Popular Culture

Popular Culture


Hi Writer, I truly enjoyed the quality of your writing last time. It was for analyzing an ad on Guns and Chocolate Eggs, if you remember.

This is the final assignment for Popular Culture (Humanity) class. Please write a 3 to 4 paragraph essay for each of the following questions. You may use the attached PDF file as a reference (No outside source required). It has lots of helpful information about the prompts. Lastly, please rewrite the titles appropriate to each prompt. Good luck! Don’t hesitate to ask me if you have questions.

1 )Identify and describe how representations of GLBT people within American cinema have changed over the years. What role did the Hays Code play in shaping these images and how did its repeal in the late 1960s affect the content of Hollywood films in the 1970s, 1980s and today?

2) What is cultural appropriation? Identify and describe some examples of cultural appropriation that reinforce dominant power dynamics around race, class, and gender, and some examples of cultural appropriation that subvert or challenge these dynamics?

For question #2, you will want to use specific examples in order to highlight particular cultural works and how they reinforce or challenge dominant ideas around race, class, and gender. The examples you use can come from the book, class lectures, or subculture presentations.



clothing and gender


In your essay you will do a sociological analysis of your experiences/identity or of a set of observations you make. Your goal is to analyze your examples/observations in a way that demonstrates your understanding of the sociological perspective. You will be assessed largely on the depth and accuracy of your sociological analysis, including how well you utilize Key Concepts (KCs) in your discussion. (YOU MUST USE ATLEAST 1 KEY CONCEPT IN YOUR ANALYSIS, UNDERLINE IT.)

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You will go to a retail store that offers a large selection of children?s clothing and analyze the styles, images,and/or textual messages on the clothing.
Spend some time (30-?‐40 minutes)looking at the gendered aspects of children?s clothing. It?s a good idea to choose an age range(e.g., infants/toddlers, young kids,or teenagers).
Identify themes regarding gender in the clothing. You may look at how the clothing is styled, the images that are pictured, and the printed words.
You may also take note of the layout of the store and how the clothes are displayed. How might the presentation of the clothing reinforce our social ideas about gender, or encourage shoppers to think or behave in particular ways?
Record your observations in the store.
In your essay,you?ll discuss the sociological importance of the themes you noticed. Think about what kind of thoughts and behaviors these clothes may encourage in children (and/or in adults) and how those thoughts and behaviors are related to adult gender roles and norms.In your conclusion you are welcome to write about alternative ways of designing or presenting clothing that you think may be more representative of children or may send more productive or diverse messages to children growing up in the U.S.today.