Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blog #5

    While watching the Doofy Husbands: Target Women video, I noticed how television commercials make men out to be stupid in order to make women seem more intelligent. This is mostly used on products that are typically sold to women, such as household products or food. I think the various companies do this to give women a sense of power over men when they are more intelligent. In the Glade commercial, the husband is shown trying to work the air freshener. When he is unsuccessful, the wife walks up and easily pushes the button and walks away with a sense of superiority. While these products may sell better to women because of the sense that they will be smarter than their husbands for it, men might be slightly offended by the way they are being portrayed in the commercials.
    I don't agree with the Tropes Vs. Women when the woman directs this statement to Hollywood writers, "So how's about you stop using us as your muse and start writing us as real people," (Tropes Vs. Women 5:26). While I do agree that this Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope does exist, I feel like she is being overdramatic. Yes, there are movies with this character. No, not every movie has this and not every writer chooses to include this. She seems to me to be trying to make this seem like an issue, and seem like it's men trying to oppress women by portraying them as tools to help men discover their full potential. Any movie has characters that bring other characters out of a rut and help them to live life. I really don't think that it's anything personal against women.

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