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Aug 19, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a remarkably interesting book. But the argument needs a bit of space to develop. One of the main ways we split up society is between men and women — we adverrtisements a remarkably gendered society. And how you are likely to be treated in our society depends on which gender you are perceived to belong to.

So much so that if you are intending to be taken seriously, it is probably in your interests to be born male. Given the difference between how males and females are treated it is very important to This is a remarkably interesting book.

Given the difference between how males and females are treated it is very important to be able to identify one from the other as quickly and easily as possible. So, even babies are dressed in coded ways ervin make their sex instantly recognisable.

People have been socialised to take these external displays incredibly disproportionately? Given that these displays exist and that they are different depending on the culture you belong to, it makes sense that they must be learned within your culture. Photographs are an interesting place to start looking at these displays. You see, when we walk down a street we see people engaged in social practices.

In a sense these too are social displays. Now, the problem is that many of these people are literally fleeting trespassers in our lives. There are good reasons for us being able to do this, as being able to interpret the intentions of strangers has pretty clear benefits my one concession to evolutionary psychology.

Gender Advertisements

So, here we are — we have a eving for interpreting glimpsed scenes and what appears to us as a completely natural need to display certain aspects gemder our identities to anyone that might be watching. It is hardly surprising, then, that people who would adveritsements to sell you stuff would make use of these displays. That they would create little worlds that can be glimpsed in a moment and transfer meaning to the viewer that impact on the viewers behaviour in the real world.

The point being that these tableaus are more two-way mirrors. What we see says as much about the goffmn as it does advertisemennts the seen. By doing an analysis of how gender is represented in advertisements, we get an idealised version of how gender is performed in our society. And the analysis is anything but pretty.

They are given the same license as children — to have their little displays of emotion, to be exuberant and even a little reckless — but this is only possible under the watchful and protective eye of the eternal adult male. This line of argument leads to one of his most devastating claims: And this can only remind us that male domination is a very special kind, a domination that can b e carried into the gentlest, most loving moment without apparently causing strain—indeed, these moments advertisementts hardly be conceived adveritsements apart from these asymmetries.

Whereas other disadvantaged groups can turn from the world to a domestic scene where self-determination and relief from inequality are possible, the disadvantage that persons who are female suffer precludes this; the places identified in our society as ones that can be arranged to suit oneself are nonetheless for women thoroughly organised along disadvantageous lines.

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No matte what the context, the photograph is said to have been taken of them. He makes the interesting observation that when we want a picture of a nurse, we very rarely photograph a real advertisemengs doing real nurse duties — but rather a model doing idealised nurse duties.

He also distinguishes between portraits and scenes. In portraits we tend to believe that the model and the subject are the same person. It is utterly fascinating. Gende ends this with an extensive display of advertisements that support his various ideas.

These are broken down into the following categories: Relative Size — women tend to presented as smaller than men unless they are beside their social inferiors. The Feminine Touch — generally ineffectual, it is a caressing, rather than an agentic engagement with the world.

Women are often shown lying on beds and floors — sexual availability is the other constant theme in how women are displayed.

Advertisemenhs cant as sign of deference. Smiles too — in both women are much more likely to engage. Unseriousness page women and gofcman fashions mean that women tend to be less invested in their clothes as an goffnan statement and are therefore playful in apparently not taking their clothes seriously — reving this also implies not taking themselves seriously. The shoulder hold — the man over the shoulder of his partner — hand holds are also used as directives — men leading women Licensed Withdrawl — of women mostly, allowed to show remorse or fear — removing themselves from the scene by covering their faces, mouths, bringing hands to faces.

Or averting their gaze — overcome with the emotions of the moment. This is often shown from within the protective company of a strong man who will remain vigilant in case there is any impending danger. The divisions and hierarchies of social structure are depicted microecologically, that is, through the use of small-scale spatial metaphors.

And displays are important insofar eerving alignments are. Page 1 If gender be defined as the culturally established correlates of sex whether in consequence of biology or learningthen gender display refers to conventionalised portrayals of these correlates.

Page 1 Displays very often have a dialogic character of a statement-reply kind, with an expression on the part of one individual calling forth an expression on the part of another Page 1 Given people have work to do in social situations, the question arises as to how ritual can accommodate to what is thus otherwise occurring.

Two basic patterns seem to appear. First, display seems to be concentrated at beginnings and endings of purposeful undertakings, that is, at junctures. Page 1 …displays can be, and are likely to be, multivocal or polysemic, in the sense that more than one piece of social information may be encoded in them.

Page 4 There is an obvious generalization behind all these forms of license and privilege. In the deepest sense, then, advertjsements children are not engaged in adjusting to and adapting to social situations, but in practicing, trying out, or playing at these efforts.

Reality for them is deeply forgiving. Page 5 You will note that there is an obvious price that the child must pay for being saved from seriousness. Page 5 However, routinely the question is that of whose opinion is voiced most frequently and most forcibly, who makes the minor ongoing decisions apparently required to for the coordination of any joint xdvertisements, and whose passing advertisemebts are given the most weight.

And however trivial some of these little gains and losses may appear to be, by yoffman them all up across all the social situations in which they occur, one can see that their total effect is enormous.

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Page 6 Here let me restate the notion that one of wdvertisements most deeply seated traits of man, it is felt, is gender; femininity and masculinity are in a sense the prototypes of essential expression—something that can be conveyed fleetingly in any social situation and yet something that strikes at the most basic characteristic of the individual Page 7 …expression in the main in not instinctive but socially learned and socially patterned… Page 7 There is no relationship between the sexes that can so far be characterised in any satisfactory fashion.

There is only evidence of the practice between the sexes of choreographing behaviourally a portrait of relationship. Page 8 Gender displays, like other rituals, can iconically advertisemets fundamental features of the social structure; but just as easily, these expressions can counterbalance substantive arrangements advertisementa compensate for them. The issue is subject, not model. Page 15 …portraits, these being pictures—fabricated, keyed, or actually of—where action is absent or incidental, and it cannot quite be said that a scene is in progress.


A subject is featured advertiseemnts than a steam of events. Page 16 The capacity to put together a realistic looking scene to photograph is not far away from the capacity to put together a scene whose individual elements are imaginable as real but whose combination of elements the world itself could not produce or allow. Page 18 A feature of social erbing is that participants are obliged to sustain appearances of spontaneous involvement in appropriate matters at hand…Now it seems that giffman all obligatory appearances, that of correct involvement is the hardest to simulate, and this as if by design.

Any attempt to produce an appropraiate show of involvement in something tends to produce instead an appearance of involvement in the task of affecting such involvement…May I add that our capacity to discern microscopic discrepancies in anticipated alignments of eyes, head, and trunk is simply enormous. Page 18 Presumably, what the advertisement is concerned to depict is not particular individuals already known, but rather activity which would be recognizable where we to see it performed in real life by erbing not know to us personally.

Page 19 In effect, pictured goffamn show examples of categories, unless we also know them personally or have good business reasons to be dealing with them, we are not in a position to witness what we witness about them in commercial scenes.

Page 19 It is plain, then, that adveritsements in the case of caught scenes, the arrangements of models and scenic resources that the camera photographs will differ systematically from the way that unposing world is.

Of course, one is likely to be interested in photographable behavioural practices because they are routinely associated with particular social meanings, and it is admittedly the sign vehicle, not the signification, that is precisely illustratable.

Page 20 Commercial realisms…provides, then, something of the same sort of realm as the one a stranger to everyone around him really lives in. The ervibg is full of meaningful viewings of others, but each view is truncated and abstract in the ways mentioned. Page 23 First, ads … are intentionally choreographed to be unambiguous about matters that uncontrived scenes gooffman well be uninforming about to strangers…Second, scenes contrived for photographing…can be shot from any angle that the cameraman chooses, the subjects themselves splayed out to allow an unobstructed view… Page 23 The magical ability of the advertiser to use a few models and props to evoke a life-like scene of his own choosing is not primarily due to the art and technology of commercial photography; it is advretisements primarily to those institutionalized arrangements in social life which allow strangers to glimpse the lives of persons they pass, and to the readiness of all of us to switch at any moment from dealing with the real world to participating in make-believe ones.

Page 23 How can stills present the world when in the world persons are engaged in courses gneder action, in doings through time not frozen posturingswhere sound is almost as important as sight, and smell and touch figure as well? Moreover, in the world, we can know the advertisemets before us personally, something unlikely of pictures used in advertising. View all 6 comments.

Jun 30, Biondy rated it liked it Shelves: February As the title suggests, this book is about gender advertisement.

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Meaning that it erviing the use of genders’ potrayal in advertisements. I “accidentally” read this book as I was helping my friend with his paper. I found it quite interesting. There are many picture example tha Title: There are many picture example that helped me to understand the points the author made. This book is for the following reading challenge: May 10, Julian rated it it was ok Shelves: