Wednesday, February 22, 2006

There's a video presentation and article on the Slate.com website that I would like folks to look at in relation to feminist theory.


TV's Aryan Sisterhood
They know only one hair color: blonder! By Jack Shafer, Posted Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006

Here's the link.

http://www.slate.com/id/2136418/nav/tap1/

7 comments:

KentuckyGurl2006 said...

I have noticed alot lately that the majority of female news reporters ,as well as meterologists have blonde hair, and the majority of male news reporters and meterologoists have dark hair with the exception of a few. Since Blondes are noted for being dumb, and Brunettes are noted for being smart, referring back to Simone de Beauvoir couldn't this be a way for men to refer to women as their "other"?

Ric Caric said...

Yes, but there are several edges to the "othering" of women here. If a white woman is blonde, she is enough of a white female stereotype to get on the air as a "woman." However, a brunette or redhead is in the odd position of not being a "man" because she's not male and not being a "woman" because she's not blonde. There's a little bit of an analogy here with black women, who according to hooks, are stereotyped as not being "white" enough to be real "women," but as not male enough to be taken seriously as black people either.

FeelMySoulBeatin said...

I hate blonde hair. I've never been able to figure out why so many women dye their hair blonde. Out of my mother and her 4 sisters, 3 of the 5 dye their hair. Of the other 2, one is balding and the other is in prison, where she has no access to dye. Also, my grandmother and about 75% of my female cousins have dyed their hair blonde at least 5-6 times in their life. I think that women feel as if they must impress men to get any where in this world, especially in show business. If the typical white male wants blonde, big breats, full lips, no tummy, and medium hips, then we must give that to him. I've never dyed my hair and I don't plan on it. When I get grey, I'll be grey. I don't need to impress anyone with fakeness; be it girls or boys. So, I don't see why the women who set examples for the youth of today need to conform to the "beautiful and sexy" look instead of being their true self, which is what we're steadily telling middle and high school kids to be.

WhosYoDaddy25 said...

It's easy to see that in the world of television and broadcasting, one has to fit a certain profile. Like the article says, of the 50,000 newscasters images collected, at least 60 percent of the women qualify as having blonde hair. I guess the blonde hair attracts men to watch as opposed to a brunette or red head. Me being a male, I personally don't ever pay attention to what color hair the newscasters have. I usually just listen to what they're saying and aren't worried about what they look like.

ladybug said...
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ladybug said...

I think in a lot of cases, women are concerned about their appearance not because of men, but because of other women. Women tend to be more judgmental. We criticize and critique one another, competing for the attention of men. I don’t think this is always the case, but just like Dr. Caric’s frat horror stories, women feel they need to earn each other’s respect by conforming to societal norms. A woman in the news industry would clearly feel pressure from both genders to fit the feminine standard held by most Americans.

Red-Dey said...

Considering that 50,000 newscaster’s images collected, at least 60 percent of the women qualify as having blonde hair, newscasters enjoy blonde hair. I don't think that it really matters to anybody, but the social researchers that have nothing else to do. How come the social researchers don't focus on asking the women why they have blonde hair? I don't really think anybody cares that there is a large number of blondes, unless they say that they had to go blonde to keep their job, and then it might be a bigger issue than the general assumption made in the article.