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Facebook: Who are we posing for? May 15, 2007

Posted by lindamc in "the gaze", Attractiveness and age, Facebook, female perfection, Female Power, female relationships, feminism, humor, sexual power, sexuality.
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So, in normal Amherst fashion, I was procrastinating my finals work by searching around on facebook and looking at this weekends edition of fun and fabulous pictures. I started to see a theme: girls pose differently then guys: ok I know “WOW!” what a find! Shocking, but in thinking about the male gaze, it is really easy to notice that women pose for men in their pictures: particularly on drunken Saturday nights. Many groups even do it for their girl friends, even at other schools: so that they can look at the pictures and say: “oh look how cute so and so looks out with her friends in their little langerie!” I think that this might be something that is different then a few years a go. Facebook and Myspace have allowed for internet stalking and picture posting, and allowed each and every member to create a little album of themselves for the opposite sex or for their friends to get jealous from. Specifically relating to girls: do we really think about how and who we are posing for when we take pictures? (particularly those on drunken or wild nights) So is it always the confusing: women like to see men looking at them, or is it women like to see other women looking at men who are looking at them….or even worse: women like to see anyone looking, as long as their being looked at!

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Sigourney Weaver isn’t pretty? April 23, 2007

Posted by lindamc in Aliens, Attractiveness and age, beauty myths, bodies, female perfection, People Magazine, Sigourney Weaver, The TV Set.
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In the most recent addition of People Magazine (April 30, 2007) there is a short article about Sigourney Weaver and how she got her start. It’s opening section is on how her mother through that she was “just plain” and not pretty. This appariently shaped Weaver’s life. The article does mention her career in film (with specific reference to Aliens!) but mainly scopes out her life of self-acceptance for her “craggier” face, and her too tall” frame (at 5’11 1/2”). The article has her define beauty as: “‘when a woman is comfortable in her skin – whatever age she is, whatever body type she is'” and this quote is placed in extra large, bold font.  It ends with her discussing her face: “‘My face is my canvas. And I think it’s much more interesting now than it ever was.'” The article has no substance but this, and seems to be just a catchup on her life in terms of outward attractiveness. It seems to be a growing fad too, that older women get to explain how they stay attractive (yoga, gym, smoothies, etc) and they say that they like themselves more now. I think it is really interesting that this article, which could have been about her new film: The TV Set but is instead only about her looks. The film is listed once, at the bottom right hand corner of the last page next to two other films she is known for (Aliens being one of them).

response to NYT front page April 2, 2007

Posted by Wasik in college, female perfection.
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I found the article on the front page of the NY Times today frustrating (Professor Parham has posted it on the left, if you haven’t seen it). It’s about the pressures facing girls today in a tough high school in Newton, MA. Mainly, the article talks about how the girls feel that they are expected to excel in athletics, extracurriculars, and academics in order to be accepted to an elite college; at the same time, they feel the pressure to be stylish and ‘effortlessly’ look good.

Now, I understand that getting into college is hard. There are more kids (more…)