All posts tagged: masculinity

Gender & Representation

A couple of years ago I stumbled across Miss Representation on Netflix, and after reading the film’s description, I decided to give it a watch. The documentary, which examines how women are represented in the media, is a must see for all. I credit the film for solidifying my interest in studying how representation (or rather misrepresentation or lack there of) in media both reflects and shapes our society. I’d argue that media has the ability to inform and influence change more than anything in our culture. And because of the impact of images in film and television, media makers have a special responsibility to be conscious of their influence and power. Now on Netflix is a new documentary from The Representation Project, The Mask You Live In, which analyzes American masculinity and the mounting pressures of manhood. I had the chance to watch this documentary with my boyfriend, and afterwards, as we often do when we watch a film together, we debriefed. It was especially insightful to hear his stories of bullying, the pressure to “be a man”, and the complexity of male …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Feminism

I was told I should watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx Talk quite some time ago, but I didn’t get around to seeing it until recently. Oh well, better late than never! In her speech she describes her experience as a Nigerian woman and explains why it’s in everyone’s best interest to be a feminist. Adichie’s talk is extraordinarily powerful and inspiring, and I invite you to share it with your peers.