What We Missed

Our girl Chloe has a piece in HuffPo about why media literacy isn’t enough to improve women’s feelings about their bodes.
WaPo had an article last week about queer weddings in Washington DC and gender non-conforming wedding attire.
The women involved in the Newsweek gender lawsuit have started a blog called The Equality Myth.

Guttmacher Institute has a rundown
on the new health care reform bill and what it will mean for reproductive rights.
Ricky Martin finally comes out.
The anti-choice “race and sex selection” bill passed the Georgia Senate on Friday. It remains stalled in the House.

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5 Comments

  1. another constellation
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    I never know how to feel when people say that someone “finally” came out. It always irritates me, because it seems like poking fun at them– “who were they fooling?”– at a moment of extreme bravery and vulnerability. People come out on their own schedule, relative to their own understanding of themselves and their place in their lives. The “finally” feels like it undercuts this and always disappoints me.

  2. Tara Lazet
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I have to agree with another constellation… I know you might have gotten the headline from HuffPo (which is sadly becoming trashier everyday) but still. As a queer woman I would like to see as many celebrities be ‘out’ as possible but ultimately it’s up to them.
    Also, I don’t like the suggestion that people that don’t actually know Ricky Martin (I certainly don’t) would be able to tell that he’s gay even before he has said anything about it. That kind of thinking is just based on tired stereotypes.

  3. Trixen
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Finally?
    Really?
    As if, ‘hee hee, we knew all along, silly man.’ Gross. No one *knew* and to assume otherwise just perpetuates stereotypes.

  4. JosephLillo
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Agreed. None of this “what took you so long?” crap. People should have the opportunity to come out when they want to, and not before.

  5. Icy Bear
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I have to admit, the definition of ‘media literacy’ being used in Chloe’s article rather upsets me. For far too many years, ‘media literacy’ has meant ‘let’s make sure that young people know what *we think* is wrong with the media!’, often leading to incredibly shallow understandings of media. This is when we get people just repeating mindlessly over-used statements like ‘fashion models are too thin’, whether or not they actually believe it or have given much thought to it, simply because they know it’s the ‘right thing’ to think.
    The fact that these young women are aware of these critiques does not surprise me – I think it would be almost impossible not to be! But what that shows is not just that media literacy is not enough, but also that media literacy needs to be re-imagined to include much more broad and comprehensive goals.
    Any form of critique that involves simply repeating what you’ve been told isn’t very useful, or very feminist. In a lot of studies, it’s been shown that children have a great ability to repeat these sorts of critiques – but no actual knowledge of what they mean (the most amusing example I can remember involved children proudly reciting that a certain television show was ‘racist’ because it didn’t have many female characters in it). I think it’s absolutely essential that the definition of media literacy, and how it is taught, is changed to include encouraging people to think about what specific media means to them, how images that might be oppressive in one way can be liberating in another, what it means to find pleasure in problematic texts, etc.
    I’m sorry this was very long!

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