Scorsese cuts to a boring subdivision: Henry Hill exits his boring house in a bathrobe, stoops to get the newspaper "just like anybody" else, and for a moment remembers that he used to be a gangster. Scorsese cuts to a clip of the violent thug Jimmy (played by Joe Pesci) firing rounds point blank at the audience, and then cuts back to Henry who is either smiling or grimacing at the memory of Jimmy's "tough guise."
Of course, there are moments when Henry Hill himself becomes just as violent as the world he inhabits. The ferocious pistol-whipping is one such scene, referenced in Jackson Katz's "Tough Guise" as a perfect illustration of the kind of brute strength admired by men. Scorsese's use of the freeze frame earlier in the film allows the audience to reflect on the horrific scenes of violence as they unfold: whether one admires the "tough guise"…… [Read More]
Women do play some role in the promotion of the tough guise image. Whether they would like to admit it or not, most women's idea of a man is one that is strong, macho and protective of them. The saying that, 'Nice guys finish last' has some truth to it. Many women look over the shy, quiet type of man because of the images they have seen in the media and in everyday life. This type of man has no appeal because he is seen as a pushover and the women feel that he could not protect and care for them the way a tough guy could.
The film covered several aspects of the reasoning behind the tough guise. He discussed how the image in perpetuated in young boys almost from the day they are born. He covered how the image plays out along racial and class lines. The fact…… [Read More]
The role of sex in advertising is even more blatant in a food advertisement of an ejaculating Tabsco sauce bottle over a split bake potato -- hot and spice as a metaphor for intercourse.
Sex sells: a woman wants to be desired by a man which requires the perfect figure, in the perfect low-cut dress with the perfectly matching nail polish, and a man can only be desired by a woman if he drives a BMW, wears a olex watch and has on a alph Lauren suit (which is not a Polo suit but the higher end and much more expensive Purple Label suit). Media's objectification of women and the fact that sex does sell has lead to the "sexification" of young girls and teens. Kilboure makes her point with magazine covers and television spots, including JonBenet in full makeup for a toddler beauty pageant, a teenage Brittney Spears displayed…… [Read More]
Sociology and Feminist Theories on Gender Studies
Postmodern Feminism in "Cherrie Moraga and Chicana Lesbianism"
In the article entitled, "Cherrie Moraga and Chicana Lesbianism," author Tomas Almaguer analyzes and studies the dynamics behind Moraga's feminist reading of the Chicano culture and society that she originated from. In the article, Almaguer focuses on three elements that influenced Moraga's social reality as she was growing up: the powerful effect of the Chicano culture, patriarchal orientation, and homosexuality that she experienced within the context of her nationality.
Chicano culture centers on race as an indicator of one's cultural orientation, while patriarchy serves as the ideology that is prevalent in Moraga's social reality. Homosexuality, particularly, lesbianism, is Moraga's release from the somewhat repressing role that she perceives women receive in her culture. Thus, lesbianism becomes Moraga's alternative sexual orientation to a heterosexually conservative Chicano culture. Using the following factors concerning the cultural, social, and…… [Read More]
skills sets needed to be successful in the market place and whether discrimination of poverty, gender, and race may impede one's chances
There are those who argue along the lines of "if you will it, you can do it," and that as long as you present something that people need and you show them that you are the one who can best help them get it, you can be successful no matter what your external limitations.
On the other hand, there is a significant amount of social scientists that say that impeding factors such as poverty are real and stop you from getting where you want to be. The rags to riches story is a myth that happens infrequently to rare individuals. Much more common is the reality that states that money, class, and, to a lesser extent, gender are the factors that get you to, or impede you from…… [Read More]
Overcrowding in Prisons: Impacts on African-Americans
The overcrowded prisons in the United States are heavily populated by African-Americans, many of them incarcerated due to petty, non-violent crimes such as drug dealing. This paper points out that not only are today's prisons overcrowded, the fact of their being overcrowded negatively impacts the African-American community above and beyond the individuals who are locked up. This paper also points to the racist-themed legislation that has been an important reason why so many African-Americans are incarcerated -- and the paper points to the unjust sentencing laws that have unfairly targeted black men from the inner city.
hen overcrowding becomes an extremely serious human and ethical problem such that state or federal prison officials must find a temporary solution, one trend that has been implemented is to move inmates to other prisons in distant states. However, according to author Othello Harris, who is…… [Read More]
Guise" by Jackson Katz identifies violence and crime occurring predominantly at the hand of men. He gives statistics and percentages including rape and stalking as well as the 61 out 62 mass shooting conducted mainly by men. At first, he identifies in sections what could cause men to behave in such a violent way. He mentions the culture of violence in the United States and explains there are two sides of this culture, the side that craves violence and the side that becomes horribly offended by it. Both sides remain inherent in most of the people in the country and it carries out to the men.
Fathers teach their sons to accept the traditional idea of manhood. What it means to be a man is to show little emotion and when a man reaches a breaking point, show that in anger and violence. This tough guy attitude to show no…… [Read More]
Just as clearly no individual who is logical would consider Charles Manson or Theodore undy as eligible profiles for the restorative justice program or even for rehabilitation program or indeed of any other than imprisonment or death by execution There are however, very potentially productive, useful, and worthy individuals who are shuffled into the correction system due to their inability to hire a lawyer or lack of knowledge concerning their rights to having representation appointed to them that with education and knowledge or skills acquisition can be successfully rehabilitation or restored to society and within the community. Recently there has been documented an additional strategy in criminal justice corrections which is described as a 'transformational' process and is a cognitive-behavioral approach in treatment.
RECOMMENDATIONS for FUTURE CORRECTIONS
Cognitive behavioral approaches are being used in transforming the dysfunctional thinking of the individual. The work of Mahoney and Lyddon (1988) relate approximately…… [Read More]
O rother, Where Art Thou?
Homer in Hollywood: The Coen rothers' O rother, Where Art Thou?
Could a Hollywood filmmaker adapt Homer's Odyssey for the screen in the same way that James Joyce did for the Modernist novel? The idea of a high-art film adaptation of the Odyssey is actually at the center of the plot of Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 film Contempt, and the Alberto Moravia novel on which Godard's film is based. In Contempt, Prokosch, a rich American dilettante film producer played by Jack Palance, hires Fritz Lang to film a version of Homer's Odyssey, then hires a screenwriter to write it and promptly ruins his marriage to rigitte ardot. Fritz Lang gamely plays himself -- joining the ranks of fellow "arty" German-born directors who had earlier deigned to act before the camera (like Erich von Stroheim in Wilder's Sunset oulevard, playing a former director not unlike himself, or…… [Read More]
Before the Scramble for Africa of the late 19th century, Africa was hierarchical, authoritarian, and paternalistic, just like the European countries invading them. Insubordination and disobedience to the deference pyramids were punished by violence. Some tribes carried this violence out against their neighbors, from whom they stole cattle and other property. The strength of white settlers in Africa came from their technology. Before the nineteenth century, some African prophets and seers foretold of great human suffering at the hands of white invaders. There were many in tribes who resisted white settlement from the beginning, while other tribes studied the ways of the white man and tried to form alliances with the Europeans against their enemies. Many tribes were neutral, although their chiefs might accept gifts in return for cooperation. The presence of white man changed the dynamics of power in Africa in many ways.
New forms of power brought by…… [Read More]
It was not unusual for Shed to have this mix between his feminine and masculine sides. That is not negative or wrong. For example, in the article "How we find ourselves," Wilson (1996, p.303) relates that today this concept of shaman or two-spirit sided individual has been continued in the indigenous culture. "Many lesbian, gay, and bisexual Indigenous Americans use the term "two-spirit" to describe themselves...This term is drawn from a traditional worldview that affirms the inseparability of the experience of their sexuality from the experience of their culture and community." The interrelationship of sexual identity and ethnicity lends itself to the complexity of the process of developing one's identity. This growing acceptance of the use of the word two-spirit as a self-descriptor among lesbian, gay, and bisexual indigenous Americans stipulates a sexuality deeply rooted in one's own culture. Two-spirit identity supports the interconnection of all factors of identity, such…… [Read More]
He masked himself as Philostrate as he finds his way towards Athens. His standing for righteous activities and healthy language developed so quickly that in a short span of time he turned into a beloved companion of Theseus (Hubertis, 1916).
Palamon, meanwhile, has wasted seven more years in jail, and has almost gone insane. Incongruously, nevertheless, an acquaintance ultimately assisted him to getaway from his imprisonment. He took to his heels during the night, however, during daylight hours he used to hide under a copse of trees. Yet again by the farthest remote likelihood, Arcite came to pass the same copse in hunt of vegetation for a May festoon (Hubertis, 1916).
Although he had still been masked as Philostrate he started to speak to himself; believing he was alone, and to narrate the entire account of his unhappy condition. Palamon, eavesdropping on his acknowledgment, sensed as if a frozen blade…… [Read More]
However, as criminals become more aware of undercover tactics, the covert officer is required to provide more and more proof that he is indeed a criminal- which leads to the officer committing acts that compromise his or her integrity for the sake of maintaining cover. y understanding the often conflicting nature of these goals, deception and integrity, we can see how an undercover officer can become confused, lost, and susceptible to temptation (i.e. criminal behavior).
y examining both aspects- environmental factors and personality factors- we take into account both sides of a complex relationship. These two groups of factors, when combined together, shed some light on the exact nature of criminal tendencies amongst police officers.
Definition of Terms
Covert: another term for undercover, meaning the use of deception for the purpose of gathering information or intelligence.
Non-covert: police officers that, even in plain clothes, maintain their own true identity instead…… [Read More]
Economic View of the Death Penalty
In 1972, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty, as applied in three capital cases in the state of Georgia was "cruel and unusual punishment and in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. (Hastings and Johnson, 2001, paraphrased) A mere four years later the state of Georgia was once against before the Supreme Court in the case of Gregg v. Georgia, a case in which the decision handed down by the court found that the death penalty was in fact constitutional. (Hastings and Johnson, 2001, paraphrased) The objective of this study is to examine the practice of the death penalty from an economic perspective. Towards this end, this study will examine the literature in this area of study. According to a recent report there are several states considering abolition of the death penalty including…… [Read More]
Stephen obin's Leadership Models: Assessment of Film Queen Elizabeth I
What is the leadership-effectiveness model?
Leadership behaviors and Styles
Group member characteristics
Internal and External environment
After watching the 1998 movie "Elizabeth," this paper was written which to shortly examine the make of her according to obin's leadership model. An extremely astute, intelligent and most extraordinary irregularity of her time question of whether Elizabeth should be considered the great model of leadership most would, Elizabeth rose to power and prospered in bonding her people. This monarch did this without husband or successor, was an extraordinary writer who was able to utilize her words in order to gain power and had an age named after her. She was the virtuous and carried herself as ethical symbol to which many would more than likely assign the title "great leader." It was clear from the viewpoint of the movie…… [Read More]
executive lounges of luxury hotel in London
Promotion of Executive Lounge
Overview of the UK hotel industry
Executive lounge market research and trends
Advantages and disadvantages from the hotel perspective
Methodology and previous research
Research strategy and tools
Reliability and validity
Executive lounges are sections set aside by hotels to cater for guest or customers who are would not mind paying more in order to receive a premium or preferential services (Nguyen, 2015). Just as in the airline industry, the hotel industry has recognized the need to have special services for clients who have huge demands, especially business travelers. The major benefits of executive lounges are the services or amenities offered. Most executive lounges allow guest to have an early check-in and late checkout, business center, allowing guest to take a shower before their rooms are available, private meeting areas, and free meals. The…… [Read More]
One of the most powerful people in tech, Susan Wojcicki got her start in Silicon Valley as one of Google’s first employees. She worked her way into a C-suite, and has been the CEO of YouTube for three years. Wojcicki led Google’s acquisition of YouTube in 2006, after which the value of the video sharing service skyrocketed to $90 billion (“Susan Wojcicki,” n.d.). With so few women in the C-suite in any sector, and especially technology, Susan Wojcicki would be an exemplary role model already. Yet her leadership during the infamous “Google Memo” incident shows how determined Wojcicki is to transform gender roles, norms, and organizational cultures in all business sectors.
Wojcicki started out as Google’s marketing manager and fought her way through the “boys’ club” of what is now one of the world’s biggest firms in any sector (Wojcicki, 2017). Whereas many would have quit in the…… [Read More]
It is not a popular notion in today's culture that little girls are supposed to love dolls and little boys are supposed to love trucks and other masculine toys (itt) However, if the toy is packaged in a new way it seems that it may be all right. The My Twinn may at first seem one of extreme socialization and not a desirable place to shop for a young lady, but on further examination at least that part of the equation is not disturbing. The purchaser is buying a friend for the girl that looks as close to her own self as a doll can. However, once socialization is taken out of the picture, it is disturbing in other ways. Modern culture gurus bemoan the commercialization of everything in this free market culture that has developed in the United States and seems to be taking over the world.…… [Read More]