Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Blog buddy work with Melissa author of "Gender and Race through Flavor of Love and Celebreality"

Where has your Blog buddy shown strong analytical work (be specific—is it a particular post, a type of analysis, a site for analysis that seemed to click more so than others, etc)?

How could your Blog buddy use this strength for the final Blog post and presentation?

Think about the following statements in relation to your Blog buddy’s Blog and then provide feedback on each area (constructive praise/criticism):

The Blog is on a topic that has been clearly evident in the Blog posts throughout the semester

The Blog is on a topic that seems to interest my Blog buddy

My Blog buddy’s topic is one that has produced a good set of posts that were analytical used gender as a primary category of analysis

The posts make analytical arguments.

The posts are understandable and each post logically outlines and supports the argument presented.

The posts were clear, provided insight, evidence, and analysis to connect the topic with the assignment for each of the posts

The sources cited in each post are relevant to the topic and help to aid the understanding of the argument and/or assisted in proving the argument.

The quotes used illustrate a broad range of course readings throughout the semester.

The quotes were clear and succinct; additionally, the material was presented so that I could differentiate the Blog buddy’s ideas from that of the author cited.

Finally, complete the following:I thought it was great when you...
I found it confusing when you…
You’re really great at…
I wish you could focus (more) on/alter/edit/explain/expand on/etc these three things…

(Basically, when you read the Blog posts, what do you wish your buddy had done differently, more of, etc?)

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Holly wants a baby! The Media & Motherhood

In today’s society there is great pressure placed upon women to have children and to fit the ideal of the so-called “good” mother. When a woman does not seem to fit the ideal, such as Holly who is seen as too sexy and childish, desires to become a mother she is ostracized by the media and denied the ability to succeed at motherhood. However, how come the media draws little to no attention to males and their abilities of being "good" fathers?

Did you know that Hugh Hefner has four children from previous relationships? Surprising? This is because there is no mention of them in the media. The children are not present on the show and they do not live in the million dollar mansion with his girlfriends. Oddly, Hef is not criticized for his possible negligence of being a father, and he is not punished for being a "bad" father or for setting a poor example for his children.

So why does society place such pressure and set such high standards for women to achieve in terms of motherhood. Why should Holly’s potential to be a mother be criticized, while Hef’s actual lack of being a "father" and providing a "normal" and civilized home for his four children be completely ignored. In "Moms Don't Rock: The Popular Demonization of Courtney Love," Courtney Love is blamed for her inadequate role as mother, while her husband receives no attention regarding his role as a father. This proves that the media and society as a whole focus on those inferior, women, and label them as weak and incapable of being successful, even if its at something that they are stereotypically suppose to be good at, motherhood.