I thought this was very interesting because I always like to analyze how much the media influences the way our culture is formed.


“Saving Private Ryan”

I was watching the movie “Saving Private Ryan” with a few people from my floor late last night, and I couldn’t help but notice that throughout the movie, all the male soldier characters, (minus one miniscule character), try hard not to cry. Tom Hanks’ character was under a lot of pressure as the captain of the rescue mission, and when he couldn’t take it anymore, he wandered away from the group to cry over the two deaths his team suffered, the stress of being in charge of such a mission, and all the trials that come with being in the military. Tom Hank’s character, Captain Miller, even went so far as to look over his shoulder a couple of times, to see if anybody was watching him or if anybody could see him crying. After he felt he was composed again, he went back to his team and they moved on with their mission. And when Private Ryan was informed that all three of his brothers were K.I.A. (Killed in Action), he only let one or two tears fall. Most of his response was focused on not the pain and saddness he probably felt after he heard the news, but rather that he couldn’t leave his team, “the only brothers (he had left).” Most people probably felt that his response to his brothers’ deaths showed how strong he was, how “well” he could take the news. I on the other hand felt he was holding back for two reasons: because he was in front of his superiors and fellow soldiers, but also because he was in front of fellow men and he didn’t want to be viewed as weak.

Watching this movie, I couldn’t help but refer back to Tony Porter, and the “Man Box,” and how men are so trapped in it, that they can’t let others see them cry, or see them “weak” and “vulnerable.”



“Every woman was once a little girl. And every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the beauty of the story. Those desires are far more than child’s play. They are the secret to the feminine heart.” This is what I will (hopefully) be bringing into class for show and tell. It’s a Christian book for women that I’m currently in love with, and I understand with the faith aspect it’s slightly off topic, but here’s what I’m hoping to discuss:
1) How many of the ideas in this book are socially constructed ideas of our gender, and how many are truly naturally part of being a woman?
2) How do the members of the class feel like their religions address gender?
3) Do the members in the class feel the ideas professed in this specific book are sexist in any way/present women in a subservient light?
4) If we have a problem with the desires of a woman’s heart are they 1) true for every woman? 2) if so, why do we all feel them? 3) why do we feel the way we do?

Confidence is Key

This is a video I found through the Dove Campaign. I think it sends a great message about how women perceive themselves. This video opened my eyes up to how important it is to carry yourself confidently through your personal and professional life.