Ashley Mazzella

  • Watching ACT UP was absolutely emotional to watch. What got me was when they took the ashes of their loved one who had died from AIDS and spilled it all over the White House lawn — this was a powerful act of resistance and protest, and when that one man said “I am here to spread my own ashes”, I had to hold back SO many tears.

    Also, when they…[Read more]

  • Yes! And I do love Beyonce’s use of anger in this context – because, hey, we are all angry! With what is going on in this world today, this was a good representation of what we all are currently feeling right now at this moment. This could also relate to black feminism today and how is could be frustrating when feminism isn’t inclusive of everyone…[Read more]

  • I KINDA disagreed with bell hook’s thoughts on Beyonce’s Lemonade music videos. When I first watched Beyonce’s music videos, I was like “YEA, YOU GO GIRL!!!” — yes, it may have been taken as violence, but honestly: Beyonce was making a powerful statement about power and owning your individuality. And if anything: this may have been shocking to…[Read more]

  • Wow! I have never heard of the Herbivore Man!!! I really enjoyed your presentation and I learned so much from it! I have heard of “this man” before in other ways — I have seen this type of male character is a lot of animes and reading, but I never knew that this was actually a thing!

    I liked how you mentioned: “This magazine demonstrated women…[Read more]

  • Before previously watching the movie, I heard many great things about Moonlight and I am so happy that we got to watch it in class! This movie was absolutely moving and powerful. Between the lighting, the shots, […]

    • The last shot of film also had a lot of impact for me, I remember sitting in theaters and watching it. immediately I was coming up with theories in my head for that shot; was it bring him back to his childhood and times with Juan, was the ocean representing the wild nature of his life, maybe it was just saying deep inside he’s still the same kid feeling like he’s in the middle of the world.

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    Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Ashley Mazzella

    • Wow.

      Your presentation was so informative and consisted of some of my favorite movies.

    • Awesome presentation!

      I feel like the MPDG doesn’t exist to be some sexual object like other female archetypes, they exist as an “object” to be loved. People often obsess over MPDG’s like Zooey Deschanel not talking about her body, but instead about how they love her personality and how she’s the perfect girl. It’s problematic because it sets unrealistic standards for women to live up to and men to search for.

      It’s interesting to see how people may think they’re better for not objectifying women for their bodies, but don’t realize that it may be harmful to expect women to fit into this fantasy mold.

    • I like you presentation! It’s really cute! and this manic pixie dream girl have similar characteristic of some Japanese character-type. In the presentation, “Likes to identify herself as “weird”” and this idea is same feature of certain Japanese characteristic which girl like to be cute, feminine and like to be “different/unique” from other girls. Also, I was surprise that there is manic pixie dream girl appeared in America because in my image American girls tend to be more sexy and independent which very different from manic pixie dream girl.

    • I really LOVE your presentation! Not only was it very colorful and creative, it was very informative. I’ve seen most of the movies you mentioned and I thought the same exact thing. Girls like to identify themselves as “weird” and “awkward” and how they exist only to be loved.

      I am so glad you brought some realism to this “fantasy world”!

  • It is really funny to read and examine bachelor pads and how they were strategically put together. Looking at the images of the playboy pad was really funny because literally everything was placed in a specific way for a reason (and that reason was to seduce and show off to the ladies they brought home). I thought the rotating, fancy bed was…[Read more]

  • I agree that this idea of the male gaze is a set formula for massive income. It’s sad just how continuous this has been and it is a growing issue in today’s age. I do feel like there has been a lot more awareness on this particular subject. I also like how you brought up video games because I certainly saw this theme of sexual objectification…[Read more]

  • Yes, absolutely! When I first watched the birds, I just thought these were angry animals randomly attacking the town for no reason. I did remember a previous professor commenting about how this film was really about “punishing a liberated woman for being too independent and sexually appealing”, but I didn’t understand that take on the film at all.…[Read more]

  • Here is the commercial I chose to for my paper.

    • Oh man this Ad is on another level of objectification, I’m sure you’re paper was beyond extensive. It’s strange that it was decided that the actress wouldn’t speak in English, but then again I guess that’s what the commercial is trying to portray. What she is saying doesn’t even matter.

  • I totally agree! The whistle part was completely ridiculous (instead of smiling back, I think a majority of us would have flipped the bird *pun intended* – ugh that was lame haha) and I noticed that every man she encountered at the beginning half of the film always gazed at her in a sexual, demeaning way. She was never really her own person – she…[Read more]

  • I had no clue that this had happened to the women of Puerto Rico! Being half puerto rican myself, I couldn’t believe I never knew about this disgusting use of experimentation of women’s bodies.
    I was pretty ove […]

    • This brings up a very interesting argument of do the ends justify the means? Today in the
      United States legal and safe birth control is available on a much wider scale to women, but does this make the experiments justified? Also were the experiments done to these women because they weren’t white or because of the legal loopholes in Puerto Rico, because if not why weren’t these experiments done on blacks and Hispanics on US soil?

    • I too am half puertorican and I did not know this was going on at all. It is definitely wild, especially to hear that it is associated with people who share the same culture as you. Using humans for testing of potentially dangerous drugs deserves a giant frown.

    • Also being half Puerto Rican, it was heartbreaking to find out that this was happening to our people. I had no idea this was happening until we discussed this in class. To use people as guinea pigs and run these experiments on them is an absolute tragedy. My mother is Puerto Rican and hearing what was being said about Puerto Rican women made me sensitive because it had me thinking she could’ve been used as an experiment if she lived there at the time. It is so sickening to find out that this was happening and that most of us are just finding out about it.

  • I will be honest: before reading this article, I had no idea who Ann Miller was. But right after looking up youtube videos and reading this article, I instantly saw just how talented she was at everything that she […]

    • Aside from all the good points you made here, another interesting thing that seems to happen any time Ann Miller is cast her roles were just as you said and the men were seen as just jaw dropped “cavemen” (at one point taken seriously). This at the time of these film’s releases was considered just a comedic act and the men were just “in on it”. It’s just interesting how we’ve changed as a society as far as what we consider okay. We look at these scenes years later and see nothing other than the obvious objectification, which wouldn’t have alarmed anyone back all those years ago.

    • It’s also important to note that during the Too Darn Hot scene the other woman was angry at Ann for showing herself off. Almost representing how other women didn’t want women to be free and liberated in fear that they would take away from them.

    • Great points. I agree with how the other women didn’t want women to be free and do as they feel. The idea of being judged and morals back in that time have certainly evolved as we moved into a more pro feminism world in 2017. Women are definitely more proud to embrace their sexual prowess.

    • Ann Miller was such an interesting woman, She was such a great dance and the way she was perceived by the public as being more masculine only because she was able to control the gaze she got from the public.