Yubin (yubin) wrote,

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Saint Foucault

Before I started my bachelor of media and communications programme, I was fascinated by the media [more specifically movies] we experience in our everyday lives.

While in Melbourne, I went on to realise that the media is in fact a tool used by those in power to perpetuate dominant ideologies. Hence, I was angry, but not really surprised by the Academy's recent decision to award "Crash" the top honours.

Now in Hong Kong, the course i am taking [sexing identity and culture] is teaching us to be different. Dominant ideologies [i.e. heterosexuality] in the society, i.e. Love and Marriage etc, are in more ways than one, forms of imprisonment. In fact, any form of identity is an imprisonment, especially when the identity you take on is modelled after a popular notion [i.e. gay has to be fashionable, good looking, humerous etc]. Hence, by identifying yourself as a maintstream gay makes you, inevitably, vulnerable to criticisms by people within the already very minority gay circle [how come your dressing so salah today? you are so not gay!]. Or worse, A says, "X and T slept together despite the fact that they are both attached!" True enough, we ourselves are perpetuating straight stereotypes [promiscuousity is wrong] into our circle translates the fact that we, in fact, want to be normal and accepted.

In order to be accepted, we need to first be able to cast our differences within the circle, and eventually outside the circle, aside. To accept that everyone has a set of his/her standards, and to learn to celebrate that fact. Foucault's ideas are however, utopian and on pessimistic terms, impossible to achieve. But theoretically, his book 'Discipline and Punish' is, personally, an extremely enriching experience.
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