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    McIntosh, Peggie.“White Privilege and Male Privilege.” Feminist Frontiers. 7th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2007. 12-18.
    In “White Privilege and Male Privilege,” McIntosh sees that Caucasians, being the majority of America, are privileged in a ways that multicultural women are not. She calls this Privilege the “invisible package of unearned assets” (10). She lists a number of situations in which race would only play a part (and a negative one) if she were multicultural. White women “can easily buy posters, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of [their] race” (11). This article discusses racial invisibility among women in depth, which applies to our project. While the oppression non-white women face is noticeable to them, it isn’t always apparent to their Caucasian counterparts.
    Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Penguin Group, 1970.
    Pecola, the protagonist, is considered ugly by everyone, including herself. She believes that if her eyes were blue, she would see and be seen differently. Her life is further complicated by her abusive father, who rapes her, her aloof mother, and aggressive brother who runs away often. This book signifies how people have unreachable goals of beauty; racial differences make it impossible for everyone to be thin, tall, blonde, and blue-eyed.

    Higginbotham, Anastasia. “Teen Mags: How to Get a Guy, Drop 20 Pounds and Lost You Self-Esteem”. Learning Sexism: Part II: Becoming a Woman in Our Society. 87-90.
    In “Teen Mags: How to Get a Guy, Drop 20 Pounds and Lost You Self-Esteem” Anastasia Higginbotham writes about the ways young girls and women are affect by the images in teen magazines. She writes that most girls are alienated by the models in fashion spreads because the models are almost always “white, usually blond, and invariably skinny” (88). Higginbotham notes that girls’ self-esteem is often lowered due to “a series of catch-22s”(88) under the guise of helpful tips articles. This advice keeps girls bouncing between the poles of: flirt but don’t be too sexy, love your body but here are some exercise tips just in case you don’t, and it’s okay to look different but don’t expect to see that difference in the pictorials. This article shows the need for a project like ours that aims to add ethnic, cultural and body type diversity to images of women in the media.
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    This article argues that women face social expectations in regards to physical appearance and their social opportunities. Mazur states that “…women’s social opportunities are more affected by their physical beauty than are men’s, so that women are under more pressure to conform to an ideal of beauty.” (1) He places the blame on “Modern Institutions of advertising, retailing, and entertainment… [for] placing stress upon women to conform to the body image currently in vogue.” (1) This directly relates to our projects goal, to demystify the western stereotype of the “ideal woman.” We hope to focus on transnational women to show diversity and other forms of feminine beauty.
    Onishi, Norimitsu. "Globalization of Beauty Makes Slimness Trendy." New York Times 3 Oct. 2002.
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  3. page 8 Resources edited ... Mazur, Allan. "U.S. Trends in Feminine Beauty and Overadaptation." Journal of Sex Re…
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    Mazur, Allan. "U.S. Trends in Feminine Beauty and Overadaptation." Journal of Sex Research 22.3 (1986): 281-303. Women's Studies International. EBSCO. 26 Mar. 2009
    This article argues that women face social expectations in regards to physical appearance and their social opportunities. Mazur states that “…women’s social opportunities are more affected by their physical beauty than are men’s, so that women are under more pressure to conform to an ideal of beauty.” (1) He places the blame on “Modern Institutions of advertising, retailing, and entertainment… [for] placing stress upon women to conform to the body image currently in vogue.” (1) This directly relates to our projects goal, to demystify the western stereotype of the “ideal woman.” We hope to focus on transnational women to show diversity and other forms of feminine beauty.
    Onishi, Norimitsu. "Globalization of Beauty Makes Slimness Trendy." New York Times 3 Oct. 2002.
    This article discusses the effects of globalization on Nigerian women and standards of beauty. In 2001, Nigeria chose a woman to represent them who fit the Western thin and tall ideal, rather than the Nigerian ideal. This woman won Miss World and was "the first African winner in the contest's 51-year history." This was clearly because, for the first time, Nigeria's representative was chosen based on the way she fit into the Western beauty standard. "In a culture where... voluptuousness is celebrated and ample backsides and bosoms are considered ideals of female beauty, the new Miss World shared none of those attributes. She was 6 feet tall, stately and so, so skinny. She was, some said uncharitably, a white girl in black skin." This article also discusses how now many women in Nigeria are altering their appearance to match this look because the Miss World winner made thin trendy. This article is important because it is more evidence for our project, proving that globalization is spreading the beauty ideals of the West.

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    {skyy_ad.jpg} Potrayal of a women in the media-- beautiful only to the standards of a dominant man. We also plan to use international commercials to show how US cultural imperialism has resulted in imposing the Western ideal of beauty on other countries. Commercials for American products are shown the world over. These commercials nearly always feature the tall, thin, blond pale woman as the lead. Traditional, cultural standards of beauty have been replaced by the thin, pale, harmless woman as the ideal, as portrayed in Western media. We want to use commercials from other countries to show how the pale ideal has taken hold, excluding most of the women in those countries from beauty.
    Television is shown all over the world and the Western ideal of beauty is portrayed in the characters of these shows. America’s Next Top model has had many international versions including Mexico and China’s Next Top Model. After being picked for the show, the models show a change in appearance, looking much whiter then their original photographs. We are planning to use the opening for China’s Next Top Model to show this change and explain how U.S. Cultural Imperialism has spread to other countries. Another TV show we will use is Baywatch. This program has been said to be the world’s most popular television show around the world. It stars a blonde, thin, white sex symbol and has almost no cultural diversity. We will also use Sex and the City and take a closer look at the four leading characters. This show made being single look “cool” for the first time ever. In short clips we will show how else this made women look and how the only expectable image was white, skinny, and beautiful. As television continues to embrace a large number of nations, America’s image of the perfect women persists as well. This image is hard to find even in the US and almost impossible to find internationally. When women everywhere turn on the TV, even to the most popular seemingly harmless shows, they see an impossible image that can be damaging to views of their own self worth.
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    use is Titanic. TitanicHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Goblet of fire is one of the highest grossing filmfilms of all
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    will use isThe Dark Knight. It is currentlyThe Little Mermaid. Disney is the 4th highest grossing filmworld's largest media corporation and is still on everyone’s minds.its products are consumed around the world. This specific Disney movie has
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    all white ensemble andensemble, presents traditional gender roles (the damsel in distressroles, and machismo). It also presents an unattainablehas impossible-to-attain beauty ideal for most men and women. Maggie Gyllenhaal is 5’9” and very thin, while Christian Bale is overly fit.standards. By looking
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    Contact multicultural organizations-after spring break march 16 (week of)
    Ask groups to email us, make announcements
    Interview groups from march23-april 3rd or 4th
    April 6-10 find clips of TV shows and movies and commercials
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