Hot Criminals?

Buff and Busted: Criminalizing Men, was a topic of great interest to me. This blog discusses the power of hegemonic masculinity. The blog mainly focuses on the story of Jeremy Meeks, and how his mugshot ended up all around the internet. This mugshot helped Jeremy achieve internet fame with various woman offering to pay his bail and countless others starting fundraisers for the convict. I believe the convict is being treated in this case with way too much honor for his crimes.

Although I do believe that he used his upper hand to good use I blame not him but those who have supported this man. The people who lend him support are basically saying that it’s quite alright to commit a crime and not receive the proper punishment because your good looks basically excuse you; your good looks justify your inappropriate behavior. The people mostly women, who condone the idea of regarding beauty  above all other have a social responsibility to the rest of the world because it teaches the younger generations that they can basically commit crimes or act in an inappropriate way as long as they are beautiful. Which quite frankly pisses me off because I believe that kids are the future of the world and if we don’t do right by them and teach them ethics then what will the future hold for us.

Gender in Changing Rooms

I have never felt the need to give gender or sexuality and how they may or may not be connected to each other, much thought. In fact it never crossed my mind because I have grown up in a society where your gender determines not only your sexuality but also your gender role in that particular society. But, now it is also possible to change your gender, thus also making it possible to get assigned a new gender role. These concepts and beliefs were easily accepted by me because I never thought to question against it until I came across a blog by Elizabeth P. Challinor called, Sex changes and changing rooms.

Elizabeth P. Challinor discusses how gender and sexuality are regarded in this modern society. In her blog Elizabeth states, “A few weeks later, I was having breakfast listening to the news on a nationwide radio and my ears popped up (or at least they would have, if I were a rabbit) when I heard a journalist introduce a piece on “gender changes.” A doctor was interviewed who stated that it was not possible to change minds but it was possible to change bodies.” This line from her blog stood out to me because I was able to understand it to mean that now it is okay for and quite possible to have a sex change because it has become oh so very mainstream.

New York New York

I’m pretty sure you have heard the term applied to New York City before, a melting pot, a beautiful blend of culture, people, and language. New York City is known for its diversification, its ability to create a setting where people, culture, and language can evolve and thrive. However, New York City can also be a place where culture, people, and language, as discussed in the blog by Mark Turin, The World’s Most Linguistically Diverse Location? New York City, can die and stop existing altogether.

In his article Mark Turin discusses how New York City, the city once thought to be home to hundreds of languages, has turned into a sort of waste land for languages. In his blog Turin stated, “But as I have discovered, New York is not just a city where many languages live, it is also a place where languages go to die, the final destination for the last speakers of some of the planet’s most critically endangered speech forms.” I agree with this statement because I can make a personal connection to his argument. I grew up in Spanish Harlem a place where most of the neighborhood consisted of people who emigrated from several Spanish speaking countries.

Living in this neighborhood allowed me to witness first, and second generations grow up and because of this I was able to notice that while the people from the first generation kept and practiced their native language, the second generation did not and would refuse at time to even practice their native language claiming that there was no need considering the fact that they were in America and in America people speak English. In conclusion, I agree with Mark Turin because I have bear witness to this.

Is Culture Concise?

In this article, “We know popcorn goes ‘pop’ but can culture ever go ‘snap’?,” we see a term called “stretched culture.” This term is referring to how people perceive most and every action of a person to be based on where they live. Our first example of this comes when Elizabeth P. Challinor describes her experience her conversation with a doctor that she is assisting. In this conversation the doctor tells her that one of her patients, a Cape Verdean woman, had recently given birth and had refused to the hormonal implant that the doctor was going to give her. The doctor then exclaims “Is this culture or what?” This doctor assumed that this woman had made this decision based on her cultural background, but is it really correct to do so?

There are so many people that assume peoples actions based on their cultural background from their area, most people do without even noticing it. In this article Elizabeth Challinor visits Cape Verdean, and is wondered by the way that the people can move their bodies in such rhythmic ways, and she is even more surprised that her Angolan friend, who has lived in Portugal most of her life, tells her that she no longer knows how to dance. She implies here that culture is reproduced through action, like the dancing of the Cape Verdean people. In this article we can see that. Cape Verdeans are in a location where different cultural beliefs and practices come into contact with each other, and the culture isn’t necessarily defined of the area, but rather not concise. – Elizabeth P. Challinor

The Hipster

This article explored a group in society known as hipsters. The article defines one of the typical hipsters as wearing tight jeans and flannel shirts, drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon, listening to Belle and Sebastian on their iPod, shopping at open-air markets, and having messed up styled hair. The hipster has had a great struggle in society, dying down and rising, and being ridiculed by society, such as in the television show The Simpsons. The hipsters reveal a culture in themselves due to the fact that they are not only found in America, but also in Helsinki, Reykjavik, Tokyo, Berlin, and London.

With this widespread of the hipster one would think that they are widely accepted, but it is quite the opposite. Hipsters, who walk around critiquing consumer culture when they themselves have created a consumer culture with the clothes they wear, are highly hated in many places. They are so hated in some places, Berlin for instance, that Berlin recently had a movement to expel hipsters and tourists from public spaces. Most of society has a general sarcastic hate for hipsters, joking around about how too mainstream something is for the hipster, but this movement in Berlin shows pure hatred. Maybe it is time for society to listen to the hipster and understand their ways of dressing and living. Through this maybe we can understand them and find less hatred for this reoccurring hipster culture. But until that time comes, I hope that all hipsters continue to not follow the trends or become mainstream like the rest of society. – Paul Mullins

The Evils of the World Cup

Gooooaaaalllll! The 2014 victory World Cup in Brazil has just came to an end with its victor Germany walking away with the cup. I am sitting on my couch thinking “wow this World Cup must have brought so much revenue to Brazil.” I see all these people on television in the stands cheering with their happiest faces on and chanting as if they were in a cult.

Throughout the World Cup the Brazilian people are throwing festivals and parties on the streets, yet their seems to be a dark side to the World Cup in Brazil that people watching from their homes and cheering in the stands are oblivious to. The fact that all the money that the World Cup brought in is not going to its people, but into the pockets of the rich and high ranking officials of the country. FIFA is part of a overall big business establishment that does not help the actual people of Brazil, who should be reimbursed for injuries and deaths, does not help the poor or those who have been evicted. The situation they are put in causes the people to revolt and tag on the walls “FIFA go home.” Looking at FIFA from the prospective of the Brazilian people we see that the big business of FIFA is polluting and destroying the profit of Brazil. Using up the tax money of the people to fund the building of the World Cup stadium ends up just taking away from the people and their way of living. The once beautiful Brazil and its wonderful people are left in bad economic condtitions Cristina Rocha