"Bethany Whisper"

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Some Grey's Anatomy Quotes...

These are some of my favorite quotes from the show...

These two quotes were the opening and closing lines of one episode from the first season. The thing I like best about them is how they touch on hegemonic norms of girls wanting their "Prince Charming" to come and save them. However, these quotes touch on someone realizing that maybe that's not what you need. That maybe it's not so important to have that fantasy come true.

Meredith Grey: “You know how when you were a little kid and you believed in fairy tales, that fantasy of what your life would be, white dress, prince charming who would carry you away to a castle on a hill. You would lie in bed at night and close your eyes and you had complete and utter faith. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Prince Charming, they were so close you could taste them, but eventually you grow up, one day you open your eyes and the fairy tale disappears. Most people turn to the things and people they can trust. But the thing is its hard to let go of that fairy tale entirely cause almost everyone has that smallest bit of hope, of faith, that one day they will open their eyes and it will come true.”

Meredith Grey: “At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. It's like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it's not so important happy ever after, just that it’s happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you, and once in a while people may even take your breath away.”

This next quote is one of my favorites because it seems very out of character for the person saying it. Alex Karev (one of the interns) acts tough and is often seen as a womanizer. However, every once in a while he does or says something that makes people realize that he isn't really as tough as he acts. In reality, he does "have a heart" and is a nice guy.

Alex Karev: "For a kiss to be really good, you want it to mean something. You want it to be with someone you can't get out of your head, so that when your lips finally touch you feel it everywhere. A kiss so hot and so deep you never want to come up for air. You can't cheat your first kiss, Nicole. Trust me, you don't want to. Cause when you find that right person for a first kiss, it's everything."

Final Blog Post - Evolution of understanding of your topic over the semester

When I first chose to create my Blog based around Grey’s Anatomy, I chose this topic simply because it is a television show that I enjoy watching. However, as I started to analyze the show, I became aware of many hegemonic ideas in the show.

One of the most obvious cases of these ideas is the issues of power in Seattle Grace Hospital. As I have mentioned before, the chief of surgery at the hospital is a man. Also, three of the four head surgeons are men. While there are many female doctors, most are interns, rather than holding a position of power. Since starting my Blog I have thought more into this, and paid close attention to shifts of power that have been occurring on the show.

For my final Blog post, I really wanted to analyze a character that I haven’t really talked about much, Izzie Stevens, one of the female interns on Grey’s Anatomy. She has always been one of my favorite characters, but I have never really done any analysis of her character. There are some very interesting things about her character that both show hegemonic norms, as well as break them.

I do feel that Grey’s Anatomy breaks some norms because the very diverse cast. The cast is not only diverse racially, but also in many other ways. Some of the females would be considered “plus-size”. Some of the characters have various religions (even though this is not touched on much in the show). Also, the characters come from various backgrounds. Some were privileged, while others grew up poor. They all have various family situations, some simple, some complicated. I feel the writers of the show wanted there to be something for almost everyone to relate to. One of the big issues which they have failed to make a large part of the show is a homosexual main character, something I wrote about in my last Blog post.

I posted a video from the first season which shows one of the biggest counter-hegemonic ideas in the character Izzie Stevens. Her character was a lingerie model before going to medical school. In the first season, ads of her as “Bethany Whisper” come out, and she faces a lot of criticism by other interns. Alex Karev, another intern starts calling her Dr. Model, and eventually starts hanging up the ads throughout the hospital as a way to mock her. In the scene in the video, she walks into their locker-room to find her pictures posted all over. She starts to get upset, but then instead gives a very powerful monologue in which she takes off most of her clothes to give everyone an “up close look” at what’s in the ads. One of the lines that is very powerful is when she says “And oh my god, what are these things, breasts? How does anyone practice medicine hauling these things around?” She then goes on to say that she will be free of debt while her fellow interns have thousands of dollars in student loans to pay off.

When people think about doctors, no one really thinks of models as doctors. Izzie’s character breaks hegemonic norms by being a model, and not just a doctor, but a surgeon. This goes against the stereotype that models are “dumb”. Her modeling does become a problem in one episode where she is the doctor of a man who saw her ads. She thinks that he doesn't want her as his doctor because she was a model, and therefore is not qualified, however it turns out this wasn't the case at all.

Izzie Stevens: "This is who I was. It has nothing to do with who I am now. I'm a physician. A surgeon! And I am just as qualified as any other intern on this floor. So you're just going to have to get over your chauvinist crap and allow me to do my job."
Patient: "I'm sure you're a very good doctor."
Izzie Stevens: "Then what is your problem?"
Patient: "Look, I fantasized about you. About the woman in this photo, whoever she is. I'm not proud of it, but it's a fact. Do you know what they're gonna do to me today? I have cancer. And they're gonna lift up my legs and expose me to the world, and cut out my prostate, and my nerves. Effectively neuter me. So is it so hard to understand that I don't want the woman who is in that photo to witness... my emasculation?"

Another interesting thing about Izzie is that she grew up in a trailer park and she had a daughter when she was very young who she gave up for adoption. These things aren’t brought up much on the show, mostly because she doesn’t want people to know about them. But they are things that break hegemonic norms in that they are not what people expect from a beautiful, blond female doctor.

When it comes to relationships, Izzie falls into hegemonic norms. She is a hopeless romantic who often gets heartbroken. Whenever she is upset about something, she bakes for hours to try to make her pain go away. These are things that are often seen if female characters. Although Izzie follows this norm, other characters stray from the norm, showing that the writers of the show are trying to break some hegemonic norms when it comes to love and relationships.

Before I started analyzing Grey’s Anatomy, most of these things weren’t apparent to me. I simply watched the show for entertainment and didn’t think about any of the effects of the show. Now I constantly find myself looking at the show analytically, whether it is with the characters following or straying from norms. I wish I could keep writing because I feel like I could analyze each character individually based on how they follow and break norms.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Feedback from Dan G., author of Gender, Race, and Class in Scrubs

1. I think Nicole’s strongest analytical work can be found in her latest post entitled Grey’s Anatomy in the News. In particular I liked the paragraph about how a gay actor is portraying a straight character that is often accused of being gay. What sets this post apart as Nicole’s strongest is that she focused on analyzing a specific character in depth, so she was able to spend more time analyzing issues.

2. Since Nicole’s best work came when she kept her focus specific I would suggest that Nicole try and find a way to apply one of the final blog post/presentation topics to one or two characters. Keeping a tight focus will help her create an in depth analysis.

3. Think about the following statements in relation to your Blog buddy’s Blog and then provide feedback on each area (constructive praise/criticism):

The Blog is on a topic that has been clearly evident in the Blog posts throughout the semester. All of Nicole’s blog posts are on the topic of the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy.” The topic is clearly evident in all the posts.

The Blog is on a topic that seems to interest my Blog buddy. Nicole’s interest in her topic has two facets that are apparent in her blog. She enjoys the show as a form of entertainment, and she is also interested in issues of gender that exist in the show.

My Blog buddy’s topic is one that has produced a good set of posts that were analytical used gender as a primary category of analysis. Nicole has produced more than the required number of posts in her blog, and they use gender issues as a focus for analysis.

The posts make analytical arguments. The posts are understandable and each post logically outlines and supports the argument presented. The posts were clear, provided insight, evidence, and analysis to connect the topic with the assignment for each of the posts. I think Nicole could make her post’s a little clearer by writing her conclusions very plainly so there’s no mistaking what she’s trying to say. A good example is her photo collage, where she describes how a female intern freaked out when none of the other interns took her seriously because she was a former model. By writing on this incident Nicole is bringing up a number of gender issues including the fact that beautiful women are not perceived as intelligent. Adding a sentence that talks about the issues that are shown here would help the blog be a little clearer and a little stronger analytically.

The sources cited in each post are relevant to the topic and help to aid the understanding of the argument and/or assisted in proving the argument. Increasing the number of sources used in the blog would make Nicole’s blog better. When Nicole does cite readings its very effective. A great example can be found in her second Girls Next Door post. Nicole gives a quick summary of what the Kilbourne piece is about and then uses it to further her arguments. Nicole should use this method of describe and then apply whenever she cites a reading, because it gives her work academically stronger.

The quotes used illustrate a broad range of course readings throughout the semester. Nicole cites three different course readings and use the same reading for more than one post so she is drawing upon new readings every time she writes.

The quotes were clear and succinct; additionally, the material was presented so that I could differentiate the Blog buddy’s ideas from that of the author cited. Nicole’s clearest use of a reading was in her second Girls Next Door post. She described Kilbourne’s ideas and then used then in her analysis so it was very easy to differentiate between Nicole’s ideas and Kilbourne’s.

4. Finally, complete the following:

I thought it was great when you discussed the issue of a gay actor playing a homophobic man.

I found it confusing when you said that Meredith showed her strength in a recent episode. Since I don’t regularly watch the show I could not follow your argument because I had not seen the “recent episode.”

You’re really great at seeing the ways that the women characters are shown as strong and independent. Up until now you’ve briefly discussed how many women characters show their strength so I think an in depth analysis of one or two of those characters would be a great post.

I wish you could focus (more) on/alter/edit/explain/expand on/etc these three things…
· Your conclusions. I think you do a good job of presenting situations that involve gender issues, but going another step forward and describing what issues are involved and how they are related makes blog posts much easier to understand.
· Using readings like how you used the Kilbourne piece in you Girls Next Door blog.
· Keep a tight focus for your posts. Blog post #3 is a good example of a post that is a bit broad since you discuss so many characters. I think you kept a better focus in you latest blog post and it was definitely your best analytical work.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Blog Buddy Work with Dan, Author of Gender, Race, and Class in Scrubs

1. Where has your Blog buddy shown strong analytical work (be specific—is it a particular post, a type of analysis, a site for analysis that seemed to click more so than others, etc)?

2. How could your Blog buddy use this strength for the final Blog post and presentation?

3. Think about the following statements in relation to your Blog buddy’s Blog and then provide feedback on each area (constructive praise/criticism):
  • The Blog is on a topic that has been clearly evident in the Blog posts throughout the semester
  • The Blog is on a topic that seems to interest my Blog buddy
  • My Blog buddy’s topic is one that has produced a good set of posts that were analytical used gender as a primary category of analysis
  • The posts make analytical arguments. The posts are understandable and each post logically outlines and supports the argument presented. The posts were clear, provided insight, evidence, and analysis to connect the topic with the assignment for each of the posts
  • The sources cited in each post are relevant to the topic and help to aid the understanding of the argument and/or assisted in proving the argument.
  • The quotes used illustrate a broad range of course readings throughout the semester.
  • The quotes were clear and succinct; additionally, the material was presented so that I could differentiate the Blog buddy’s ideas from that of the author cited.
4. Finally, complete the following:
  • I thought it was great when you...
  • I found it confusing when you…
  • You’re really great at…
  • I wish you could focus (more) on/alter/edit/explain/expand on/etc these three things…

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Grey’s Anatomy in the News…

The biggest story featuring Grey’s Anatomy in the news just happens to have very strong ties to gender issues. Back in October, actor Isaiah Washington, who plays Dr. Preston Burke on the show, made an anti-gay slur directed towards fellow cast mate T.R. Knight, who plays George O’Malley. Soon after, Knight came out and told the press that he is in fact homosexual.

Ever since this incident, there has been tension between Isaiah Washington and some of the other cast members. Obviously there have been problems between him and T.R. Knight, as well as with Knight’s close friend Katherine Heigl, who plays Izzie Stevens on the show. When Washington said the comment, he was speaking to Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd. Dempsey was angry with this statement. Immediately following this, there were rumors going around that Washington was going to be asked to leave the show. Recently these rumors have been dismissed.

Surprisingly, the fact that T.R. Knight admitted that he is gay has not become the biggest issue in this incident. Knight did do an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. He said that it is “not his style” to come out and make a public announcement like that, but at the time he felt it was necessary. Because of hegemonic norms, he did not want to make a big deal about the fact that he is gay like other celebrities do. He was quoted saying,
“I was under no delusions. My friends on the set knew. We talked about it. Publicly, it’s not my thing to call up People magazine and be like ‘Hey, you want to know something about me?’ I could’ve just let it slide and not said anything, but it became important. It became important to make the statement.”

It definitely was important for him to make this kind of announcement after the incident so that it did not seem like he was ashamed of or hiding the fact that he is gay. The latest news in regard to this incident was at the Golden Globe Awards where Washington denied that the incident ever occurred. While this angered some of the cast members once again, Patrick Dempsey has been quoted saying that he has changed and that he “is working on things”.

Although T.R. Knight’s character George O’Malley is not gay on the show, other characters do often make comments about his sexuality. George is constantly forced to defend his sexuality. In the episodes with George’s family, his brothers are always “accusing” him of being gay. In one episode of the first season of Grey’s Anatomy, a gay patient has an attraction to George which makes him very uncomfortable and tries to make it very clear that he is straight. Knight was forced on the show to constantly make homosexuality seem like a bad thing, whereas he was in fact a homosexual male.

In fact, the only gay characters on the show (besides characters that are only present in one episode) are the bartender at the bar where many of the characters often go and his boyfriend who was present in one episode. For the amount of racial minorities on the show, it is surprising that there are no homosexual main characters. Perhaps with the recent situation, the creators of the show will consider adding a homosexual main character.

“T.R. Knight Confirms Slur Was Made, Resulted in His Coming Out” January 17, 2007
“Patrick Dempsey Praises Isaiah Washington” February 26, 2007

After ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ ruckus, producer’s job is to heal damage. Lynn Elber. January 21, 2007. SouthCoastToday.com

Raymond, Diane. “Popular Culture and Queer Representation: Critical Perspective”. From Gender, Race, and Class in Media. 2003, Sage Publications Inc.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Michelle's Pop Culture Analysis

Michelle's Pop Culture Analysis: "Michelle's Pop Culture Analysis

Did you ever notice when you are watching television that the commercials you are watching during your show seem somewhat repetitive? I have had several of these realizations so I am attempting to further analyze why this is true. Why are commercials during the news all for medication or why are most commmericals during football games beer or car advertisments? How do these ideas reflect pop culture of today? Hopefully I will be able to answer these questions and more through this blog."

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Blog Post #3 - Is there any reason to analyze Grey's Anatomy for gender issues?

I started watching Grey’s Anatomy last year, and now I never miss an episode. While there are sources out there that claim there are no gender issues in Grey’s Anatomy, I strongly disagree. Every female character on the show has their own identity and is trying to get ahead in the field of medicine. As well as gender, the show has a very racially diverse cast. It also doesn’t hurt to add the fact that the creator and writer of the show, Shonda Rhimes, is an African-American female.

The hegemonic norms of males being dominant are sometimes apparent in Grey’s Anatomy. The chief of surgery, Richard Webber, is a male. Also, three of the main surgeons are males (Derek Shepherd, Preston Burke, and Mark Sloan). While there are many men in charge, the female characters on the show have strong personalities and therefore are able to show their dominance in the hospital as well.

One of the most apparent counter-hegemonic elements of the show comes in the character Miranda Bailey, one of the residents at Seattle Grace hospital. She is in charge of the five interns that the show follows, and from the beginning she was known as the Nazi because of her toughness. All of the interns, and even some of the doctors, fear her. Recently on the show, the chief of surgery, Richard Webber, is planning on retiring and needs to find a replacement. He told Miranda that he wishes he could give the job to her because he knows she’s one of the few people who could do the job right.

Last season, Miranda had to leave work for a while because she was pregnant and had a baby. This new role for her made her question her toughness and ability to be a good doctor. Being a mother made her maternal instincts come out more often at work. She had always been the one to tell her interns not to get involved with patients lives because it makes it harder to do their job. She then found herself doing just that. Eventually Miranda had to understand that she had to change her ways of thinking, and being more caring would make her a better doctor.

Some people may watch the show and think of the main character, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), as “whiney” and can sometimes seem helpless. However in a recent episode, at least to me, she showed her strength and that she is capable of standing on her own. As the show progresses, she continues to find her strengths

The other main female characters include one surgeon, Addison Montgomery, one resident, Callie Torres, and two interns, Isobel Stevens and Christina Yang. These women also find ways to assert their dominance over the male characters in counter-hegemonic fashion. They are not part of the women who are “afraid to speak up for themselves or to use their voices to speak up for themselves” (Steinem). (Hopefully in future blog posts I’ll be able to speak about each of these characters individually, but my post is already getting long)

One issue that is often raised is the fact that the nurses on the show are not very often seen as important. A nurse is usually thought of as a female. Many nursing organizations have voiced their outrage about the way nurses are portrayed on Grey’s Anatomy.

Some people may say that there is no reason to analyze Grey’s Anatomy for gender issues, but I think that is very untrue. Grey’s Anatomy continually tries to go against hegemonic norms and shows women trying to get ahead in an area (medicine) that is often thought of as dominated by males.

Steinem, Gloria (1990). Sex, lies, and advertising. Gender, Race, and Class in Media, 223-229.

Grey's Anatomy Collage

This collage shows most of the main characters of Grey’s Anatomy. Many of the pictures have some sort of sexual imagery in them. A large amount of the show deals with the sexual relationships between the characters.

The third picture on the top row shows Izzy Stevens, one of the interns, topless. In this particular episode, she was angry with the fact that she was being ridiculed because she was a former model. No one was taking her seriously as a doctor. She took off her top and yelled at the other interns about how just because she is an attractive woman, and yes, she does have breasts, that it doesn’t make her any less of a doctor.

A few of the other pictures show the vulnerability of the women on the show. While the women on the show are all also portrayed at times as strong, there are also other times where their vulnerability is very apparent. While this may seem like it is showing the women on the show as weak, I feel it only serves to make them seem human. Also, as the show progresses, I think the strengths of the women are becoming greater and they are all learning to become stronger and more independent.
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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Feminism Friday - Grey’s Anatomy by Thinking Girl

Our assignment this week was to find a blog with a similar topic as ours and make a comment about it. The title of the blog is the title of the blog I chose. The following is the first paragraph from that blog post:

OK, so everyday I get hits on this site from people looking for a feminist analysis of the hit TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. I guess they end up here because I have the show linked in my sidebar and, well, I write about feminism. Since Grey’s Anatomy is my new favourite TV show since the untimely death of my true all-time favourite, Alias, and in keeping with Ballgame’s post about feminism in film, I thought I’d give them what they come here looking for.

And here is my Comment:
For my “Gender in Popular Culture” class, I am making an entire blog based around issues of gender in Grey’s Anatomy. I agree with your analyses of each character, however I feel like some of the ways the characters are portrayed have been changing. First, you talk about how Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is portrayed as strong, tough, and dedicated. However, in some of the episodes earlier this season, they showed her questioning her ability to be a doctor. Even the one woman on the show who seemed so confidant and sure of her abilities began questioning herself. However, she has regained her confidence, which was shown in the episode where she decided she wanted to build a free clinic. I’m sure everyone would be really excited if they really do let her become the chief of surgery. Or even if Addison became chief of surgery, even though that seems less likely.
Also, in the last three part episode, the power Meredith has over Derek was really shown. Even Derek didn’t know how much he needed her until that happened. In the first episode, Meredith talks about how a girl has a “knight in shining whatever”. Then show Meredith “drowning” in the bathtub, and Derek comes and pulls her out. When she is knocked into the water, Derek once again saves her from drowning. However, when it comes to actually saving her, he was helpless. He couldn’t even pull himself together enough to know what to do. In the end, it was that Meredith had to save herself.
Considering the main writer for the show Shonda Rhimes is a woman, I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually the female characters on the show begin to hold their own against the men eventually.
The URL for my blog is http://nicolepopcultureblog.blogspot.com if you’re interested!


Thursday, March 1, 2007

The Girls Next Door: The Portrayal of the Women on the Show

I would like to say starting off that I do enjoy the show “The Girls Next Door” and am not in any way trying to talk down about the show. I am simply trying to analyze it, because that is what I was told to do. For anyone that is judgmental of the show and think that these girls “act dumb”, if they did not act like that there would be no show. People watch the show because the characters are entertaining.

“The Girls Next Door” is a show on E! that follows Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends that live with him in the Playboy Mansion. These are all girls that started out as Playboy Playmates, and he chose as the select few with which he is intimate with. The three girls are Holly, the oldest and leader of the girls, Bridget, and Kendra, the youngest girlfriend. In fact, Kendra is 21 years-old, and started “dating” Hefner when she was only 19. The relationship that Hefner has with these girls is questioned by many, and in this television show, even more questions can be raised.
The two episodes of the show that I watched tied into each other because they both feature Hugh Hefner’s 80th birthday parties. The first episode ends with a party that is more “classy” and guests are required to dress in formal attire. The second episode ends with his “lingerie” themed party, in which, as implied, female guests wear lingerie. Throughout the episodes, the girls are shown preparing for the parties, and also interacting with other people, including their families.
Considering these girls have been shown naked on the pages of Playboy Magazine one would think that these girls have to be very self-confidant and secure with their bodies. One of our readings for class titled “The More You Subtract, the More You Add: Cutting Girls Down to Size”1, talks about how girls are taught that less is more. That being thinner, wearing less clothing, and talking less are all ways to being “attractive”. This is seen in advertisements, and can be seen by young girls in Seventeen magazines.
In “The Girls Next Door” this is seen in many different ways. When Bridget’s parents are visiting, she doesn’t eat so that she appears thinner. Also, she wants to be thinner when she wears her outfit that consists of very little. She wants to feel attractive not only by being thin, but also by wearing almost nothing. This is emphasizing that “girls of all ages get the message that they must be flawlessly beautiful and, above all these days, they must be thin” (Kilbourne, 260). Even a girl who is considered pretty and “flawless” enough to be in Playboy Magazine, a magazine known for beautiful women, is still self-conscious about the way she looks.
The girls are also often shown spending hours getting ready for parties. They have their personal stylists, hairdressers, and make-up artists. This is just emphasizing the stereotype that women should spend lots of time in order to try to look “perfect”. This perfection is important in order to be attractive to males. Women should not have to put on a fake exterior in order to try to make men find them desirable.

1 Kilbourne, Jean. "The More You Subtract, the More You Add". Dines, Gail. Gender, Race, and Class in Media. Sage Publications, Inc. Thousand Oaks, California. 2003.

The Girls Next Door: Male Dominance

At times, it seems like Hugh Hefner is more of a father-figure to the girls, rather than a “boyfriend”. They are always trying to please him, and have rules in the Playboy Mansion that they must follow. In another episode I have seen, the girls go to Las Vegas, but have to follow the rules of the mansion and get home by 9 o’clock, their “curfew” time. These girls are seen naked on the pages of Playboy Magazine, and yet Hefner gives them a curfew they have to follow. I guess in that way he is not very fatherly. Most fathers would not be willing to put naked pictures of their daughters out for the public to view. However, most men would not be willing to put naked pictures of their significant others in the public eye either.
The girls are seen almost as objects that belong to Hugh Hefner. They are always vying for his attention. When the girls are talking about the presents they bought for Hefner for his birthday, they are all nervous that he won’t like their present. However, in the show, it is very rare that they show the girls getting any affection from Hefner, other than in a fatherly way, like kisses on the cheek. It is true that no one sees what goes on behind closed doors at the Playboy Mansion, but one can very easily question whether or not the girls have a sexual relationship with Hefner. It is also strange that these girls are capable of being such good friends with each other when you would think they are all fighting for the love of one man.
The “present” that stands out the most is Bridget, who plans on performing a strip tease for Hugh at his big birthday bash. Before the party, her parents come to visit and they have a big meal together. However, Bridget eats only a few vegetables because she wants to look good for her “performance”. He stepfather however is shown chowing down on anything put in front of him. The camera is shown going back and forth between the two of them to emphasize the difference in their eating habits.
A little later, Bridget does a “dress rehearsal” for her mother and stepfather. Keep in mind that her strip tease ends in her only wearing a thong and pasties (little stickers made to cover the nipples). As she is performing they keep putting the camera on her stepfather who is sweating, and obviously enjoying his stepdaughter’s performance. This obviously does not make her stepfather look like a very good man, but is it possible that the way the camera is moving around is purposely to make him seem that way. He could have been making those facial expressions and movements at a different time, but the people producing the show chose to add these moments at this point in order to show this man in a bad light.
When this whole issue is looked at, these are women that have made a living by posing naked for men to look at their pictures. It’s realistic that these women are looked at as “objects” to be gawked at by men. This is the way that they have chosen to be seen by men. Even by doing the television show, they had to know that they were going to get a mostly male audience who were going to watch simply because they tend to wear very little clothing throughout the show.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Some links...

Some websites that have to do with Grey's Anatomy and/or gender/race:


This website is where the writers of Grey’s Anatomy get to talk about the episodes after they air. It’s really interesting because they tend to point out things that people may have missed or not looked deep enough into. The main writer, creator, and executive producer is an African-American female, and so she often discusses details that have to do with gender and race in the show.


The main topic of this blog is “the intersection of race and pop culture”. There’s even a few posts where they talk about race in Grey’s Anatomy.


A feminist analyzes the characters of Grey’s Anatomy.


A blog entry that discusses issues of race and gender in Grey’s Anatomy and also compares it to the show Scrubs.


A Grey’s Anatomy fan site.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Blogging In College: The Gender and Pop Culture Experiment

This is a link to our professor's page and an explanation as to what it is we are doing...


The Professor's Page! The ringleader of this crazy project! My 28 students and I will be blogging all Spring Semester 2007 on many forms of pop culture. This site will link to all of their sites, and provide the evolving dialogue we will consciously be intervening in via the technology of the blog and through critical analysis. Please visit often as it will change rapidly! Provide links, feedback, anything is fair game right now...

Gender in Popular Culture...

I'm making this blog for my Gender in Popular Culture class... So far my topic is Grey's Anatomy because there is a lot of issues involving gender, race, etc. in the show. And also, I love Grey's Anatomy!!

(I had to re-make my blog cause I couldn't log back into the first one)