I found this article very disturbing. I say this because it is crazy to think that in the year of 2014 discrimination against an ethnic group is still happening. Especially to this extent where Romani women are being raped and it is not seen as illegal. In the article it says that it is seen as okay because Romani women are sexual objects and known as “welfare queens” They said that they are seen as promiscuous and irresponsible. I believe that this could stem from the lack of education that these women received. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Esmeralda is a Romani women and one of the main characters in the film. She is very sexualized in this film. First off by the way she is dressed, which is in very little clothing. She does a pole dance in the film and all the men are mesmerized by her. Also, in “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” the girls are made out to be very scandalous. They also wear small clothes and wear a lot of makeup. The Romani women are often associated with the “sexy gypsy” stereotype and showed in a promiscuous way, which give men the wrong idea. I believe that maybe Romani women can be irresponsible and scandalous, but so can every other group of women. Also, even so, rape is never okay and should never be allowed even if a women is walking around naked.
I do not know if I completed this poem correctly. I wrote it before I read the newest post about Blog 10. I was not aware that I should have done research, I more just wrote whatever came to my mind. My poem is titled “who are the Romani people”. My poems tend to be really short lined and not many words, that is just what comes naturally to me. I’ll usually pick a topic and then add words to describe that topic. I wrote this poem to talk about all the different and broad stereotypes of the Romani people and what about them is so mysterious and different. I also wrote it because an ongoing theme of this semester was the mystery of this group of people. A lot of people wonder what they are really like or if they really exist. We talked about how some travel and some don’t, some have very strong beliefs while others blend more. I think that is what fascinates me most about the Romani people is the fact that they are so different not only from other groups but within their group. If research is necessary, then for my second draft of this poem I would do research on their culture because I think that part is really foggy. What they practice, what they wear, and what they believe in. I think this group is very misunderstood and not well known, that is what I think about when I think of Gypsies, or Romani people, so that is what I wrote my wild card poem about.
I really enjoyed reading the Romani proverbs, I thought that they were very clever and they all had really great meanings. The proverbs made you think deeper. I think that the proverbs reflect the Romani worldview because I see Romani people as being very deep. They look at things more closely such as with fortune telling. Romani people have been through a lot with discrimination etc. and these proverbs are good words to live by and help remind you what is important. The proverbs are a lot like lessons but seen in a different way not as “in your face” kind of way. I chose to write my poem on the prover; “old firewood catches fire quickly”. This refers to old friendships and old relationships with people can be found again and rekindled. This proverb stood out to me because through my life I’ve definitely gone through phases of friends. Someone who was my best friend in elementary school and someone who I said “we’ll be best friends forever” to, is no longer someone I associate with. And although it has been a long time, when I think about it, it does make me sad to think of all the memories me and some of my old friends have had and how now we are all so different and in our own ways. I think that this proverb is a good message and a good reminder that old friends can always come back. Sometimes you just have to make an effort and you’ll be surprised at what can happen.
I chose a painting by the Romani woman, Lita Cabellut. I chose this piece because I thought it was different from what I’ve seen before. One of the things that makes this picture different is the woman, or the focal point. The woman, in my eyes, does not look like a typical model or woman that someone would paint. She has a unibrow, large features, and is not doing the most attractive pose. For some reason, this artist was able to capture the beauty in this picture and that is why I believe she is a great artist, and that it why I decided to go with this one. One of the main elements of this picture is the color. The artist used a lot of color in this painting, which I think made the painting. The color in her clothes and the color in the flowers in hair add to the beauty of this painting and make it stand out. Also, the redness in her lips emphasize the size of them, there is also different colors scattered on her skin which contribute to the originality of this artist’s pieces. I think another element that the artist took advantage of what space. One of the first things you notice about this painting when you look at is close up the woman is and theres not much extra space at all. I think this was intentional so that the only thing the viewer focuses on is the woman how she looks. The pose that the woman is doing in this painting is hard to understand. To me, she doesn’t look happy and is maybe depicting the struggle that the Romani people went through. I think there is a lot to say about this painting and how the artist decided to paint this woman.
I wrote a poem inspired by the poem, “Inside me the Wind Howls”. This poem stood out to me because of its extended metaphor using nature and the idea of a storm, and then the idea of the sun. I noticed that a lot of Romani poems have to do with nature and relating oneself to nature, which is exactly what this poem does. It begins by talking about going through a storm and relating one’s life to a storm. This poem uses metaphors and imagery like filling up with rain and then streaming out tears etc. The next stanza goes into talking about the sun. Referring to becoming happy and at peace with the world. I believe that the narrator of the poem, or the person that the poem is about is depressed, stuck, and doesn’t know where to go from here. The “winds” from the storm is knocking her every which way and nothing is easy. She wants to become happy and see the light of the sun. I feel like the stanza about the sun is like becoming free and bright. I like this poem a lot and I think that it uses a lot of great metaphors and it could go a lot of different ways, but yet it’s easy to interpret and understand your own meaning of the poem. I think a lot of people go through what this poem is talking about where they have a dark part in their life and all they want is lightness. The poet does a good job of taking this concept that a lot of people go through, and using nature to portray it.
In this film, “Big Fat Gypsy Gangster” the Gypsy stereotype of men being violent is showed. Even as far as the title goes we see a clear image of what the stereotype is. The movie is about the most dangerous man in Britain, who happens to be a Gypsy, and how he was in jail for 16 years. The movie is more of a documentary that follows this man that is finally released, a film crew follows him around to see what he will do now that he is finally free. This movie is a comedy, or more of a spoof. It portrays the main character Bulla, the most dangerous man, as a joke. They show him as being dangerous, but also just being stupid and ridiculous. The title is demeaning and the fact that they clearly classified him as a gypsy again just labels people with stereotypes. Everyone is aware of the general stereotypes of Gypsies being thieves, criminals and overall evil. The article talks about police reports on Gypsy people because most people are quick to assume that Gypsies are guilty of everything. Also, according to the article, these stereotypes go way back and a lot of people were anti-gypsy as well as being against “gypsy scams”. They say that Gypsy scams as a culture of criminality. Again, Romani people aren’t well known people assume so many things about them which really creates a variety of negative stereotypes, that we have noticed are portrayed in every kind of media.
In Laura Mulvey’s article she talks about film and how women are sexualized in film. She explains how they’re are two different topics. The first is known as “the Scopophilic Instinct”. This focuses on how people watch other people for sexual pleasure. As they watch the person they objectify them and just view them in a sexual way. The other topic that she goes over is cinematographic manipulation of ego in a sexualized manner. What this means is that someone recognizes what they look like and associate it with sexual thoughts. Mulvey goes into deep detail about what all of this means and the psychology/science behind film and women and how they are portrayed. A very good example of sexualization is Esmeralda in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. When she does her dance in front of the whole down nothing is going through those men’s minds other than sex. As they watch her dance they hoot and holler because they’re enjoying it and like watching her dance that way. Even the Hunchback is showing the pleasure he is getting from her dancing with the smile on her face. Very often times in film the women is sexualized and the only purpose they play is to satisfy men or any viewer. The way women dress and move play into this role. We see this a lot with gypsies because there is the infamous sexy gypsy stereotype.