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.