analysis about a stories analysis

Writing a story on a story about a story seems redundant. But what is even more redundant is the article we had to read. A pathological liar who can lie for more than a year about something this horrifying goes hand-in-hand with a  serial killer– sorry.

Our society is fixated on being better, but when we are given the chance to fix something we lie.  This entire dilemma could have been avoided and it’s sad that the only mistake Rolling Stone made was believing in humanity. Don’t blame Elderly or Rolling Stone, blame Jackie. Many of RS’s stories use pseudonyms to protect those who are willing to cooperate but are too scared to use their real names. Jackie’s nonsense somewhat discredits anything  published by Rolling Stone. It even has the potential to discredit any survivor story. There are some people who don’t believe rape is real and this just motivates their arrogance.

Rolling Stone is a prestigiously liberal magazine that’s respected above all mistakes it has made in the past. The magazine itself respects their staff. Sabrina Elderly’s seniority in the journalism department, as well as Wood’s, is one of the reasons why the pseudonyms were questioned and not investigated. In fact, the fact-checker who was assigned to Elderly’s story went directly to the Wood and Elderly when discussing the loopholes in the story.

Journalism has guidelines that help establish credibility. Maybe as journalists get comfortable they stop worrying about investigating and focus on the impact their stories will make. Elderly’s laziness jeopardized her career and Rolling Stone’s credibility. Kristen Lombardi is described as a writer who works with rape victims. And unlike Sabrina Elderly she makes sure her victims know that she needs official documents and the names of those involved. As a magazine that has the measures and abilities to help bring awareness to rape on college campuses, why won’t a rape victim want to cooperate? And if she/he didn’t want to it might be because he/she isn’t ready to relive what happened— Jackie was very descriptive about what happened to her that nigh (as stated in Coronel’s article).

The biggest mistake Rolling Stone made was believing the victim of a tragic story and forgetting about the rules to accommodate a source. This magazine tragedy is a great example for all journalist.





If you google “female athletes,” some of the first titles that come up include: “Ultimate List of Hottest Female Athletes In The World,” “Top 10 Hottest/Sexiests Female Athletes In The World” and “We Thought Female Athletes Were Catching Up To Men—,” when will we notice women for their achievements and not their looks. Everyone enjoys compliments and the best compliments are those that motivate you.

ESPN’s Body Issue last summer featured naked athletes and powerful quotes about their bodies. Although the article on Shape magazine highlighted positive aspects, the sub-title describes the issue as “the annual ESPN Body Issue, Brittney Griner, Aly Raisman, and more of the hottest women in sports.” Yeah, they have amazing bodies but they also have amazing careers— which is the reason why their bodies look so great. LPGA-golfer Sadena Parks said “I have a butt that is larger than I want it to be,” and when people compliment her she replies, “Well, thank you, but you can have it if you want it. I’ll give it to you, it’s all yours.” Natalie Coughlin, a swimmer featured on the issue, says it’s really hard to shop when her upper body is a size ten but her waist is a size four, but she says, “I want to be as successful as I can; if that means having big arms, I’ll take big arms.” Other athletes described their developed body parts as insecurities because they don’t fit societal norms of what a women’s body should look like. Their developed body parts are what make them great in the sport they play. 

Yahdon Israel’s article for ESPNW talks about the expectations in society where he knew about Muhammad Ali’s career but not that his daughter has a 24-0 record “without Googling it.” Israel is supposed to know that in 1960 Ali was one of the greatest athletes; however, he’s not expected to know that Wilma Rudolph, an African American female, won three gold medals at the 1960 Olympics. Of course Israel knows Indiana Pacers Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, but he did not know who Cheryl Miller was. Well— Cheryl holds the national high school record in basketball for scoring 105 points in one game. She’s also the person who introduced and coached her brother in basketball. This is all according to Yahdon Israel’s article. Lets be honest, who talks about or even follows female athletes like we do to male athletes. At our local hockey games, about 2,000 people attend a men’s game. If you do go to a women’s game it will be just you, their parents and some of the girls from the rugby team. 

If we were aware of how female athletes contribute to sports we would appreciate them more. The problem is not with the audience, the problem is caused by the media. The day we see female athletes as what they are, athletes, and not as a piece of meat that has a nice body because she kicks a ball around instead of going to the gym, will be a big step forward in our society.

Lets cover women’s achievements. Lets teach the world that basketball is basketball, no matter who is playing it. Lets enjoy sports. We all guilty of looking at the Alex Rodriguez’s butt, but he’s still known for being a great baseball player (and for using steroids), so why can’t we enjoy a female’s beauty and her achievements too?



Balancing Proportions

It is unfair that the letter ‘a’ always comes before the letter ‘t’. You realized that many people feel oppressed because they are always last and get the “short end of the stick.” So you decide to rearrange the alphabet. But you cannot rearrange the alphabet; The same way you can’t have four different people with the same name. It is ridiculous to assume that because it is the same brand all Barbie’s must be named Barbie. By trying to fix a problem Mattel finds themselves creating another. Then again, it is impossible to accommodate everyone in our time. 

Eliana Dockterman’s article on Mattel’s Barbie is contradicting. Part of its contradiction comes from Dockterman’s obvious attempt to accommodate readers who have different points of view. I frankly understand her inconsistency. It is a very complex topic that varies depending which angle you look at it. I do love how Dockterman delivers the facts in a way that helps you determine where your morality lies. 

Ruth Handler was “laughed out of a room” by male toy-makers who thought “nobody would want to play with a doll with breasts.” They were wrong. According to Dockterman’s research, Mattel sold 300,000 dolls that year. Some see Barbie as the start of something greater in a time of oppression, while others see her as the cause of women’s insecurities. Handler never strengthened her attempt to give meaning to that doll with breasts. Based on what I’ve read, Handler’s intentions were never to help the perception of women. As a matter of fact, Barbie was inspired by a German doll, Lilli, who was a prostitute that was commonly handed out at bachelor parties. Oh– and she named her after her daughter, Barbara. It doesn’t strike me as a surprise that Barbie was created based on a prostitute. Many of the cartoons from my childhood originated from messed up stories and if I start to name them, it will take up the free 3GB that WordPress gave me. Barbies origin feeds peoples belief that her image is responsible for Americas misinterpretation of true beauty. 

A doll, out of all things does not determine what beauty is. Happiness is beauty, not your strong jaw-line or your pretty blonde hair, but a simple smile. I don’t know about you but I have never said someone happy looks ugly. Beauty isn’t the clothes you wear, although they do make me confident, but that’s another thing. I would be lying if I said that the reason I’m not smiling isn’t because society doesn’t find me beautiful. I would be ignorant if I said that besides what I see in the mirror, my thoughts don’t linger into others eyes. I’m not dishonest, so I will admit that the media has shaped my body as well as my mind. From doll advertisements to actual people on TV, the media has had a huge impact on my life since I was a little girl. I had a large collection of Barbies, colored Barbies, never my skin tone, darker or lighter but never blonde. When I looked at my dolls I never called them Barbie. There names were Lucy, Carla (of course), Ana, etc. I never named them Barbie because they were not Barbie. Barbie is the tall Blonde girl whose boyfriend’s name is Ken. So when I read how the 6-year-old little girl reacted to seeing “Barbie” a bit chubbier, I wasn’t surprised. That is not Barbie, she should be named Camila or something. The name carries negativity, it has its history and by giving progress the same name that has caused such controversy won’t help them advance. Like Jill Filipovic said, “branding something as empowering is a great marketing tool,” Mattel is a company and regardless of how society feels about their decisions, the most important factor is the profit. However, Mattel has gone through extreme measures to accommodate each costumer. They decided to sell the dolls in sets to avoid false accusations when purchasing a Barbie as a gift, which also helps their income. 

Barbie could be dressed as a doctor, student, veterinarian, librarian, etc., but to me Barbie will always be dependent on Ken. The way I see it is: Barbie is rich, but Ken is wealthier; She has a carrier, but she doesn’t need to work because she already has money. And making Barbie say “Math is tough!” is not going to help her image. She has a reputation and if Mattel wants to make profit, as well as send a positive message, they have to rename this era of Barbies. “Our critics are the same people that should embrace us,” said Dickson. We are supposed to trust someone who believes that putting an astronaut suit on a doll, the same doll who said math was tough and would rather go shopping, is going to change her history. 

I am not blaming all of my insecurities on a doll. But the first time I was exposed to perfection and materialism was when I got a Barbie. Some will blame it on my mother for buying me the doll but it’s not her fault because I was also exposed to Disney’s big-headed Bratz. Not going to lie, Bratz helped me appreciate my forehead a little more. However, Disney is not off the hook, most of their ethnic princesses have Caucasian facial characteristics. Those who do look ethnic have exaggerated qualities like Lilo & Stitch.

Now I’m going to go binge watch Barbie on Netflix.