Written Task 2: Gender Theory CRA's

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Notes that eventually lead to Essay development: included link to text I responded to. For IB class.

Submitted: November 05, 2017

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Submitted: November 05, 2017



Notes and Annotations (Pardon the informalities of it all): https://9gag.com/gag/arOQVQK?ref=pn

  1. Scan

    1. “People who say men can't wear a dress”

      1. Reasonably long title for a picture with no text’

      2. People?

        1. Audience?

      3. Who, what, where, when, why, how?

        1. Lots of dodgy questions here

      4. Men

        1. Powerful

        2. Strong

        3. Willed

      5. Dress

        1. Womanly

        2. Long

        3. Summer

        4. Picture-worthy

    2. Themes that arise

      1. Patriarchy comes to mind, although that seems like more of a subject from which a theme is then connected. Well, Gender Theory can most certainly be applied to this, so that is something to learn from. Also, I suppose sexuality, or feelings thereof. Maybe power dynamics. Lots of places to go with this one: the only question is, can I go the desired direction.

  2. It’s an image, so only so much scanning can be conducted (I’ll also be including an annotated picture as well).

    1. Beauty, sexuality, innocence, the subtlety of surrounding, selfie-101: do’s and don’ts. Sprinkle in some capitalism, since that looks like a nice bathroom, likely in a nice house. I bet that dress costed a pretty penny too: let’s hope that questionably masculine, questionably male person doesn’t stretch it out too much.

  3. A photo taken somewhere in Iceland, and posted on the internet to 9gag on January 14th, 2017. The genre is defined as humor, based on previous search results on the same website for similar images. I, however, redirected from Pinterest.

  4. The person in the photo is Icelandic bodybuilder Soren Falby, and, as I understand it, he is wearing his girlfriend’s dress.

    1. The curator was either Falby himself, or a reposter who came across the image, and posted it under the category of humor on 9gag, where it then found its way onto Pinterest. Incidentally, the reposter’s name or profile is not available, as they remained anonymous. I found the person in the photograph’s name from a link posted by a commenter.

  5. Well, the title is very pointed, indicating that there is a group of people who do say that, “men can’t wear a dress.” So, I can only assume the text focuses on criticizers of gender expression through the use of clothing. I also believe the audience to be other men, particularly those who may share some of the physical attributes of the individual seen within the photo.

  6. The text is a picture of a person (let’s assume male) standing in front of a body mirror, seen knees up, wearing a dress that doesn’t appear to fit him all that well. In the background, a bathroom is seen, along with a doorframe that presumably leads to another interior, likely a house. However, the main subject of the photo is still the male, as he is in the foreground of the shot, and therefore dominates the most space, and not just because of his size.

  7. Well, the title seems to be the indication of a sort of challenge, as the author believes there to be a particular group who are referred to only as, “people,” who say that, “men can’t wear a dress.” Therefore, the purpose seems to be to disprove this theory by suggesting that men, such as the one seen in the photo, can in fact wear a dress, and are not bound by traditional gender roles to do so. However, it is also important to note that the individual seen is rather large, and appears very masculine, with large muscles, and visible tattoos, in addition to a bald head and thick beard. Finally, the man in the photo took a selfie in front of a mirror, a straight image that allows him to dominate the frame, and makes him appear narcissistic and powerful, which contributes to the concept of patriarchal ideology.

  8. Well, the author, Mr. Falby here, appears to portray his belief that men can wear a dress in a positive, forward-thinking light.

    1. Connecting back to the purpose of the text, which appears to be to challenge the belief that men cannot wear a dress, a typically feminine-associated attire, he confronts this with a mere image. I suppose no words needed to be spoken, although I title was included for our convenience.

  9. The mood is quite subtle, described mostly through technique and physical feature rather than anything spoken. However, the title does give that standoffish type of approach, one that I see all too often nowadays. Very much there seems to be more aggression in these posts than there were even ten years prior: what with these males inserting their male tones into the argument over gender expression, and to some extent, sexuality, the dialogue has become muddled, devolving into a shouting match of ramble and meaningless banter that somehow swells into a call-to-action. Still, let’s not get carried away here…

    1. Well, the purpose looks to disable that same tired trope of, ‘men should only stick to what they’ve been assigned to do, say and wear since birth, and nothing more,’ upon where this text comes in and disrupts the surface, although still appears quite how-to in the act of reinforcing patriarchal values. In fact, I have begun to ponder whether a man of this degree (no less breadth either, I’d imagine) is the only type suitable for posing in such an unflattering image. Yes, and now look at me and my male tones, inserting myself into this contrived, one-sided debacle. “Unflattering,” indeed: I’ve never worn a dress, how should I therefore make assumptions?

  10. Symbols? Such as the dress itself; maybe the fact that he is standing in a bathroom, taking a photo with a smartphone? Or perhaps the look on his face: not whole smug, and yet not expressionless. It looks like something in between. I could also address color scheme, or the way his shoulder appears larger than the toilet. Finally, I might ask: does whom that there bathrobe belong to? The finer details in life are a picture, 11 questions, and an essay away.

    1. Develops a little theory I came up with not too long ago: this is not a black and white issue, people. This is hard-hitting evidence that should be taken at the root.

  11. Structure includes, but is not limited to: an image represented as a box, a man wearing a dress inside of the box, the dress, a toilet, a trashcan, a door frame, art in the background, colors, a bathroom, floor tiles, the color white, a bathrobe, a smartphone (no known brand), a bald head, a beard, tattoos, a carpet, a light, dynamic, oppression, and parallels in the text that reflect back on the previous three units.

    1. The theme of the systematic oppression of white, heterosexual males in contemporary society that we see today has been developed through these paradigm dichotomies.

    2. No, because this image is nothing new other than what you would find on Buzzfeed Yellow today. A simple Google search will warrant these same results.


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