Monday, April 25, 2011

Social Justice Event

Last week, along with several other classmates, I attended a women studies event with guest speaker Leslie Grinner who is the creator of S.C.W.A.M.P.  Leslie said that this acronym is very important in our culture and most people see this as the six keys to an ideal lifestyle.  Leslie went into great detail of how S.C.W.A.M.P originated and then she related it to the movie Twilight.  This acronym stands for Straightness, Christianity, Whiteness, Able-Bodied, Maleness, and Property Ownership.  Throughout this event I realized that S.C.W.A.M.P relates to several different authors that we have already and some of them were Johnson,McIntosh, and Christensen.

The first author that I realized is related to S.C.W.A.M.P is Johnson.  Back when we read Johnson's article he talks about how power, privilege, and difference can help you live a good and respectful life.  I believe that Johnson and S.C.W.A.M.P are very related because the 6 things in S.C.W.A.M.P basically say that if you have all of these then you will live a powerful and privileged life just like Johnson said.  Leslie connected these in the Twilight movie because Edward lives a privileged life because his father is a doctor and his mother gets to stay home because his dad makes so much money while Jacob lives a slightly more difficult life because his father is handicapped and therefore it forces him to actually work and actually do something.  I believe that back in the day S.C.W.A.M.P was a lot more treasured than it is today.  I'm not saying that S.W.A.M.P isn't treasured at all today but I definitely think that it was a bigger deal back in the day.

The next author that is connected to S.C.W.A.M.P is McIntosh.  According to McIntosh he is all about the white privilege.  Leslie Grinner explained in her lecture how white privilege is definitely present in the movie Twilight.  I have never seen these movies before but during Leslie's lecture she explained who a lot of the characters were and explained what the overall storyline of the movie was.  I believe that Leslie did mention that in the movies all the vampires are white except for one vampire.  Also Leslie said that the Cullen family is a very wealthy white family where the only person that has to work is the father, they live in a big house, and they are seen as the white privileged family.  Also in the movie Leslie said that every man in the movie no matter what type of race they were they were always after the pretty white girl Bella.  Also even though the kids are adopted and in relationships with each other people didn't make a big deal about it because they were white but if it was a different race then things would have been all over the news about it.  After all the previews and commercials I saw for this movie I never realized how much white race is valued and I also didn't notice that there were only two African Americans in the movie as well.

The last author that S.C.W.A.M.P relates to is Christensen.  As we all know Christensen is about the media and how it influences our lives.  The movie shows a lot of stereotypes and shows a lot of things that are considered to be "okay".  One example of this is when one of the vampires gets beat up by her significant other and nothing was done about it because the creator of this movie was basically trying to say that domestic violence is okay to do and you won't get in trouble for it!

I feel as though every post that I make I seem to always relate it to sports some how so why not do it again!  I think that S.C.W.A.M.P is definitely connected to sports because males dominate the sports world.  Whenever you turn it on to ESPN or any other sports channel they are always showing a male sporting event because people believe it is a lot more entertaining to watch than women's sport.  Another reason why maleness is present in the sports world is because a male athlete gets paid a lot more than a woman athlete which is also true for any other job.  However one aspect in S.C.W.A.M.P that is not present in the sports world is whiteness.  Nowadays whenever you watch a football or a basketball game there are usually a lot more African Americans than White men.

As I stated previously jobs are also linked to S.C.W.A.M.P because it is a proven fact that it is easier to keep and find a job for males than it is for females and it is also a proven fact that males are paid a lot more than females are paid.

Another outside source to this movie is the media.  I believe that the media plays a huge role in this movie because even though many people might not see it but it is trying to show us what is right and what is wrong.  If you didn't notice all of the vampire's are in excellent shape, they have nice bodies, and are white.  This right here happens all the time in the media and you will never see a fat and ugly white male playing that kind of role because it is just not valued by the media and wouldn't get everyone's attention.  Also this movie shows a family that is extremely wealthy, they have a huge house, the father is a doctor, and all the children are dating each other but it is okay because they are white.  The Cullen Family also represents the property ownership of S.C.W.A.M.P and by having this rich family in the movie it shows that this type of family is very valued here in America.

I don't know about you guys but I feel like whenever I go to the movies from now on I will notice all these things and I feel like people will get sick of my observations just like how Dr. Bogad said nobody likes to go to the movies with her because she observes these things all the time!

I found this picture for Twilight online and notice the ONE African American in the picture!

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