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Blogging 101: Introduction to Craniophiles and New Explorations

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Image Citation: Spoilheap Archaeology

You’re properly wondering, what is today’s agenda? I’m glad you are here, as I have another fascinating subject to share and reflect that’ll hopefully ease your curious minds! As part of the blogging 101 course, today’s assignment involves exploring a particular comment that I’ve written for a fascinating or intriguing blog post.

As you may have guessed by now, I have a curiosity for skulls and I’ve recently followed an interesting blog known as Craniophiles that presents the cultural, artistic and historical explorations of the human skull. If you are a dedicated skull enthusiast, you’ll absolutely love reading this blog, trust me! Don’t forget to check out the link below,

https://craniophiles.wordpress.com

Differences between male and female skulls

Craniophiles have released an engaging post that distinguishes the differences between the male and the female skull. These distinctive elements identifies the gender including the teeth, jaw line and eye sockets. According to Craniophiles, the male skull features a sharp, defined jawline and brow bridge in comparison to the female skull that presents a circular structure or definition including the eye sockets.1

The post inspired me to undertake some further research through the Internet in order to understand the differences. According to Nital Jain, the female skull does feature a circular or round forehead, while the male skull predominately features wider cheekbones, a defined brow line and a prominent “nasal spine.”2 So where do we go from here?

Latest observations

The article posted by Craniophiles invited me to consider whether the skull or the subject of death is depicted in the male or the female form? Throughout the years, I’ve discovered masculine representations of the skull as black and white t-shirt designs or merchandise, however there are colourful and feminine sugar skull designs within the contemporary culture. I’ve wondered whether there is an artist who has considered drawing a distinctive male or female skull? This is an interesting question that I’ll need to examine further, don’t worry I will return with the answer!

These are two examples anyway, as there are plenty of other depictions of death and the human skull across different cultures. In regards to my recent observations, the European and Mexican representations of the skull appear to be significantly popular within the contemporary sphere. According to, María Herrera-Sobek, the Grim Reaper is often portrayed as a masculine figure within America and Europe, while Mexico features La Santa Muerte, who is recognised as the “Saint of Death” that features feminine characteristics.3

Revisiting previous explorations

Are you curious to discover an interesting fact? About three to four months ago, I started writing a blog post exploring male and female skull makeup designs in order to identify whether the interpretation of death varies depending on the person’s gender. There were some interesting arguments relating to this particular subject and I definitely required additional time time to digest all of the information.

I’ll have to return to the post and complete the blog post once and for all. Discovering new articles or posts can provide new ideas and perspectives that inspire me to explore new elements or revisit old territories. Now you’ve reached the end but the journey doesn’t end here, I shall return with another fascinating post in the next few days.

References

1. Craniofiles, “How to Put a Name to a Face, Part 2 Gender,” https://craniophiles.wordpress.com/page/3/ (Accessed 17/7/15)
2. Nitul Jain, Textbook of Forensic Odontology (Bangladesh: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers Ltd, 2013) p.20
3. María Herrera-Sobek, Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopaedia of Cultural Traditions, Volume 1 (California: ABC-CLIO, 2012) p.666  


Image of the Skull appeals to a Male and a Female Audience.

25/7/12 – The Skull in a post industrialised society: Masculine or Feminine? 

Over the past few months, I have recognised that the image of the skull has attracted a young male demographic. Everywhere around the city, the skull has been used for t-shirt designs, jumpers, back packs, shoes and skateboards, which appeal to a male audience. There are so many different representations of the skull within the mass market, although the black and white skull appears to be a popular fashion in men’s clothing.

One could argue that the skull often features masculine qualities, which may have been designed to attract men rather than women. Most of the t-shirt designs for men feature dark or morbid representations of the skull in either black, white, blue or red. There would be some women who would wear dark or sinister depictions of the skull although this particular style appears to be very popular within men’s fashion.

Sketches: Guy with a skull t-shirt and a guy with a skull jumper.

The visual observations have revealed that the image of the skull is popular amongst a young male audience. There are other sketches, which have identified the skull is children’s clothing, video games, advertisements, television commercials and other mass produced products. These particular observations demonstrates a strong interest or attraction to the image of the skull in the 21st century.

In comparison, the Mexican sugar skulls seem to appeal a female audience through the different patterns, designs and floral illustrations. There are a lot of women with Mexican skull tattoos, which also questions whether the image of the skull is modified in order to appeal to more than one demographic. The Mexican skulls are very decorative and colourful, which may attract women more than men.

Does the image of the skull feature masculine or feminine qualities and if so has the skull become gendered? The actual shape of the skull that is used for men’s clothing differentiates from women’s fashion, which feature may organic shapes, patterns and designs.

Would men and women both have a completely different perspective of the skull? I suppose death is quite subjective and each person would interpret the skull quite differently. It would also depend on one’s own experiences or encounters with death such as a family friend or relative who has passed away.

Age would also influence one’s perspective of the skull and perhaps the image of the skull within the consumer culture is used to attract a young audience. Perhaps a young person would interpret the skull as purely an image or representation because the concept of death is so far away, although for someone who is older the skull may have a completely different representation.

I’m quite young myself so I am still trying to find some sort of connection with death through the image of the skull within the consumer culture. Does the skull have any connection with death within a post industrialised population, although would the image of the skull affect each person differently through age, sex and cultural background?

Image Citations:

http://www.animalshirts.net/skeleton/skeleton-shirt.htm

http://www.spreadshirt.com/sugar-skull-women-s-t-shirts-C3376A9530199

http://www.attitudeclothing.co.uk/product_29194-102-2315_Loungefly-Sugar-Skull-Women’s-T-Shirt.htm