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Filed under: Uncategorized — skusnitz at 3:49 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Some Fieldnotes…

Filed under: Uncategorized — skusnitz at 9:58 pm on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lauren and I have begun interviewing some participants. Personally I have found that women have been taking it more seriously than men have. We both have realized that we are both finding that women in the older generation think beauty is more of an inner quality, rather than something that is portrayed on the outside for example facial features, or body type. Women in the younger generation get their views on beauty from the media, and celebrities  while women in the older generation get their views on beauty their role models who are women they actually know (like friends and family). A cute thing I found was that men in the older generation defined someone as beautiful as their wife, which shows me they think beauty is something that’s more real, rather than superficial, which I thought would be the opposite. We are eager to get back out there and see what else we learn.

Questionnaire for Project

Filed under: Uncategorized — skusnitz at 1:17 pm on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

here are some questions we are going to ask our participants:

1. define what you think characterizes a beautiful person?

2. Please rate the following pictures in order from most to least beautiful and explain your response to the best of your ability. [photoelicitation]

3.- what was considered beautiful when you were growing up and/or  has that changed at all?

4.  When do you think you became cognizant of beauty? Has it changed over time? If so, how?
5.  Where do you think your ideas of beauty come from?

Demographics:
6. what year were you born in?
7. Please circle – Male    Female
8. What kind of media do you consume most?
9. Are you from a city or a suburb?

Pictures for Photoelicitation:

Getting Serious

Filed under: Uncategorized — skusnitz at 9:25 pm on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

1. Reel, J., SooHoo, S., Summerhays, J., Gill, D. 2008. “Age before beauty: an exploration

of body image in African-American and Caucasian adult women.” Journal of Gender

Studies 17 (4):321-330.

The main focus of this article was to see whether there was a difference in view of one’s body image between African-Americans and Caucasians. One of the other factors was whether age was a factor as well. The researchers interviewed African-American and Caucasian women ranging between the ages of 20-80 in order to see if there was a difference in view of one’s body image as one ages. The found that neither age nor race were factors in differing views of body image. They found that woman in both races and all ages between 20-80 were most likely to do some sort of activity in order to be happy with their body image, whether it be exercise or amount of food eaten. I think this relates to our project because Lauren and I want to explore whether if there is a difference in what people think is beautiful throughout the lifespan. Body image (whether it be one’s own, or another’s body image) is related to what people think is beautiful. Perhaps our results will show (like this article) that women of all ages all think one type of look is beautiful, (whether that be skinny, or curvy).

2. Keating, Caroline F. 1985. “Gender and the Physiognomy of Dominance and

Attractiveness.” Social Psychology Quarterly 48 (1):61-70.

This article I think focuses more on gender differences in beauty, which is another aspect of Lauren and mine’s project. Using special technology, researchers were able to create male and female faces that looked identical, except for the hair, which was different for each face. The faces had either what were called mature features, which made faces look more dominant, or immature features which made the faces look less dominant. Male faces that had the dominant features were hypothesized to be more attractive and if the female faces had dominant features, they were hypothesized to be less attractive. Ultimate female attractiveness was hypothesized to be when the face had the immature, or less dominant features. The results supported the hypothesis. I think this article relates well to mine and Laurens project because we will be looking at what men and women view ad beautiful. Perhaps we will find that men and women think different things are beautiful because of different features on men and women’s faces.

The methods we will use are as follows. First we will ask generally what men and women of older and younger ages find beautiful. Then we will hand out a questionnaire asking what we specifically are trying to find out about how perception of beauty is related to age and gender. We may also use pictures of different women in the questions or we will do a separate step after where we show the pictures to the participants and ask them if they think the person is beautiful and why or why not. We hope that all of these methods will help us to find out if there is a difference of perception of beauty between gender, as well as age, or even if there is a difference throughout the lifespan.

Our ethical guidelines are as follows. Firstly, we plan to use images either from the internet or magazines, therefore we will make sure that they are images we are allowed to copy, or use and that have a license that enables us to post them on our blogs. Another ethical guidline we will adhere to is anonymousness. Meaning, we plan to interview our participants and even give them questionaires. We will make sure with them that they will let us post their names and answers to the questions. However, if they feel more comfortable not having their names posted and would rather be anonymous or have a pseudonym, we will follow their wishes and do so.  If for some reason we plan on taking pictures of the participants, we will make sure that we have their permission to use the pictures of them in our project. Another ethical guidline we will follow is that we will make clear to them that if for any reason they no longer feel comfortable participating or would no longer like to participate in the research, they have the option to drop out, with out consequences or with out being penalized in any way.

Indymedia

Filed under: Uncategorized — skusnitz at 4:22 pm on Monday, April 12, 2010

Indymedia stands for “The Independent Media Center”. The main objective of Indymedia is to portray the truth of what actually is going on in current events. One of their goals is to correct the distorted truths that the media puts out. In 1999, Indymedia was started by independent media organizations in order to provide the basis of various protests in Seattle. In order to publish on Indymedia all you need to do is sign up, it is open to anyone.

From the way the website is portrayed, it doesn’t seem unorganized, however it doesnt seem as if there is one person in charge. Many of the activities include rallies, and protests for animal rights, feminism, immigration, and third world countries, as well as the articles that are published on the website by its followers. I’m not sure if I would join the group. I often don’t like to voice my opinion on current issues. If I were to join, I would try to do so anonymously.

I found the following article interesting: http://www.indymedia.org/en/2010/02/934216.shtml

Reaction to Readings

Filed under: Uncategorized — skusnitz at 3:18 pm on Monday, April 12, 2010

In the reading by Schwartz: Pictures at a Demonstration, the author eased her way into the activists group in a way. I thought it was interesting because the way she started taking her photographs was similar to an idea we learned in class. We learned that when doing research on another culture, it would be wise to sort of go in slowly and explain what you are doing to the group, and not just start doing your research right away. At first I thought this would only be applicable when working with pther cultures. However after I read this article I realized that you have to get consent like this even from groups in our own cultures. I thought the whole article was interesting from her perspective as well because it is very rare that you hear of someone who actually wants to portray the truth of what is actually going on in the world (which is what she did).

Ethical Guidelines for Final Project

Filed under: Uncategorized — skusnitz at 4:18 pm on Wednesday, March 24, 2010  Tagged

For our final project Lauren and I came up with a few ethical guidlines we will follow. Firstly, we plan to use images either from the internet or magazines, therefore we will make sure that they are images we are allowed to copy, or use and that have a license that enables us to post them on our blogs. Another ethical guidline we will adhere to is anonymousness. Meaning, we plan to interview our participants and even give them questionaires. We will make sure with them that they will let us post their names and answers to the questions. However, if they feel more comfortable not having their names posted and would rather be anonymous or have a pseudonym, we will follow their wishes and do so.  If for some reason we plan on taking pictures of the participants, we will make sure that we have their permission to use the pictures of them in our project. Another ethical guidline we will follow is that we will make clear to them that if for any reason they no longer feel comfortable participating or would no longer like to participate in the research, they have the option to drop out, with out consequences or with out being penalized in any way.

Visual Exploration

Filed under: Uncategorized — skusnitz at 9:08 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

 

I found this picture through google images. I typed in the word beauty and came across this photo. It was posted on http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2008/04/03/weird-beauty-products/ and its origin is from an issue of Popular Science from February of 1933. It depicts a machine that supposedly measures the beauty of someone’s face. This relates well to mine and Lauren’s topic for our project. We want to study the idea of beauty and how men/women and people of different ages view something that is beautiful. I think it is fitting that this photo comes from a published work from 1933, as part of our project we may be able to contrast this photo to the ideas of “measuring beauty” and determining what is beautiful to what is beautiful today. It is also interesting to note that the researchers in the photo are men. Perhaps their perception of beauty is different than what women in general think is beautiful. This photo may be depicting specifically what men thought was beautiful back then (after our research we may fine that men still consider what was beautiful back then to be beautiful today).

This photo (above) is a photo I took myself of all my products on my vanity. It was not arranged specifically for the photo. I was thinking about what to take a photo of and I was looking around my room and came across all my make up and beauty products. I thought what could be a a better fit than a picture of beauty products for a research project on beauty? I think a lot of people believe that beauty is enhanced with products such as make up. As part of our research, Lauren and I may try to find out if this is true. Perhaps one beauty product is most favored by majority? Is there one product women will choose above all others? Is there one project that men look for on women’s faces when look at them? Has the use of these beauty products changed at all since years past? And do different age groups prefer different beauty products when trying to make themselves beautiful? Do the products really enhance someone’s beauty? These are all questions that come to my mind when I look at this picture and we hope to be able to answer them when doing our research.

A new idea for the project

Filed under: Uncategorized — skusnitz at 4:14 pm on Monday, March 15, 2010  Tagged

    Lauren N. and I had a new