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Representations of Gender in  Art and Media Cultures  The Power of Representations
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Let’s first define some concepts: Representation Exercise : What ideas come to your mind when you see a veiled woman? What ideas come to your mind when you meet a black man in the street at night ? Think about this questions: where do these ideas come from? Are these ideas the same everywhere? Imagine you are walking in Tanzania or Zimbabwe Would you have the same ideas (representations)? Are these ideas a-historical or do they relate to particular historical events such as 9-11
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Representations A Representation can be defined as the  transmission of ideas through  written, pictorial, audio, and visual means. Why is representation an important issue for Women and gender ?  1) Women are frequent subjects  of representation, and the way that  individuals and groups are portrayed effects our perception of their  individual and collective identities;  2) the value placed on different genres of representation  have  historically been gendered : In the West, oil painting has been an  historically male domain, and highly valued, whereas quilting has been  seen as a “craft” not an art and, thus feminized, has been devalued; 
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Representations 3) reading representations is an important critical skill— just as  we have learned to read texts to discern author’s agendas,  intentions, and biases, so too must we become skilled in ways  of seeing; 4) representations surround us—in advertisements, texts,  movie, art, videos, music. These representations reflect and  transform the culture in which they are produced and received.  5) By becoming aware of the political and cultural stakes of  representation, we can become sharper cultural critics and  more attuned to how gendered identities are produced around  us.
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Production, Circulation and  Consumption the introduction to Part Three, the meaning of terms  “production”, “circulation” and “consumption.” (explain)  Remember the term of social construction We have already seen in the introduction to this course, the  relationship of science to culture and history in order to  understand its gendered power  Now we will study how the production, circulation, and  consumption of representations are similarly grounded.
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Ways of Seeing  Berger :  discusses the ways that technology and history have changed not only  what we see (film, video and photography in addition to painting, drawing,  sculpture, books) but how these new media have changed the  way   we see now.  Where something is located, the objects and circumstances that surround it, and  the cultural conditions of its viewing all influence how objects are seen and 
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