Monthly Archives: November 2012

“you drive me crazy”

Book: The Exile of Britney Spears- A Tale of 21st Century Consumption

Author: Christopher R. Smit

 I really enjoyed reading this book because it brought to mind a whole bunch of ideas how gender and communication of Britney Spears is so a apart of the American culture. One quote I found in the book that I thought to be intriguing was “ We don’t have a word or concept that neatly encompasses what has happened to this woman.” The actuality of it all is that the culture doesn’t. We continually to see events in her life for a moment and then it passes by. We are not fully engrossed in a specific tragedy of a moment of hers. Britney has definitely become a pop culture celebrity where everything around her is consuming the individual she is. Specifically we owe this to the media and how the media has targeted events of Britney which has made her who she is today. The way Britney Spears body is analyzed throughout the book shows how the celebrity culture life has become a life that is constantly being destructive. The media allows society to focus their own lives on events of others that slowly diminishes  individual. Smit quotes, “ the end result of all consumption is excrement: we seek out our consumables, we consume, we digest, and we defecate. Our whole culture has become a culture of constant consuming where we only focus our lives on things that will make us feel more satisfied. I believe that when a culture focuses their attention on lives in the media, like Britney Spears, it makes us feel better about ourselves. We feel this way because we are looking at rich, famous, and hot celebrity that has crashed and burn. It  makes us “normal” people feel much better about ourselves, just how all this consuming of the western world makes us feel better about ourselves. Britney Spears is exactly what Smit quotes., “ all of these consumables start as splendor and end as less than that.” Britney started as the innocent pop star who drew in so many teens across the country. However as began to become more consumable it became exhausting leaving her with exposed body parts, broken family, and bad relationships.

 Links:

1)      http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20012207_20012195,00.html

This is the article that PEOPLE Magazine released when Britney Spears shaved her head bald. I believe this article tells us a lot about Britney Spears and who she had become over the years. How much the consumer able world has affected the lives of such a celebrity pop star that ends her up in rehab.

2.) http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/britney-spears-is-on-tour-and-is-still-under-mind-control/

This article is interesting on how as Britney Spears continues her tours her new provocative look gives society a new outlook on how her music has influenced her as an individual and brings that to a whole new level.

3.) http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/381873/britney-spears-goes-crazy-again

Again this is another article out of thousands that directly portray Britney as crazy. That her life as a celebrity has gone from innocent to evil.

Questions:

1)      What do we believe are the main reasons that pop stars slowly become more propagative over time?

2)       How do we believe Britney will continue to develop in the next few years?

ICTs dangerous impact on domestic violence today…

Article: Domestic Violence and Information  Communication Technologies

Author : Jill P. Diamond, Casey Fiesler, and Amy S. Bruckman

Throughout this article the authors focus primarily their attention on the domestic violence that is created through ICTs today. Some of these include the internet and cell phone devices. They have made a huge impact in how domestic violence is becoming more of an issue among women. These tools that we use every day are being used inappropriately and can threaten women’s lives. They allow men to become more stalkish towards the victim and allow more control over their actions. Therefore this creates a dangerous fear among women causing them not to leave the abusive relationship. One of the theories that is brought up in the article is called the Feminist Standpoint Theory. Here the authors state, “ The theory specifically critiques a dominant view of epistemology, and acknowledges that knowledge and experiences are situated. Although the history of standpoint theory was to reflect a “women’s” viewpoint of the world, more recent incarnations of the theory are based on intersectional viewpoints of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and culture.” The viewpoint is how the victim as a women experiences and handles the situation and that her own viewpoints are based upon these different classifications. For my Marketing class we were assigned to Safe Haven Ministries. Our main focus throughout this semester was to create more awareness to the Latino and African American communities who are dealing with these sorts of situations and do not know how to seek help. Safe Haven Ministries has actually a special tab on their website that when clicked is linked directly to Google. This is a benefit for the women who are seeking out help because if the abuser of the relationship is nearby it is convenient for the victim to hide what she has been looking at. It actually erases the history of ever visiting the site off the computer. Types of tools like these are helpful when ICTs can be easy to track people down. It can create even more harmful situations for women as they could be treated more harshly because of their attempt in reaching out for help.

Links:

1.)    http://www.safehavenministries.org/

This link from Safe Haven Ministries shows us the “ Quick Escape” button that is very beneficial for their organization and how this has helped young women.

2.)    http://www.ywca.org/site/c.cuIRJ7NTKrLaG/b.7515807/k.2FF8/YWCA__Empowering_Women_Eliminating_Racism.htm

This links shows how the YWCA is using their goals of empowering women and eliminating racism to help prevent the causes of domestic relationships in women today. It shows the mentoring programs that are offered and how the empowerment of women can help them leave their abusive relationships.

3.)     http://www.ncadv.org/

This link is the ncadv website which is a coalition made for violence against women. On their website is a documentary video that is very helpful in explaining their goals as an organization.

Questions:

1)      With fast growing technology will domestic violence continue to become worse?

If so, how as a community of believers can we help  prevent ICT tools becoming more abusive?

zine readings…

Zine Readings

No Better than Apples

Author: Kate

Straddling The Line: White Salves, Trafficked Women and Other Victims at the Border

Author: Robin Hustle

                In the reading “No Better Than Apples”, it is broken down into different little “stories” one might call it. They are very poetic in the way she expresses distinct feeling in the way she talks about herself or a person she is close to. Some of them she writes about are thinks that one might no mention in an appropriate conversation and some of her writings are very emotional and sensitive to what she is feeling. Many of these stories are filled with distinct illustrations of sickness and care, being on the road with her band, her relationships with her mothers and father, natural disasters etc. Each of them she talks about are in short but powerful illustrations.

                In the small blurb about sex trafficking, Robin Hustle focuses on the concern for particular women in this case in the sex trafficking industry. These women are working this way to pay off debts that might have built up in either factories or agriculture. Robin speaks out that these women need to have more awareness about job opportunities rather than prostitution with their bodies. They need to be looked at then just selling themselves as sex slaves where in their case it is doing more harm than good. With the increase is big cities and media trafficking has been a main focus with migrant workers. Robin quotes, “ It developed at a time of rapid urbanization, mass waves of immigration, and a growing number of women in the workforce as a tool to reinforce ideas about race, sex, and sexuality.” Robin points out that instead of addressing the needs of these very women people are more likely to criticize for their wrongs. Once these women are trafficked they are seen as an individual who has lost all her dignity towards life and instead. just a worthless piece of shit. In 2000 an Act was passed to help with these trafficking women by offering them temporary aid. What I believe Robin is speaking out to is that we need to address these needs of women who are hurting. Rather than stereotyping them as useless victims of prostitutes. Instead of reinventing what we might think as the needs for these mythic victims we need to realize that these are needs of a lot of women across the country and they need to be confronted appropriately.  

Links:

1.)    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyqjv-pj8yw

This clip shows from Taken the disturbing dangers of trafficking among women. In this specific movie the daughter of a CIA is taken and sold as a sex slave. This particular clip also emphasizes staggering statistics about sex trafficking in the country and how much of a billion dollar industry it has made in the market today.

2.)    http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/human_trafficking_exploitation.html

This is an article from MLIVE in 2010 about a victim of human trafficking right in our own backyard. It shows that it is happening in places that we might not think these types of situations are occurring.

3.)    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2011/05/sex-trafficking-201105

Vanity Fair just published this surreal article just last year about trafficking among Americans. Below I posted a quote from the article of a young women who spoke out about her experience. It shows us that even women today are being ridiculed by men.

 

“He called me a stupid bitch … a worthless piece of shit.… I had to tell people I fell off stage because I had so many bruises on my ribs face and legs.… I have a permanent twitch in my eye from him hitting me in my face so much. I have none of my irreplaceable things from my youth.”

 

Questions:

1.)    Why has this issue of prostitution become more of an issue today more than ever?

2.)    What is the best way to address these problems among women today?