Essay: Orientalism in Western Media: I Dream of Jeannie and Sex and the City 2

Western cinema and television have had a longstanding interest in depicting Eastern societies. However, their depictions have, more often than not, been done through an Orientalist perspective. Even before the birth of these forms of media, Western painters, like Delacroix, portrayed their imaginary ideas of Eastern cultures, homogenizing and exoticizing these cultures through the depiction of oppressed, eroticized, and hyper-sexualized women in harems, and dangerous, misogynistic men.1 Most of these painters were men, and so they would not be allowed to enter harems, proving that their depictions were reflections of their fantasies. However, certain female painters, such as Henriette Browne, who were allowed to enter harems, depicted harems as social spaces for wealthy women, not highly sexualized women in need of liberation. Orientalism is a Western rhetoric that homogenizes the geographies and cultural landscapes of North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Western media normalizes this orientalist ideology that it is permeated with by founding its depictions of “otherness” on cultural stereotypes.

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Essay: Ideological Analysis of Amores Perros

   Amores Perros conveys the patriarchal, conservative ideological conventions that permeate Latin American society.  Iñárritu does this through the form of the film — its cinematography, editing, and mise-en-scène — and through his use of the conventional tropes of tragedies, dramas, and thrillers. Amores Perros portrays the different layers of life in Mexico by addressing three separate stories that are eventually linked together through a cataclysmic car crash. 

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Poetry: Catalogue

Poetry: Catalogue

With rivers in my eyes I begin to catalogue myself
With each entry I find a piece of my reflection
A Recognition of my designated identities:
Race
Gender
Sex
Ethnicity, 
etc.

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