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"If she can see it, she can be it."

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PureTassel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I came across this PSA a month or two ago, and today I thought about sharing it with you. Can anyone guess the philosophical implications of the key phrase "If she can see it, she can be it"?
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Sabby1300 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I disagree with that phrase. She's only going to 'be it' if she was already born 'it' to begin with or if she really, really, really wants to be it. And I mean like...come hell or high water, she's gonna be it. Because you gotta practically ruin some lives to get some of the jobs around here, let me tell you. If you don't have the drive for it, you aren't going to get it.

If your son or daughter wants to be something when they grow up that they picked up from television and you don't agree with it, you can't just say no, but you can't say yes, either. You have to handle the issue with care and hope for the best. Otherwise, you might not have a son or daughter anymore.
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maltese101 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
SEE JANE.

"If she can believe it, she can do it."
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
There you go?
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hiyoi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
7 hours of watching tv a DAY??? Do these girls not go to school????
Maybe crappy children's tv shows wouldn't be a problem if she made contact with the outside world on a regular basis?
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
One girl, for example, could watch TV for one hour, while another could watch at least 30 minutes.
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TimLavey Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The third girl would then have to watch 19 hours and 30 minutes of television a day for it to add up.
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hiyoi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
But the video said 'on average.' Doesn't that mean the girls watch around 7 hours of tv a day?
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TimLavey Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Women and girls gotta get more interesting and entertaining if the portrayal of them in kids' media is gonna change. I think media more so follow trends and attitudes than create them.
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MPsai Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Really? Media has a huge influence on peoples' values. Kids especially are trying to learn their role in the world through observation, and there really aren't many female characters out there that are fleshed out beyond "girlfriend" "love interest" "mother" "sister" or "sex object". That goes for grown-up entertainment as well, maybe moreso.
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lyteside Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I think that's why its good that you have interesting female leads in the stories you create.
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MPsai Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks but I'm still guilty of the Smurfette Principal in the main cast of four :crying:
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lyteside Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
ha! I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. Our society influences us too - its near impossible to be completely without influence on the roles of men and women, the numbers represented etc. I think the key is to be intentional about it. You wouldn't want to be so concerned with "representation" that you miss out on telling the story that you really want to tell - what is in your heart. I think if anything, we can learn from the Jane video to be just a little more mindful of what's going on...
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I'm guessing this: what the slogan means is that if our girl sees as much diversity in the employment of women as depicted in children's entertainment, her chances of becoming a police officer, judge, doctor, and other "male" occupations could increase.
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
If there are more women characters depicted on TV than men, could things get better? Ask the organisation responsible for the PSA some questions about the quote that I'm talking about.
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Calkubo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
So a blind child can't be anything? This is discrimination!1!!1!!
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
It doesn't mean that the blind girl can't hear anything that she wants to be.
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Calkubo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Then the phrase should be changed to "If she can see, hear, touch, smell or taste it, she can be it" Minorities shouldn't be excluded.
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siegeonthorstadt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
a child will imitate what they see, "seeing" here figuratively meaning "observing", since most of a childs characteristics and learning are mostly trough observation
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CatapultedCarcass Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the moral of the story is: make sure she only sees the kitchen.
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I think the moral here is this: make sure she sees far more things other than the kitchen.
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tacosteev Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Then install a window...
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CatapultedCarcass Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was making a funny.
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ModerneVampiressa Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
NOT funny. EVER.
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CatapultedCarcass Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nothing's too serious for a joke. Pull that stick out of your ass.
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TimLavey Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It was rather amusing actually.
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KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been drawing aliens for years, but I'm not sure if I can become one, taking the assumption that i'm not already an alien :3
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Abstract-Mindser Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
If she sees Deadward Sparklepants, can she be the Mary Sue?
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It's a bit misleading, none of the 5 images at the end depict receptionists, nurses, elementary teachers, child-care workers or office clerks.

But yes, girls generally have terrible role models to look up to in media these days.
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lyteside Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
A cute approach to addressing an issue of female representation on screen.

There is a flaw to the idea of "if I can imagine it, I can do that!" But otherwise, nice approach.
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Sounds suspiciously like the finale from Rocky Horror Picture Show…
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
The implication of the phrase is severe disappointment, because most must fail so that the few can succeed.

But the part about the female presence on screen, is absolutely correct. I notice it all the time.
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
If she can see the "living dead" she can be a Zombie too?
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
We're talking about jobs and other positive role models, not living dead beings.
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Sorry, your thread had me stumped as to what you were talking about. Last time I looked at the number of replies I wasn't the only one.
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
That's okay, we're talking about TV role models for girls in children's shows - and the improvement of portraying the female presence.
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
So girls can become a Power Puff Girl? Honestly, on today's TV who is really a role model anymore? All the shows have "Let's have sex" and infidelity. Britney Spears was once a role model but even she went to pot. I think it would be good if kids didn't even watch TV anymore.
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lyteside Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Lol
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