Gender Expression

This is my last blog for this subject.

I thought I’d end this with something I found last night trolling the recommended pages of you tube. His name is Azis and he is a major pop culture icon in Bulgaria. His image is one of the most unique and courageous because he encompasses this strong (what some would call feminine) sexuality. Watching his music video clips is like nothing I‚Äôve seen before for. For women, it’s a reoccurring feature in the Rnb scene and I think its why it serves as such a shock factor- its not what you expect to see a man doing.

Hers an example of one of his video clips.

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its so amazing to watch because you can pick up on all these conventional traits that some women do in video clips to highlight their sexuality. If you watch the clip you can see for yourself but just to highlight a couple I picked up.

The opening of the clip you see Azis sitting in a barrel of water, topless ( and possibly naked) He’s rubbing the water all over his body and seductively looking at the camera. There are also a number of buff men lying around him in towels also rubbing their bodies. This set interchanged with him dancing in well provocative clothing that someone like Beyonce would wear. Why do pop stars wear this? Because the ago old truth- sex sells. In western society male and female sexuality is portrayed in different way. We would never see Justin Timberlake dressed in a thong. However he still is an icon for sexuality in Western culture. Already taking into account the concept of sexuality being a social construct I want to highlight that media plays an important role in displaying what makes men and women sexual. For Azis thought, he challenges those conventions and encompasses elements of each.

What Azis presents a gender-blending image. He facial hair is juxtaposed with fishnet stockings and a propensity toward eyeliner. His costumes range from sado-masochistic masculinity (leather and spikes) to demure femininity (sequins and gowns). His sexually provocative music videos feature imagery of homo- and hetero-eroticism.

 

I really hope to flesh this out in my essay piece because I think Azis is such a good representation of how gender and sexuality is a social construct.

 

Here’s a great blog that talks about Azis –http://www.qualiafolk.com/2011/12/08/azis/

 

I have to say that blogging is awesome. One of the best assessment’s I’ve ever done. Haven’t learnt this much from a subject. Also big props to the women who put this all together- If this subject was continuing I would strongly recommend this to EVERYONE

 

 

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WOMEN IN SPORT

My second last blog ūüė¶

I am not a Fan of sports!…well, except for martial arts, gymnastics and figure skating because they’re super cool and amazing to watch. No matter how many times I have been made to watch an AFL or NFL or any sport to do with men and balls, I‚Äôm just not interested. Maybe it‚Äôs all the tennis lessons my parents made me do where I learnt absolutely nothing .It’s true that I have no hand eye co-ordination and I can defy gravity BUT I STILL could have played a game against someone ( I’m looking at you Tennis Instructor).The truth is that I never felt included in the sports culture and I guarantee I’m not alone.

This was only posted 3 years ago by some guy who introduced this topic to one of those troll site’s.

“First off, I am not sexist, but I think it’s dumb for women to play sports. Honestly, they have to make the ball bigger and green, and shorten the innings, and shorten the distance of the bases in softball. They make the basketball smaller, and they make the volleyball net smaller. Also, an average high school varsity starter male, could be a star in the WNBA (which nobody watches). Also, aside from the horrible WNBA, there are no pros for women and there will never be. So why do women play sports?”

Firstly what is this guy on! There are no alterations to the game structure. The nets aren‚Äôt smaller and the balls aren‚Äôt bigger…or green. I just cannot believe the excuses this guy makes to why women cannot play. And talking about how the women’s basketball league should have men in the teams to be “stars”.Seriously dude. There are plenty of pros for women athletes. Most obvious is that it allows women with skills to pursue a career in something they love. Do we have to dress up like men now just so we can play the part!

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For me it’s not a problem but there are Women out there who dream of being professional footballers and soccer players and are not given the same opportunity as men. Its starts of in primary school where boys have the choice to play football and cricket and girls can play netball and rounders. It’s as if were pushed away from it as young as possible.You get into high school and girls are offered even less. Then were adults and all we can do is be a loyal supporter or a cheerleader… oh and off course raise our little boys and girls the same.

Blunt but it’s a reality.

I understand that the percentage of women who want to play professionally isn‚Äôt as high as men (which in itself is a whole different story) but it was only a few years ago that men wanted to be nurses and stay at home dads. Those numbers were in the minority but society made it happen for them. The thing is that teams, like say ¬†women’s football has been booming and the Victorian Women‚Äôs Football League (VWFL) has over 1000 players across all levels of the competition.

There is an urge for change! I read an article in The Age which is focused around two women’s AFL teams that are set to become a part of the professional league. This is the beginning of the women‚Äôs AFL federation and the opportunity for some to be a part of teams like Essendon, the West coast eagles and the Bulldogs. The games will also be televised and:

‚ÄúElite league as we know it today will support both male and female teams‚ÄĚ

However this isn’t scheduled to occur until 2020.Why do these women need to wait seven years to get their games televised!!
Women who have worked their lives for this opportunity may not be young and fit enough to take part. Women like Debbie Lee, who is the best female footballer of all time and who was fundamental to the growth of women’s AFL . Without her the VWFL would seize to exist.
In another article In THE AGE she said that:

‚Äú[I] never wanted to actually play against the men, but rather draw attention to women’s football. “It was about (women) can play footy, too. Not women are better than men at playing footy, just (women) can play footy, too‚ÄĚ

Unfortunately Lee will never get the opportunity to be apart of this change field wise but hopefully she has a part in making sure that it actually all goes to plan.

What I gather form all of this is that women are still suffering from inequality- and to a larger degree than we think. I thought that women’s equality was getting somewhere in this country but after ready about the women’s league and Debbie im just really angry at ¬†Australia. There is no push for change by the government and ¬†of course Prime Minister ¬†Julia Gillard has too many other things on her mind- like Myki and cutting ¬†costs to Universities! She’s a women for god’s sake and she inst even trying to close the gap between men and women. Whats worse is that when she was elected some women must of thought ..”it’s all going to change..or improve…..we will get more opportunities” but nothing has happened.

I can only imagine what Abbot would do… I cringe!!

Prince Charming has a Six Pack

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when i was younger ( I’d say early teens or tweens as some call them ) I was ¬†a hopeless romantic. I read those terrible teen drama novels and I was ( and to an extent still am)¬†a sucker for watching the old classics weepers that ¬†left ¬†me emotionally overwhelmed. ¬†I¬†believe¬†this ¬†admiration had began as a child when my parents would¬†surprise¬†me every¬†month¬†with a new¬†Disney¬†film set¬†to¬†get me all teary eyed and leave me day¬†dreaming¬†about my prince charming for days. Being older and grown up (haha) I still enjoy those¬†Disney¬†films but things have come to¬†light¬†that really make me second guess the production and viewing of these films on children. The construction of the male and female hero’s and¬†heroin’s¬†can give children a negative impression of what is masculine and what is feminine . ¬†In week 8 we focused¬†primarily¬†on masculinity in our lecture so i aim to do so in this post.

In terms of masculinity, the main focuses was on what¬†Raewynn¬†Connell discusses in her paper ¬†as Hegemonic masculinity. ¬†Hegemonic¬†masculinity is different from the notion of a¬†general¬†masculinity and is ¬†therefore is different from the notion of a¬†general¬†‚Äúmale sex-role”. So ¬†what Connell is implying when discussing ¬†hegemonic¬†masculinity we are ¬†not ¬†talking about ¬†the real man but rather¬†transcending¬†and looking at a man who really¬†doesn’t¬†represent the real¬†masculinity¬†but still remains “the ideal representation of masculinity”.

so what is our¬†interpretation¬†as a society of the¬†hegemonic¬†man. I decided the best way to find out would be to simple¬†Google¬†” the¬†hegemonic¬†man ”

this is what i got:

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Connell discusses that  for western society our hegemonic masculine  men are  our film icons who specialise in actions movies involving the protagonist saving the day with his mental and raw physical strength.

why do we recognise these men as representing  hegemonic masculinity?

Connell¬†highlights¬†that¬†hegemonic masculinity is very public ‚Äď this is why there is such a focus on the media and its perception of masculinity.¬†¬†Its not only about just googling the men like I did then to understand why these men hold social power- were not interested in that ‚Äď like Connell said

‚ÄúMasculinity is not necessarily what powerful men are , but what sustains their power¬†and what large numbers of men are motivated to support‚ÄĚ

when i googled these men i thought about their physical features and how similar they were to the  are to the heroes in Disney films.

this is when I found this ….

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oh how i wish this was larger.

i found  a while bunch of blogs that discuss why  and what i believe is a perception of hegemonic masculinity evident in the physical depiction of the males in these Disney films. although this picture about is some fan work -this does represent what these male characters look like and even in their normal drawn out attire they are still drawn to look strong and sexualised.

in these blogs i found a short little documentary called ” sexism, strength and dominance: masculinity in Disney movies “¬†that highlight and discuss the¬†negative¬†effects of the¬†Disney¬†Hero’s. ¬†in short the doco is divided up into different sections, each discussing a different negative effect . what i thought related most¬†to¬†the topic was the part about “physical prowess” and how there is only ¬†one body type for¬†Disney¬†hero’s –¬†chiseled¬†abs and big muscular arms. whats more is that he uses a case study to highlight that the male character that aren’t like that physically ¬†are usually the outcast in society.

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For instance in beauty and the beast Gaston is terrifyingly muscular and big chinned and just plain scary but is highly respected in the little french town where the play is set. However Lafou, his sidekick is unattractive and is ignored by the towns people.