Bryant Burgos

  • 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”?

  • 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.

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