Aymar Jean Christian's The End Of Post-Identity Television, And Christianity

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Aymar Jean Christian composed “The End of Post-Identity Television” to critique mainstream media (in the 2000s) for its’ failure to shed light on issues concerning race and gender identity despite their presence in everyday life. Christian uses his article to argue that identity is still important and the issues surrounding it should be discussed and portrayed like they are in reality. While Aaron Devor’s article “Gender Role Behaviors and Attitude” aims to bring awareness to the strong influence culture has on gender appropriation. He emphasizes that gender roles are not a natural occurrence but a phenomenon conceived and nurtured by society itself. In 2001, during the beginning of post-identity television, the movie “Legally Blonde” written…show more content…
Media outlets during the post-identity era would depict women in the workplace but did not underline any of the issues they faced in corporate America such as doubt and sexual harassment. In a scene from “Legally Blonde” Elle is having a discussion with Warner on how much harder law school will be when she’s taking on both classes and Callahan’s (her professors) internship to which he exclaims, “Oh, Elle, you’re never gonna get the grades to qualify for one of those spots.” Warner believes that woman can not posses such feminine qualities and still be successful which illustrates Elle’s struggle to be taken seriously in corporate America. Her character is combating the image of feminine women not being able to excel in such a respectable career fields (lawyer). In another incident Elle deals with a common issue “feminine” women deal with in the workplace, sexual harassment. She encounters this problem when her professor, Callahan, attempts to make a sexual proposition toward her so she can guarantee a spot on next year 's summer internship. Elle is completely taken aback by Callahan 's offer and handles it in a realistic way when she becomes so uncomfortable and discouraged that she contemplates quitting law school. These two scenes demonstrate how women are not exposed to the same working environment as men and the negative effect…show more content…
In addition it ends the movie by reinforcing the importance of establishing a heterosexual relationship with a male; which gives female viewers the impression that no achievement they ever make will exceed over getting married and having a baby. The movie however goes against the trend of post-identity television because it portrays the problems women face in the workplace. “Legally Blonde” shows that the assumption that everyone is equal and who you are does not alter your experience in society is an idealistic fantasy. The movie goes against the trend of identity no longer being of importance and acknowledges the differences in the cultural experience of men and

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