Little Wing (Real Men Are Feminists)

My remix was made over the song and lyrics of “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix in order to prove a point about the misogyny of the song as well as a point about misogyny in general.  The lyrics to “Little Wing” are

[Verse 1]

Well She’ walking through the clouds

With a circus mind that’s running round

Butterflies and zebras

And moonbeams

And fairytales

That’s all she ever thinks about

Riding with the wind

[Verse 2]
When I’m sad, she comes to me

With a thousand smiles she gives to me free
It’s alright, she said, it’s alright

Take anything you want from me

Anything, anything
Fly on, little wing (Little Wing, Genius)

As presented, one can see that Hendrix attempted to portray his idealized woman as a careless person who thinks about fairytales and such.  She doesn’t care for anything in reality.  This could be a optimistic, but this unrealistic portrayal of women is demeaning to who they actually are.  And the second verse is more problematic, with the portrayal that the woman will comfort him in his times of need without any sort of a relationship between the two (she gives to me free).  Hendrix also said “she said, it’s alright, Take anything you want from me” when realistically no one would willingly say that to someone who the other person doesn’t know.

         So now that I’ve given you my interpretation of the song’s lyrics, let’s turn to the images and videos.  During Jimi’s guitar introduction (which is an awesome guitar intro by the way!), I show Dr. Ford, the original founder’s of the #MeToo movement, Andrea Constand, Faith Rodgers, Stormy Daniels, photos depicting more of Trump’s accusers of sexual assault, Time Magazine’s front cover of their depiction of the #MeToo movement- which shows the cover dedicated to victims, and the perpetrators, depicted on a poster labeled harassholes.  These images were meant to set the stage up for the lyrics, which end up clashing with the visual media presented in the video with the intent of showing that men don’t have to be misogynist to be men.  Although the song Little Wing is written by a man about his idealized women, we have to realize that although it’s a good song musically, it doesn’t have the best message and that real men need to call misogynistic messages out.

         Next I uploaded a section from a video of a woman walking through NYC for 4 hours, all the while being catcalled.  I think this worked perfectly because is presented when Jimi says “Well she’s walking, through the clouds, with a circus mind, that’s running round”; when juxtaposed with the video you see a woman who is in fact walking, but she has men catcalling her instead of minding their business and a guy was even walking next to her- which is not what anybody wants unless they are not a stranger and was walking with them in the first place.  So she’s walking, and while the song portrays the woman as some pure soul who doesn’t have a care in the world, the woman in the video looks on edge and pissed off that she can’t willingly walk in NYC alone.

         The next clip was from a movie from 1959 called “The Trouble with Women”.   In the clip the main character’s boss hires the main character a secretary to work under him and they were having a dispute over it and the main character says he doesn’t like his new assistant because “she’s a woman isn’t she?”. After that, I embedded a second video of a woman walking through the hood for 10 hours.  I put that together to show that sexism has does not discriminate in geography nor time period.

         After that I embedded a Fox News clip in which one of the male hosts said “You know, we’re letting them play golf and tennis now, it’s out of control”, and then Gretchen Carlson, ex-Fox News Anchor turned Women’s Activist, got up and said “You know what and left the view of the camera.  Then I showed two of the “10 Most Sexist Commercials”, in which one man is scolding his wife while she takes it, and the other is of a man who sees a woman on the beach and calls her over, as if he has full claim to her.

         Next I embedded a clip of a video that shoes Elizabeth Cady Stanton, co-founder of the Seneca Falls Convention, and produced the “Declaration of Sentiments”.  I wanted to show the history of the women’s rights movement.  From there I should women’s activist Ida B Wells, and then various pictures of women’s marches.  I also showed a quote from the “Declaration of Sentiments” that Susan B Anthony wrote.  I also embedded an alternate picture of the back of the $20 bill with women’s activists in American History.  After that is a quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton which added women to the first line of the “Declaration of Independence” for the “Declaration of Sentiments.”  After that is some stock photo of contemporary society that includes women, yet challenges us to fight for equity and equality where appropriate for all people.  The last photo of a man holding a sign that says “Real Men are Feminists” presents the point of this remix perfectly, in my opinion, because of how the song, patriarchal society, and men have been sexist in the past, and how the only way to change it is for everyone (especially men) to realize problems that linger in our society that need to be changed.

         As a whole, I think my I succeeded in my vision although with more time devoted to the remix I could’ve found more creative sources that lined up at key parts of the song like how the first line lined up with the beginning of the clip of the woman walking in NYC.  The overall effect I was going for was irony, and I think I portrayed that to myself, but I could have also manipulated the audio to enhance the ironies I was going for.  More time devoted to this would also be lent wisely to the manipulation of the sound.

         I think the argument made about creativity here is that it’s not creative to find a problem because of the frequencies in which the same problems exist in the wild.  However, creativity comes in the form of gathering a variety of diverse sources that speak about the same problem in many different ways.  For example, all of the accusers in the media were shown, but also the front cover of Time Magazine was shown.  Two different videos were shown; a white woman and black women were walking down the street in two different areas.  Creativity also comes in the use of older movies and documentation expressing similar messages.  The clip of the movie shown was not meant for irony when it was shown, but I used it to show blatant sexism.

         However, I can also see room for improvement with my remixing and video editing abilities.  If I had time to play with and develop skill in video editing, I could have zoomed in on certain words, emphasized sound bites, or even split media in the same frame to make points through juxtaposition.

Credits

Credits:

Audio Source 1: Little WIng by Jimi Hendrix (itunes)

Audio Source 2: Little Wing by Stevie Ray Vaughn (itunes)

Dr. Ford        https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&biw=768&bih=651&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=Ip-4XLGWKbGd_Qbpwa5w&q=dr.+ford+&oq=dr.+ford+&gs_l=img.3..0j0i30l6j0i5i30j0i8i30l2.76208.77469..78564…0.0..0.72.514.8……1….1..gws-wiz-img…….0i24.74Q0dbaQOZM#imgrc=MIVTVH1ha9R0ZM:

            Founders     https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&biw=768&bih=651&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=3Ju4XLmRNe61ggfGqpTICQ&q=me+too+movement+&oq=me+too+movement+&gs_l=img.3..0j0i67j0l8.12024.12024..12661…0.0..0.68.68.1……1….1..gws-wiz-img.WYsdFeRQ2Cc#imgrc=uAR_im3jf0vUJM:

            Andrea Constand  https://www.google.com/search?q=Andrea+Constand&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj02-vXgtrhAhXyxlkKHVMjDN8Q_AUIDigB&biw=768&bih=651#imgrc=UG8tx6Cg_jgiMM:

            Stormy Daniels      https://www.google.com/search?q=Stormy+daniels&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiLk7fygtrhAhWEzlkKHTg8DGoQ_AUIDygC&biw=768&bih=651&dpr=2#imgrc=vxplxgKhRN-doM:

            Faith Rodgers         https://www.google.com/search?q=r+kelly%27s+victim&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjIptSwg9rhAhWjtlkKHQMIDvQQ_AUIDigB&biw=768&bih=651#imgrc=Zah5IeMLdfGLcM:

            Trump victims        https://www.google.com/search?q=Trump+victims&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAyabIg9rhAhVQs1kKHVHsClAQ_AUIDygC&biw=768&bih=651#imgrc=TfHUvAmnBRWU_M:

            Harassholes           https://www.google.com/search?q=Harassholes&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjekJnWg9rhAhWrq1kKHUTRAV0Q_AUIDigB&cshid=1555603817188574&biw=768&bih=651#imgrc=WYlV2iqMuLCfbM:

            10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman     https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=4+hours+of+catca

            The Trouble With Women            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS7FImcwBVA

            10 Hours of Walking Alone in the Hood as a Black Woman!! (Parody)        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyrpN0uIaaE

74 Awful Displays of Sexism on Fox News

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Top Ten Women’s Activists

Ida B. Wells

https://www.google.com/search?q=ida+b+wells&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiR4qjAguThAhUsVd8KHftJBjcQ_AUIDigB&biw=1440&bih=789#imgrc=1xLyohu7NKYLrM

2019 Woments March

https://www.google.com/search?q=women%27s+march+dc&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj4lKLRguThAhXCl-AKHZW4BWUQ_AUIDygC&biw=1440&bih=789#imgrc=dRklSUChZ5d2ZM

Susan B anthony quote 

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&biw=1440&bih=789&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=HOO9XKfVGaHI_QapkYXACg&q=it+was+we+the+people+not+we+the+white+male+citizens&oq=it+was+we+the+people+not+we+the+white+male+citizens&gs_l=img.3…196140.206630..207046…0.0..0.87.3420.51……1….1..gws-wiz-img…….0j0i67j0i24.NloHAzbW_d8#imgrc=MXYTyFb0jFP5GM

Women’s march image

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&biw=1440&bih=740&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=VgG4XLebJM6-ggeGyK64DQ&q=we+the+people+%28women+and+men%29&oq=we+the+people+%28women+and+men%29&gs_l=img.3…785269.795693..796097…0.0..0.78.1723.29……1….1..gws-wiz-img…….0j0i67j0i30j0i8i30.8dEQ8ei8Wvo#imgrc=SzkgyjS9Fl1IEM:

$20 bill new back

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&biw=1440&bih=740&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=VgG4XLebJM6-ggeGyK64DQ&q=we+the+people+%28women+and+men%29&oq=we+the+people+%28women+and+men%29&gs_l=img.3…785269.795693..796097…0.0..0.78.1723.29……1….1..gws-wiz-img…….0j0i67j0i30j0i8i30.8dEQ8ei8Wvo#imgrc=5RZHomjBvwZ0cM:

We hold these truths to be self evident

https://www.google.com/search?q=We+hold+these+truths+to+be+self+evident+that+all+men+and+women+are+created+equal&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwif_YubiuThAhXFMd8KHasoDvgQ_AUIDigB&biw=1440&bih=789#imgrc=5Ob4WykqcR9FiM:

Anthony, Mott, Truth, and Paul:

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&biw=1440&bih=789&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=Yu-9XOvKBcKIgge_jYeAAw&q=5+women%27s+rights+activists+susan+b+anthony+harriet+tubman+elizabeth+cady+stanton&oq=5+women%27s+rights+activists+susan+b+anthony+harriet+tubman+elizabeth+cady+stanton&gs_l=img.3…49741.78318..78879…8.0..0.173.5609.86j2……1….1..gws-wiz-img…….0j0i67j0i30j0i5i30j0i8i30j0i24.k7mWPy_JJ0U#imgrc=yeM-GRWLcMmTuM

Four women on poster

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&biw=1440&bih=740&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=VgG4XLebJM6-ggeGyK64DQ&q=we+the+people+%28women+and+men%29&oq=we+the+people+%28women+and+men%29&gs_l=img.3…785269.795693..796097…0.0..0.78.1723.29……1….1..gws-wiz-img…….0j0i67j0i30j0i8i30.8dEQ8ei8Wvo#imgrc=vw8btM12kt76EM

I don’t want to wear slippers I want to break glass ceilings:

https://www.google.com/search?q=i+don%27t+want+to+wear+glass+slippers,+I+want+to+break+glass+ceilings&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj52vy4k-ThAhWhiOAKHf53BJwQ_AUIECgD&biw=1440&bih=789&dpr=2#imgrc=-T5dqjSvu-0q1M:

Women in the workforce: (image not found) (google images)

Trans Women are women, Trans Men are Men:

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS759US759&biw=1440&bih=740&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=VgG4XLebJM6-ggeGyK64DQ&q=we+the+people+%28women+and+men%29&oq=we+the+people+%28women+and+men%29&gs_l=img.3…785269.795693..796097…0.0..0.78.1723.29……1….1..gws-wiz-img…….0j0i67j0i30j0i8i30.8dEQ8ei8Wvo#imgrc=pDew_i7ggva53M:

women in juries: (not found) (google images) 

Real Men are Feminists:

https://www.google.com/search?q=real+men+are+feminists&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg:CRxbNuQ4U0GmIjgQeKF1D4nVz5e02kiWe_1Geg4cW4ZG8omdCFhG9S4qMiyE9xrlhmkhXagL2L6jbSblEaQAQ5sFVuyoSCRB4oXUPidXPEbJkezs_1YDGsKhIJl7TaSJZ78Z4RDNCwnU2tj6oqEgmDhxbhkbyiZxGUNNAHmPDNlSoSCUIWEb1LioyLEVHxnHbl0S3UKhIJIT3GuWGaSFcRUjJh-mRx-u4qEglqAvYvqNtJuRGf5A8cNcOv3ioSCURpABDmwVW7EQntTDvWzrt1&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjuoY7cn-ThAhVBZN8KHUNaC40Q9C96BAgBEBs&biw=1440&bih=789&dpr=2#imgrc=T4EmZdDIx85_4M:

Technology: A Good Balance

I found it particularly jarring that even since 2005 communication technologies have been used in away to negotiate public and private space. Now with the vast array of technology available, we probably do this more. Social Topography In A Wireless ERA: The Negotiation of Public and Private Space illuminated how people use technology for privacy for me, even when in public. It sounds obvious but I’m interested in the way that technology is taking over our lives. I say this because I’ve noticed through the reading of this text and applying it to real life that we as technological consumers, and bystanders for that matter, subconsciously behave in a way that caters to our technology, whether it’s a smart-phone, cell-phone, laptop, or tablet.

One example that I’ve noticed a lot is when my parents called me on the phone last night. I was doing work while talking to a friend when my mom called me. So subconsciously my friend and I had this unspoken communication that I’ll see him later. To make it seem more like the article though, I subconsciously got up and started pacing around the room while talking to them-good thing I was alone in the room! Anyway, I said I was doing this subconsciously because I wasn’t aware that I, in fact, was catering to my phone call. I stopped my conversation with my friend, I stopped what I was working on, and I started pacing around the room. And now that I think about it I had my back to the door! I literally privatized a public area although I was alone in the room. Had there been people I probably would’ve left the room in order to protect “those bystanders from being infringed upon by the private matters” (380) of my phone call, according to Lee Humphreys in Social Topography In A Wireless ERA: The Negotiation of Public and Private .

I think for the most part that technology that lets us take our private matters with us like cell-phones is good for society because it lets us connect.   But on the other hand I’ve always lived my life believing that a balance in everything is necessary to live a well-rounded life. For example, cell-phones are definitely necessary in today’s day in age, but I procrastinate all the time on my phone and on the internet and can miss out on learning, socializing with actual people, and sleep. However, we’ve seen this as a historical trend with kaleidoscopes and landline telephones. But now it seems that since technology is so widespread, there’s even more of a warning towards the distraction that technology can bring from actually enjoying life. When thinking about this, I recall a video that I saw two or so years ago about the negatives about technology. It’s well worth the watch I assure you.