Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Extending Comments of Ron's Talking Point 9

I love how Atalanta and Alice steps out of the generalize ideal of a woman. The movie Mulan tried to do the same thing made Mulan actas a man to do so. Both Atalanta and Alice refused to carry out the life that others made for her. They did so in such a big expression. Atalanta competes in a race filled with only men. She beats all but one man who she tied with. She proved she can be just as good or better than any man. 

To build on Ron's analysis on Valerie of Beverly Hills 90210; Valerie comes on screen protraying the ultimate good girl image. She takes the room of Brenda in the Walsh's house. Fans of the show knows that Brenda's character went through many phases as well as troubling ordeals as a teenage girl fitting into the lifestyle of Beverly Hills. Whereas Valeria is the "perfect" child in the Walsh's presense. Shes polite, helpful and studious. However, in reality shes doing drugs, having casual sex and trying to seduce Brandon. In connections to the authors viewpoints on how being a bad girl is bad for them. Bad girls have their sexuality thrown at them when it comes to sexual assault. In the series there was a storyline where Valeria was raped. No one but Brandon and David believed her. In court the first thing the lawyer did was bring up her sex history.

The author talks about an ideal women begin a virgin and pure. In Degrassi the Next Generation, Drew cheats on his girl friend Ali with Bianca(school slut). In result Ali leaves him. In the next season Drew has trouble finding a girlfriend. It is latewr revealed that no girl wants to date him because of his time spent in the boiler room with Bianca. I find this as an interesting storyline because Drew was a star basketball player who did not have trouble with girls before and now no one wants him. this is the complete opposite of the normal portrayal of basketball players in high school. I love this storyline. No double-standard here.


  1. There are definite parallels between Alice, Atalanta, and Mulan.

    In some ways isn't it sad that we see these women as heroic when all they are doing is overcoming the restraints of arranged marriage?

  2. Jessica, I can't agree more, I think your first paragraph here is on point. Loved watching those clips and love mulan too!

  3. Connecting your reading to Ron's helped me better understand were you were going with this. Your connection helped me out. Thankyou!