Fat Talk

Funny how product advertisements can show us things such as how women view their own bodies. In this experiment in which women were asked to look in this clothing store that had labels quoted from women that said degrading things about their own body, it got them to see how many women are really self conscious of the way they look. It says a lot about this need for women to fit a certain image because of the way society says they should look. Regardless of a woman’s size and shape, we have all given ourselves the disapproving look in the mirror at one point or another. Generally, women would not be rude to another by making remarks about their appearance and body, but it is a completely different story when we think of ourselves. This video shows the need for women to be more confident in themselves and to be proud of their bodies. Weight management works for some women, but for others, it is no bother to them. Not all women want to be skinny, but rather they just want to feel comfortable in their own skin. If feeling comfortable means making changes, then it is only a matter of eating well, treating your body right, and staying active on a daily basis. Too many women feel the need to live up to a certain standard that is socially constructed by the media and advertising industries. Standards should be self-set and maintained by an open mind and positive thoughts.

Heterophobia?

The last topic we covered regarding LGBT and feminist art made me recall watching this video last year. This was odd for me to watch not because of the overall message, but because of the age of the actors portraying these characters. This short film really switches the perspective of today’s notion of “homophobia” by making it the norm and making heterosexuality frowned upon. The film, I think, tends to be overdramatic at some parts, but overall, it gets the point across that too many people are getting bullied for being open about their sexual orientation. The part where Christianity is brought into the film and how one can be deemed “sinful” because of their choice to love someone of the opposite sex (in the case of the storyline). Although, despite the slight awkwardness of the age of the actors, the issues and messages that are dominating, sadly have a lot of truth to them. The idea of children getting treated this way is sometimes difficult to picture, but all families have their own beliefs, especially parents. Luckily today, we live in a society that seems more accepting than the generations before. Unfortunately, there is still hate that lingers and this need for everyone to believe in their own egos or blame it on the teachings of Christianity that people cannot love freely. Whether or not people choose to accept or simply agree with homosexuality or being transgender, the fact is that there are still people, no matter what the label, who are judged, bullied, and verbally abused. It is what it is, and simply another perspective. It is a matter of interpretation.

African American Heritage

This brief overview of the famous dance piece entitled, Revelations choreographed by Alvin Ailey, highlights the aspects of African American Heritage. Ailey choreographed the entirety of Revelations in the year 1960. As American history recalls, this was a very crucial time for African Americans who were fighting against society for civil rights and equality. Ailey made this piece because he wanted to show the American people that African Americans were too stereotyped and misunderstood. The dance technique he uses strays away from traditional modern and ballet styles and instead calls attention to the way African Americans move their bodies and are able to dance. The musical choice for the various pieces center around gospel and spiritual music. Each section of Revelations reflects African American heritage by showing the different personalities they possess. African American life was generally difficult during this time era, but it was this dance piece that made Americans see the talent in African Americans that they were blind to. The general American audience opened up more to the idea of seeing African Americans performing dance on a stage. Revelations was a good example of portraying what African Americans felt and experienced; they mourned through difficult times, were joyous in good times, and hopeful for new beginnings and opportunities.