So, let’s jump on into some research!

First off let’s answer some questions about the paper by Emma A. Jane titled: “Gunter’s a Woman?!”— Doing and Undoing Gender in Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time

  1. What is most interesting/surprising to you from this source?
    1. The author’s discussion of subversive gender depiction in the children’s television show, Adventure Time.
  2. What year was this written? What do you know about the author, and the source (magazine, journal, publisher?) that published it? (Google author’s name? Google publisher?)
    1. The paper was written in 2014 and published in the Journal of Children and Media, a reputable psychology journal. Emma Jane is an Australian research fellow who works primarily in media research.
  3. Does this source refer to other sources? If so, how and why? If not, why not?
    1. This source refers to several other similar sources on gender representation and television. Jane contains a review of several other sources in order to introduce the theory and background behind her thesis.
  4. What new perspective does it give you on your topic?
    1. This article provides a more specific look at the way television can impact children in both positive and negative ways.
  5. What else does it make you want to know? Search for next? What questions does this source raise for you?
    1. This article really peaked my interest in the way gender is depicted in not only Adventure Time, but other cartoon’s and anime as well. Hopefully I will be able to find more excellent sources like this one on that topic.
  6. What are some words and ideas the author uses that might be good search terms
    1. Gender inequalities, subversive, femininity, masculinity.

Second, I’ll review a paper by Debra Merskin titled Boys Will be Boys: A Content Analysis of Gender and Race in Children’s Advertisements on the Turner Cartoon Network.

  1. What is most interesting/surprising to you from this source?
    1. The fact that advertisements on cartoon network are almost exclusively marketed to young, white boys.
  2. What year was this written? What do you know about the author, and the source (magazine, journal, publisher?) that published it? (Google author’s name? Google publisher?)
    1. This article was written in 2012, but I honestly doubt much has changed since then in the advertising game. Debra Merskin is a professor of Media Studies at the University of Oregon. Merskin published the paper in the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising.
  3. Does this source refer to other sources? If so, how and why? If not, why not?
    1. The source refers to other sources on gender and advertising throughout the article.
  4. What new perspective does it give you on your topic?
    1. This article made me think more about advertisements, which I hadn’t really thought about before when researching this topic.
  5. What else does it make you want to know? Search for next? What questions does this source raise for you?
    1. The issues raised in this article on the messages being sent to children through advertisements on Cartoon Network made me think about the way the portrayal of gender in advertisements might directly contradict gender portrayal in Cartoon Networks hit shows (such as Adventure Time and Steven Universe). It seems as though one may be moving forward, while the other is stuck in and advertisement loop.
  6. What are some words and ideas the author uses that might be good search terms?
    1. Regulations, primary target, sense of self, gender portrayals.

Upon reading these articles, I definitely think I’m going to narrow my guiding question down. I’m not totally sure what my focus will be, but I’m leading towards inclusive, revolutionary gender portrayals in the Cartoon Network original program, Steven Universe. I think I have to do more research in order to fully decide what my inquiry project will be about.

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