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Lecture 9

Lecture 9


Department
Women and Gender Studies
Course Code
WGS205H5
Professor
Pouneh Saeedi
Lecture
9

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Oprah
Powerful with a lot of money
Influential
Relates to the African American society
Minority
Low income family
Rags to riches story
Background
Tone
Weight problems - ppl can relate
Overly empathetic
Embodies the problems
Popularity
Slide - Oprah
When we are talking about the white male - those who have hegemony (in power). Oprah is the
contrary image - non white and a woman
a.
Phil Donahue - Oprah Winfrey has taken his show to a totally new level
1.
Agencysomeone who is empowered (action) vs passive
a.
Book club: ability to influence book production
2.
Bringing all these into the same paradigm
a.
Because there was an upsurge of multiculturalism -- Oprah relation to Obama's Presidency
b.
Article: more impactful - uses testifying vs. confession
i.
Because many people didn't go to church, they sought inner solstice elsewhere - in Oprah
ii.
She has a spiritual figure
iii.
ReligionFinds a way to rally people and create an avenue for them to mobilize
c.
Confessions on her show: I was a victim of rape, sexual abuse - you're looking for that - relate to it
d.
Multiculturalismnot talking about the hegemonic culture of the eurocentric male - black, non white,
female, disabled
3.
Denotative-- image
i.
Connotation--symbolic image
ii.
Iconmeans image
a.
Du Boisfamous in African American history -- according to him part of Oprahs pop is that she is
African AND American which makes her empowerment all the more prominent
4.
In what ways do you see Oprah being deracedviewers she attracts, what she contrasts (black
female)
a.
Transcends those boundaries
b.
Because they are not going to church they are seeking salvation elsewhere
5.
Agree/disagree with resolution - middle ground
a.
Because of her size - big woman - it would be hard to objectify her
6.
Feminine narratives - no full circle - masculine: linear
a.
Hall of mirror: you see a bit of yourself when you open up and are vulnerable
b.
Males thoughts are ideal
7.
Draw advertisers - geared to target viewers
i.
Particular incentive to boost genre from an economic perspective?
a.
Why are talk shows so popular and why do tv producers like to have talk shows on tv?
8.
Lecture 9
August 2, 2011
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