comodification

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"Let’s just pretend like this actually happens okay"  No, let’s not.  And, to extend this, let’s not further marginalize/mythologize an already marginalized group on campus/in society with your patriarchal noise.  Like, NYU memes is supposed to be funny…this isn’t even funny.  Disappointed.  Doubtful they’ll actually take it down, buttttt let’s see where this goes.

Natty Boh - true Baltimorean?

This picture shows the famous Natty Boh that I’ve heard so much about. I think that it is so pervasive in Baltimorean culture that we talked about it on the first day. Everyone said that it is one of the things that makes Baltimore..well, Baltimore.

Fun fact: about 90% of Natty Boh sales come from Maryland. But none of the brewing happens in Maryland and it isn’t even owned by a Baltimorean any more - Pabst owns it. Sure, it is an icon but what is the impact of that icon (especially with the resurgence of Boh in a marketable way)?

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You are the Product- Vlog brothers

Author: Everett Maroon.

Being transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, or gender nonconforming isn’t a commodity one should market like one’s haircutting license. It’s a necessary state of being that, if people like [Thomas] Beattie will only try to remember, was our only option for continuing to walk this planet. The way Beattie insists on marketing his gender only adds fuel to nasty ideas about transfolk. I have a whole lot more sympathy for trans artists, writers, intellectuals, and activists who prioritize community building and empowerment than self-serving accolades.

Traditionally, in many cultures, women’s bodies were deemed dangerous and polluting; whereas, in other societies, female bodily appearance may signify power and success. Comodification of body and gender is evidenced in advertising, videos, musical lyrics, and media messages. Women especially in North America pay constant attention to and make endless financial investments in physical embellishments, and endlessly involve themselves in conforming to gendered norms of fitness and weight which are identified with social and moral worth. By disciplining the body, women can be sexually appealing, while being embedded in capitalist consumerism. This “fantasy,” promoted by the media, concentrates on a discriminating standardization and management of the “ideal” woman’s body; thus, women and girls often experience their bodies as defective and embark on enduring quests in pursuit of an inaccessible ideal.
—  Dr. Barbara Hawthorne (my gender and anthropology professor)