Annie Vos

Annie Vos

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence: The Oedipal Connection between Mother and Son

    An analysis of David’s obsession with his adopted mother, Monica, in relation to the myth of Oedipus.

    • Interesting topic. The article will really need to be backed-up by thorough references to Freud's original thesis. Really define the oedipal connection - it tends to be taken for granted and used in many different ways by popular culture. – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 6 years ago
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    Annie Vos

    I would be interested in this as well. Too often women are described as exotic when they simply are non-caucasian and by using the term “exotic” people connote a woman’s skin tone to their sexual appeal. In effect, through this fixation, people turn women into fetishes. It would be wonderful to see artwork that celebrates all women and their bodies.

    The Female Body in Art as a Non-Sexualised Being
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    I think one of the big appeals to “Bob’s Burgers” is definitely the depth of personality to each character. Consider the Belcher kids. Each one is emphatically unique. I believe that the success of the show correlates to the disorders that each kid seems to have and that they are relatable regardless of those differences. Tina could easily be on the autism spectrum, Gene seems to have ADD, and Lisa is a narcissist. These diverse characters give a great breadth of personality in which audiences can identify.

    Familial Love: The Special Ingredient in Bob's Burgers
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    To add upon this, perhaps this popular trope is a manifestation of cultural fears regarding feminism. Women are increasingly taking power in all aspects of society; however, this hasn’t dispelled the patriarchal mentality that still prevails. Woman are accustomed to participating in male-oriented media and are capable of identifying with male characters, yet in mass media there still is a lack of female driven stories. This is where I think “Once Upon a Time” does the most damage. It presents a female-driven narrative that confines itself to prehistoric stereotypes and regresses to an age where “hysterical” was a medical condition. This does nothing to dispel myth and only builds upon those fears of women in power.

    Once Upon a Time and the Villainization of Women