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Dolce and Gabbana ad 2007

This image poses many questions about gender roles in society. In this ad there are 4 men and one women. The men are all towering over her with one physically pinning her down. The woman seems hopeless but her expression on her face is unfazed. Her body language is giving in to the man hovering over her and letting him control the situation. This photo shows extreme male dominance and inferiority of women. The men for the most part with the exception of 2 shirtless men have clothes on while the woman is wearing some form of body suit with a pair of stilettos. The ad is very controversial and expresses great sexual dominance of men. It appears to suggest be some sort of “gang bang” since all the men are looking directly toward her with the same determined expression and she is looking away with her eyes closed. Dolce and Gabbana has printed ads in the past that have caused a serious uproar in society. However, that is their intentions.

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3 iconic images

In this image, there is a young girl amongst other young vietnamiese children running from an accidental bombing. She is holding her hands out to prevent her from spreading the burning of the napalm to the rest of her body. The emotion in her face shows extreme pain and tragedy. Her hands resemble those of christ and how he is opening his arms to the world and his believers. I see her opening her arms as a symbol and a cry for help. The intention of this photo is to show how terrible the suffering was for civilians effected by the war in Vietnam.

In this photo shows a man standing in front of 3 tanks trying to stop them from terrorizing Chinese territory. This is moments before the tanks ran over his body without a second thought. The man shown in this photo is seen at his last moments of life. It shows a very “David and Goliath” type scenario where the little guy is trying to stand up for what he believes is wrong against the giant who will walk all over him anyway no hesitation. The man is making a statement and in his last moments of life, provided us with one of the most influential and symbolic photos of all time.

This photo of America’s sex icon Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean) is probably the most famous photo ever taken of her. This photo embraces the accidental  beauty of photography. It poses so many questions and makes the viewer wonder. This unposed picture is ironic because it is a model caught in the middle of what would seem to be an unfortunate accident, and she makes it beautiful. Her best photo of all time, and it was not planned or shot in a studio. It is suggestive and sexual and makes us want to see more and see what happens next. It has a lot of movement and emotion for being a spontaneous shot. This photo was extremely scandalous at the time but remains timeless as a sex symbol to this day.


Forum A response

Olivia Greig

Forum A

24 January 2010

After reading Mitchell’s “The End of Public Space,” I became more observant and perceptive of how we view “public” space. A completely public space opens the doors to many diverse individuals. The word public is defined as “open to or shared by people as a whole.” This statement however is rendered when we apply police reinforcement and rules to ensure the safety and well being of the general population. I consider public space to be as it is defined, a space shared by all. If it weren’t a public space, there would be rules and regulations making the target of persons who populate the space more defined and narrow. Mitchell discusses the issue of public space in People’s Park at University of California. Homeless people and amateur drug dealers were inhabiting the park, which was considered an “open public space” to any one who wished to use its facilities. These groups of people made the rest of the public feel unsafe and weary when entering its vicinity. Freedom as a whole was questioned when the homeless were being expelled from People’s Park. If it were not a public space, it would be a space where there are regulations as to who trespasses. To be considered an absolute public space, there must not be any segregation, regulation, or control as to who is granted access. However, there are areas that are labeled “public,” in many environments that put the people who enter in danger. Not abiding by the literal term of “public,” when considering the wellbeing of the human race, it is necessary to have a form of regulation and control to avoid crime, violence, or abuse. These types of environments should be called “controlled spaces” rather than “public spaces.”


A Better Chance

Olivia Greig

Free write draft #1

19 January 2010

About me Freewrite

Growing up in the small town of Wilton, Connecticut, I came to discover that racial diversity is extremely scarce in my area.  Located in Fairfield County, the most affluent county in the country, Wilton and its surrounding towns are often considered ideal places for raising children and top public schools.  The town’s proximity to New York City is one of the main appeals of living in this area. Businessmen and women who work in the city have an easy commute by car or train in less than one hour.  This simple and quick commute makes it convenient for people in the work force to climb up the company ladder and potentially make a large salary. This stimulates financial growth amongst households in this area, making Fairfield County the most prosperous county per capita by household in the nation.  These areas are often called “sheltered” living due to the lack of exposure to the “real world.” I frequently get comments from people saying how I live “in a bubble “ and am not exposed to what most people consider a normal lifestyle.  But having lived there my whole life, I can honestly say that I was raised right and learned a lot not only from my education, but from the students and teachers whom I encountered along the way.

That being said, Wilton primarily consists of Caucasian families and a small group of ethnically diverse individuals from urban areas around the country looking for “A Better Chance.” This is known as “The ABC foundation.”  The ABC foundation recruits academically motivated young men and women from the inner cities of Chicago, Illinois, Queens, New York, and Atlanta, Georgia. This program allows the students to stay with host families during the school year. Not only do these students excel in academics, but also they athletically outshine the majority of the local students. This enables these students to “blend” in and feel comfortable in their new social surrounding.  This program grants underprivileged yet qualified individuals a chance at success. These select students have gone on to do very great things for themselves and their families. Not only does a diploma from a public high school in Fairfield County look superior on a transcript, but 

it also grants access to top Universities across the country, much easier than it would if these students had graduated from their own local public high schools. The graduates of the ABC program have progressed and graduated from universities like Colombia University, Syracuse University, Cornell University, Yale, Harvard, and Villanova. At first, the image they gave off did not coincide with our typical image and social norm. The differences between our upbringings, clothing, and emotion created a small barrier, which would be soon broken by the things we shared in common. Before we knew it, these students became our friends. They weren’t so different after all; in fact they were considered one of the more popular people at our schools. Without the exposure and interaction to these people, I don’t think I would have had the chance to experience and intermingle with people other than the natives of Wilton.

Last summer, I interned in New York City and commuted by train every morning. Looking out the window of the train and watching the scenery flying by was very entertaining to me. There were many different signs that I would normally turn a blind eye to, but in this case, they were very prominent. The change from wealth to poverty was only a 20-minute difference. Seeing the booming city and extravagant mansions of Greenwich pass by to the slums of Harlem and 120th street wasn’t exactly subtle.  Everything was different about these two places. 

"A typical house in Greenwich, Connecticut"

A house in Greenwich, CT

 

An impoverished building in Harlem

A run down building in Harlem

 

The architecture in Greenwich is contemporary and aesthetically pleasing signifying wealth, while the rundown shacks and disheveled brick buildings of Harlem represent an impoverished way of life. It occurred to me at that very moment that cultural change and discourses in place can occur in the blink of an eye.  Even though we may not process all the images and signs we are exposed to, when we open our eyes we can truly see how our environments change our social perceptions.


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