Bryant Burgos

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  • Bryant Burgos Gender Research Project Presentation (1)

    • Hi Bryant and all,

      The “Gamer Gate” controversy was a brutal and very complex social media phenomenon. I’d urge everyone to read up on this (there’s a Wiki introduction with some helpful links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamergate_controversy). Online harassment of female critics and designers/artists is very serious and taps into a long history of violent reactions to those who question gendered norms. I strongly suggest contextualizing this event and this history rather than accepting the attacks on feminists like Sarkeesian at face value. Hope this can generate a productive and thoughtful discussion.

    • The video games I`m familiar with the rewards were codes to the next level, a trophy or props to use. May I say that I did not know about the purchasing of women body in video games via video clip on getting women as a reward. This can be closely related to the idea of ‘digital’ prostitution but if you really think about it. As a woman, it is very disturbing that a male uses video games to fulfill his sexual fantasies.
      The clips included in the presentation gave me a better understanding of what your topic is about and the argument being displayed. It seems to me that no matter what women have to say they will always be bashed for being a woman and especially in the gamer industry which is a male dominated society.
      I don’t think Corgan comparing social justice warrior to the KKK was the best way to go. His views on the attack on social injustice warrior can not be compared one inch to what the KKK has done to the black race.

  • From what I’ve seen from the film today, it gave me the impression of a lot of us fighting an invisible war. Many feminists I see on social media tend to label a lot of media content “sexist.” From what I have s […]

    • It is true, just identifying the problem is not enough. One defiantly also needs to be proactive and try to really change things. But I think the idea of feminism is just that. It is a support and group of people who feel they don’t have equal rights– therefore, by just having that idealism alone does something to the world.

  • When I saw these comics I literally thought it was some sort of parody. Why are the women portrayed and drawn this way? At first I thought the artist was trying to tell us that women are dumb and ugly creatures […]

    • I agree with you that why women portrayed really bad way. When I read comics I felt that ideas of some comics were exaggerated, and I thought where these ideas came from. And each comic showed that men always had power than women. However, at the same time I felt that these ideas toward women were weird for us but maybe it wasn’t weird for before because of strong patriarchy.

  • I agree with the idea that the camera does focus on the sexual aspects of women. From what I’ve seen in multiple mediums, most of the time I see attractive women on screen along with some questionable camera angles and for some reason they either don’t mind being looked at, or they act like their overly sexualized cloths and appearance is normal.…[Read more]

  • From what we spoke about during last class regarding the male gaze, I think I might have a good idea as to why this is a recurring idea to this day. From what I’ve seen so far from the movie we’ve looked at in […]

    • Bryant, I found your take on the movie and article very fascinating. I like the point that you made about movies and media (etc) portraying women a certain way. The way in which you suggested that maybe the world and media created the male gaze. Perhaps, the “male gaze” would not exist if it weren’t for media portraying women in a certain light. If media presented men and women the same way, do you think there would still be a concept of the “male gaze”?

    • All in all I think you have the base idea for why the male gaze is such a prevalent feature in film and other media, it’s about the money. People in a position of power don’t want to leave that position so they do what will grow their wealth and status (keeping up with the Male Gaze formula). However, looking at these powerful people and telling them to basically “reinvent the wheel” when it comes to film is truly a daunting task, but is not unjustified. We absolutely should have a reform of film and other media, in an effort to squash this notorious formula and replace it with a more modern model.

    • 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 towards woman in almost every game I played growing up! I feel like all the women in these games are only there for pleasure or to be gawked at and it is true that the video game industry mostly targets male audiences, disregarding female players (there’s a really cool Adam Ruins Everything youtube video about all this, by the way!). Several games I think about are God of War, Grand Theft Auto, and that Dead or Alive volleyball game(?).

  • I see what you mean about how it was catering towards men and how the ending was way too simple. If I were to exclude the ending i might still be able to see Jan as the same person she was throughout the film. When I look back at this movie I can’t help but think, at first, that the writers were trying to show us how women can be objectified by…[Read more]

  • One thing that stood out to me the most was the numb feeling i got in my head after reading “Afterthoughts” and the reason for this is that the author argued that making a female heroine contain some […]

    • I feel like gender identity has fought a never ending battle for some time now. People have gender norms and stereotypes set so firmly in their head that anything that deviates from what is expected is given a title and is seen as strange. I personally believe that things like gender don’t serve a “real” purpose. Yes, being biological male or female is definitely a thing, but what is being male or female socially or culturally? It’s not so clear cut, because both sides can enjoy things that pull from both ends and then where does that leave you? With that said, I believe that sexuality and gender, being used as an identifier of a social construct rather than a biological fact, both lie on a spectrum. If we imagine the world containing two polar opposite ends, one being super macho masculine and the other being girly girl feminine, then connect the two of them on a scale that gradually goes from one end to the other, then every single one of us will fall somewhere in between.

    • You are definitely correct. It does not matter which gender you are, at the end of the day you are human, and that is all. We all experience emotions because we are human beings. However, when a female does portray things such as; strength, courage, (etc), she is looked as a women who has had her sexuality ripped from her. This should not be the way it is, but this is HOW IT IS. The reason for it being looked at like this is because of media. This is where the entire problem lays. Media has set the standards for what it means to be a female and what it means to be a male. In addition, when a women IS portrayed as strong and brave she is looked at as if something is wrong with her. We must change these standards that the media has set. Every human is entitled to be strong and womanly or strong an manly.

  • I see what you mean about the song relating to our discussion in class. The lyrics sounded so depressing almost to the point of sounding morbid. This reminds me of one of the readings for class that was about an illness with no name because the person whom the song is about seems to be unaware of how to overcome this depression/reality, that this…[Read more]

  • One of the readings for next week’s class had me a little confused. It was about the stereotypical bachelor pad and how it relates to “playboy.” It says that a man’s home is the reflection of his inner self and […]

    • I had a same confused when I read the article even though I kinda got the idea bachelor pad equal playboy. For me, although the man get furniture without thinking being “playboy” he shows he is playboy unconsciously? For example, if the man gets something fancy or cool bed, his room becomes cooler and if someone comes over they think it’s nice. Who will come over? Women!! It’s kinda show sexual attractive by using object? Or maybe I overthinking. And, I don’t think that pillow talk and the article have direct connection exactly. Maybe some scene we can see some similarity, but pillow talk is comedy movie so it is less seriously show the bachelor pad equal playboy. I hope you will understand what I want to say.

    • What I think is important and what is the point of our reading and the movie and how they relate to the bachelor pad and all it comes with, is the fact that men taking this power that women would have normally had ie. decorating the house or apartment and turning it into a male activity in the hopes of attracting more women. This is why the professor brought up the article to display the points within that about how this activity that men are now doing is seen possibly as the opposite of what the pad was supposed to display

    • I very much agree with you. I believe that the article did very much scream, “stereotypes.”
      If the article mentioned that “men should take over so that it doesn’t become more “womanly,” then it clearly is trying to present something against women. I find it extremely fascinating though that the article screams that stereotype, but yet the men in the “bachelor pad” happen to me very girly. Although, they are doing it to impress women in a seductive manner, it just done not make sense to me. It is odd. They don’t like doing things men normally do and there life is their “bachelor pad.” I also found this article to be very confusing and did not understand what I should take out from it.

    • What I found most interesting about the film and the reading related to the bachelor pad, was this idea of technology. I think that’s a point the reading was trying to convey, in terms of men taking over and decorating. As the article mentions, interior design is seen more as a woman’s hobby. In the film making the protagonist a full time interior designer further perpetuated this idea of design, as a female focused occupation. Yet the importance of the man decorating his bachelor pad, created to lure and fascinate women comes with the notion of power. Including a variety of gadgets, and technology that have a sole purpose of ‘wowing’ a woman and enticing her into his bed – all gives a man control. The man has control over his technology, in turn having control of the woman. As disturbing as this idea is, a man’s continued desire for power continues to be emerge.

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