Intro to Media and Culture [NOTES - PART 4] -- I got a 90% in the course

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March 4, 2014 Gender and Sexuality ➔ “Gender” and “sexuality” often (incompletely) equated to mean “women” and “homosexual” Labels ◆ ● Beyond male/female: gender non attachment, queer, gender neutrality ● We have, throughout history, dealt with gender by male/female labels ○ Babies, clothes, bathrooms are defined ○ Even with progressive treatment, we are still very comfortable with male/female labels ○ We like to name and categorize - we are limited when we think about gender ○ “Gender does not need to be linked to sexuality” ○ We don’t need to “announce” heterosexuality, but we do need to “come out” as homosexual or gender neutral All bodies possess gender, all bodies possess sexuality ➔ ➔ Gender ◆ Women have largely been marginalized in the mass media Control and creation of media is largely by men ◆ ◆ Women are less likely to be cast as leading roles, have fewer speaking lines, have lower-status jobs, more often shown in the home in domestic roles ● Women play wives and mothers ◆ First female movie director wins an A
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