Freaks, Geeks and Good Sweet Maids: The able girl and popular culture. Cultural and Audience Studies approaches ask:. what texts can tell us about the society from which they emerge. what audiences do with texts. www.smartgirls.tv. The smartgirls.tv.tv project:
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The smartgirls.tv.tv project:
An examination of the construction and circulation of discourses of girlhood and giftedness in:
‘New teen tv’ texts offer : popular culture
More intelligent TV BUT:
‘A naive statement of the difference between intelligence and achievement tests is that the intelligence test measures capacity to learnand the achievement test measures what hasbeen learned. Butitems in all psychological and educational tests measure acquired behaviour.’
Cleary Committee of the American Psychological Association, Boardof Scientific Affairs
(James Marcia, 1980).
Liebes and Katz (1990) propose three types of reactions toward characters:
but these responses are all part of one psychological variable: identification
Think of a media character with whom you identify. Note down:
Anxieties & gifted/girl binary:
I almost moved into high school out of sixth grade because I was some genius. We all decided to chuck the idea because I'd have trouble making friends, blah-blah-blah… Now blah-blah-blah is all I do. I use my grand I.Q. to figure out what gloss to wear and how to hit three keggers before curfew. Some genius.
Cady (to Aaron):
I pretended to be bad at math so that you'd help me. But the thing is, I'm not really bad at math. I'm actually really good at math. You're kind of bad at math. And now I'm failing.
Emerging from FGI’s: popular culture
1999 Children Now report identifies the most popular stereotypes of male characters as:
Masculinity and Giftedness popular culture
In most media portrayals, male characters are rewarded for self-control and the control of others, aggression and violence, financial independence, and physical desirability.
OBU male undergraduates popular cultureExamples of gifted boys/men:
Many more positive examples for talent, esp sport
Male popular culture
Logical, Reasoning, Deduction
Critical, Rational, Objective
Maths, Science, ICT
Doctors: diagnostic, detached, surgeons
Lawyers: adversarial, argumentative, ambitious
Creative, Instinctive, Subjective
Doctors: empathetic, holistic, paediatricians
Lawyers: determined, off-kilter, ethical hunch-followersMedia & the Gendering of Giftedness
Joan: Mr. Price, I'm brilliant at this. I started out making a bunch of mistakes, but it turned out they weren't mistakes. I mean, they were mistakes if you follow the plans, but I threw the plans away, and all the mistakes fit together into something better
Mr. Price: Premise, argument, conclusion. The correctness of reasoning. The validity of inference.
Luke: It’s like watching three monkeys build a particle accelerator using tinfoil and a BiBi gunJoan of Arcadia: gender and intelligence
“Rose going off on the TARDIS is like going away to University. It changes her and she can’t really go back to her old life. But she was bored and stuck…and she needed to go”
Social stereotyping of scientists:
Sergeant O‘Riley: ‘Here comes the nerd squad’(CSI)
‘On CSI they’re gorgeous and scientists’
‘Catherine Willows used to be a pole dancer. She’s a good role model because she brought up her daughter and made herself a scientist’
‘Its not just the men who can’t handle their feelings’
‘On Bones its like they’ve swapped the man and woman roles’
Sara making a bunch of mistakes, but it turned out they weren't mistakes. I mean, they were mistakes if you follow the plans, but I threw the plans away, and all the mistakes fit together into something better
Bones: You think he hid from life by immersing himself in a fantasy world where he fought crime and I do the same thing only I don’t have super powers. I have science.
Booth: C’mon Bones, you do fight crime. It’s not a fantasy. As far as any normal person is concerned you do have super powers.
Zack: ‘In some ways my intelligence is a handicap. I tend to make people feel stupid and they resent me for it.’
Stupid girl, stupid girls, stupid girls
Maybe if I act like that, that guy will call me back Porno paparazzi girl, I don't wanna be a stupid girl
What happened to the dream of a girl president She's dancing in the video next to 50 Cent They travel in packs of two and three With their itsy bitsy doggies and their teeny-weeny tees Where, oh where, have the smart people gone? Oh where, oh where could they be?
Disease's growing, it's epidemic I'm scared that there ain't a cure The world believes it and I'm going crazy I cannot take any more I'm so glad that I'll never fit in That will never be me Outcasts and girls with ambition That's what I wanna see
Equality Now: Joss Whedon