YouTube Video: Ali G on Feminism!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Collage: The Winsome Women of the Ali G Show


Men often feel that their masculinity is threatened by the intimacy and commitment a serious relationship with a woman entails. “Sexual relationships are games in which women are seen as opponents”(276). Therefore, some men view dating as a sport, and “scoring” or having sex becomes an act of winning, not a sexual act involving emotions and love. It is internalized in men as adolescents that sex is power. “Scoring” results in “man points” in the realm of masculinity. This mentality results in the objectification and degradation of women. Women are objects in which men can achieve and win through sexual exploits. In the Ali G Show, women are often portrayed as objects of sexual desire. For example, in each episode, there are brief intermissions between skits where women dressed in bikinis or extremely tight leotards dance provocatively, either with each other or with Ali G. In addition to this visual example, Ali G frequently comments on women and the complications they create. For example, in one clip, Ali G states that in addition to contracting herpes or “the clap,” another risk one takes when engaging in sexual activity is getting involved in a relationship. The belief that women are sex symbols is blatantly portrayed in the collage. In many photos promoting the Ali G Show and his movie “Ali G Indahouse,” some women are posing in positions inferring sexual acts, while others are simply arm (or body) candy for Ali G. As for Borat, the bottom photo is a picture of the premiere of the Borat movie; women dressed up as peasants from Kazahkstan are pulling the wagon carrying Borat. The top photo, also one from the movie, is of Borat and his sister, “number one prostitute” in Kazahkstan. The rest of the photos are pretty self-explanatory...

-Miss Nooch

References:

Sabo, Don. The Myth of the Sexual Athlete.

Photo Credits:

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1 comment:

Jessie said...

Nice job with this collage- I think you captured the line between comedy at the expense of women and satire quite well.
Your collage's paragraph also contextualized it well; however, try choosing shorter quotes or, putting parts of quotes (prefaced or followed by ellipses) in place of long quotes. The quotes are good, but choose the most relevant section of the quote so that you're being as precise with your "evidence" to "prove" you point as possible.
Overall, great job!