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Posts tagged "the media"

From the article:

In 2008, Oprah dedicated a show to discuss why 70 percent of of black woman were single. It’s since been a topic that CNN, the New York Times and every black news magazine covers at least once a year. Some have even called the coverage a “media obsession with unmarried black women.” In an opinion piece for the The Guardian titled “Don’t lecture black women about marriage,” Racialicious’ Latoya Peterson says falling black marriage rates aren’t the result of black women ‘being picky’, but of the complex politics of attraction.

Most recently, Stanford Law professor Ralph Richard Banks has been making the media round, from theWashington Post to The Economist, blaming black women for a supposed misfortune and chastising them on missing out on the wonders of marriage.

More at the jump!

womenaresociety:

Unbelievable.

A must watch. This video by the Women’s Media Center, “Sexism Sells—But We’re Not Buying It,” shows several real-life examples of prominent figures in the news making disgusting, extreme sexist remarks, specifically about the presence of (in reality, the lack thereof) women in politics. Obsessive, dehumanizing analysis of women’s appearances? Equating women in politics to having “nagging voices” that remind men of their wives? Fears of castration? It’s all here!

Just so everyone knows…

(via squeetothegee-deactivated201111)

The “Mediocre Man” narrative, as described by Sociological Images:

In their article, The Male Consumer as Loser, Michael Messner and Jeffrey Montez de Oca try to explain the recent rash of advertising featuring mediocre men.   These ads, and their film and television counterparts, skip the hunky-manly-hunk-dude in favor of less hunky men: young, heterosexual, usually white males who are short on cash, low on maturity, and have a penchant for irresponsibility. They dominate Judd Apatow “bromances” (e.g., Knocked Up), frequent TV sitcoms (e.g., The Drew Carey Show), and are used to sell everything from Mike’s Hard Lemonade to Twix candy bars. These are not studs. They are moderately good-looking, but small, skinny, chubby, or otherwise uncool compared to real hunks.

On the face of it, the mediocre man is a self-deprecating character who undermines idealized masculinity by being likeable despite being decidedly non-ideal.  Messner and Montez de Oca, however, show that the mediocre man, nevertheless, reproduces notions of men’s superiority over women.  The women in these narratives tend to be of two types: “sexy fantasy women” and “real women.”  The men bond over the unattainability of the sexy fantasy women and the burden of maintaining relationships with real women, their girlfriends, wives, and mothers.  The “real women’ are usually portrayed as bitches, harpies, and nags, while the “sexy fantasy women,” upon interaction, often turn out to be just as bad.

The viewers are meant to identify with the mediocre men, who revel in each others’ company, happy to be dudes free from the clutches of the women in their lives, even if they aren’t sleeping with supermodels.  The mediocre man may be kind of a loser, indeed, but he can thank God he’s a man. P.S.: Women suck.