The past 6 weeks at University has been full of procrastination, stress, wasting petrol looking for a car park and getting lost around the campus. On top of all that, I have been exposed to extreme blogging in BCM110. At first it was hard to get into, and it kind of still is, but if you told me 6 weeks ago I was going to have 5 or 6 blog posts that somewhat make sense and seem even the slightest bit intelligent, I would have laughed at you. I can proudly say I have now grown as a blogger and actually have some cool stuff on my blog!
Through the concepts we have learnt in BCM110 such as the media effects model, semiotics, connotations and denotations, ideologies, differing interpretations, media ownership, the public sphere, sexualisation and corporate pedophilia have definitely helped to broaden my understanding of the media today.
The majority of these focus points can also be intertwined with a major issue in the media; sexualisation of children. Now look at this image below, and what do you see?
In relation to denotations and connotations, when you first view this image what did you see? A little girl dressed up like she is 19? An innocent 10 year old cuddling her bunnies on her bed? A girl that probably can’t even walk in those heels? (I still can’t) But when you look into this image more closely, the confronting and provocative pose the little girl is doing in both images, the leopard bed spread, pillows and the silk chair and clothing is highly confrontational. This image shot for a French Vogue magazine has ‘sexualising children’ written all over it.
When I was searching for photos to be included in this blog post, I came across this blog that made this advertisement so much more than it is, or did it? These edited images that say the words “Cadeaux… A Perfect Gift For Pedophiles” make the underlying message of children being sexualised in the image a stand out.
The issue with sexualisation and corporate pedophilia is being discussed all around the world. The public sphere would immediately look at this image and start a debate on why some aspects of the media choose to present children in this form. Parents also have an impact on the way children dress today. Some parents would let their children dress however they like, even if they are 12 and dressing like 18 year olds. Although the majority of parents play a major role in the way their children dress and would find the Vogue photo shoot very confronting.
Over the past 6 weeks that I have studied the media in BCM110, I have learnt a lot from writing these blog posts. Coming from a girl that wouldn’t dare turn the TV on any channel that was broadcasting the news while watching dinner, reading articles on the computer in search for good ideas for these blog posts has really opened my eyes to what is occurring in the media today.
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Unknown. “Humor Chic: December 2010.” Humorchic.blogspot.com.au, 2010. Web. 13 Apr 2014. <http://humorchic.blogspot.com.au/2010_12_01_archive.html>.
Unknown. “Adultification & Sexualization of Girls in French Vogue » Sociological Images.”Thesocietypages.org, 2014. Web. 13 Apr 2014. <http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2011/01/08/adultification-and-sexualization-of-girls-in-french-vogue/>.
Unknown. “10 Year Old Supermodel in Vogue.” Socialphy.com, 2014. Web. 13 Apr 2014. <http://www.socialphy.com/posts/off-topic/11735/10-Year-Old-Supermodel-in-Vogue.html>.