• I have to say, this class has been difficult, yet enjoyable. I have learned many useful techniques in this class that I will take away with me. I hope you enjoy reading my final post!

    Are the Lines Blurred or Overstepped?

  • I have decided to use WordPress.com as my blogging platform. I think it will be the best place for my Inquiry Project because I already know how to use it well because I have worked on it here, and because I can […]

  • wrote a new post, Partial Draft Assignment, on the site ~Katie Cairns~ 7 years ago

    Does does the music video industry influence the objectification of women and how does it affect our own thinking? Well, people watch, and they learn. If they see people using women as objects and sexualizing them, they will think that it is okay. There have been many different studies that all agree, especially in young adults, that showing how to treat women, will influence their own opinions about women. People who watch the more sexualized videos tend to have greater acceptance of women as objects, sexual permissiveness, stereotypical gender roles, and acceptance of rape. We live in a society where sex sells and more often than not, it is a women selling it. We are supposed to be evolving as a world but instead we are perpetuating the notion that women are objects for men or women to look at and use. Sexualizing women in music videos, and even other forms of media, will soon have women thinking that ist here worth and they will see themselves as sexual objects. I am not saying it isn’t a bad thing to be proud of who you are, including your looks and sexuality, but when men and even women are objectifying women it gives the wrong message to viewers.

    The problem that I still have after all of my research is: why is it okay to objectify women but when women retaliate and do the same to men, it causes and uproar. For example, the Blurred Lines parody, Defined Lines, was removed from Youtube due to so called hate speech on a group (males). Yes, they took it a little far, but when Robyn Thicks’  Blurred Lines video came out, people loved the video with the naked girls dancing around. Listening to the lyrics, people pointed out that they were “rapey”. So men can sing a song insinuating rape, with half naked women jumping around, but women can’t have a video making fun of the original song, with half naked men dancing around? It is hypocritical on so many levels.

    Another example is Jennifer Lopez’s music video for her new song “I Luh Ya Papi.” It opens to JLo and friends discussing how men are allowed to have music videos on yachts and at mansions with half naked females running around and dancing but women can’t do that with men. The music videos goes into her singing her new song, on yachts and at mansions with half naked men running around. It doesn’t have hate speech like”Defined Lines”, it literally just mirrors other pop and hip-hop music videos but switching gender roles. It created a lot of uproar due to the fact that even thought they try to make a point about he objectification of women, JLo still objectifies herself by dressing herself in very little clothing, and dancing provocatively. One of the friends at the very end of the video asks why “the guys gotta have all the fun?” Casey Kovarik made a very good point in her article about Lopez’s video. Kovarik states, “Objectification is never fun. The solution to men objectifying women is not to retaliate.” While I completely agree, I also don’t see why people like JLo and the ladies who made the Defined Lines video get nasty comments and even their videos removed, when other videos, who objectify women don’t get much backlash.  It is terrible that today’s society is so used to the objectification of women that when women objectify men, it is retaliation, causes a scandal, and is “faux-feminism.”

    My overall argument is that music videos influence the viewers opinions about the objectification of women due to the sexual content shown in the videos. What people see is what they learn, and the perpetuation of using women and her body to sell something, especially music, is not okay. Some people may disagree, and say that it is fine because it is the social norm and most people are okay with it, but just because people don’t think much of it anymore, doesn’t mean it isn’t wrong.

    I believe the music video industry does influence objectifying women and changes the viewers opinions, normally to have a greater acceptance of stereotypical gender roles, rape, and sexual permissiveness because

    what they see is what they know, and if Drake or Lil Wayne is doing something in a music video, they want to do the exact same thing.
    research shows that there is a correlation between how sexualized a video is and how it changes a viewers acceptance rate.
    sex sells, even music, and using someone’s sexuality to promote a product is showing that they are an object and people will treat them like one.


  • wrote a new post, Research Trends Assignment, on the site ~Katie Cairns~ 7 years ago

    Since I changed my topic from double standards in all digital media to the more specific topic of the objectification of women in music videos, I have had to do a lot of my old research over again. Sorry for the […]

    • What do you mean by “maybe?” : ) You can say more in the column here to clarify this. Women objectifying women –this category is interesting. Who are in charge of producing music videos? Do these articles blame women producers of music videos? Women viewers? Do all writers agree on what “objectification” means –? Videos “affect people’s opinions” of what? Interesting that one test used in one study, and several focus on college aged students. Do most focus on men? Do you see differences in men and women viewers?

  • posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    Haha yes I did go find him on facebook! He was really easy to find surprisingly, when I Googled his name & job description it was the first thing that popped up!

  • wrote a new post, Concept Experience #6, on the site ~Katie Cairns~ 7 years ago

    1. It has been shown through research that feelings displayed on Facebook are contagious. If you see more positive posts than negative posts, then you start posting more positive posts as well.

    The first […]

    • EXCELLENT Katie! Now you know what NOT to do in your project! I like that you saw that the link in #3 was not to the actual study, but to an article that discussed the study. The link to the study is a more credible link!

  • commented on the post, ADLT 640 Course- NSG 230 Project Complete, on the site Elisey 7 years ago

    This is a very interesting article. It really shows the generation gaps. I think it is so strange that there is less anxiety using the internet in the second generation tested due to how much pressure people put […]

  • wrote a new post, Research Nugget #5, on the site ~Katie Cairns~ 7 years ago

    Does Exposure to Sexual Hip-Hop Music Videos Influence the Sexual Attitudes of College Students?

    APA Citation:
    Kistler, M. E., & Lee, M. J. (2010). Does Exposure to Sexual Hip-Hop Music Videos Influence the […]

    • Very very interesting topic and post, for one it triggered a few things for me because there were a lot of points that you made that were true but at the same time there were a lot of points that I felt could be looked at deeper. When I listen to music, hip-hop or rap lyrics, I have the ability to take the good from the bad, being able to separate tolerance and intolerance, the real world from a more dream world and I think that its what many youth are missing, the ability to filter out some things. When I hear Drake say the “b” word, it is demeaning and degrading, but at the same time a lot of there lyrics go a lot deeper. I personally, never feel offended when I hear lyrics such as that because what it does for me is empowers me to do bigger and better things but when I also listen to music, I listen to the rhythm, beat, and tone. I think that it is a scary world that we live in where lyrics are starting to become acceptable but I also feel that it is wrong to say that it is only hip-hop doing so. What I also think is interesting is what individuals are taking as literal.

    • replied 7 years ago

      I don’t find it very surprising that Hip-Hop/rap is aligned with Objectification, i mean its basically the premise of most of it, That or weed, All the weed. But yea, i generally like to think people have the capacity to separate what they consume with how they act, on the reverse of that however people who are already in line with those themes are probably more attracted to it. Rap really isn’t the only thin that does that. Rock was notoriously bad about it for the longest time (remember Drugs, sex and rock’n’roll) Shit even stuff as mellow and Phil Collins usually has underlying sexual themes. I find usually metal doesn’t really fit into the objectification area, mostly because its to busy being about violence, war, fantasy, murder, and the occult to bother with sex.

    • Findings: “She also found that both male and female participants in the sexually stereotyped condition indicated more adversarial sexual beliefs (e.g., the belief that sexual relationships are manipulative), gender role stereotyping, acceptance of interpersonal violence, and acceptance of rape myths than those in the neutral condition. Only one music video was used in each of the two conditions in this study; therefore it is difficult to decipher what exactly was manipulated as well as the success of the manipulation.” Clearly there are problems in the study — only one music video was used — and also they viewed videos in different genres.

      I think the findings show that both men and women are more TOLERANT of interpersonal violence after watching these videos. To blame women for this tolerance seems unfair — since men need to share in that blame — and since the videos (just one!) changed both genders’ acceptance levels of violent behaviors. The point is that the videos change viewers’ beliefs and tolerance levels for male aggressive behavior — and this finding seems important to helping you piece together an answer for your research question.
      Look at more studies like this one!

  • posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    I love that you included the Facebook Status Kramer posted. I found that while I was trying to find hyperlinks and it was definitely very helpful in seeing both sides of the issue at hand. I never even thought about bolding text to make those certain phrases stick out to the reader. It was very helpful.

  • posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    Your hyperlinks were very helpful in fully understanding what the article is talking about. When I first read the article (with no hyperlinks) it was slightly unclear and vague. Your links are some I haven’t seen yet, such as the one about twitter. It was very interesting to read.

  • posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    The article we were given was short and didn’t go into a lot of detail, so I liked your links you added to give more insight. I used the same ones too. The pictures added to it, especially the terms of service: didn’t read one. I don’t know anyone who actually reads those million page contracts.

  • wrote a new post, Concept Experience #5, on the site ~Katie Cairns~ 7 years ago

    ThumbnailFacebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment
    By William Hughes

    Jun 27, 2014 3:30 PM

    Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that they manipulated the content seen by […]

    • replied 7 years ago

      Yea i found this article to be vague as well. Its like the author barely felt the need to explain the significance of anything that happened, or to take a stance other than “all research is good and exciting Yay!” And i do appreciate the link to the study, its appalling that wasn’t in there to start with.

    • I agree with both of you that the writer definitely could have elaborated a lot more and I’m surprised they didn’t. I do hink the links you included really add a lot to the reading that i was missing,since you couldn’t add your own text.

    • Wow, you the link on how Facebook uses its data is interesting. I have never read this stuff (like most people). They make it sound so simple and harmless too: “We receive data about you whenever you use or are running Facebook, such as when you look at another person’s timeline, send or receive a message, search for a friend or a Page, click on, view or otherwise interact…” Seems harmless. But every click of ours is collected and assimilated somewhere — and WHY?

      I like that all of you knew to find the study and link to it. That’s necessary. The “he joined facebook” link didn’t work for me. Did you actually go and find Adam Kramer on facebook? (I got a facebook log in link). If you found him on facebook — I’m kinda impressed!

      • replied 7 years ago

        Haha yes I did go find him on facebook! He was really easy to find surprisingly, when I Googled his name & job description it was the first thing that popped up!