Old Capital Museum Reflection

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One of my classes at the University of Iowa allowed me to go to an exhibit in the Old Capital Museum called “THEM: Images of Separation.” This exhibit it a traveling exhibit that will only be on campus for a little while longer. The exhibit has a meaning to it that is very beneficial and I wanted to tell you about what I saw and how it affected me. I hope that this encourages you to go to the museum before it is gone.
The first image from the exhibit that affected me was the “bitch game”. At first I thought that this game was somewhat funny, but then once I was reading the cards it became more offensive to me. In America sometimes women who are viewed as a bitch is a good thing, but in my opinion, if someone was to call me that it would be
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This image really stood out to me because last year during spring break, I saw this postcard being sold in a souvenir shop. When I saw the postcard in the shop last spring break I thought it was funny, because I see these postcards poking fun at larger women in bikinis quite often during that trip. Once I saw the postcard in the museum I felt really disappointed for once laughing at something that is a very sensitive and rude postcard. This postcard really opened my eyes and made me realize that items are being sold at many shops that are essentially images of separation. That poke fun at individuals traits that are very hurtful, but people continue to buy them without realizing the meaning behind the image. This postcard made me realize that these items are still being sold, and they don’t just exist in a museum.
Women’s weight and body image has been a topic of discussion. The perfect American body is to be a tall woman and be very skinny, which is not average. Women who are overweight are criticized for their body weight and are told to workout and or eat better. Their postcards made fun of these women who are overweight, by comparing them to whales on a beach. The American image of a woman is distorted and unrealistic. Body image and size should never be criticized, because to be born tall and skinny is not common and many women are known to have eating disorders to have this perfect

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