Too Much Media: Women in Popular Culture

For this Independence Day I am posting a video that celebrates a group of people who have fought for the freedom of countess others and yet are often held back themselves… WOMEN. We make less and we still make your sandwiches!

On a more serious note, some of the topics I will cover in future parts are very important. I approach this project with a lot to learn and I express only my opinion. This is an introduction to the sort of media I will cover. I’m also feeling out interest in different subjects for a series of independent documentaries.

I received a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Iowa and wish to become a self-made filmmaker and writer. If you are interested in or need someone to preform writing, videography, photography or editing work please let me know. I am open to new projects and am open to suggestions on all of my work.

NOTE: I do not intend to plagiarize. If I have please let me know where and I will fix the problem by asking permission and then giving credit. Please feel free to raise any questions or leave any comments about sources I present. Before asking me what a specific clip is from please refer to the literature provided with each film to find notes on what I’ve included. I’ve tried to cite my sources in most cases but it is impossible to credit everyone who deserves it as some things I have been collecting for some time. I have found all information and clips/audio on YouTube unless otherwise noted. My voice recordings reflect only my opinion and I have not been involved personally with any of the media presented unless stated.

Thank you for reading this rant. Have a wonderful fourth of July if you are American and if you are abroad I wish you a positively lovely day anyway :) Feel free to suggest other topics or sources or tell me which ones you would be interested in learning more about… I have more docs to come!

Too Much Media
ROUGH OUTLINE (subject to change)

1950s-1970s Popular Culture

  • Commercials
  • “Educational” Films
  • Consumer “Documentaries”
  • Pin-ups
  • Classic films

1950s-1990s Cartoons/Animation

Disney

  1. Sleeping Beauty
  2. Little Mermaid

Anime

  1. Sailor Moon

Bands/artists considered:

  • Patsy Cline
  • Sonny & Cher
  • Spice Girls (AUDIO)
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • T.A.T.U.

No Doubt

The White Stripes


Nine Inch Nails

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO (apologies if it is blocked in your country, I am working on another version that won’t be unfairly targeted and censored by EMI, UMG and WMG!)

Possible future topics:

1. Betty Boop, Jessica Rabbit, Popotan sisters, (nudity in animation)

2. Foreign females (how women are drawn in different cultures)

3. A history of wives through cartoons: Wilma Flintstone-Jane Jetson

4. Differences between programing for girls/boys (and at what age it becomes clear the targeted programing is pushing gender roles/stereotypes)

I will look at the women we have on TV/in films/on the web/in print media/in the music industry…throughout time, analyzing each subject in its own video/article as appropriate and as time/energy allows :)

COMING SOON: Look for articles and/or videos on…

The television show The Office (American version) and the different types of females represented and how they do or do not show progress for women in the workplace.

Female characters and actresses in the Harry Potter books and films and how they reject or embrace gender stereotypes as well as the impact author J.K. Rowling has had for women in the writing world.

A review of The Kids in the Hall, a hilarious Canadian sketch comedy show which successfully and often utilized drag as more of a fixture and necessity than a joke or gender parody.

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