Welcome to the course website for Ms. Barton’s section ofWSTD 197 for the Fall 2013 semester.

We will use this website as our course blog and as a repository for course documents and readings. Be sure to bookmark this website and check it regularly.

To get started, go to “Course Documents”, using the password you received in class, and download the syllabus.


Art Museum Visit

Art Museum Visit

So I went to the art museum in October and I mainly focused on German Art and in particular German Expressionism. It was really interesting to see how the different artists portrayed the human body and in particular the female form. German Expressionism focuses on emotions and reactions to the second world war. The point of this style of painting is not to portray the body or the scene as it truly looks but to portray the feelings around it. I thought it was really interesting how the female body could be portrayed in this style. Sorry for the quality of the photo my phone camera does not work very well! Overall I really enjoyed my trip!

TLC – His Story

I’m on a TLC kick, and have been for like a month, and I just noticed what the lyrics were in one of their lesser known songs. It’s not an outright allusion to a specific event, but I think it’s a nice little “girl power” song you can jam to. 🙂


Pantene #WhipIt | Labels Against Women

Pantene #WhipIt | Labels Against Women

Probably one of best Ads I have ever seen. Everyone, watch this short video!!!!! 


Bode Miller Changed His Mind And Hurt Pregnant Women’s Rights Along With It

Bode Miller Changed His Mind And Hurt Pregnant Women’s Rights Along With It

Mainstream media has painted Bode Miller as a dedicated father in a brutal custody battle. But where’s the focus on his attempt to control the life and restrict the rights of a pregnant woman?



Google Doodle Honors Grace Hopper, Early Computer Scientist

Today’s Google Doodle honors a female pioneer in computer science:

Google Doodle Honors Grace Hopper, Early Computer Scientist


Inside look at NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policy

I know this is not related to anything but I found this and I thought it was really interesting and worth looking at since racism and racial profiling are still really prominent problems



I forgot to include my photo earlier! So this is my friend Emily and I… we may or may not have reenacted multiple works of art. 🙂


SLU Museum of Art

SLU Museum of Art

I went to the art museum around campus with my friends Fiona and Emma last week. While there we only stayed on the first floor, but I noticed that out of all the art on the first floor only one of the artist was a woman. It was shocking to me that there was only one small room for Bela Kadar. I’m not sure if there was more female artists work upstairs, but from the looks of it I doubt there was much more.


Kind Campaign

I want to show this video for show and tell tomorrow!


Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM)

Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM)

Here I am in front of the St. Louis Art Museum! I loved my visit to SLAM. I was accompanied by my friend, Paige, who happens to be an art history major. She shared her knowledge on the different forms of art with me so I feel as though I learned a lot. We attended the contemporary wing – the art was unusual but unique. Here, I found art work by many female artists. There was a nude picture of two women and something I found to be interesting is how “realistic” their bodies are painted. They aren’t extremely skinny; they are drawn like true natural women. However, there was a piece of art that was a woman life size playboy bunny that caught my eye. This was constructed by Duane Hanson. The description of the art consisted of the following “Duane Hanson cast this sculpture from a live model to achieve an unsettling and realistic effect. Hanson often depicted working Americans and here chose the Playboy Bunny as his subject. The woman wears a nametag on her hip, but she is most prominently identified by the well-known markers of the waitresses who serve at Playboy Clubs: the iconic silk bunny ears, dainty bow tie, and bustier. This lifelike depiction of a Playboy Bunny reveals how a woman’s body can be treated as an object and commodity in society.” In all, I really enjoyed my visit to the art museum. I plan to make more visits to SLAM in the future – it’s such a beautiful buidling with so many oustanding works of art.