrong or maybe we are doing too much right! We are running men away! Is Chivalry dead or is he diminished? Do men not appreciate real women anymore? I am so confused.
     Chivalry, the ideal qualifications of a knight: courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms, was not only the code for a knight; but for men in general. The code of Chivalry started in the middle ages and its practice is insignificantly maintained today. The song “Treat her like a Lady” sung by the Temptations in 1985 addresses chivalry in many aspects. Opening doors, helping a woman with her coat, complimenting her, etc. were all ways of Chivalry practiced in the early 1900’s. In 2011 the recognition of Chivalry in songs is almost completely absent. “I do not feel chivalry is dead, merely diminished as fewer people are taught to be chivalrous.”