Mental State

Mental health is grossly misrepresented in the media. Often times when a person pursues the choice of taking their life they are not portrayed as such in the media; as well as when a person is caught acting a certain way due to a mental illness.

The media often times inflates its headlines with sensational words shining a negative light on the person and not bringing to light the person’s mental condition and not explaining where a person can get help. As a result people assume any kind of mental health problem should not be discussed and do not seek help. Therefore people who do things like: suicide, attempted suicide, and acting outlandish are perceived as criminals with words like commit associated with such acts.

People with mental illness are underrepresented and sensationalized in the media, thus creating shame and pity. Mental illness sufferers need help and often times do not even know that they are suffering from such an issue until it is too late. The media is a source of information to the masses and should therefore provide sources for help and information about such conditions not propaganda of looking the other way etc.

It is estimated that approximately one in five adults experiences mental illness in a given year, and often times treatment is not sought. I believe that if the media covered mental illness more and shed a more positive light on the subject, there would be more health insurance coverage and more sufferers seeking aid. The fact that the issue is not spoken about creates the notion that the majority of people do not suffer from issues that are mentally involved. If there were attention there would be more demand for better health coverage for the illness.

I hope that with more people being aware that mental illness exists there is a greater chance of there being a voice to help those in need. Every human deserves the chance to be happy and to live a fulfilling life,  I hope with more voices existing people will suffer less in the future. It is solely up to everyone to provide awareness.

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The Cat’s Meow

Currently in this day and age as a female you will run into the issue of the assumption of being catty towards any other female, as a result the media loves to create reality shows where women have cat fights, arguments, and all around drama. The main issue however is not that it’s just women but the fact that it is majority women of color.

The connotation behind having a reality show with women constantly bickering and fighting perpetuates the message that women are constantly fighting with each other and cannot get along with each other. Women of color are often times the subject of such reality shows and are marketed as being wives or significant others to men of status. Shows like Basketball Wives, WAGS, and The Real Housewives hype up the fights that the women have.

Aside from the fights and drama that the women on the shows have the status that the women’s relationships are in are always amplified. The relationships that the women are in often times end or are messy filled with infidelity. The problem with the relationships being portrayed as such creates the idea that women of color are drama and often times left for being too much.

If women in reality shows are not being shown to fight or creating drama they are shown as being materialistic. Although the women are wealthy and married to men of status the things that the women buy are played up. The products that are bought are only show cased if they are of high value or superficiality. The women are hardly ever shown as being volunteers or donors or frugal.

Women on reality shows are not what all women of color are or do and shouldn’t be portrayed as such. The education, and other qualities the women have on these shows should be better portrayed and amplified in marketing the show. More so the women should be shown supporting each other more often as all women do in real life.

Video Games

According to statistics there are approximately only seventeen percent female characters in video games. Women are underrepresented in video game media and are not represented accurately in the games as well. As a result video games are viewed as a male only source of entertainment and in turn bully female gamers.

Females are objectified in video games and used solely as eye candy throughout the games. In a vast amount of video games there are portrayals of females with huge breasts and unrealistic tiny waists and absolutely minimal clothing. Games like Tomb Raider and Boom Boom Beach Volleyball are prime examples of how characters solely exist to be objectified and sexualized in the games. Even when gaming fans attend comic or gaming conventions girls who choose to participate in cosplay have no choice but to wear clothing like their favorite characters who are scantily clad. Males on the other hand have the option of choosing men dressed comfortably and realistically.

After attending class and learning more about how women gamers are treated I learned that they are victims of verbal bullying while they try to simply play games online and receive sexual harassment on and offline. It is truly unfair that men can play video games undisturbed and unbullied. Video games were created as a source of entertainment and recreation but sadly women are underrepresented in the industry and do not have a voice when females are being misrepresented.

Since gamer gate women have become more vocal about their feminism in video games and have since decided to take action against misrepresentation toward women kind. The cause has since received more attention and support from other women who may not be gamers but do support women in general. It is truly unfortunate the attack on women in video games is not too well known but with the faith that more and more women are joining the industry there is hope yet. I look forward to a huge change in video game culture.

Twilight

The Twilight saga was an overnight phenomenon of sorts created by the author Stephanie Meyer and found its way into the majority of female hands. Although the story is fictional with a subject matter between romance of a werewolf and vampire with a human girl, the book contains quite a bit of subject matter that leaves the readers questioning whether some ethical lines were crossed.

In the book the minority of the Twilight universe is Jacob Black. He is an American Indian who lives on a reservation with a disabled father and is portrayed with minimal income. American Indians are constantly at war with the media, whether it be against cultural misappropriation or stereotyping. For such a popular piece of literature amongst young people Meyer did a poor job of attempting to paint an accurate picture of a modern day American Indian and his family.
Another issue with the Twilight saga is how Bella is portrayed as a fragile female interested solely in males. Bella is rarely placed in a classroom with the worries of a high school student. Such a portrayal of her character emphasizes how women are placed solely as characters and not in a more educated light.

Bella should’ve been portrayed as a more stronger woman with a less flaky airhead personality. Considering that she was the main character of the series and most influential Meyer should’ve made her more direct and less boy crazy. This also applies to the rest of the females associated with the book. The men overshadow the women and seem to be in control of every situation that the characters run into.

The fact that the book was turned into a film and marketed towards a large audience with inaccurate ethics further drives the point that media is not solely at fault for brainwashing the audience but more so that people are willing to submit themselves into an archaic insensitive way of thinking. It would’ve been a great feat had Meyer corrected her inaccuracies and made a point to shine a light on the troubles minorities face.

Being Hispanic

I’m from a South Texas town and moving up to North Texas has brought a lot of things to my attention. My hometown was predominantly Mexican, Hispanic, and even Asian; so whenever a Caucasian person would become enrolled in my school or show up period it was very out of the ordinary. I grew up not being the minority.

Now that I’ve grown and moved out of my hometown I’ve learned that I am not exactly a minority but treated as such. In workplaces I get asked if I speak Mexican or why I don’t have an accent. Such questions would never be asked of me in South Texas. Social situations even bring about the assumption that I love tequila or can make tamales out of scratch; I hate tequila and I can do neither. My feelings were never hurt by these conversations but I could never wrap my mind around why I was singled out culturally.

After attending my RGM class I understood that this isn’t just something I get singled out for but more of a recurring type of thing. It was nice finally having the topic discussed and hearing the opinion of non-Hispanic people. As it turns out it isn’t anything personal just a lack of sensitivity, coming to that conclusion was reassuring but not comforting. The question of how to educate people to approach such a subject is still unanswered. If people choose not to watch certain videos or read certain articles they can never voluntarily learn on their own.

Hopefully with the booming population of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States such an issue will no longer be a subject for discussion in classrooms across the country. Moreover it is the duty of Hispanics and Latinos to educate those around them, it is our duty to make the world a much better environment.

 

Women’s Troubles

Being a woman in America means fearing men, unequal pay, and being objectified. Growing up and constantly being reminded that you are a lady and must act as one, is a burden that all females face. Although it is nice to be considered nice, sweet, and beautiful; women need to be reminded that they are strong and capable as well as being intelligent.

For my project one I focused on the stereotyping seen in the music video and song “Blurred Lines”.  The music video is full of women acting like they enjoy persistent men who objectify them. There is even a scene where a woman is being walked around like a dog on a leash. The song lyrics are just as controversial, where I know you want it repeatedly sung, downplaying the fact that consent is needed for any kind of sexual advance.

In creating my project paper I had to research statistics about the poor treatment of women and how often they are sexually assaulted. One in five women are raped and you can seldom hear about it in the media. American culture is not okay with talking about women’s troubles. Like menstruation for instance, for years has been somewhat of a myth; until recently some women’s pads commercials have begun using red liquid instead of blue. Slowly but surely menstruation is receiving attention, some sitcoms are even making it a part of their character’s stories and thus making it a subject that reaches living rooms all over the U.S.

Although stereotypes are still prevalent in the media and fashion magazines celebrities are now speaking out about the types of photoshopping they receive and some are even refusing having that done to their magazine covers. Women more than ever are refusing to the be the victims of stereotyping and are making themselves known; whether it be with marches, more natural magazine covers, or by embracing a curvy figure. The future is female and it is only getting better.

 

Color

Life in America as a minority has never been harder, especially with the new presidency implementing anti-immigration laws. As of late there has been movement to build a wall to block immigrants from reaching the U.S. Mexican border. Although many tax payers will ultimately pay for the construction of such an atrocity some Americans feel it is necessary.

With Donald Trump in office a lot of anti-immigrant, racist, and anti-Semitic believing people, becoming more vocal and attempting to implement their beliefs on the rest of the masses. Recently white terrorism has been on the rise and many minority deaths and attacks have been occurring more frequently. On my other blog post I compared the attention American Indians were receiving to that from the sixty’s, well I feel as though we are honestly travelling back in time.

Racism was supposed to be left behind in history and it’s making a resurgence. People being personally attacked and belittled for simply being nonwhite. The U.S. has become a very hostile place. One cannot help but wonder if it’s safe to even venture outside of their comfort zone in known parts.

In response to all these attacks on minorities there has been a surge in protests all over America. Simply by spreading the word and being active is making people brave enough to stand up for injustice. I myself have even found myself in a situation where I had to educate my coworker about what it truly meant to be a part of the women’s march. Naturally one would assume that a female American woman would be aware of the dangers of losing Planned Parenthood and the inequality in pay women face, but my coworker saw it as unnecessary and a thing that hippies do. Although I didn’t get her to change her mind I was able to speak out about something I truly believed in and it felt amazing to stand for something. I just truly hope that with people being able to learn more and speak out for themselves, that the good will prevail in this country, and not take four damn years.

A Touchy Subject

It’s March eighth and Women’s Day, it is no surprise that the topic of those who keep mother earth close are spoken about in class today, the American Indians. Today the topic of American Indians and how they are constantly fetishized and put down is more prevalent than ever but generations today are finally taking a stand. For example the Dakota Access Pipeline and the recent Indian’s march in Washington this week.

With the marginalized amount of natives in cinema, politics, and media altogether the resurgence of documentaries and protests to rise above the stigma placed upon them by white America is currently helping to educate young Americans. Although American Indians were owners of U.S. land before white men, American textbooks and sport teams neglect to focus on the sensitivity that Native people have about their culture. By whitewashing history, it is important to respect the facts that truly did happen in history where natives were killed and taken advantage of.

In order to combat the insensitivity from white America, tribes from all over the U.S. are suing the government and protesting unjust treatment. By taking such a stand and even gaining negative backlash from right wing politicians, American masses are now becoming more aware of native issues and taking an interest in American Indian culture

Being a person of native american descent I find it amazing to even be hearing anything about Natives at all in the media. I consider it a wonderful privilege to be able to witness Native Americans receiving the spotlight they had when The Massacre at Wounded Knee happened in the sixty’s. But I am also saddened at the fact that after hundreds of years Natives are still facing unjust treatment by the U.S. government. I surely do hope that the future holds more change in a more positive spectrum for indigenous peoples.

Race and Ethnicity 


With the media forever romanticizing white males as well as being white or male, I believe it is no wonder that society is starting to realize this atrocity. The majority of the U.S. is now of many different ethnicities as opposed to being predominantly white. The white majority is no longer a reality.

Newsrooms are slowly becoming more diverse as well as broadcast news. But as race diversity is progressing, gender is not.  Women forever have had to face the choice of being a bitch or a socially accepted woman. It is because of this type of criticism that sometimes discourages women from being strong or determined in the workplace and society. When the world is watching it can be harder for women in media to overcome such obstacles set by men. Not only is pay, a factor to worry about, but so is being sexualized. Currently the media portrays women as something pretty to look at and not as serious media figures like their male counterparts.

Women are brainwashed to see each other as competition and are pitted against in the media. Whenever two women are doing well a disharmony is always incited to create a type of competition between the two. Women always have trouble being able to support other women. It truly is now wonder why women often times see each other as the enemy.

Some media outlets are becoming more proactive in hiring more females but the progression is surely slow. Some ethnic groups have resorted to creating their own media outlets but in doing so, they only cater to similar groups, thus never reaching the masses and achieving the same status as white media.

With the benefit of society becoming more awake, there is possibly a light at the end of the tunnel of oppression to minorities.

Another blog post

Race today is a hot topic and I find myself learning more about it everyday. It’s truly a privilege to learn and become more aware of the world I live in. Unfortunately I find myself fighting my urge to educate my peers occasionally. How can we educate each other and try to be responsible as a society when there is so much hate and misunderstanding that it often times prevents people from learning? I hope as this Race, Gender and the Media course unfolds, I find a way to approach this social issue. In class after watching White Like Me, I can’t help but wonder how the author had the energy to stand up to so many argumentative people. I say argumentative because people so dead set in their ways make it very hard to approach them. I’m a lover not a fighter, so I can’t really see myself applying that method in my everyday life. In doing so I feel like a hypocrite. I hope to counter act these feelings by becoming more involved in student organizations that seek to eliminate such issues.

Normally I’m not very comfortable speaking about social issues, but with this past election I’ve gained a new reason to voice my opposition of racism and hatred. So when I stepped into the first class meeting of my Race,Gender and the Media class, I felt it was no surprise to learn that the majority of media is controlled by white people. I found it troubling to know that the now minority white have control to stereotype the majority which is ethnic. At the end of the day I found myself being haunted with the question of how does a superpower like the media learn to become more ethnically diverse? How do our newsrooms and writers become more colorful?