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More Revenge Music Videos. May 16, 2007

Posted by ajaramillo in Aventura, betrayal, Blu Cantrell, controversy, domestic violence, Ethics, Female Power, morality, music video, Power, video.
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I wanted to continue Melissa’s point about the popularity of the “revenge narrative” in music videos, yet a complete avoidance of domestic violence issues. It made me think of Blu Cantrell’s video “Hit ‘Em Up Style.” It is exactly how Melissa explained it: Blu’s man cheated, so therefore it’s OK to get back at him by destroying his property. Not only does she damage all of his possessions and spend his money, she encourages other women to do it too! It becomes a catchy girl power anthem.


Unfortunately, I also couldn’t find any other videos with women addressing the issue of domestic violence first-hand. However, it seems that we hear about women’s struggle from an unlikely source (more…)

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virtual women May 14, 2007

Posted by sindhub in "the gaze", beer.com, bodies, ms. dewey, sex sells, sexuality, video, virtual bartender, virtual women.
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Someone a while back posted a link to Ms. Dewey, which is an online search engine with a woman named Ms. Dewey who reacts to what you type in, played by actress Janina Gavankar.  It’s kind of weird and obectifying and totally all about the male gaze.  Well, after surfing the internet for a bit, I came upon something even worse: Virtual Bartender 1 and Virtual Bartender 2.  You can place random orders to these ‘beer girls’ and they will act really suggestive (pre-filmed) in front of the camera.

What I kind find of odd about Ms. Dewey and Virtual Bartender is that although they’re all about the male gaze, they’re also about interaction, of sorts, with these virtual women.  But I guess since we’re so separated from them, they’re still just performing, not actually responding and interacting with us.

Standards of Beauty/Perceptions of Black Women March 2, 2007

Posted by Melissa in beauty myths, Kiri Davis, race, video.
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I found this great video after watching a news report a friend sent me about standards of beauty among young Black girls. Kiri, 18, reconducted an experiment originally executed in 1950’s in which children were asked which doll (the Black or the white) they would like to play with. What she found was that regardless of the “progress” the same standards of “good” and “bad” still permeate. It is particularly painful to watch at minute 4:30 when a girl (more…)