Posted by erinoestringer on March 5, 2013
I really enjoyed our guest speaker Thursday. I felt like she engaged myself, and probably others, with the topic of gender studies. I know personally I always roll my eyes at this topic expecting to hear some female rights lecture and why I’m pushing female progress back into the stone age. (Yes, I had a gender studies professor tell me this.) I actually enjoy gender studies when its presented as the study of both genders and the topics they influence, such as popular culture. Ms. Branham gave a very eventful discussion on the topic and gave some great insight of gender in pop culture.
I liked the point she made that there is gender IN pop culture, gender AND pop culture, and genderED pop culture. Gendered pop culture would be like men’s pop culture, such as Spike TV. Gender IN pop culture is people that symbolize their gender in pop culture, such as Beyonce. Then gender AND pop culture refers to them as separate. However, as we discussed, separating the two is not possible. It is kind of like separating personal traits, or saying “I am a college student and a female, but I am not a female college student.”
Great presentation, very funny woman.