Monday, May 2, 2011

FINAL ASSIGNMENT


THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE THURSDAY AT NOON. Many apologies for not posting on Friday, thus the extra time. You submit your assignment by posting it as a comment below with your name (as it appears on the roll) on it.
1. Watch these clips the British teen drama Skins (it's been broken into parts):
Skins 1.1
Skins 1.2
Skins 1.3
Skins 1.4
Skins 1.5
*pay special attention to the differing roles of males and females on the show*
2. Write a 2-3 paragraph essay addressing ONE of the following topics. If you write a full 5-7 paragraph essay, you will be given a half letter grade boost. Make sure you refer specifically to scenes from the episode.
-On Skins, what do the concerns of the male characters seem to be? What are the consequences for not living up to gender expectations?
-How are females portrayed on the show? Are all female characters expected to behave the same way or are there different expectations for different kinds of women?
-How do visual components of Skins (how characters look, what the camera focuses on, scenery, etc) contribute to your understanding of the gender relationships on the show?

25 comments:

  1. Kourtney Vance

    Women are considered to be no more than sexual toys and have no respect from men whatsoever. In the show I came to the onclusion that women are only viewed on their looks and not their intelligence. The way Tony carries himself can be said to be a pimp and Michelle along with the other females he messes with are his whores. Tony are so disrespectful towards women but they find it amusing which ssays alot abou their intelligence level. Even though I have never seen this show I already disagree with the way that these women carry themselves. Not all women are like this but, how the shows viewers may look at it, they might think differently.

    The women have no respect for themselves which causes the men not to have respect also. These women are only focused on sexual intercoarse (i.e. the 2 women and the 3 some, Michelle and the Polish girl) Why females crave this kind of attention i will never know. It is degrading but yet they always want to complain about not having respect. In this show I think that all females are expected to act in the same way; give it up no questions asked.

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  2. Skins is a BAFTA-winning British teen drama that follows a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. This series seems very complicated to me in the way that they portray both men and women. What stood out to me most was how the men are portrayed in such a don't care about life manner and how they treat women. The consequences of them not living up to the expectations of what a typical man should be like are astounding and as a result they a teased and forced to do thinks that they do not want to do.
    Tony is one of the main characters in the series skins. In this episode he plays the role of the ring leader in that, he co-ordinates trying to get his friends laid and getting drugs. In the beginning of this episode it started off by showing Tony starring at his female neighbor naked in her bedroom. This is not courteous and a man should not exploit a female like this. He then calls all his male friends to tell them about a part that they would be attending later that night. The one friend that he was very hard on was Sydney. He was trying to get Sydney laid and went out of his way to try to do so. On one of Tony’s phone calls he mentioned to the girl that it’s Sydney’s birthday soon and that if he doesn’t get laid that means he can’t be his friend. This is a very harsh consequence.
    Tony treated females like trash and dirt. He is not very sensitive and emotional as he could and should off been. He was willing to give up his own girlfriend to sleep with Sydney so that he would not be a virgin again. No female should be treated like that. He showed no respect for females and he viewed them as sex toys. In one of the scenes Tony was singing a song and he had all the females drawn to him. He was alluring them and he even had the teacher into him too. Most of the guys did not show respect to the females and their main goal towards females was to have sex.
    In the party scene Tony was trying to get all the females high so that at least one of them would sleep with his friend Sydney. Sydney seemed to go the opposite route and just decided to hang out and chill with a friend that he was introduced to call Cassandra. Cassandra was a friend of Tony’s girlfriend Michelle who they had set up to sleep with Sydney. Sydney seemed to be the only sensitive guy in this episode. He wasn’t disrespectful to any of the females especially to Cassie. He listened to her when she was telling her stories and even though she asked him if he was ready for sex he did not give in. When she was sick he showed concerned and worried for her.
    This episode was very twisted but only one out of the many males showed a little concern for females. They treated them like pieces of meat and as toys. Sydney was bashed for being a 16 year old virgin because it seemed like he wasn’t living up to the expectations of a typical man which are hard, not emotional, non sensitive and non virgins. He was teased and threatening word such like I can’t be his friend if he is still a virgin were thrown out there. They didn’t seem to care about school. All they were concerned with was sex, drugs and parties. The expectations of both the male and female gender are too ridged and this needs to be broken by the society. Especially in this series it is hard to live up to the expectations of people and society as a whole.

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  3. Jonathan SkipperMay 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Skins is a very good movie that displays great social interaction between males and females. This movie features both genders that are from another origin. Skins capture the attention of young viewers because this is how they portray life as young adults. They will show male and female concerns, consequences between genders; female behavior, and visual components. Movies such as this are a great eye opener for adults to see how things can be behind closed doors.

    Watching the movie skins has broadened my view of their way of life. In this movie the males look like they are worried about just hooking up with girls. Also, the males are very aggressive towards each other. From the looks of it, it seems like females are all they live for. Females in this movie seem like they are hiding in their own skin. Tony's sister have to sneak into the house to change into her school clothes from her hoochie clothes so her parents won't see. Also, the females are party animals and into drugs. In my eyes they are sluts. They aren't good girls.

    If you don't live up to the male expectations, you will always be portrayed as the weird one, or the one that don't fit in. Its, hard to live up to the male expectations, because some people are raised different and respect themselves and females. When Tony began talking to his girlfriend on the table his male friend Sid started to feel bad because he is a virgin. Tony tries to force Sid to have sex. Sid became very nervous when he goes to Alisha home because he know its for sex. Females characteristics are different. Most of the higher class girls are the nasty ones and the ones to abuse drugs in this movie. Females show how they can be easily seduced into something they don't want to do. Also, they show that you can do anything you want when you are popular. In this movie, Alisha is a bad girl, but she really don't want to be that way.

    Characters in this movie seem to live a happy and worrisome life. But, they really are mischievous and outgoing. These characters live in nice homes and grew up in a wholesome family. Alisha and her mother seem to participate into sexual activities for money. The camera focuses on how they interact with each other and how to view their life. Because, from the beginning of Skins, it didn't look like those people do these things.

    From watching this movie it gives you a retrospective of how life is without your parents even knowing. It shows the male and female concerns, consequences, and visual components. Skins encourage people to take a look at the big picture and find out whats going on without you knowing.

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  4. In the show Skins, women are portrayed promiscuous women. Some of them dress a little weird for my taste and some dress too provocative. I think that not all the female characters are expected to behave the same way. I would say that there are different expectations for different types of women. Women like Michelle are expected to be sluts as opposed to Jal who is a sensible girl with a talent for playing the clarinet.

    Women are not the only ones that are expected to act a certain way, men are too. The character Sid is desperate to lose his virginity because he sees that all his friends are having sex and he is not. This pressures him to lose his virginity so he can fit into his social group.

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  5. Brandon Rice
    In skins the males are only interested in drugs and females. Even though there was bunch of different personalities in the show sex and drugs were the common ground. We never take the time to wonder why people turn to drugs because most of the time people are just covering up events in there life.

    In society there is always the need to fit in or feel accepted by the people around you. This seems true on the show skins. In American society different can be dangerous. There are many accounts of people taking violent action against people with different races and sexual orientation. So I think that there is a outside pressure to conform and be who society wants you to be. Being made an outcast or lose love ones or be judged for a lifetime.

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  6. Raykita Coleman
    Males, at birth, are expected to explore nature and be rough as well as competitive. Gender roles are imposed from a variety of social influences. The strongest influences on a child’s perceived gender comes from their parents. Gender roles can be defined as the behaviors and attitudes expected of male and female members of a society by that society. “Skins” shows male roles, what they should be as portrayed best by society.
    In “Skins”, the concerns of these male characters seem to be sex. They are concerned with losing their virginity. They refer to women in somewhat vulgar manner. They know how to appeal to what women want. Their fathers curse at them to make them tougher which reinstates the fact that gender is perceived from parents.
    The consequences for not living up to gender expectations are crucial. If a male does not play the roles that males are supposed to then they can be teased. Some families may choose to disown their child if they become gay. The social influences show that males are supposed to be dominating and like women, as well as objectify them. They are expected to break the rules and be rugged. Anything less than that is unsatisfactory in society.

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  7. On the television show SKINS the males and females have different concerns. The concerns of the male characters seem to be more of having sex and getting high. They are more worried about not being virgins. It also seems as if they don't care who they break their virginity with. For example when Tony makes it his main priority to help his friend Sid break his virginity, because he is the only one in the group that is still a virgin.

    The consequences for not living up to gender expectations is that your friends look at you as being weak. When you don't live up to these expectations, its like you don't get acknowledged, and people treat you differently. For instance, since Sid is a virgin he gets treated differently like he is the runt of the group. So since he is he gets pushed around. Like when Tony made him go purchase the drugs.

    The females on the show are portrayed as sleeping around with everyone. Its easy for a boy to ask them to have sex and they would say yes with no problems. Then they sleep with boys who are friends. Like when Tony asked one girl to break Sid's virginity. She said yes without even thinking. Also when Tony called a friend at the beginning of episode one. The boy made the remark about the girl he was sleeping with saying, "you had your fun now it's my turn."

    There are different expectations for different kinds of women. Like the black girl I don't think she sleeps around with everyone. Michelle did sleep around until she fell in love with Tony. Casy is just crazy and still trying to find herself. So there expectations varies.

    The visual components of SKINS show specific details of how each person on the show is. Like how they showed the two guy men dancing at the party. This scene describes how one of the boys are guy. Also, when the camera is showing the naked women out the window. Then it shows the clock and then Tony. This indicates that Tony watches this lady everyday at the same time.

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  8. Skin is a teen drama that is like a soap opera,it have the viewers wondering what will happen next.the concerns of the male characters is that they don't care about females and will only use them for sex toys.The consequences for not living up to gender expectations are not very good and is shown by society.Females are portrayed as individuals who care very little about themselves.All female characters do not behave the same way,it is up to the female who just could care less about herself.The visual components contribute to my understanding by showing me that the first episode is about Tony and his sex games.He likes getting high with his friends,and he also likes being the center of attention.Singing,and playing childish games is what Tony loves to do.He likes looking out of the window at his naked neighbor,and covering up for his sister.Tony turns the music up loud so that his dad can come in the room,and his sister can run up the stairs and act as if she is getting dress for school,but she has been out.Tony friend Sydney had never been sexually active before so Tony wanted him to have sex.All of Tony friends came to the party Abbie gave,and Cassandra came also to have sex with Sydney but it did not happen that way.Cassie was high on pills and ended up falling asleep and Sydney did not have sex with her,he respected her as a female and not a sex toy.

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  9. Stephanie DavisMay 5, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    The very popular show, Skins, has been remade in America to be shown on MTV. Skins is basically Digress but hyped up with drugs, partying, and sex. It combines life, love, friendship and partying and tackles issues teenagers can relate to such as heartbreak, backstabbing, cheating, homosexuality, and a lot more. The United States version pretty much mimics the United Kingdom’s version but with a few changes. The dialect is obviously different, seeing as the English prefer to use words such as “wanker” and “twatter,” which you don’t hear in America. The first episode was almost an exact copy of the original, just with cast changes and one or two extra scenes.

    The homosexual character of Maxxie Oliver has also been turned into a lesbian cheerleader by the name of Tea Marvelli for the American version. While in the UK it is very popular and highly applauded, in America, the show faces a few problems. This television show is very relatable to most teens. Even though it is illegal for minors to take part in drugs and sexual activities, most teens do it anyways. It shows the many problems that occur when you live a life that revolves around drugs.

    The show also shows the different things that teens go through - homosexuality, parental neglect, loss of a family member, etc. Parents should not judge this show simply from only the first episode. Skins is a very good show that displays great social interaction between males and females. This movie features both genders that are from another origin. Skins capture the attention of young viewers because this is how they portray life as young adults. They will show male and female concerns, consequences between genders; female behavior, and visual components. Movies such as this are a great eye opener for adults to see how things can be behind closed doors.

    Tony treat females like they are dogs are like they are not a human- being. He was willing to give up his girlfriend to sleep with Sydney so that he would not be a virgin all over. All females should be treated with respect all times, no matter how they carry their self. He showed no respect for females and he thought of them as sex toys. Most of the guys did not show respect to the females and the most important thing to them was to the guys, were to have sex with the females.

    The consequences for not living up to genders expectations are critical. In the shows, it seems to me, you are not a guy, if you haven’t had sex with anyone, they will tease you and think that you are gay. So, in order to prove to someone else, you have to go and do the different because you are being influenced, or peer pressured. The social influences show that males are supposed to be strong and sleep with women, in other words, take what they want. They think that they are suppose to be rude, and talk to women like dogs.

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  10. Shawn Coleman

    The females on the television show SKINS are to be viewed as nothing but tools for the men to use and have fun with. With the males concerns only having to be about sex and getting high, they have the females there to fulfill their needs. There's people like Tony for instance who seem like they don't smoke but are very controlling and wantrs to have the girls wrapped around his finger to where he can play with them at any time. Then in Sid's situation, Tony already knows that this "problem" of him being a virgin is easy to solve because the girls on the show don't seem to be very brightg to where all u have to do is get them high and you could have sex with them.

    Not all the girls on the show are meant to be promiscious however. The girl has fit the criteria to be treated like this such as being pretty, having low moral standards, or just being very naive. Girls like Michelle and the Polish girl are representatives of these types of women by their actions such as when michelle starts kissin Tony once arriving at the bar, and the Polish girl jumping on Tony at the party and kissing Chris in the backseat on the way to the hospital. Girls like Tony's mother and the black girl playing the clarinet are meant to be the wholesome girls who would be the good mother to their children

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  11. Skins is a popular British teen drama that follows teenagers in Bristol, South West England. This TV series is known for its controversial plots such as mental illnesses, dysfunctional families, sexual orientations, substance abuse and eating disorders. Also, this show is known for casting young writers and amateur actor and has broadcast five series. Although this show premiered in the UK on January 25, 2007, it began airing in the U.S. on MTV in 2011. It’s no different than the everyday life that surrounds all of us in today’s world, to an extent.

    One of the main characters in this show is Tony. He is an intelligent, attractive and popular boy who has a girlfriend named Michelle. Michelle appears to be shallow and vain and she can never stay mad at Tony despite his mischievous behavior. Sid is Tony’s best friend and he seems to be the opposite of Tony. Sid lacks self-confidence and he struggles with his school work. Tony is in love with Sid’s girlfriend, Michelle, and he doesn’t know how to tell either of them. Later in the show Tony finds out that Michelle knows but she only thinks he’s cute and really messed up because he uses and manipulates his friends to get his way. Michelle also has a friend named Cassie who suffers from an eating disorder and hides her own struggles.

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  12. The series skins is about british teenagers in colleges with an objective to do anything they wanted. Especially the males, their role in this series is to be rude and pimps and the same time. The most important role is played by tony because his job is to get his virgin friends "laid" with a female by night fall. He tries best to make that happen by, first, calling up all his friends and setting them up with random females.

    Later that evening when tony was auditioning for a male part in the choir, one of the girls from the college approached and complimented him. She then invites him to a party full of college girls for later on that night and also to bring his friends. Tony's job now is to get his friends to the party and make sure all of them get laid. In this series skins, it shows you that the males really look out for each other no matter what.

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  13. CHANTA BEARD

    Skins is a BAFTA-winning British teen drama that follows a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. The controversial plot line explores issues such as dysfunctional families, mental illness including eating disorders, sexual orientation identity, substance abuse and death. The show was created by father and son television writers Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain for Company Pictures.
    Skins has broadcast five series, and has been commissioned up to a sixth. In the UK, the show is currently on its fifth series, which introduces a third generation of Bristolian teenagers. A Skins film, focusing on characters from the show's first four series, is also in production. The Skins brand has also been exported overseas; an American adaptation began airing on MTV in 2011, where it has been subject to significantly more controversy than the UK original despite the show becoming less racy due to American FCC regulations. It has had a uproar in America parents thinks it too much for Mtv where teens watch and it might portrays the way teen should act.
    Women are considered to be “hoes” in this show. Most of these female actors are more worried about sex than their real lives. The first episode when tony call to ask the female character to sleep with his friends Sid cause it ‘s his birthday coming up. This show will give teen females the wrong idea not vaule their virginity or bodies just give it up. Females in this show are just like toys and pieces of toys to males in the show games. This show will make all guys think will guys think already that all females are “hoes” and they have to respect us. This show makes viewer think all females would act like the polish girl in fourth episode that just jump on guys at a party.
    Are all female characters expected to behave the same way or are there different expectations for different kinds of women? In this show what seen so far is that not all females acts in the same way. In the first episode tony click back over to the African American chick by mistake and tell her what the plan is. She says you need to find a low self esteem and dumb chick because it wasn’t going to happen. She portrays a females with some value and tony’s mother acts in a positive way also for women.
    This show is not very interesting to me I personally think it’s a bad influence for younger kids and teens. Don’t get me wrong I know this already happened everyday here and around the world. Each actors in the show portrays a person in our environment or we all know somebody like them. But by allowing a such show on air just make us think its acceptable for us to act this way. Show like this puts negative thoughts and views in people heads just how the female acts. Some people really think this is how all females are that’s how theses names come around “hoes, sluts, whores”. Don’t have no respect for women I know its some women that act this way but not all so I degree with show.

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  14. Rene Yost-hit you with the real said....

    The debate could be that men have no respect for women or could it be that most women have no respect for themselves. They live for the money and fame so men take it as it is given. This is more to say in our generation though we are at a point in life now where the world is all opposite.People are basing they love threw their eyes and not your heart.

    Material things seem to be the biggest downfall for women. Ever since Eve ate of the forbiddin tree women were known to be out for lust and the better things in life. Women have been well known to steer men wrong for the material things they would like.

    As a young man i fell for it 9th grade my first real girlfriend.The young lady name was India Alveris she was all into the social life.
    When your living the social life or you can say being popular comes with money.So she dug into my pockets the closer we got i learned as a youth that females are not as solid as they appear.

    Found she was getting money plenty more places so she was living her life through material things.I was always told by my mother to " watch out for these fast girls". In our generation women are moving fast to get what they want but if one thing i can't take from females these day's, is that they will do anything to make it.

    They key is to not base life over material things. We will all hopefully meet someone where nothing even matters.Beauty should be based upon our heart not what we have. things should not be based on who's black or who's white, who's big or who's small, and who's fine or who's pretty. My wife one day will be based of my love for her and what we were put on this earth to do. To bring peace and reproduce through God's system not a system of money to teach greed and selfishness.

    (lauryn hill-get out)
    Your stinkin' resolution
    Is no type of solution
    Preventin' me from freedom
    Maintainin' your polution
    I won't support your lie no more
    I won't even try no more
    If I have to die, oh Lord
    That's how I choose to live
    I won't be compromised no more
    I can't be victimised no more
    I just don't sympathize no more
    Cuz now I understand
    You just wanna use me
    You say "love" then abuse me
    You never thought you'd loose me
    But how quickly we forget
    That nothin' is for certain
    You thought I'd stay here hurtin'
    Your guilt trip's just not workin'
    Repressin' me to death
    Cuz now I'm choosin' life, yo
    I take the sacrifice, yo
    If everything must go, then go
    That's how I choose to live

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  15. Joseph AlexanderMay 5, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    The TV show Skins is sick and twisted, and also funny. It's a shame how the high school students act in this show. Together the teens care about smoking, sex, and having a good time. The males on the show are sick in the head. The main male says all of his friends need not be a virgin by the time they turn a cretin age. That being said, he tries to get one of his close male friends laid.
    It seems that a lot of things go wrong in this episode, starting with the nerd child buying weed that he didn't need to buy, a girl getting sprang on drugs, and ending with a car sinking in a lake. And all the males care about is girls and sex. Even at the little girls party, more males came with sex on the brain. The show is just all messed up.

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  16. MELISSA MCKENZIEMay 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    The original SKINS is about British teens living everyday life. Here in America we had the same show on MTV that was very controversial. Many people didn't want the show to air because it was to risky and out in the open. The Show SKINS has three main focuses sex,drugs,and partying. Relationships are made, friendships are broke but that is everyday life.

    Tony whom is the leader of the group starts off the season in a very sexual relationship with Michelle.His relationship with Michelle goes sour due to cheating on her with Tea, so does his popularity and power within the group.Tony thought that his girlfriend would come around but after all she doesn't.

    Obviously being young many concerns of the male characters seems to be sex, drugs, and partying. Tony is the main one in where he realized he messed up when cheating on Michelle. Tony is basically a dog he doesn't really treat women and right and expects them to honor him. Sid who is tony's best friend gets teased the whole season because he never has sex. Tony is Sid's role model he looks up to him but he also is in love with Michelle. Many things Sid do is out of peer pressure like in one episode he didn't want to go buy those drugs but at the same time he wanted to be cool with the group.

    The consequences for not living up to your gender expectations are harsh. In this show being a teenager meant that you had to have sex on the regular, always party, and do drugs. Sid was a character that had problems from the beginning he didn't have a girlfriend nor did he have sex on the regular. Tony took it upon him self to tease Sid the whole season because of this particular reason. Tony also tried to hook him up a couple of times but his main focus was Michelle until he started liking Cadie who was very promiscuous. Cadie was a suicidal, bipolar teen who loved doing drugs and having sex. She started to develop feelings for Sid but at that time he wasn't really interested in her he was more afraid.

    Overall, SKINS is a great informative show. It allows parents or older people to see the real problems that many teens face. Peer pressure, drugs, money, and sex is real life and a lot of teens have to face these choices everyday. It was very risky for MTV to mimic the British version but I honestly liked the show. I was one of the many viewers in America glued to the TV Monday nights.

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  17. The TV show SKINS is a perspective of everyday life in this modern world on how teens are brought up in our age. Everybody parents are not as strict on them or have the time to know what their children are doing to construct or discipline them.Tony whom is the leader of the group starts off the show in a very sexual relationship with Michelle.His relationship with Michelle goes under due to his cheating ways with Tea, so does his popularity and power within the group.Tony thought that his girlfriend would come around but she don't. Being a young teen you really just move on to the next one and don't pay attention to their feelings leading to emotions that can't control and make people do ugly things as a person.(stepping out of character)Tony was Sid influence with Sid's lack of confidence and becoming his self. Tony gave him peer pressure of drugs,sex,and partying that he was confused and scared to who he should converse with. When he is liking Tony's ex-girlfriend and Tony would tease him because he didn't have a girlfriend or having sex like him. Sid feels out of place trying to talk to these girls and wasn't interested in that life.

    SKINS is a good guide for young teens growing up now. They can use this information to help them when they hit peer pressure from a peer. This can distinguish you from the lack of confidence Sid was not given and have to learn from the best and that is experience.It has a powerful message to our young teens and how we look at all the bad as good and when we need to be more constructive with our life.

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  18. The movie skins is a very good show. I think that all the characters act out there part excellent. The series skins is about british teenagers in colleges with an objective to do anything they wanted. Unlike other movies, Skins is a show that shows the audience the meaning of the title (Skins). Skins is a very good movie that shows great social interaction between males and females.

    How are the females portrayed on the show? On this show it seems like all the females are horney. Even the crazy girls act horny, like the girl that passed out on the jump-o-line. To me some of the femaales are slutty and dont like wearning clothes. The females on this show act like they dont care about their selves. When they showed most of the girls on rthe show, they were naked like the woman Tony was looking at throught the window, or they were wearing lingera. The females on this show seems to be portrayed as fast living (hot) girls.

    Are the famale characters exspected to behave the same way or are there different exspectations for different kinds of women? All female charcters are not exspected to behave the same way. An there are different exspectations for different kinds of women. Even if its the same kind of females they dont have to act the smae way. For example, Tony girlfriend and the girl that invited Tony an his friends to her house party; the both of the girls were the same kind of girl but they didnt have the same exspectations, and they didnt have to. So, no, all female characters arent exspected to behave the same way.

    What do the concerns of the male characters seem to be? What are the consequences for not living up to gender exspectations? The concerns of the males on the show Skins seems to be drugs an females. If you don't live up to the male expectations you will always be portrayed as the nerd. For example, when Tony girlfriend met Sid she thought that he was a weirdo. If the males dont live up to the exspectations then they wont get any play with the girls.

    This movie features both genders that are from another origin. Skins is a good show to show teen to let them know how not to act when parents are not strict. Skins capture the attention of young viewers because this is how they portray life as young adults. Skins is a very good show that displays great social interaction between males and females. An that is my point of view on the show Skins.

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  19. The show Skins portayed most of the males as insensative egotistical teenagers. For most of the male characters in the show, as in regular teenage life, this is a correct potrayal. The realism of the show captures the attention accross the globe. Skins also shows the reckless disrespect that young males have for young females only thinking of them as sex objects.

    This show also presents one of the other problems in teenage society, peer pressure. The character Sid was teased constantly about being a virgin. Tony tried to fix him up with a sex partner a few times. As you can see, the peer pressure dominated his life. In today's society peer pressure is a dominate force for teens weather it is sex, drugs, alcohol or any other negative vices. This show is great for teens to see some of the major challenges they will have to face as they mature into adults.

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  20. The show Skins portayed most of the males as insensative egotistical teenagers. For most of the male characters in the show, as in regular teenage life, this is a correct potrayal. The realism of the show captures the attention accross the globe. Skins also shows the reckless disrespect that young males have for young females only thinking of them as sex objects.

    This show also presents one of the other problems in teenage society, peer pressure. The character Sid was teased constantly about being a virgin. Tony tried to fix him up with a sex partner a few times. As you can see, the peer pressure dominated his life. In today's society peer pressure is a dominate force for teens weather it is sex, drugs, alcohol or any other negative vices. This show is great for teens to see some of the major challenges they will have to face as they mature into adults.

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  21. Skins is a BAFTA-winning British teen drama that follows a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. This series seems very complicated to me in the way that they portray both men and women. What stood out to me most was how the men are portrayed in such a don't care about life manner and how they treat women. The consequences of them not living up to the expectations of what a typical man should be like are astounding and as a result they a teased and forced to do thinks that they do not want to do.

    Tony is one of the main characters in the series skins. In this episode he plays the role of the ring leader in that, he co-ordinates trying to get his friends laid and getting drugs. In the beginning of this episode it started off by showing Tony starring at his female neighbor naked in her bedroom. This is not courteous and a man should not exploit a female like this. He then calls all his male friends to tell them about a part that they would be attending later that night. The one friend that he was very hard on was Sydney. He was trying to get Sydney laid and went out of his way to try to do so. On one of Tony’s phone calls he mentioned to the girl that it’s Sydney’s birthday soon and that if he doesn’t get laid that means he can’t be his friend. This is a very harsh consequence.

    Tony treated females like trash and dirt. He is not very sensitive and emotional as he could and should off been. He was willing to give up his own girlfriend to sleep with Sydney so that he would not be a virgin again. No female should be treated like that. He showed no respect for females and he viewed them as sex toys. In one of the scenes Tony was singing a song and he had all the females drawn to him. He was alluring them and he even had the teacher into him too. Most of the guys did not show respect to the females and their main goal towards females was to have sex.

    In the party scene Tony was trying to get all the females high so that at least one of them would sleep with his friend Sydney. Sydney seemed to go the opposite route and just decided to hang out and chill with a friend that he was introduced to call Cassandra. Cassandra was a friend of Tony’s girlfriend Michelle who they had set up to sleep with Sydney. Sydney seemed to be the only sensitive guy in this episode. He wasn’t disrespectful to any of the females especially to Cassie. He listened to her when she was telling her stories and even though she asked him if he was ready for sex he did not give in. When she was sick he showed concerned and worried for her.

    This episode was very twisted but only one out of the many males showed a little concern for females. They treated them like pieces of meat and as toys. Sydney was bashed for being a 16 year old virgin because it seemed like he wasn’t living up to the expectations of a typical man which are hard, not emotional, non sensitive and non virgins. He was teased and threatening word such like I can’t be his friend if he is still a virgin were thrown out there. They didn’t seem to care about school. All they were concerned with was sex, drugs and parties. The expectations of both the male and female gender are too ridged and this needs to be broken by the society. Especially in this series it is hard to live up to the expectations of people and society as a whole.

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  22. Morgan Brenton

    Skins is a teen drama based in Britain. In the show it seems that the main concerns of the Boys are having sex and partying. At the beginning of the episode the main character Tony is on a mission to help his friend Sid lose his virginity to a girl he hardly knew. Throughout the show also the boys talk about is going out later that night and partying.

    The consequences don't seem too be that serious when the males in the show don't live up to what's epected of them. In the episode it seemed like the other boys would make fun of the boy for not being like them. In the episode it didn't seem like Tony fully accepted Sid as a friend because Sid was a virgin.

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  23. In this episode of skins the males seemed to be focused on have sex and fun. The main character tony spends most of his time trying to get his virgin friend laid. As the show progresses you notice that the boys do not have that much respect for the girl. In fact the females looked as if they were just sex toys. In some since everyone was content with this flow of power in the world of skins.
    The most probable outcome for one not living up to the standards in just ridicule. For example labeling the virgin as the virgin in the since to tease. But their way of life is not to bad but the women do deserve to play a bigger role. In the end skin can be labeled as a show strongly pushed towards male dominance. An it is also a hilarious show to watch with your friends

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  24. Russia Coleman

    I was unaware of this assignment, however I am going to post a brief comment.

    Reading the title of the series had me a little confused on the word Skins. Reviewing the British teen drama skins series is very outrageous, however the teenager's behavior in the series appears to be that of all teenagers, rather British or United States.

    The concerns of the male characters seemed to be all about sex. They were coached by their good friend Tony to engage in activities to either enhance their manhood or their gender dominant. Tony was a real character. He was such a rebellious teenager. He did any and everything to get up under his father skin. Just like he tried everything to get next to a girl skin.

    The girls on the show seemed dingy to me. They seemed desperate and fast. This one character Cassie,even with her wealth, she felt as if she was a godest to men.

    This series was a little too much for me to watch. The teenagers were like the adults and the adults were the children. Young teenagers may find this series a little humorous and hilarious to watch.

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  25. White, Deneen M.May 9, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Skins is an award-winning British teen series about a group of sexually active, drug using, and disrespectful teenagers in Bristol, South West England. Notably, the young persons are quite carefree, ill mannered, and impolite. Additionally, these teens are products of dysfunctional families and schools. Many of the adults in the drama seem to be out of touch with reality as well. There are several ill-willed behaviors in the show, however, the most aggressive are sex and drugs. The concerns of the male characters seem to be doing drugs, having sex, and ensuring that their peers are on board with the radical behavior.

    Drugs are definitely a way of life for the teenagers in the drama, Skins. Tony, Chris, Cassie, and the others seem to talk about drugs in every conversation. Drugs are a way of life for these young people and a good portion of their daily lives are dedicated to scoring them. In one scene, Chris refers to pills as a form of entertainment. The abnormal behavior of the parents and some of the other adults in the drama are over the top. The motherly woman undresses in front of the window as Tony watches with glee. The social interaction in the family is loathsome. The daughter appeared to have been out all night doing drugs and only Tony knew since he distracted his father so that she could enter the house. Drugs are destroying these young people’s minds, after the car scene no one remembered if Chris and another friend had been in the car or not. Drugs are a way of life for the teens in the drams, Skins.

    Sex is a major part of the main male character's life. Tony devotes much of his time to finding a girl for his friend, Sid to sleep with. He lives and breathes sex and he pressures his peers to do much of the same. The consequences of not living up to gender expectations in the series is that one is an outcast, they’re teased, and Tony even threatened that he could not have Sid as a friend if he remained a virgin. The mere need to fit in drives much of the aggressive behavior sexually and otherwise. Personally, I hope that these behaviors are not a way of life for teenagers outside of this drama.

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