The Beauty of Moonlight

As I still try to wrap my head around how absolutely wonderful the film Moonlight was, I can’t help but think about all of the vibrant colors, and incredible use of camera movement that helped make this film so different and so impactful. The use of handheld cameras that evoke a feeling of movement in such a silent film, along with the constant use of colors that signify the protagonist feelings make this film visually distinctive and charming. I absolutely loved the way the film presented the characters three stages of growth and change.

Moonlight does something that I feel I haven’t seen before; it depicts the being poor and black in America in a different way than I am use to witnessing. As Farihah Zaman and Nicolas Rapold point out,“Moonlight takes back these shared points of human experience so that they might reside in black communities and be borne out by black bodies, in a time when such depictions are still rare in independent cinema.” The idea of being black and gay in a tough community has many times been depicted, but this film is less about the consequences and actions of that but more about the experience of growing up and being in love. Jenkins is able to make the story about being different and finding your place as time goes on, and the effects your surroundings could have on your life. Overall, I feel Moonlight was incredibly powerful and did a fantastic job of depicting so many peoples untold story.

Women and Aids

Women have been dying of Aids since 1981, and only by 1986 were they beginning to be acknowledged for it. Because of this, there are many activist for women and aids. In order to advocate for women and aids you must educate people first. Most people are not educated people. Activist began making plays, books, videos, coloring book sand events for adults and children on the matter. The best way to educate people is when they are young. It was brought about where they had gotten financial support for their activism, and the answer was that they had not. The money they used was from personal accounts. Master cards and tips from clients at their personal careers. They declared, “We’ve made it this far, so that must mean there is something to us”.

When one fights for something from their own personal being it is that much greater and worthwhile. People many times automatically think that when women fight for rights the are just being annoying feminist, however, if they were just doing it to do it, they would not had put in all this commitment that they had.

Later on in the article, it is written, “to change this situation, women must first be recognized as valuable human beings”. When i read this I was shocked, because every person is a person despite their gender. However, the sad truth is that just like Aids are an issue, there are also gender issues, racial issues, and much more. There are so many issues and it is our job to fight for them and try and resolve them. We should focus on educating first like they did for women and aids by various ways. If you want any problem to be fixed one must educate first.

Forgetting ACT UP

Act it up was a great and significant activist group. They fought and accomplished a lot, however, because of all the attention they got many other groups and forms of the type had gotten forgotten. The writer in this article quotes, “for the most part they were educated white-gay men who talked in a high fallutin manner”. The mere fact that someone can say something like this is pretty telling that there was even a certain intolerance or unacceptence within the activist group, ACT UP. They continue to write, “I guess I never joined ACT UP because I never saw myself as a member…I did not feel welcomed. I had friends who belonged to ACT UP but no one ever invited me to join”. This statement is extremely interesting. How could it be that an activist group fighting for life and rights and acceptance, is not as accepting as they would be expected to be?

ACT UP has had extreme success and accomplished a lot. Within their accomplishments there are other issues that have not been figured out. For example, black men with HIVs, what are they supposed to do? They can very well fight for their life within ACT UP but racial issues are a whole separate issue and aren’t fully dressed with ACT UP for black men with HIVs. Although ACT UP is remembered, there are people who are forgotten. However, despite most ACT UP members being wealthier and white, many people were saved from the disaster of aids.

With everything there are always down sides. Regardless of everything, ACT UP was a group of people who fought for what they thought it right and fair, and that’s what is most important.

Born in Flames

From what I’ve seen from the film today, it gave me the impression of a lot of us fighting an invisible war. Many feminists I see on social media tend to label a lot of media content “sexist.” From what I have seen in recent years, they have been quite accurate with the things that they’ve called out. However, nowadays it became clearer that a lot of their actions have portrayed them in a negative light. From time and time again I have seen feminists yelling for equality and for the removal of “sexist” content but, the only problem with that is… they don’t do the work themselves. Identifying the problems is good, fighting to remove degrading content is also good, demanding others to do the work is not. For example, in the movie industry, feminists demand companies to include more women in the production department, hire more actresses, and have a different portrayal of female characters. What they ignore is the fact that the film industry is a business that would hire anyone, regardless of gender, that would grantee them a profit. Money is the biggest concern for any business, and their main priority when it comes to employment is to hire the best/more popular people that they can find. Also, the way that they decide to cast, write, and construct their films is also catered towards their audience. What makes their consumers enjoy their films, and how much money they make from the films is the most important aspect to film companies. Demanding companies to hire women for the sake of just having women is a bad business plan because you would limit yourself to who you can hire because now you’re forced to hire people for their gender instead of their resume. As a content creator myself I would despised being forced to hire people just because of their gender, race or religion. It’s selfish and ignorant because these certain people would rather have companies suffer, if it means to push their social agenda. If we truly want an equal society we can’t have “feminism” (which means equal rights for both men and women) become an insult or a joke just because of a few individuals who tend to give it a bad name. This film we saw reminded me of this because, despite there being a problem, they don’t clearly identify the source of the problem. Calling men, society, and the government sexist does not describe the problem because that’s too vague.

Visionary Feminism: Bell Hooks

This article realized me more about feminism and feminism in the media. In the article, it was mention that there are some gender issues in the television shows and radio but these medias didn’t really highlight the issues the way feminism did. It realized me that there are many news or newspaper or other media devices picked up gender issues but they just picked something looks like gender issues. It didn’t really try to think about the way feminism thinkers did. Also, this article focused on the domestic violence and patriarchy and I couldn’t have a connection until this article did. I have never think about that patriarchy could link domestic violence because I always thought that a man who did domestic violence because of his personality issue. However, if I link between domestic violence and patriarchy, it more made sense to me. Of course, not all men in the earth did domestic violence and influence by a patriarch, but patriarchy was the slightly establish an environment for domestic violence for men.

Forever Stardust : David Bowie Across the Universe

Bowie was the person who gave huge influence for LGBT since the early 1970s. He changed the idea that how man or woman should behave to the society, especially young generation. The way he appeared in the media was new and young generation felt that was cool, but the old generation was hard to understand about his idea. I could understand the society couldn’t catch up him easily because he was too new. He was too new, so people felt fear unconsciousness and tried to think about he was “different” from them. The way they avoid him was the best way to stable their society. Also, he said he was a gay and other time he wasn’t gay in the media so his comments made people confuse who he was. However, I still impressed he showed himself different way from other people and his feature somehow good effect to other people.

Still at the back of the bus: Sylvia Rivera’s struggle Jessi Gan

When I read this article, I most surprising facts was her background. I didn’t really expect that she had an extremely complicated childhood when she was young. She already had sex with her cousin when she was only seven years old, and later she knew that she could use her body to earn money as well. I thought that how she grew up influenced how she is and it reinforces how she wanted to be too. The way she neglected by her parent lead how she wanted to express herself. Also when I watched her video in the class, I impressed her message. She had a strong voice, words and she had a big courage to speak in front of a crowd of people. I felt that she was one of the important people who changes perception of gender to society.