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Monday, June 6

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    “It becomes a subconscious goal to turn into a perfect little toy in order to impress the male gender.” This statement could not be truer. Every day, whether male or female, we are surrounded by advertisements that may not be directly telling us to change ourselves but are shoving the changes we “should” be making in our faces either way.
    It is unfair to both genders to portray perfection in advertisements and leads to self-esteem issues across the board. Men see perfectly cut characters get all the hot, perfectly sculpted women on TV all the time; the advertisements scream, “forget about brains! Just look good and you’ll get everything you want!” It makes it near impossible for us, as the human race, a species known for its imperfections, to understand that there is no such thing as perfect.
    “There are plenty of different ways information is distributed to young girls and it becomes their ideology that women have to behave and dress a certain way. This way of thinking is rarely questioned or addressed because it becomes so normalized among the community.” This quote is also true, to an extent. All men and women are told to act and dress a specific way, and it certainly has been normalized in society. However, the ideas of exactly how both genders should act and dress has changed dramatically over the years.
    “There are plenty of different ways information is distributed to young girls and it becomes their ideology that women have to behave and dress a certain way. This way of thinking is rarely questioned or addressed because it becomes so normalized among the community.” This quote is also true, to an extent. All men and women are told to act and dress a specific way, and it certainly has been normalized in society. However, the ideas of exactly how both genders should act and dress has changed dramatically over the years.
    We could not have become mindless overnight, so this has been going on since the beginning of time. Perhaps we just adopted thoughts and ideas from the hunters and gatherers centuries and gently change them as decades go by. It is more accepted now that women go out and work and the men do as well, but half a century ago, the number was dramatically lower. And although we work, we still get paid less than men do; earning 75 cents to their dollar.
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Friday, June 3

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    Growing up with Hercules and Simba (Connection)
    "Boys grow up to see themselves as the princes, the saviors to lost women who just need a man to add a little bit of purpose to their lives. Boys are taught that women will do anything and give up anything just to be with them, so for what reason do boys need to do anything except swoop in, do something heroic, and look handsome?" -Katy Z
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    suffering princess. They are also taught to have rich status or at least look rich and look charming and act famous or be famous. It's almost
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    Characters are taught to have great physique starting from the young age. Simba and Hercules are a great examples of what a male figure should be. Helpful to others, they are attractive and dominant over others. They grow up to be stronger and are a ladies magnet. They are to act corresponding to how women acts, and there is always that one girl that you see who looks brighter than others. They are to act as rescuers and heroes, something always happens to the heroine and they are there to simply save them and become their Prince Charming.

    Texts to refer to...
    http://www.helium.com/items/1456629-masculinity-in-disney-films
    http://www.helium.com/items/1461335-masculinity-in-disney-films
    http://www.helium.com/items/1727009-masculinity-in-disney
    http://katyzuchowski.wikispaces.com/Disney+Princesses+Shaping+America%27s+Children+and+Their+Gender+Roles
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    The portrayal of men and women are often exaggerated within the media and these exaggerations tend to stick with us as a culture.One of the great examples of this can be seen in the commercial industry, a growing multi-billion dollar industry. Most commercials are, of course, devised to sell you something and in doing so they care very little about who they will Alienate as long as their target audience is engaged. One of these images, one of many exploited to sell products,that recently became popular by TV is the idea of a man who is the "50s model of masculinity, but in a distilled form—kick-ass machismo stripped of the accompanying values of honor, duty and loyalty" . This provides an easier path to men, where once they were expected to work and provide for their families, now they believe they can simply enjoy life. A side effect, though intended I'm sure by the media, is the increased amount of advertisements for cell phones, beer, fast food and deodorant.
    {The_Hangover_poster.jpg} We can see this portrayal of the "Man Child" in many of the modern movies. The hangover is described by IMDb as A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him. The entire movie is dedicated to portraying this idea of man child. The movie shows the men as being incompetent drunks who cannot even keep track of their friends. What is further implied by the movie is the idea that while these are men who have jobs and families, if given the chance they would go wild without a care in the world. In fact among the tag lines for the movie is whose baby is this? am i missing a tooth? and what happened last night? These tag-lines make it clear that the movie is a representation of males, and despite it being a comedy and an exaggeration, most people wont take that into account and instead focus on those qualities shown.
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    rest of us.us cannot. In fact
    This goes further to highlight the idea that this is OK behavior, and that because it has become the norm, as seen on TV, there aren't any consequences to acting this way. Growing up as a male in our current media dominated culture means that we see examples of "man child" many times in a day. heavy portrayals of these ideas become our guidance as we grow up. Showing of these images so frequently can result in the future generation acting as they see on TV. On top of this is the fact that we must conform to the popular perception of what it is to be male in our culture. This means more and more occurrences of recklessness and acting like a child. Often we must take a step back and see what it is that we subject our children into, and what the consequences of this could be.
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Thursday, June 2

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    officer workers (Growing up as male/representation of power)
    The typical Asian American mentality seems like hard work and studying equals brighter future. But this mentality is the wall that keeps them from the social norm. Instead of learning to enjoy life as a free individual, they are taught at a young age to rather work hard in order to maintain a high social status. Although this may seem practical in Asian culture, it’s unsuitable for American life because social life is such a big part of American culture. Lacking assertiveness and masculinity, Asian Americans seems confined in the “Bamboo Ceiling,” as New York magazine puts it, which keeps us from leadership positions and keeps us in offices as computer nerds.
    Asian parents want their children to be successful and reach high paying jobs by working hard and climbing up the education ladders to be qualified and work as the future doctors, accountants, and engineers. Yes, these jobs pay well but they do not involve working with things and dealing with people at the same time. Asian parents stress the importance of education and the future, but ultimately fail to teach social norms as they are rather clouded by their system of teaching back in their own country where education is the utmost importance to your future. In the United States where educational freedom truly allows you to pursue any job you seek, you must have the social skills that allow you to take other advantages to reach success. Social skills are not only a vital nutrient to success in dealing with people, but it's an absolute necessity in being a leader, where jobs like Managers, Executives, and CEOs rule. In the United States, Asian-Americans act as a very fine worker bee instead of a queen bee.
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    http://nymag.com/news/features/asian-americans-2011-5/
    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/pdf/marriageamongasianamericans.pdf
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    Yellow Allusion (Representation of difference)
    America is known as the melting pot of the world where people from all cultures blend in. But it seems that media has created an image and a guideline to how one should look and act depending on their race. Asian Americans seem to be very successful in society but the media doesn’t see them as an important figure in society. They are rather a comical figure who seems to study all day and talk with a heavy foreign accent. While they sometimes appear on television shows, movies, and magazines, often times they are represented in a way which furthers the Asian stereotypes. The media often times does not portray the diversity that is inherent in Asian American culture. The term Asian American encompasses more than 30 different ethnicities. However, the mass media often portrays Asian groups as a collective identity, increasing the stereotype that all Asians look and act alike.
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    http://www.manaa.org/asian_stereotypes.html
    http://sitemaker.umich.edu/psy457_tizzle/asian_american_men
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    with Honor (Growing up male in America)
    Hypermasculinity seems to be vibrant in the twentieth century where jocks rule the popularity kingdom and nerds only hope to be rich and popular someday. This glorification of masculinity in high school is overexaggerated and teenagers are pushed to be tough and act tough during school hours and see academics as a joke if they want to look “cool”. It seems that in this day at age, showing any kind of feminism means that you are unlikeable and not belonging to a society of men. The perfect masculine man being a big, physically fit, athletic, handsome heterosexual guy who seems to be good at every sport he plays.
    It’s very hard to grow up as an individual who can be both individualistic with masculine physique to stay tough as well as have the smarts to survive high school. As a teenager, it’s hard to see that focusing on academics is the most important step to getting a secure job in the future, and they are instead sucked into the glory of the high school badass.
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    http://www.hiceducation.org/edu_proceedings/Blye%20W.%20Frank.pdf
    http://www.sexandgender.net/2009/10/15/hegemonic-masculinity-and-social-scripts-in-a-all-male-highschool/
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    Growing up with Hercules and Simba (Connection)
    "Boys grow up to see themselves as the princes, the saviors to lost women who just need a man to add a little bit of purpose to their lives. Boys are taught that women will do anything and give up anything just to be with them, so for what reason do boys need to do anything except swoop in, do something heroic, and look handsome?" -Katy Z
    I believe that boys are manipulated not only in high school but even at an earlier age. They are taught racism; heroes conforming to western handsome man and villains being represented by minorities with evilish grins. They are taught to be strong, physically fit and athletic and to be brave, even as far as fearless. The are taught to have power over females, and act as heroes saving the "weaker" gender, as prince saving the suffering princess. It's almost as if they are teaching you to be dominant fools over the female gender.
    Texts to refer to...
    http://www.helium.com/items/1456629-masculinity-in-disney-films
    http://www.helium.com/items/1461335-masculinity-in-disney-films
    http://www.helium.com/items/1727009-masculinity-in-disney
    http://katyzuchowski.wikispaces.com/Disney+Princesses+Shaping+America%27s+Children+and+Their+Gender+Roles

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Wednesday, June 1

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    It is a rare occurrence for male professional athletes to come out as being gay during their careers. Most wait until after they have retired, or never publicly come out at all. If they come out while they are still playing, they run the risk of losing their fans, or ruining their reputation. They may not get certain deals because agents or teams don’t want to represent them because they are gay. This could cause them to lose money, which could affect their entire livelihood. For most gay athletes, it is just easier to stay in the closet.
    It is sad how media segregates gays to the point where even if you are successful and beloved as a professional athlete or other figure in society, it could all be taken away just because of what gender you are attracted to. In shows and movies, the star athlete is almost never also gay. He is most commonly a typical jock, strong and manly. This reminds me of a character in the show Glee, who is on the football team. He is extremely homophobic, and ridicules Kurt, the only open gay at the school, mercilessly. In one of the episodes though, the big jock corners Kurt in the locker room and kisses him. It is so shocking because you would never suspect that he was actually gay, because he doesn’t match the typical stereotype.
    Link: http://etsblock2.wikispaces.com/Kyle+Sanders
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    Article: http://academic.udayton.edu/race/01race/whiteness19.htm
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    “Being homosexual, especially in men’s sports, is seen as almost a cardinal sin”. This statement couldn’t be truer, as Kyle Sanders said in his blog. The societal image we have of athletes and the one we have of gays is so entirely different that it seems inconceivable that the two could be the same.
    The idea of being gay is frowned upon in our culture, and it makes it hard for powerful figures to be open about it if they are. Especially for sports figures who are role models to millions of kids, who may be afraid of losing their fans due to their sexuality. Athletes are supposed to be masculine and strong, real men. The opposite of how gays are portrayed, weak and feminine. Masculinity and being gay don’t seem to go together, so for athletes it is either one or the other.
    It is a rare occurrence for male professional athletes to come out as being gay during their careers. Most wait until after they have retired, or never publicly come out at all. If they come out while they are still playing, they run the risk of losing their fans, or ruining their reputation. They may not get certain deals because agents or teams don’t want to represent them because they are gay. This could cause them to lose money, which could affect their entire livelihood. For most gay athletes, it is just easier to stay in the closet.
    It is sad how media segregates gays to the point where even if you are successful and beloved as a professional athlete or other figure in society, it could all be taken away just because of what gender you are attracted to. In shows and movies, the star athlete is almost never also gay. He is most commonly a typical jock, strong and manly. This reminds me of a character in the show Glee, who is on the football team. He is extremely homophobic, and ridicules Kurt, the only open gay at the school, mercilessly. In one of the episodes though, the big jock corners Kurt in the locker room and kisses him. It is so shocking because you would never suspect that he was actually gay, because he doesn’t match the typical stereotype.
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    Brick, Neil. "Modern Racism and Its Psychosocial Effects on Society – including a Discussion about Bilingual Education." Bilingualeducationmass’s Weblog. 2 Oct. 2008. Web. 27 May 2011. <http://bilingualeducationmass.wordpress.com/category/modern-racism-and-its-psychosocial-effects-on-society-including-a-discussion-about-bilingual-education/>.
    "Racism in America Today « What Is Truth – Now?" What Is Truth – Now? Web. 19 May 2011. http://whatistruthnow.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/racism-in-america-today/.
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    Gender-stereotyping: the school environment
    In the human race, the differences between females and males are highly detailed. It seems that society has developed a rubric for the specific qualities, physical
    attributes, and cultural etiquette for both genders. From the early days of childhood, we are groomed to follow these gender guidelines; girls are dressed in pink,
    guys dressed in darker colors, girls are given dolls, guys are given trucks and guns, girls are put into dance class, guys play tee-ball and pee-wee league football, etc. At a young age, the differences between females and males are highly minute, yet society begins gearing us towards a “socially-accepted” identity during the first years, when it makes it the least sense to us. Some of the most extreme forms of gender separation and stereotyping are found in our education system.
    “Researchers have indicated that as the child's understanding of gender develops, he will actively seek stereotypes of sex-appropriate behavior in daily interaction with others.” Both genders look for trends in interests among their sex; conformity to these interests is in our nature and few individuals enter fields of study and education that stray from our gender stereotypes. This is not to say that we are bound by these stereotypes, our culture is accepting enough to let every person choose their own path, but there must be some reason that people of the same sex choose similar fields of study. Is it nurture or nature? Are people of the same sex born with a certain brain anatomy that which leads to similar interests and personality traits? Or are we groomed towards these gender-separated fields of study from a young age? Perhaps a little of both; yes, men and women are biologically different from each other, but a lot of differences between the sexes are exacerbated by the constraints of our gender ideologies and stereotypes. Traditionally, men go into fields of study that relate to science and mathematics: “chemistry, physics, agricultural science, and technical subjects.”, while, “Higher female entry is seen in the humanities, business studies, craft subjects such as food and nutrition, clothing and textiles, home management”. For these stereotypes to change, we have to drive the evolution of a more modern ideology behind gender-balance in education. The past one-hundred years have been huge for efforts towards gender-equality, and as long as we notice what is wrong with our ideology on the subject, we will continue to change and make progress.
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    http://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2139/6339/Jeanette%20Morris3.pdf?sequence=1
    http://www.jstor.org/pss/3812880
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    “Despite having an African American president, racism, instead of slowly becoming extinct, has become more widespread than ever before. While it is true that as humans we will gravitate towards those who are similar to us, both physically and mentally, its still no excuse for the amount of intolerance that we experience today.”
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    http://nymag.com/news/features/asian-americans-2011-5/
    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/pdf/marriageamongasianamericans.pdf
    The Yellow Allusion
    America is known as the melting pot of the world where people from all cultures blend in. But it seems that media has created an image and a guideline to how one should look and act depending on their race. Asian Americans seem to be very successful in society but the media doesn’t see them as an important figure in society. They are rather a comical figure who seems to study all day and talk with a heavy foreign accent. While they sometimes appear on television shows, movies, and magazines, often times they are represented in a way which furthers the Asian stereotypes. The media often times does not portray the diversity that is inherent in Asian American culture. The term Asian American encompasses more than 30 different ethnicities. However, the mass media often portrays Asian groups as a collective identity, increasing the stereotype that all Asians look and act alike.
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    Today, Asian American males usually fall under the certain characteristics incompassing: Undesirable Male Partners, Masters of Kung Foo, Unacculturated and Unfriendly Individuals, or Dangerous, Evil, Villains. Jet Li is a prominent Asian actor figure in the United States but when he is in movies, often times he is portrayed as a martial art master villain. Movies that portray this stereotype perfectly are Lethal Weapon 4, War, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. All Asians in action scenes of movies often use martial arts instead of resorting to guns. This raises the stereotype that all Asians know kung-foo or are masters in martial arts. Asians also seem to have been known as unacculturated as shown in TV shows Lost and Heroes, showing how an Asian is supposed to act in a crowd of strangers: untalkative, unfriendly, unhelpful and rude. Many movies also show Asian women pairing off with white males. Asian American males are depicted as men who are not even capable of having an on-screen romance with someone from their own ethnic group. Movies show Asian males as being very undesirable partner in a relationship. In HBO’s Entourage, Lloyd, the Asian secretary to a film agent, is homosexual, loud, talkative, funny, and consistently stands up for himself and talks back to his boss. He is powerful and entertaining in the show, and is dating a white male. All of his characteristics go against the typical Asian character. These constant false images of how Asians act in society strengthens the stereotypes currently present in society.
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    Although much of the media depicts Asian males in a negative light, there have been a few advances with Asians playing more positive roles in film and television. However, the vast majority of Asians in popular American media continue to portray negative stereotypes. We need to break down these stereotypes so that we can help them assimilate better and help them fit in. Asians should be nontraditionally cast as powerful leaders who speak perfectly good English who act like everyday citizens. Asians don’t have to stay foreigners forever, as they are already very much apparent in the current US population.
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    Texts to refer to...
    http://www.manaa.org/asian_stereotypes.html
    http://sitemaker.umich.edu/psy457_tizzle/asian_american_men

    Men with Honor
    Hypermasculinity seems to be vibrant in the twentieth century where jocks rule the popularity kingdom and nerds only hope to be rich and popular someday. This glorification of masculinity in high school is overexaggerated and teenagers are pushed to be tough and act tough during school hours and see academics as a joke if they want to look “cool”. It seems that in this day at age, showing any kind of feminism means that you are unlikeable and not belonging to a society of men. The perfect masculine man being a big, physically fit, athletic, handsome heterosexual guy who seems to be good at every sport he plays.
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    http://www.hiceducation.org/edu_proceedings/Blye%20W.%20Frank.pdf
    http://www.sexandgender.net/2009/10/15/hegemonic-masculinity-and-social-scripts-in-a-all-male-highschool/

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