As I was commenting on Grenas’s post “Presenting the Pushed-Up Self,” I began thinking about why women subscribe to what seems to be the male ideal of beauty. Socialization in our white male dominated culture leads women to comply with the external pressures of being physically attractive.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. In fact, I usually start thinking of my next Halloween costume(s) the day after Halloween…or even on it (so yes, I knew what I was going to be for Halloween 2011 on Halloween 2010). I guess when I say favorite holiday, I really mean I’m obsessed. Anyway, this year I had a different costume for each day of Halloween weekend (often referred to as Halloweekend), and one for Halloween itself. Respectively, I was a devil, Mother Nature, and the pink princess from the board game Pretty, Pretty Princess. Needless to say, when I found out that we could wear our Halloween costumes to class on Tuesday (Halloween was on Monday this year) for a breeching experiment, I jumped on the opportunity. I’ll do anything to make Halloween last longer. Tuesday morning, I happily put on the princess costume that I had worn the night before and left for class.
Criticism of postmodernity argues that it does not add anything to analytical or empirical knowledge, as suggested by Chomsky. It is argued that postmodern intellectuals do not respond to questions about their theories with any substantial or meaningful evidence. Instead, the period is associated with participation in a culture defined by mass media. Within postmodernity, television has become the primary news source. In this video Taylor Mali speaks to the criticisms of postmodernity by saying that people no longer speak with conviction, nor have any information to back up what they are saying. He suggests that it is no longer “cool” to know what you’re talking about.