The recent Sadie Hawkins dance promoted a seemingly innocent theme: movie couples. Movie couples have been a staple of pop culture since the invention of the film, from Gregory Peck’s Joe Bradley and Audrey Hepburn’s Princess Ann from Roman Holiday to Shailene Woodley’s Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort’s Augustus Waters from the recent young adult sensation The Fault In Our Stars. “Pop culture”—short for popular culture—is so aptly named because of its wide-sweeping reach. Thus, the effect of popular culture on society and our thinking is unprecedented. Burgeoned by the American god Mass Media, the saturation of pop culture is an ineluctable reality in today’s age—and this is no surprise. Our social capitalist system demands it—it demands value in exchange for the production of value, and pop culture is naturally the neutral aftereffect of such motivation—it is extremely profitable.
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the profitability and accessibility of pop culture—yet therein lies the problem: pop culture itself. Pop culture builds on our basest perceptions, and uses them to create monetary value—and such perceptions are often racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or even ableist, reinforcing the power of the white media. It is a vicious cycle—these perceptions predate the creation of mass media, yet these perceptions are part of the basis of pop culture, and so the popularity of such perpetuates the repetition and propagation of these cycles of microaggression and oppression.
And we call ourselves today progressive.
As the weather has changed, I have noticed the different types of outfits that people wear. There is a typical way to dress during the fall season. Girls usually dress warm using various types of sweaters and boots. Some sweaters are meant to make you warm, and some are made for fashion purposes. There are thousands of different types of boots that I frequently see. If you are a girl with more money, you are more likely to wear Uggs. There are off brands that look quite similar to Uggs. There are also combat boots, not warm by any means, but they fit the style. Many girls like to accent their sweaters with leggings with the purpose of making their legs look skinnier or for comfort. Some even say they wear them to show off their assets.