Monday, September 26, 2011

Check out this SWEET female rapper I just discovered!!!

Her name is 'Snow tha Product' I don't know much about her yet except that she is little know and has amazing brief videos on youtube:



One thing you will be certain of after watching this video (called 'Holy fuck' which is exactly what I said after I watched it) is that this woman has AMAZING flow,  is unafraid to acknowledge the cultural stereotypes that affect her reception by the hip hop/rap community, and has a brash aggressive style that is unapologetic. I can't wait to learn more about this bad ass woman!!

Posted by: Anna Garski

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Reading an excellent book for a class I am taking called 'Gender and Rhetoric'

Yes its a textbook but textbooks can be fun as hell and awesome to read and 'Communicating Gender Diversity: A Critical Approach' is a great example of this! Here is my favorite excerpt from the book so far:

"Social expectations, gender identity, and related privileges and subordinations can affect the style one adopts and internalizes over time. For example, men's tendency to have larger bodies gives men larger vocal organs than women, and thus in general gives men deeper voices. However, some researchers say that body size differences are not enough to account for the divergent pitch used by many women and men. Some men tend to draw from the lower vocal range, and some women draw from a higher range (Knapp & Hall, 2002). This had been particularly documented in Japan, where women traditionally spoke in higher voices and were censured for failing to do so. More recent reports show that Japanese women's voices are deepening, perhaps because of their increasing social equality ("Japan's False Falsetto," 1995). As this example illustrates, style differences cannot be explained solely by physiology. Women who speak in a higher pitch are more likely to be described as feminine. men who speak in a lower pitch are more likely to be described as masculine. In a study comparing self-perceptions of gender roles and communication styles, women and men college students who identified with a communal feminine role preferred a self-less, caring style. Those who identified with an agentic masculine role preferred a goal-oriented, assertive style (Kirtley & Weaver, 1999). However, racial and ethnic identities were not taken into account. Even the existence of universal gender/sex differences is debunked by actual research, we believe it is useful to understand that cultural expectations are attached to the masculine/feminine binary and to learn where the lines of difference have been drawn."
                                             -Chapter 3: Gendered/Sexed Voices, page 68

In reading this I realize that, as woman who naturally uses the lower half of her vocal organs, I get judged as unfairly 'bitchy' rather than 'assertive' because the cultural assumption that women speak in higher toned voices prevents men (and women) from disassociating me from this stereotype when speaking to me. Anyways this book is the shit and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in gender performance.

Posted by: Anna Garski

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dance

I rarely come across videos on the internet that showcase women doing awesome dancing like::: Break dance, jumpstyle, shuffling, etc. These videos are so scarce that when I came across this one I was extremely excited. It might not be the best quality, but it still shows multiple young women doing dance moves that mainly seem to, in the media, contain male dancers. I always appreciate and admire people who can dance even remotely like this and I do not think women dancers get enough recognition for what they do outside of provocative dancing. So it was nice to see something where their bodies aren't being used as a selling point/an incentive to watch. Enjoy! They are awesome! Pay no attention to the first comment, though. People can be pretty lame on youtube.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftgv4i5e2z0&feature=related

Posted by: Annah Ruhland

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fashion is a Feminist Issue!

Here is a nice little piece about one feminist's perspective on fashion. As a feminist who is also very interested in fashion, I agree with a lot of the insight in this woman's blog post.

Posted by Anna Garski