will89

idle thoughts

So I ran into this blog post a while ago.

Basic upshot: Cheerleading originated as a masculine sport and women only started to get involve during WWI (and controversy over their involvement raged for a few decades).

Choice quote from The Nation in 1911:

…the reputation of having been a valiant “cheer-leader” is one of the most valuable things a boy can take away from college. As a title to promotion in professional or public life, it ranks hardly second to that of having been a quarterback.


Another choice quote about the inappropriateness of women cheerleading in 1938:

[Women cheerleaders] frequently became too masculine for their own good… we find the development of loud, raucous voices… and the consequent development of slang and profanity by their necessary association with [male] squad members…


Anyway, interesting find. It made me ponder.

The blog post notes that FDR and Eisenhower were cheerleaders during their schooldays.

Well, I was recently reading a mediocre book on US history trivia. It had a section on sports and presidents and went on at length about which sports each prez enjoyed. Somehow, it left out cheerleading entirely, which I found odd, all things considered.

But then, it was a mediocre book.

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will75

The Feminist Filter: Anne

Let's start off S3, shall we?

*waits for norwie2010*

Mission Statement:

This series is intended to outline the feminist text of each episode so as to provoke and encourage open discussion. It's not so much about making value judgments about events and/or characters but about analyzing the series from a feminist framework so as to see what patterns and themes emerge.

Rules:

1. If you do not consider yourself a feminist or do not see the point of dissecting a TV show from a feminist perspective, this is not the meta series for you. I don't mean this in a hostile way, however the intended audience of this series is feminists who want to turn a critical eye to the show.

2. This meta series is written well beyond a 101 level of feminism. If you are new to feminism, I ask that you please take a look at this blog for an introduction to concepts that will be discussed heavily here.

3. If you begin to feel yourself getting defensive on behalf of a character (or the show), take a break from commenting. The outlines as posted are not meant to condemn either the characters or the show, but to contextualize the dialogue and events within the patriarchal cultural in which they reside.

4. BtVS is a constructed media. The characters are not actual people but are written, dressed, and directed by a team of outsiders. Criticizing a character for, say, having sex could be a sexist insult or it could be a legitimate criticism of the writers who chose to go that route with the storyline. There are nuances here when discussing a television show, and I ask that everybody be careful about exactly what's being discussed. A couple helpful terms are Watsonian and Doylist. "Watsonian" indicates that the discussion is taking place within the Buffy universe as if the characters are real people. "Doylist" indicates that the discussion is focused on the construction of the narrative and, as such, deals with the decisions of the writers and/or producers.

5. The key goal here is open discussion. I'm not presenting you guys with any brilliant insights; I'm just laying out what's in the episode. Feel free to discuss or disagree with me and others. Also feel free to answer other commenter's questions. The comment section is an open floor.

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will100

Episode Poll: 5.15 I Was Made to Love You

Heads up. LJ's been doing this thing the past month or so where it won't email me comment notifications for top-level comments on poll posts. That means that, usually, after the first day or so of posting the poll, I'm not likely to see your comment cause it requires me remembering to go in and check manually. *cringe*

It's annoying, and I'm sorry for not replying to any comments you guys have made. I'm gonna try to keep an eye on the posts longer. *promises*

But now, I Was Made to Love You, a surprisingly fruitful episode as far as polling goes...



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will115

The Feminist Filter: Season Two

I wanted to post this last week, but the whole "studying for the GRE" thing got in the way. So let's post it now!

This is an overview of S2 for the Feminist Filter. There's some final numbers, some big-picture stuff, and a recap of some of the interesting discussions that were had through the season.

We'll start S3 approximately whenever-I-post-it. :)

Mission Statement:

This series is intended to outline the feminist text of each episode so as to provoke and encourage open discussion. It's not so much about making value judgments about events and/or characters but about analyzing the series from a feminist framework so as to see what patterns and themes emerge.

Rules:

1. If you do not consider yourself a feminist or do not see the point of dissecting a TV show from a feminist perspective, this is not the meta series for you. I don't mean this in a hostile way, however the intended audience of this series is feminists who want to turn a critical eye to the show.

2. This meta series is written well beyond a 101 level of feminism. If you are new to feminism, I ask that you please take a look at this blog for an introduction to concepts that will be discussed heavily here.

3. If you begin to feel yourself getting defensive on behalf of a character (or the show), take a break from commenting. The outlines as posted are not meant to condemn either the characters or the show, but to contextualize the dialogue and events within the patriarchal cultural in which they reside.

4. BtVS is a constructed media. The characters are not actual people but are written, dressed, and directed by a team of outsiders. Criticizing a character for, say, having sex could be a sexist insult or it could be a legitimate criticism of the writers who chose to go that route with the storyline. There are nuances here when discussing a television show, and I ask that everybody be careful about exactly what's being discussed. A couple helpful terms are Watsonian and Doylist. "Watsonian" indicates that the discussion is taking place within the Buffy universe as if the characters are real people. "Doylist" indicates that the discussion is focused on the construction of the narrative and, as such, deals with the decisions of the writers and/or producers.

5. The key goal here is open discussion. I'm not presenting you guys with any brilliant insights; I'm just laying out what's in the episode. Feel free to discuss or disagree with me and others. Also feel free to answer other commenter's questions. The comment section is an open floor.

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will34

Episode Poll: 5.14 Crush

It's awkward writing this part when doing scheduled posts. Like now, I'm writing this one week ahead of time. By the time this posts, I'll be finished with the GRE - the big looming THING in my future. I have no clue if I'll be jubilant or dismayed.

But I guess Crush is something to look forward to, cause guys, I love this episode.



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Spuffy Fans: Identify Yourselves!

This poll is for Spuffy shippers only!

If you don't ship Spuffy, then carry on!

boot_the_grime did a recent post wherein she offhandedly wondered who Spuffy fans identify more with. (Fascinating post and discussion. Check it out...after taking the poll.)

Well, I'm up for polling it.

The question is simple. Choose one or the other. This is about one character in comparison to another, so even if you identify with both of them a lot or with neither of them, choose whichever one you think tops in terms of identifying.

Have fun!

1. SPUFFY SHIPPERS! Who do you identify with more?

Buffy
66(45.8%)
Spike
78(54.2%)