“The Truth About Gender Inequality In Film”

My popular source this week is another article from Buzzfeed that discusses women’s role in film and how disadvantaged they actually are. Buzzfeed first talks about how women are portrayed on screen in the top 500 films. They results were;

  1. 30.8% of speaking characters were women
  2. 28.8% of women wore sexually revealing clothing as opposed to 7% of men
  3. 26.2% of women actors got partially naked as opposed to 9.4% of men do
  4. Average ratio of male actors to female actors is 2.25:1
  5. Percentage of female teenagers depicted with some nudity as increased 32.5% from 2007 to 2012.


Along with that, Buzzfeed discussed inequality in the industry of film which included statistics on the gender differences as directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographies. The results showed that men dominated all these fields, and in some cases, there was even a difference of 88%. They also compared the salary of actors and in 2013, the highest paid female actor, Angelina Jolie, made $33 million, roughly the same amount as the two lowest paid male actors. Furthermore, age appears to be a dominant factor in an actress’s monetary success compared to men.

Main, Sami. “The Truth About Gender Inequality In Film.” Buzzfeed. N.p., 5 Dec. 2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

“Sexualizing the Child: The Strange Case of Bill Henson, His ‘absolutely Revolting’ Images and the Law of Childhood Innocence”


Are children actually becoming more sexual, or are we creating that assumption based off of society’s growing definition of sexual?

Simpson, Brian. “Sexualizing the Child: The Strange Case of Bill Henson, His ‘absolutely Revolting’ Images and the Law of Childhood Innocence.” Sexualities 14.3 (2011): 290-311. Sage Journals. Web. 19 Oct. 2016. http://sex.sagepub.com/content/14/3/290

This article discusses a case in Australia, which was about a photographer and his image of a nude 12 year old, which was claimed to be pornography under the law.  Bill Henson created a photo series that he was going to present, in the invitations, he included a few of his photographs, including one of a naked 12 year old girl.  As soon as people saw this, the police came in and took the image down, as it violated the laws about child pornography.  The law was then explained that child pornography is when a child under 14 is videoed of pictured doing sexual activities, being abused sexually or physically, or if the context of the image is sexual.  The author then talks about how the only category of child pornography this would fall under is the context of the image was sexual.  This is why he makes his argument that children are being sexualized.  This child was not looking or doing anything sexual, other than not being clothed.  The author argues that the act of being naked is not sexual, it is the belief by society that has made people think that it is sexual.

“Why This Young Woman’s Facebook Post About the Way Girls Dress Is Going Viral”

This woman was cat called and verbally assaulted while in this outfit.

This woman was cat called and verbally assaulted while in this outfit.

Carter, Maria. “Why This Young Woman’s Facebook Post About the Way Girls Dress Is Going Viral.” Seventeen. Hearst Communications Inc., 30 Jan. 2016. Web. 18 Oct. 2016. http://www.seventeen.com/life/real-girl-stories/news/a37668/why-this-womans-outfit-is-going-viral/

This is a popular source that discusses one of many images that have gone viral throughout the past few years.  This woman, Christen, was in the subway station one winter morning, dressed in knee-high boots, leggings, a winter jacket that covered her butt, and a scarf, the only skin showing was on her hands and face.  As she was walking a man called out to her saying she had nice legs, when she didn’t respond, he continued to degrade her calling her pet names and saying how she should be thankful to his “compliment”.  Christen posted this image and her story on facebook, and it went viral.  People were appalled with how this man reacted when he could only see about 5 inches of her legging covered legs.  Christen also reflected on what this means for humanity, she explains that through what this man said, it felt as if he believed her body was a “gift wrapped for him”.  Men have been trained through culture and society to just see women as sexualized being for the man’s pleasure.

“Still Trapped in the U.S. Media’s Closet: Representations of Gender-Variant, Pre-Adolescent Children”

For my scholarly post this week, I thought I would continue my research from the second paper. Therefore, my source posts will surround the topic of “Gender in Media” for a while. Many studies have examined representations of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. media. However, studies showed that the media usually only portrays adults or teenagers. This article investigates the LGBT population that has been neglected in media research.

lgbt-tvThe author found out that under-representation of the LGBT community, mainly gender-variant, preadolescent children, is affected them considerably . They surveyed the U.S. media at large with an emphasis on television, and the article revealed that gender-creative youth are nearly invisible. When depictions of gender-variant kids do appear, they often focus on either children who express extreme gender dysphoria or in some way signify the “tragic queer” motif (or both).

This topic I have been researching on for a while is one that really interests me and I hope to be able to go along this path of research for my final paper.



Negatives of Stress and The Student-Athlete

anxiety-personMost people believe that student-athletes have an easier time in college. They are center stage and have a lot of things going for them such as being part of something bigger than themselves and being part of a community. There are also some downsides to being a student-athlete. Student-athletes are 15% more likely to develop mental health issues due to an increased amount of stressors in their lives. Student-athletes are students just like everyone else attending higher education. They have the same amount of responsibilities in the classroom but are also under a lot of pressure to perform athletically. This can be overwhelming to most people and can be as severe as causing depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Excessive anxiety can hinder performance in the classroom and on the athletic arena. A lower performance will only raise the levels of stress. Constant stress can take a toll on a person’s body and mind. It is important to find a way to destress. Seeking help can sometimes be the most effective way, sometimes unpopular, to manage stress. The method does not matter but the end result, dealing with stress, is the main goal.

Kozlowski, Frank. “Stress and the Student Athlete.” Hawkeye. N.p., 4 Dec. 2013. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.


Injured Student-Athletes

injury-02Every student-athlete has the drive to win. No one who has accepted a scholarship to participate in collegiate athletics is looking to loose every game, match, or meet. Athletes also do not look to injure themselves in the process. Injuries are well known to be setbacks in the process of training. When training it is important to have as few setbacks as possible. Setbacks are stressful and based on a study published in Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd can reduce life satisfaction. A total of 123 student-athletes with varying injuries were examined. Injuries that ranged from minor, out of the sport for less than a week, or major, out of the sport for more than 21 days. After categorizing the injury, a trend emerged. The trend was logical and easy to follow. The more days an injury forced an athlete out of the sport; the lower the score of life satisfaction. This was due to a number of different reasons, such as, the stress of never playing to the ability prior to the injury, lack of support, and not being able to do what they loved most. It is hard taking and nursing an injury. The results of this study just prove how difficult an effect it has on a person’s satisfaction.

Malinauskas, Romualdas. “THE ASSOCIATIONS AMONG SOCIAL SUPPORT, STRESS, AND LIFE SATISFACTION AS PERCEIVED BY INJURED COLLEGE ATHLETES.” Proquest.com. Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd, 5 Oct. 2014. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.


Process Post October 14th

For these articles, I wanted to find some new information and new styles of articles.  The first article was a peer reviewed source that I found just through looking up the sexual assault in the title, hoping it would give me some information I didn’t already know.  I then found this article which I knew related to another article but gave different information.  I also wanted to find some that directly related to Rollins College, so I googled “Sexual Assault Rollins College” and it brought me to the Sandspur with this article, which was really interesting.  Although it covers very similar information to what I already have, it was written from a Rollins College male student perspective, which made it very closely attached to the school, and an interesting because young men don’t usually discuss much about sexual assault.

Grace MacLeod

The process for my research was very similar to my last posts. I used the Rollins College Olin Library link on the Rollins website and was able to find a scholarly article. The article I found was about how collegiate athletes have a lower quality of life after college than those who did not participate in collegiate athletics. The study explained how former athletes are more likely to suffer from injury and chronic stress due to their history. My next article was found rather easily. I Googled what the main reason for college stress was and found an interesting article. The article was one of the first ones that popped up and informed me that jobs are not the main reason for college students stress but rather the American culture of stress. Both articles were relatively easy to find because I had an interest in both of my topics for this post.

Luiggi Reno

I found my scholarly article through the Rollins College Olin Library website and like last time I searched for peer-reviewed journals or articles on gender and sexuality. However, this week I wanted to look for something different instead of sticking to usual topics I’ve been posting about. I chose the effects of stereotyping gender and sexuality and sexting which is something I’ve never thought or read about. It was interesting to learn more about this and thus decided I could use this source for my second paper as well for more evidence to make it more credible. For my second source post, I decided to write about an issue that I have felt as well. With that in mind, I decided to write about the beauty expectations social media puts on people these days. The ones most affected by this are teenagers and it has caused multiple problems all around the world. For my next post I hope to find a scholarly article on this issue, which talks about where these expectations came from and how many people are impacted by this issue.

Raeshma Bedi


“You Look Disgusting”

Beauty standards put on men and women have increasingly become worse as the world progresses. Television shows and movies produce false realities for people making them believe that they are not “perfect”. There have been thousands of suicide cases committed because of the way someone looks and feels. It is the false advertisements and unrealistic expectations for both men and women on social media that create this look of “perfection”.you-look-disgusting

Beauty Blogger, Em Ford, posted a video titled “you look disgusting” where she opens about her own feelings based on the negative comments she receives every day because of the way she looks. Em Ford states “I wanted to create a film that showed how social media can set unrealistic expectations on both women and men. One challenge many face today is that as a society, we’re so used to seeing false images of perfection, and comparing ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards that It can be hard to remember the most important thing – You ARE beautiful.” This video also proves that no matter what you change about yourself, there are always going to be someone who feels the need to be negative about you.

Muto, Jordan. “‘You Look Disgusting’: YouTube Star Turns Comments into a New Message.” TODAY.com. TODAY, 17 July 2015. Web. 14 Oct. 2016.



“Sexting Cyberchildren: Gender, Sexuality, and Childhood in Social Media and Law”

This source post is a scholarly article based on certain actions done based on stereotypes against one’s gender and sexuality. This analysis shows how stereotypes about gender, sexual agency, and sexual orientation are aligned in the service of beliefs about children’s sexual innocence. Recent improvements in technology have made it easier for children, especially, to access a multiple of websites that should not be used. The internet is a place that people learn about their inner demons and use different social media apps to release to others.


This article talks about how children have undergone feelings of confusion or anger based on stereotypes placed on their own gender and sexuality. Thus, this leads to many of them acting out and exploring their feelings by doing uncommon things, in this case, sexting, which can become a huge issue later. “Sexting, i.e., the production and dissemination of sexually explicit images by children and young adults, has become a vexing issue for parents and school administrators, legislatures and courts.” This source also dwells on how dangerous it can be to use the internet for certain things that could ruin your future, giving specific cases as well. I decided to write a source post on this issue as I could use it to show the impacts of stereotyping a person’s gender.

Rollins, J. Sexuality & Culture (2015) 19: 57. doi:10.1007/s12119-014-9243-4


“Rape Victims Take the Blame”

rolly-collyRuiz, Peter. “Rape Victims Take the Blame.” The Sandspur. N.p., 20 Mar. 2014. Web. 02 Oct. 2016. http://www.thesandspur.org/rape-victims-take-blame/

This article is not a peer reviewed source, but it is a post in Rollin’s Colleges newspaper, The Sandspur.  This article was written around 2 years ago, by a male student named Peter Ruiz.  This article discusses the backwards thinking of society and how the victims often take the blame.  Ruiz does a great job at explaining facts about most rapes, including the percentage of males and females who report rape, and the percentage of male’s who are the ones accused of raping.  He also goes over what consent is and how after if one is impaired and says yes it doesn’t count.  He also talks about the “slut shaming” society, and how it extends to include shaming one for what they are wearing, not just who they are sleeping with.  Either way, it is not acceptable to slut shame in any form. He also uses this as an example for one of the reasons why people blame the victim.  People often say things like “oh she is such a slut,” or “she’s already slept with 10 so its not his fault that they had sex.”  These types of phrase put the blame in the wrong place.  The victim should never be blamed.