A (moving) picture paints a thousand words.
April 3, 2012
Sorry. It feels like it’s been a while. Getting to the end of this term (in three more days – wooo hoooo!), seemed to take on a snail’s pace. Last week was full of marking assessment tasks and then this last Friday, Saturday and Sunday I attended an HSC Drama conference – a fully practical conference. I’m buggered.
That’s not to say that I haven’t had a thousand observations and questions wizz through my mind – that I want to chat to you about. I just wish I could get it to you all more often. But – as I wrote in a previous post, The strong, but stretched women around me – the lives of working mothers with young children, are full to the brim. Not many pockets of time to balance the work and the play. At this stage, I am no exception.
So I write to you tonight with a clip and a question.
I saw this a few months ago. The following – entire clip – was a commercial for Glee on TV. It was on at about 7pm and we were all in the kitchen, tidying up after dinner.
These girls are singing about ruling the world…
…HOW? Pole dancing?
There’s even a moment where they’re all the floor quickly thrusting on their backs, just before they leap up and show all the boys the strong ‘army’ they are.
All ready to rule…
What? By showing us high school girls in suspender belts – SUSPENDER BELTS – and grinding moves? Look at the faces of the boys as the girls ‘perform’ in front of them – like strippers. *shaking head*
How is this empowering? I simply don’t get it.
Question #28: Is this the only way to show girls and young women true empowerment?
Of course the answer is ‘No’ – yet there it is – for all ages to see, in full colour and sound.
These images don’t paint a thousand words – just six – a mantra: We. Are. Ready. To. Sexually. Please.
If the clip didn’t convince you, what about the following image?
At the end of the day, this is a woman – who is representing a high school student – for a men’s magazine. *Insert above mantra*
When will these talented and successful women stop and say, “No, I’m not going to sit in underpants with my legs spread. I don’t need to do this.“
This is Glee. It makes me shudder to think how many children watch this show and the reach that that message had. Worse still, they put the entire clip as a commercial. Makes it hard to escape.
I changed the channel.
PS The holidays will bring more chats…I hope!