Author explores use of sparkle

first_imgMary Kearney, associate professor of film, television and theatre and director of the gender studies program, explored the prevalence and impact of sparkle in pop culture Saturday, during her lecture titled, “Sparkle: Contemporary Girls Media Culture.”Kearney’s lecture, part of the Snite Musuem of Art “Saturday Scholars Series,” examined how elements such as glitter, sparkle and luminescence have become ubiquitous ingirls’ media and how this trend subsequently shapes girls’ production and consumption of media. Her book, “Girls Make Media” highlights the way more girls than ever before, produce various forms of media. Additionally, the book analyzes the presence of sparkle and glitter in media and the connection to a historical fascination with luminescence and sparkle to the ethereal and the heavenly.“Today, in comparison with other historical periods, girls’ media texts are truly luminous and spectacular,” Kearney said. “I’m interested in the visual style of said media, not only because they contribute so strongly to the overall meaning of text, but also because of their affective dimension and how they make us feel. I’m curious about how these meanings might inspire our further engagement in media culture, especially producing our own media.”Kearney said while sparkle has been present in pop culture for years in animated films and toys, sparkle has become far more prevalent in television, film and toys marketed towards young girls during the past 15 years, with notable examples including Disney films such as “Frozen” and “Brave,” and television shows such as “Hannah Montana.” Kearney said while the trend is primarily geared toward young, white girls between the ages of eight and 12, sparkle and glitter have an almost universal appeal among girls of different ages and backgrounds, and this trend encourages girls to  “sparkle up to affirm their youthful femininity.”Kearney said, “Those displays have more than just suggestive beauty. They have also signified a particular form of youthful femininity associated with visibility, publicness, wealth, and sexual maturity.”“The fashion and beauty industries have long encouraged girls to understand female attractiveness as best communicated via sparkly bodily displays, modelled by film stars and other celebrities,” she said.According to Kearney, sparkle has become synonymous with female youth and beauty, due in large part to the prevalence of glitter and glamour in celebrity culture.Kearney said there are three forms of “sparkle” in girls media culture: magical — media involving transformative beings such as witches — environmental — primarily concerned with bioluminescence and bright environments — and bodily — associated with how women use sparkle and glitter to adorn their bodies. She said the three forms of sparkle are primarily found in films such as “Cinderella” and “Frozen,” as well as television shows such as “Hannah Montana” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” These kinds of movies and TV shows exemplify in different ways the push for a vibrant, fame-centric ideal of femininity, she saidKearney said the prominence of sparkle in pop culture contributes to a post-feminist ideal, where female empowerment resides is the responsibility of the individual woman. Operating under this notion, the ideal woman is one who embraces glittery, hyper-feminine products and adornments for her personal pleasure.“The ideal post-feminist woman, therefore, is one whose femininity and agency are communicated primarily through a visibly self-disciplined and glamorously adorned body.”While the association of sparkle with a post-feminist ideal at times overemphasizes the importance of beauty and presentation for young girls, she recognized how sparkle can also be an inspiration and encouragement for young girls to create their own media while remaining fascinated by the beauty of sparkle. She said while theorists are often critical of sparkle culture, it is necessary to understand the way young women emotionally engage with sparkle in contemporary media.“With those perspectives in mind, I want to reclaim femininity, and thus sparkle, as a potentially resistant force for girls,” Kearney said. “In arguing for the potentially positive contributions of sparkle in girls’ media, I also want to encourage attention to its affect or the emotions such luminous beauty elicits.“ … I am all for sparkle if that’s what gets girls involved in creating media.”Tags: Mary Kearney, Saturday Scholar Series, Snite Museum, Sparklelast_img read more

Hempstead Robbers Hit 11 Stores in 6 Months, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 26-year-old men have been arrested for allegedly robbing 11 stores and gas stations, some of them at gunpoint, in Hempstead over the past six months, Nassau County police said.Gerard Brown of Roosevelt and Nicholas McNeil of Hempstead were each charged with multiple counts of robbery this week.Police said the duo robbed the Sunoco Gas located on Peninsula Boulevard on Sept. 23, Dunkin Donuts on Peninsula Boulevard on Oct. 22, Village Express Deli on South Franklin Street on Oct. 24 and Mobil Gas Station on Peninsula Boulevard on Nov. 12.They allegedly robbed the same Sunoco station again on Nov. 19, the same Dunkin Donuts a second time on Nov. 29 and then hit the donut shop a third time on Dec. 4, police said.The suspects are also accused of robbing GameStop on Fulton Avenue on Dec. 2, Citgo Gas Station on Baldwin Road on Dec. 9 and then the Village Express Deli two more times on Jan. 23 and Feb. 3, police said.No victims were injured in any of the cases, police said.Brown will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead. McNeil was ordered held without bail Wednesday and is due back in court Friday.last_img read more

Cops: Drunken Driver Seriously Injures Woman, 43, in Brentwood Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged drunken driver crashed head-on into another vehicle in Brentwood early Saturday morning, seriously injuring the passenger of the car, Suffolk County police said. Ronald Cherry, 44, of Bay Shore, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip. Police said Cherry was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Spur Drive North just before 2 a.m. when he was involved in a head-on collision with a 2008 Toyota Avalon driving westbound. The driver of the car, 43-year-old Bernadette Joachim-Baker of Miami, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for minor injuries. Her passenger, 21-year-old Melissa Joseph of Brentwood, was transported to Southside with serious injuries, police said. Police earlier in the day incorrectly reported that another passenger had suffered serious injuries. Cherry was treated at the same hospital for minor injuries. Police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Third Squad detectives at 631-854-8352 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

A generation of buyers has never seen RBA raise rates – and that’s likely to continue for a while yet

first_imgNew homeowners in the past seven years have never seen a rate hike.A GENERATION of homebuyers has never experienced a rate hike, and their luck is likely to continue for a while yet, according to latest predictions.RateCity money editor Sally Tindall said it had now been a whopping seven years since the Reserve Bank last raised interest rates with 21 of 23 indicators suggesting that to continue to be the case come Tuesday’s monetary policy meeting.“It’s incredible to think there is a now a large number of first home buyers who’ve never experienced a rate hike. Seven years is a long time between increases,” she said.The RBA is expected to keep the cash rate at 1.5 per cent when it meets on Tuesday. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins.RateCity analysis of 23 leading economic indicators found that 21 of them pointed to the RBA leaving the official cash rate at a record low of 1.5 per cent, where it has been since August last year.“Lower than expected inflation figures and wage growth stalling at just 1.9 per cent provide an argument for the Reserve to cut rates, but that’s unlikely.“The RBA will also be concerned Australia’s household debt-to-income level increased from 19.0 per cent to a record 193.7 per cent in the last quarter – a worrying trend that leaves them in a difficult position.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoWHAT A MILLION-DOLLAR MAKEOVER GETS YOU IN BRISBANEHOUSE SOLD FOR LESS THAN COST OF UNITFIVE WAYS TO PUT YOUR EQUITY TO WORK FOR YOURBA has expressed concern over the household debt-to-income ratio hitting a record 193.7 per cent. Picture: Getty Images.“If they hike rates, they will risk sending thousands of Australians into financial hardship. Conversely, if they lower rates, it will encourage others to take on more debt. In short, its hands are tied until wages growth, and the broader economy, strengthen.“Until then, homeowners can rest easy in the knowledge that their mortgage repayments won’t be increasing anytime soon.”The RBA board meets for the monthly monetary policy meeting on Tuesday with their decision on whether or not to move on rates to be announced at 1pm.Unemployment fell from 5.6 to 5.5 per cent last month but significantly more movement was needed to trigger a rate rise.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKFREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXlast_img read more

Bahri Adds New VLCC to Its Fleet

first_imgThe National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) expanded its fleet as it took delivery of a new very large crude carrier (VLCC) on January 22.The 300,000 dwt tanker, which was named Kassab, was built by South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.Bahri said it expects the ship to start its commercial operation in March 2018, adding that the financial impact of the new VLCC is set to be in the first quarter of 2018.The 330-meter-long and 60-meter-wide vessel is one of five VLCCs that were ordered from the shipbuilder in 2016. In November the same year, Bahri reached a financing agreement with Standard Chartered Bank, Arab National Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Bank Albilad, which partially funded the construction of the ships.According to the company’s stock exchange release in November 2016, the financing agreement amounted to USD 350 million for a period of ten years, plus a grace period of 22 months for guarantees.The remaining ships under the deal are expected to be handed over to Bahri by mid-2018, data provided by VesselsValue shows.last_img read more

15 examples of female athletes crushed by women who were men

first_imgWND.com 27 March 2017Transgenders dominate in weightlifting, track, wrestling, football, basketball, mixed martial artsYou’ve heard the expression, “Boys will be boys.” But what happens when a brawny boy wants to be one of the girls – fiercely competing with females in weightlifting, brutally tackling girls on the football field or even dealing powerful knockout punches to ladies in a mixed martial-arts cage?It’s now happening across America and around the world.Biological males are joining women’s teams, smashing records and dominating in sports such as weightlifting, softball, cycling, track, wrestling, football, volleyball, dodgeball, handball, cricket, golf, basketball and mixed martial arts.The movement for “equality” has apparently inspired transgender athletes to join teams of their preferred gender. And that often means biological males are competing against biological females on women’s teams. But in the world of sports, critics argue, equality between the sexes simply doesn’t exist. Physiologically speaking, there’s a gender gap between men and women that cannot be erased.To document the growing trend, WND has compiled the following list of headline-making transgender athletes crashing the world of women’s sports.READ MORE: http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/female-athletes-crushed-by-women-who-were-once-men/last_img read more

CDB approves funding for water project in Grand Fond

first_img 30 Views   no discussions LocalNews CDB approves funding for water project in Grand Fond by: – May 18, 2012 Share The Caribbean Development Bank has approved funding for the Grand Fond Water system.Reginald Austrie, Minister for Water Resource Management, confirmed this on Monday during an interview with GIS news.He said, “The people of Grand Fond have been [pleading] for a new water system for a while now and the CDB has approved the contractor for that project under the BNTF program. We expect very shortly that the contract will be signed and work will begin on this new facility”. This will bring much relief to the people of Grand Fond”.According to the minister this will bring “much relief” to the people of Grand Fond, noting his government’s commitment to alleviate the living condition of its residents despite financial hardships.“It is Government’s stated policy and even [though] we know that the financial situation is in fact tight, the Government through the Ministry of Finance and the Minister for Finance, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has made the resources available. We see water as an essential commodity that nobody can live without. Water is Life and so we are ensuring that we want to keep all our people healthy and strong by ensuring that we make this social investment”.Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Fond Constituency, Ivor Stephenson said he is looking forward to the commencement of the project.“For many years now the people of Grand Fond have been experiencing some serious shortages of water within the community. With the approved funds, the people of Grand Fond especially those that reside in upper Grand Fond will now be able to live much more comfortably and enjoy the quality of water that they expect to enjoy”.He also highlighted the contributions which both the CDB and the Basic Needs Trust Fund has made towards improved water supply for sections of his constituency. “I must say here that the Caribbean Development Bank has not only approved funds for the community of Grand Fond through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) but we have seen where other communities have benefitted from under CDB-BNTF projects. In Bagatelle, in the Kat-Bwa area, a project is nearing completion; we have Petite Savanne which saw the commissioning of a water system last year, and in Shawford and Monkey Hill, Marigot all these are CDB-BNTF funded projects”.He noted that the “CDB and the Government of Dominica continue to collaborate to ensure that we can improve the quality of the lives of people especially in the areas where [people] are benefiting from CDB-BNTF projects”.Government Information Service Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

Lionel Messi passed fit for La Liga restart

first_img La Blaugrana restart their title defence with a trip to the Balearic Islands on June 13, ahead of a high stakes end of season run in. However, the defending champions have been boosted by the news that Messi is on track to recover from a thigh injury.Advertisement “Messi has not trained due to a precaution, but he is perfectly fine and will not have any problems,” he told an interview with Movistar, reported via Marca. “We are facing a concentrated run of games, and I want to have Messi on the pitch as much as possible.” Setien also confirmed Luis Suarez is back in full training and the Uruguayan international will be included in the squad to face Vicente Moreno’s side. Read Also: Liverpool cleared to win Premier League at AnfieldThe former Liverpool man has been sidelined since January, after undergoing knee surgery, but due to the extension of the 2019-20 season, he is now set to return.French international pair Ousmane Dembele and Clement Lenglet will miss out, through injury and suspension respectively, with Samuel Umtiti set to step in for Lenglet.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona boss Quique Setien has confirmed Lionel Messi will be fit for their La Liga clash away at Real Mallorca this weekend.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)Behind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular MoviesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visitlast_img read more

Cycling event to honor fallen Rising Sun Police Chief

first_imgThe 19th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors will be slightly different than past years.  The annual event that raises funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families, which normally has participants riding over 1000 miles over a 13 day period will have a one-day public ride on September 5 at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield starting at 8:30a.  The general public is invited throughout the day and is open to riders of all abilities.  This year’s ride will honor Chief David Hewitt, of the Rising Su Police Department and Trooper Peter Bo Stephan, of the Indiana State Police who both gave the ultimate sacrifice in 2019.A stationary Ride for Chief Hewitt will take place on September 14 at the Rising Sun Police Department and on September 18 at the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post.  For more information, click here.last_img read more

Trojans travel to desert to face dangerous Sun Devils

first_imgAfter a weekend in which the USC men’s basketball team split two hard-fought games that came down to the final seconds, the Trojans hit the road to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.Turnover troubles· USC senior point guard Jio Fontan struggled in the team’s recent victory over Oregon State, where he had ten turnovers. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanUSC (8-11, 3-3) staved off a tough Oregon State defense in the final minutes to secure a 69-68 victory Saturday, despite allowing the Beavers to overcome a 15-point deficit in the second half. Arizona State (14-4, 3-2) suffered a 17-point loss to its in-state rival, No. 6 Arizona, whom the Trojans will face Saturday.The win for USC, which comes as the first under interim head coach Bob Cantu, moved the Trojans up to No. 6 in the Pac-12 standings, just one position behind the Sun Devils. With their next three games coming on the road against Pac-12 opponents, USC has the potential to make a serious move this week.“It’s a huge opportunity for us,” junior center Omar Oraby said. “[The Sun Devils] are a very good team, one of the top teams in our conference. We have nothing to lose so we have to go out and play and get some wins.”USC leads the all-time series against Arizona State, but the Trojans lost both times the teams met last season. Still, Cantu sees the upcoming game as a new matchup.“They’re a lot different than they were a year ago,” Cantu said. “They’re playing a lot more man-to-man defense. We’ve got to be able to take care of the basketball whether they’re playing man or zone.”Cantu was confident about the team’s performance during a practice held Tuesday afternoon, acknowledging the focus he observed in all of his players, especially in light of their adjustment to the coaching changes.“All the guys were fantastic today,” Cantu said. “They’ve been great since this transition and I’m confident I can play any of these guys at any time.”Part of Cantu’s confidence comes from the team’s performances in games against Oregon and Oregon State last week, both of which were decided in the final seconds — a loss against Oregon after three missed shots at the buzzer and a winning layup with 4.8 seconds remaining against Oregon State.Despite the loss against No. 16 Oregon, the fact that the team was able to compete against the nationally ranked Ducks boosted its morale.“Although we lost, we played down to the wire and [the Ducks] were a top team in the country so we have a lot of confidence going into the road trip,” Oraby said.USC will face more tough competition from Arizona State and especially from freshman guard Jahii Carson, who is posting statistics that rank him alongside some of the best players in the conference.  Despite the loss against Arizona, the star freshman led the Sun Devils in scoring for the 12th time and posted 22 points, marking his eighth 20-point game.With one of the most challenging schedules, featuring seven games against teams ranked in the NCAA RPI Top 50, USC has already faced off against a number of tough teams and players. The Trojans have especially shown their offensive power in conference games, ranking fourth in points per game with 69.0 and leading all teams with a 45.8 shooting percentage.USC will need to maintain that production against a staunch defensive squad from Arizona State, which boasts 133 blocks in 18 games (averaging 7.4 per game), good for fourth in the nation.Still, Pac-12 play thus far shows that statistics alone won’t predict the outcome of a game, a conclusion that Cantu has stressed to his players regarding their upcoming games this week.“In conference play, anybody can beat anybody,” Cantu said. “We just have to stay focused and try to compete and play hard.”last_img read more