In this scene of the 1997 film Liar Liar, Jim Carrey’s character is forced to go before the executive board of the law firm he works for and give his honest opinion of his superior. The whole premise of the movie is that due to his son’s birthday wish, Carrey cannot tell a lie. This includes the seemingly innocent white lies that people tell on a daily basis. As a result of this, Carrey bares his sincere and painfully honest opinions of everyone in the boardroom. These opinions are obviously offensive and the whole time Carrey wishes he could lie about how he actually feels.
My friend, a crazy cat lady in her own right, showed me this video. Here, Debbie puts forth her eharmony video meant to attract a suitor. Previously in class, we have talked about how people project Mead’s “me” in these types of videos. One’s “me” is influenced by how you believe others will view you, while your “I” is how you uncloudedly view yourself. We expect that in a view meant to attract people, Debbie would think about the way others will view her and act accordingly.
This is an editorial in this month’s W. Here two extremely feminine males are pitted against a beautiful women. Just like Meyerowitz discusses in, “How Sex Changed,” something very similar is happening to the idea of male beauty in America. The culturally acceptable behaviors from women and men in society are changing and even now more categories of “different-genders” are coming to volition. The models featured in this editorial prove that point exactly by showing the grey area between transgendered, and gay males and straight masculine males. Andrej Pejic, the blonde model, has not medically altered his body in anyway, but has a feminine body, figure, facial construction and hair. This also demonstrates how masculinity is slipping into a more universal role. And like Meyerowitz states, these hybrids of sexuality serve to further destabilize concepts of sexuality and gender. Recently, male models have become increasingly thinner, narrower and small. Is this just another step closer to the image above?
- If reality is socially constructed (and there exists no objective reality), what are sociologists actually studying then?
- How do sociologists’ social positions influence their study of social life?