Elephanda from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

The presenter draws a parallel between elephants disguised as pandas and women disguised as... 'women'.

Key words-Phrases: Thai elephants, Golden Ratio, media, makeup, internalized oppression.

See also: Living by Seventeen Magazine Rules


"A Doll Wannabe"

The presentation was so interesting. I was absolutely absorbed. For starters, the title is impactful and easy to remember.

The opening of the presentation was impressive because of the shocking pictures. I was one of the people who thought Elephanda is a real animal. As an introduction to her presentation, she told us a real matter. Then, she went on to her main point. I think this order is very clever because I was curious about how she going to proceed. The closing was thought provoking and I began to think whether make-up is really important for women though until now I considered it “natural.”

The presentation used a lot of pictures as visual support. She supported her argument with images so I was not bored at all. Also she highlighted important words so I could understand what she really wanted to tell us.

She used body language naturally but not so many. Mainly she relied on her visuals. She used eye contact and looked at her audience throughout and these made a good atmosphere in the room.

She included a lot of information. With some examples like The Golden Ratio, I felt the media makes some burden for women that “you should be like this.” She gave us materials to reconsider that we are also easily influenced by these media.

She applied make-up as the magazine actually and recommended it was the best example that women look the same when we wear make-up. She is Asian but looked like a white American celebrity. From her picture, I realized make-up can make us marvelous but not unique. Then, I remembered my mother’s words “every girls look like same in these days.”

After watching the presentation, my idea of make-up had changed a little, but I don’t think make-up is totally bad. Make-up can make us a little happy because we can customize ideal faces. But if we wear make-up excessively, we might lose our identity. So, when we make-up, we should be moderate so as not to lose ourselves.

Hatanaka, Yoshiko (Dept. of Intl. Studies, 1st year)

Now, see "Doll Face": youtube.com/watch?v=zl6hNj1uOkY
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