Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hard Hits and Short Skits

TOPIC: How sex was the driving force in this year's Super Bowl
SOURCE: I have been watching football for many years. Something that has been increasingly interesting to me is the amount of sexuality in the advertisements of the games. There are many “texts” in American football that not only exploit sexuality, but shape gender roles as well.  From cheerleaders to commercials, you can tell a lot about American culture through football.
RELATION: Robbins describes a cultural text as "a way of thinking about a culture as a text of significant symbols-words, gestures, drawings, natural objects-that carries meaning” (pg 20). American football has a number of symbols that tell you about the culture. The one I am mainly going to focus on is the use of sexual ideas to sell products and gender roles portrayed through the sport.
DESCRIPTION: In recent years, the commercials that air during the Super Bowl have become just as popular as the game itself. Beer commercials have seemed to become the most popular. One reoccurring theme seen through the years is that the right beer can get you the right girl. This says a number of things about our society. One idea that is projected is that men are primarily concerned with the opposite sex when they are drunk. It is important to notice that these commercials are trying project their own image of beauty on the country. The text can be interpreted that men in America like to get inebriated and chase attractive women. Another text that can be seen in American football is the masculinity in the makes and extreme femininity in women. Football is somewhat a gathering of giant men, and if this is not enough, the men are all padded. This shows that our culture is concerned with proving its ability to overpower others. Just as moose fight with antlers to prove who is the strongest, American males have their football games. The game also pushes gender ideal on females. The cheerleaders say a lot about how females are “supposed” to act in this society according to football. Cheerleaders are dressed in very little clothing, are in very good physical shape, and support the team whole-heartedly.
COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS: Football has been a popular sport in America for many years, and in recent years has began influencing the culture more and more. From an outside culture looking in, football can be seen as men who are artificially making themselves larger while having women in small clothing screaming for them. All of these things give many messages about our culture; some being that we are caught up in sex and our men enjoy violently proving their masculinity.