01 June 2006


I want to say thanks to Jackie for an amazing Maymester. This was my first one to take ever, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The discussions were great, very interactive, and really opened my eyes to the real world! I would definitely say this class has changed the way I view media, people, and just life. However, I do think that I will still be able to enjoy movies, TV shows, or anything else. But, Jackie would be proud, because I now notice stereotypes and gender roles without even looking for them. I have decided that I’m super stoked about advertising, and the field of journalism just isn’t for me.

I got a big butt too...

Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back
Oh my god, Becky, look at her butt
It is so big
She looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends
Who understands those rap guys
They only talk to her because she looks like a total prostitute, ok?
I mean her butt
It's just so big
I can't believe it's so round
It's just out there
I mean, it's gross
Look, she's just so black
I like big butts and I can not lie
You other brothers can't deny
That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waste
And a round thing in your face
You get sprung
Wanna pull up front
Cuz you notice that butt was stuffed
Deep in the jeans she's wearing
I'm hooked and I can't stop staring
Oh, baby I wanna get with ya
And take your picture
My homeboys tried to warn me
But with that butt you got
Me so horny
Ooh, rub all of that smooth skin
You say you wanna get in my Benz
Well use me, use me cuz you ain't that average groupy
I've seen them dancin'
The hell with romancin'
She sweat, wet, got it goin' like a turbo 'Vette
I'm tired of magazines
saying flat butt's the only thing
Take the average black man and ask him that
She gotta pack much back, so
Fellas (yeah), fellas (yeah)
Has your girlfriend got the butt (hell yeah)
Well shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake that healthy butt
Baby got back
(LA face with Oakland booty)
I like'em round and big
And when I'm throwin' a gig
I just can't help myself
I'm actin like an animal
Now here's my scandal
I wanna get you home
And ugh, double ugh, ugh
I ain't talkin' bout Playboy
Cuz silicone parts were made for toys
I wannem real thick and juicy
So find that juicy double
Mixalot's in trouble
Beggin' for a piece of that bubble
So I'm lookin' at rock videos
Watchin' these bimbos walkin' like hoes
You can have them bimbos
I'll keep my women like Flo Jo
A word to the thick soul sistas
I wanna get with ya
I won't cus or hit ya
But I gotta be straight when I say I wanna fuck
Til the break of dawn
Baby, I got it goin on
A lot of pimps won't like this song
Cuz them punks like to hit it and quit it
But I'd rather stay and play
Cuz I'm long and I'm strong
And I'm down to get the friction on
So ladies (yeah), ladies (yeah)
If you wanna role in my Mercedes (yeah)
Then turn around
Stick it out
Even white boys got to shout
Baby got back
(LA face with the Oakland booty)
Yeah baby
When it comes to females
Cosmo and got nothin to do with my selection
Only if she's 5'3"
So your girlfriend rolls a Honda
Playin' workout tapes by Fonda
But Fonda ain't got a motor in the back of her Honda
My anaconda don't want none unless you've got buns hon
You can do side bends or sit-ups, but please don't lose that butt
Some brothers wanna play that hard role
and tell you that the butt need to go
So they toss it and leave it
And I pull up quick to retrieve it
So Cosmo says you're fat
Well I ain't down with that
Cuz your waste is small and your curves are kickin'
And I'm thinkin' bout stickin'
To the beanpole dames in the magazines
You ain't it Miss Thang
Give me a sista I can't resist her
Red beans and rice didn't miss her
Some knucklehead tried to dis
Cuz his girls were on my list
He had game but he chose to hit 'em
And pulled up quick to get with 'em
So ladies if the butt is round
And you wanna triple X throw down
Dial 1-900-mixalot and kick them nasty thoughts
Baby got back

Everyone knows the words to this song, and it has been played at ever social event we have ever attended. We all laugh with our friends when we sing it and even act out some of the lyrics. Normally, and by normally I mean before I took this class, I would have just brushed this off and thought that these kids are just having fun. What if my kids were singing this song? Would I be as easy going about it then? There is definitely a difference between things that are appropriate for kids and adults. Should I be offended as a woman? I have a big butt, well at least I think so, and my mom constantly reminds me of it, but I think the song is just fun. It has silly lyrics, which my friends and I can recognize as totally ridiculous, but can everyone else? Rap songs now take a much more serious approach, and I Think it becomes harder for kids and even adults to decipher fact from fiction and humor versus real.

Gays in the media

There seems to be a love them or hate them attitude towards homosexual people. I absolutely hate guys that can be all about two girls kissing, but are deathly afraid of gay males. They make it seem like some kind of contagious disease that they can’t be around. Being a Christian I struggle with people that share my faith. We are taught not to be judgmental, but we will be the first to throw a stone. What if these people are born this way? Who are we to say this is wrong? I think women embrace the gay community much better than men do, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. I also think that the stereotypical roles that homosexual characters portray can be viewed with a grain of salt and humorous, but when taken in the wrong context can often be hurtful and demeaning.

The Disney Scandal

So the other day in class I realized how incredibly naive I am in regards to kids. I absolutely loved Disney movies when I was younger, and even to this day my mom and I will cuddle up on our couch with a big bowl of popcorn and watch one of our favorites. I can honestly say that when I was younger, I never picked up on the stereotypes, discrimination or even incriminating images and characters that the kids in the video did. I remember the overall moral of the story, some of the funny lines/songs, and the memorable characters. I think kids are learning differently these days. Do you only see what you want to see? I don’t think these young children are looking for race and gender in these movies, but I do agree that Disney is now sending negative messages to our youth, especially young girls and minorities. If the young white males interpret any of these underlying messages then maybe Disney can be blamed for some of the hate and discrimination in adult males.