Social Movements & Culture

Post a link to some example of cultural production (art, film, music, or some other form). Write a few sentences to explain what you think is interesting about it, and how it connects to your research topic. Comment on two of your group members’ posts as well.

Your link and sentences are due by 1pm April 30th, replies by the following week. Two places to get you started:


9 thoughts on “Social Movements & Culture”


    SAME LOVE by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
    “Same Love” is a hip-hop song recorded in 2012 to support gay and lesbian rights during the campaign for Washington Referendum 74, which upon approval legalized Same-sex marriage in Washington State. This piece has an excellent music rhythm and beat, but what makes it really special is its message: Love and equality for everyone. Below are a few lines of the “Same Love” lyrics that that I find interesting:
    It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
    Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
    The same fight that led people to walk-outs and sit-ins
    It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference!

    1. Hi Fardad,

      I enjoyed reading your post! I have heard this song many of times and understood that it was meant to support gay and lesbian marriage but I did not know that it was for the campaign for the Washington Referendum 74. This song is interesting as it definitely has a message that all should take to heart. Overall, this song is perfect for your research topic and has been used for many gay and lesbian projects (rallies, protests, etc.).

    2. Hi Fardad,

      I enjoyed reading your post. This song was a huge success when it came out so I am familiar with it and I knew it was about LGBT equality but I now learned a little more about it that I did not know before. It’s been great working with you this semester and I wish you the best of luck!

    Cruel and Unusual is a film following the lives of 5 transgender women then-current and then-released prisoners. What I found interesting about the film was that it took 3 years to make and viewers could get a real look at some of the injustices trans women face while in prison. It followed the lives of two recently released trans women and 3 imprisoned prisoners and focuses on their lack of adequate medical services and hormone treatment, housing conditions and risk to violence they face on a daily basis. This film has received a large amount of recognition over the years and has been screened at different film festivals and won multiple awards.
    This connects to my research topic because I am researching about transgender people in prison and the inhumane behavior they face in prison walls. What they encounter can be considered cruel and unusual punishment. I believe this film aims to educate the public about this and challenges viewers to question whether this is cruel and unusual and violates prisoners’ 8th Amendment rights. I find it really great that this film received recognition nationwide.

    1. Hi Leticia,

      I enjoyed reading your post! This film is perfect for your topic as it discusses the many aspects of transgender people in jail. I think that it is very interesting that this film has been shown at festivals and even given awards. It just shows how impactful this can be to all those who watch it. Overall, I think that this film will be interesting to see and it perfectly goes with your research topic.

    2. Leticia,
      Great choice! This film perfectly relates with your topic as it shows different difficulties experienced by trans women in prisons and those who were recently released. The film is educational and it is helpful to understand the injustice, lack of medical/hormone treatments, housing conditions, and violence that trans people suffer from while in prisons and after they are released. The fact that the film is made in three years, gives the audience a great sense of sympathy about trans people conditions in real life. With all being said, there is no wonder that the film has been shown in different film festivals and has received recognition. Thanks for sharing.


    I Don’t Know How She Does It is just one of many films, songs, art, etc. in today’s many popular cultural productions that deal with the gender inequality norms of today’s society. It is a popular movie that came out in 2011. It deals with the realities of a mother, who is also the breadwinner of her family. This movie specifically brings up many aspects of the daily life that working women have to deal with in comparison to working men. Women in today’s society are seen to be the caregiver and when they are providing the main income for their family, like in this movie, they need to be perceived as both, the provider and the caregiver. This is implied by many men at work, as well as the main character’s friends. I think that this movie is interesting because it points out about many of the double standards and gender inequalities that are still prevalent norms in today’s society, particularly in the workforce. It resembles how many working women today are being pulled to many different areas of their lives and are expected to act certain ways. It connects to my research topic because this movie discusses the many common double standards of gender in today’s culture. It also is showing perfectly how specific gender roles are prevalent as the norms of society. Overall, this movie shows how working women are bombarded by many different angles in their lives, to be everything: the provider of income, as well as being the specific gender role that fits into society’s norm.

    1. Rachael,
      Interesting film! I agree, women are subjected to double standards of gender in society and of course at the work place. Working women are providers and yet have to keep their positions as caregivers for their family, and they have to act in a certain way in both environments. This film shows how difficult it is to be a working mother and successfully take care of family and work duties. Being a mother, a worker, a provider, a lover, etc. at the same time on a daily basis is not easy. I agree with the title of the film, “I Don’t Know How She Does It.”

    2. Hi Rachael,

      Wow, your description of the film makes me want to watch it and I most certainly will. I think what makes it interesting is the fact that the mother is both the breadwinner and the caregiver. I think it truly resembles how women are bombarded by many angles in life today and have to play many roles at once and not just the caregiver anymore. It’s been great working with you this semester! Best of luck!

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