Adrienne’s Feminist Applied theory post

Strap in kiddo’s we’re talking about first date by Blink 182


We all know that blink 182 is awesome but did you realize that they also subvert  some gendered norms and encourage others? Interestingly, the song never mentions the gender of the person that is going on the date, but that is and aside for another post. The very first line notes that the dude person is waiting for his date in his car. This is a patriarchal norm that the man is suppose to pick up his date for a dinner (movie, whatever) that he will pay for. It’s cool though that he values their (in this case a gender neutral pronoun not a plural) opinion and consent when it comes to hand holding and the state of his hair and dress. The fact that he doesn’t ever use gendered words for his date because the video is doing strange things with yper masculinity and gayness. He’s worried enough about her perception of him that he cannot eat, but the very next line he’s exclaiming about how great the date has gone and how he doesn’t want it to ever end. Strange but not unusual. It’s cute that he melts inside when they smile, but what does it mean when he doesn’t want to think about them being able to lie. It is holding the date up to a rather high standard because we are all capable of lying and they probably have lied during this first date in one way or another.

Now onto the video itself. There are some instances of male gaze which we talked about a little bit in class and I included a cool little video about below, just in case you were unclear. The first instance of a woman being a sex object is in moment 0.36 which is a cut off shot of boobs and a short skirt. These contrast quite nicely with the power shots of the band members at the very beginning of the video. The second male gaze is much like the first in second 0.54 and that’s just a shot of a girl’s rack. So you see two very clear instances of male gaze before the first minute of the song is up. Not long after (1.04) you see a blonde woman’s butt followed by a shot of her sucking down what looks to be a milkshake. Do I even need to comment on that? Then a couple of shots later the lead singer is shown grabbing his crotch and thrusting at the camera. I wonder what that could mean. One of the only shots of a woman that is not sexualized is in moment 1.43 and that’s probably because she does not fit with the patriarchal beauty standards that the rest of the women have neatly fit into. And then she falls on her face. Like wow obviously she is not being valued and doesn’t really deserve to be so because she doesn’t present the way that these men value. Also no one even went on a date. The song is about a first date and being nervous but the video was about dudes being shitty. I’m not really sure what this gap means from a feminist perspective, but I am sure I’m mad about it.

[youtube][/youtube] this is just a cool thing that the internet has done about male gaze

Adrienne’s Bridge to the Blog: Queer criticism

Today in class we discussed the multifaceted (and often quite confusing) world of Queer terminology and criticism. We touched on things like camp, compulsory heterosexuality, identity politics, and the difference between sex and gender. Within the last is the difference between gender, and gender presentation or expression. Lastly we touched on the “coming out narrative” the many LGBT* youths experience today, and the signifiers that make it easier for others within the community to identify each other. Although I brought the subject up briefly during discussion, I didn’t feel like it got the play time it deserved.

Gender expression is the social ways one shows masculinity or femininity. A significant marker for gender expression in our society is for women to have long hair. The issue of hair is actually kind of near to my heart as I have none by choice. I am a self identified feminine woman so my choice of this facet of my gender expression is an unusual choice. I have my good reasons for shaving it originally, but I have since been shaving my head simply because I like to. It is remarkably less work, cooler in the summer, and the style just looks good. That being said, I am frequently misgendered (mistaken as a boy) in public spaces. When I first shaved, I worked hard to be extra femme so no one would make that mistake. I have had that problem before and it stinks to be misgendered when you aren’t used to a new haircut.

to help with the concept of gender and misgendering, here is a link to stuff about sexuality and gender and sex and the difference. It talks about a lot of col things I’m not discussing too.

There are many other ways that dress and personal grooming can be specifically gendered. As we discussed in class, touching of the hair is often considered to be a feminine gesture, while certain movements of the shoulder while walking are considered masculine. I’m not really sure why these gender norms are a thing, but I would think it’s to help us bash our bits together without the confusion of androgyny. Has this blog post turned into a rant about queer things? maybe. I don’t mind. Identity politics are what happens when who you are and the way you express that get on the news (an over simplification but I think it works). Also the coming out narrative is interesting especially in books by queer authors about their own experiences (I actually just realized that I’ve never read such a book). There aren’t that many out there; and those that are, aren’t youth cannon. What does that mean? Why might LGBT* books get published or publicized?



Take Two: Alice in Wonderland viewing poll

It is still possible to give your input to decide dates and times for an Alice movie night, featuring Disney and Depp.  At this point, you should probably focus on dates AFTER fall break (that is, after October 15).  Please fill in the poll if you’d like an evening in the rabbit hole!

Gatsby Potluck!

The date we’re going with is going to be september 27 from 7-midnight.  Combs 237.  Friends welcome!

I’ll edit this post when I find out which media room we will be using. Remember that we are doing a potluck (sign up here) so be sure to bring the proper utensils for serving and such. If you have either of the versions we will be viewing on DVD then you’re so very welcome and encouraged to bring them. Also stay turned for the Alice in wonderland viewing information!

your ever humble planners

Adrienne and mns

Scots and their English studies

I just wanted to point out that its really pretty messed up that english speakers think that their own works aren’t worthy of study. Did other countries do the same thing with their native literature? I also think it’s cool that the study of English lit was a way for scots to improve themselves, and that they then brought it to colonized nations to teach them British values and customs. I’m left wondering what works they chose to represent themselves. Any ideas?