Pinterest is “a tool for collecting and organizing things you love” (Wilson 3). After signing up for a Pinterest account, I began exploring everything from women’s fashion to the color purple (which is my favorite color). As I looked up women’s fashion, most of the women were white and were wearing nice clothes. There was not one picture of a woman in a sweatshirt or sweatpants. This is expressing the idea that in order to look pretty you have to wear jeans and a nice top that’s somewhat revealing. I searched the term women and the term men and only white women and white males appeared. Some of the males were posing with their shirts off and the women were being sexualized in the way they posed and in what they wore. Even when I searched the word purple, women were being sexualized in a purple dress. I think it’s crazy how even when I just search for the word purple, there’s women being sexualized. I also searched for food and I found pictures of women putting ice cream on their bodies and eating a popsicle in a sexual way.
As I was reading the Matchar article I found the fact that, “women with children face a dramatic motherhood penalty of hiring discrimination and lowered salaries” (Matchar 21) was very interesting. I feel like this leads to women quitting their jobs to be a stay at home mom. Being a stay at home mom allows women to get on Pinterest every day which reinforces the “norm as the ‘good’ mom on Pinterest that is ever-crafting, ever-cooking and ever-teaching” (Wilson 3). I think Pinterest is a great source to pin something that you can look at any time you want to, like a recipe or a dress that you want to buy.
Here is a link to my board: http://www.pinterest.com/erica2891/wgss2230/
Wilson, Julie A. Yochim, Emily C. Pinning Happiness: Affect, Social Media, and Women’s Work. 2013. Print.
Matchar, Emily. The Pull of Domesticity in an Era of Anxiety. 2013. Print.