For my project I will be analyzing a different 90s television show every week to see how women and femininity were both portrayed and possibly influenced during this decade. To start off I will be looking at Full House. This is a family classic that almost everyone, boy or girl, watched as they were growing up. I feel this gives me a good starting point since it is one of the penultimate television shows of the 1990s. To view Full House I watched Nickelodeon since they sometimes play these episodes at night and I also watched YouTube clips such as the classic episodes about Stephanie and Michelle getting “married”. For the sake of this blog series on Television and the 90s chick I will be mainly using YouTube clips so that the videos I am discussing here are easily viewable to you guys though I will be doing outside reading about the series in general.
So onto the discussion of Full House. During my viewings of both of the children’s weddings it shows different perspectives of femininity in the 1990s. In the episode regarding Stephanie she says to Harry, “I wish I could move out but I’m stuck living here until I get married.” While at this point in the show Stephanie is still in elementary school so it’s not like she would be moving out anyway but the writers decided to make the reason given for not moving out that she isn’t married yet. I think this is interesting because I never would’ve thought much about this when I previously watched this episode but going and looking back it is pushing ideals on the viewer subconsciously. Full House sticks with conservative values of a woman not leaving the home until she is married and becoming dependent upon a husband instead of her father. I think shows such as Full House that had a wide reach have the opportunity to create a noticeable impact on young children and teens by discussing values such as these even if they are suppose to be jokes.
While Full House does include situations such as the one above it also does a good job of giving strong female role models such as Becky. She cohosts Wakeup San Francisco with Danny and is shown as an equal partner to him. She also is strong willed and witty when dealing with other characters on the show such as when having a debate with Jesse and Danny about her cooking. Finally, it deals with stereotypes regarding women such as pregnancy and how it impacts the couple’s relationship while also giving social commentary on these stereotypes.
Future research into this topic could include looking at changes between Full House and Fuller House to see if there has been any change in the portrayal of femininity in the show and if it has updated itself for modern day television.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts my grandparents got 12 baby chicks this year. I decided to photoshop a picture of one of them into a little demon chick. Little did I know this was just a preview of what was left to come. I would go out every day and see the chickens. Feed them, play with them, help clean out their pins. Then I started to realize something was off. One of the chickens started to act different from the rest. She would always be away from the other chickens, would sit on the bottom perch by herself in the chicken coop (that usually means they are lower on the totem pole than the other chickens). As I noticing all of this I decided to start recording what the chickens would in a day to better understand them and more specially the demon chick. In the video it shows the regular day of demon chick and the other chickens. Demon chick mostly hangs out by herself and is only ever interested in being with the other chickens when there is food involved and sometimes even fights with the others for food.
This behavior continued to happen. The chickens formed little clicks and demon chick continued to be excluded until one day, one of the chickens died. I had went outside to look at it and it was perfectly fine but then a few hours later it just wasn’t. My family assumed it was just a freak accident. Little did we know, more was to come.
Weeks passed when one day we went out to the pasture to find all of the chickens had mysteriously been killed. But instead of it being all 11 chickens, it was just 10. Demon Chick had escaped. We called the police since we thought it might be our neighbors since they have trespassed and tried to steal from us before.
The police showed up and put up the crime scene tape and started to investigate. They talked with my family, our neighbors, and When they were done they found that it was not our neighbors, and overall they didn’t think it was a human at all. They thought it was another chicken had done the acts so it left only one option: it had to be demon chick.
Months passed and other farms and flocks had the same things happened to them. The epidemic spread across the county, then the state, and soon it was happening all over the United States. Some strange virus had been started in the Demon Chick. It was regarded as worse than the avian flu and was called “mad chick” disease. It was discovered to be a strange form of rabies that made chickens isolate themselves and partake in strange behaviors which would gradually become worse over months until they would start to kill their fellow chickens. Many news outlets covered this strange illness, including a cover story done by Newsweek. It was crazy to think such a strange thing could start in my very own back yard.
This week was a little rougher than the rest. This past weekend I discovered some lumps on my neck and thought they would go away and they didn’t. I ended up having to go to the doctors and was told they weren’t exactly sure what I had but thought it might be a bacterial infection so I was given antibiotics. I’ve been taking the antibiotics for days but I have been feeling progressively worse. I had to take multiple days off of work this past week because my head, ears, neck, and whole body hurt so bad. I ended up sleeping most of the days since I felt so bad so I have been left to do all of my work in a shorter amount of time while I have 5 lumps on my neck. Fun!
Regarding my actual work I had the most fun creating Daily Create #1617 about the dark side of the moon because I thought it just ended up being pretty funny. I also really enjoyed doing the 30 second movie challenge which I had my boyfriend help me pick the most important parts. The only problems I really had were obviously the time constraint but it also ended up taking me much longer to do the assignment than I thought it would but overall I think it turned out really well. For the reflections I did I thought they were okay. I wasn’t exactly sure what I should be saying about the videos I watched for “Reading Movies” but I hope they turned out alright.
And here is my completed work from week 4:
-Daily Create #1 (#tdc1612)
-Daily Create #2 (#tdc1614)
-Daily Create #3 (#tdc1615)
-Daily Create #4 (#tdc1617)
-Reading Movies Reflection
-Look, listen, analyze Reflection
-Video Assignment #1 (Instant Replay!, #1853)
-Video Assignment #2 (Spoil a Movie in 30 Seconds or Less, #1917)