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about the duggars

4 Sep

This is a Jezebel article about The Duggar family.  I have never personally been a fan of theirs myself, but the article examines them as a cult.  I don’t know if I totally buy into all of it, but it definitely made me think.  Enjoy 🙂

Sexism in Mad Men

4 Sep

This is my favorite show, but it centers around the misogynistic 1960s culture. Why is the show so popular if it highlights an era of sexism and racism? This article explores the idea that the negative aspects may be so enticing because of the romantic way they are portrayed.

First Lad(ies) and Elections

4 Sep

Each first lady, current or potential new, has the daunting task of showing the human side to their spouse. They see their husbands in a different light than the rest of the world and this new side may just be what they need to win the election. This article shows the difficulties Michelle Obama may face in showing the rest of the country the other side to President Obama.

Girl Quarterback

4 Sep

High school senior makes history as first girl to play quarterback in Florida regular-season game

Erin DiMeglio, the third-stringer from South Plantation High School, checked in with about 1:40 left in her team’s 31-14 win over Nova.


Saturday, September 1, 2012, 1:10 AM

South Plantation third-string quarterback Erin Dimeglio drops back to pass against Seminole Ridge on Aug. 24.

DAVIE, Fla. — A high school senior is believed to have become the first girl to play quarterback in a Florida regular-season game, taking two snaps Friday night.

Erin DiMeglio, the third-stringer from South Plantation High School, checked in with about 1:40 left in her team’s 31-14 win over Nova. Both of her snaps came from the shotgun formation, and she handed the ball off each time before being replaced in the final seconds.

While no official records are kept on what positions girls have played in the past on Florida high school teams – about 500 girls have suited up for boys’ squads across the state over the years – DiMeglio is presumed to be the first quarterback to get on the field.

“I just do my own thing,” DiMeglio said after the game, as about a dozen reporters and cameras surrounded her. “It’s a lot of attention, but I just kind of don’t worry about that much.”

Fans were chanting “Put Erin in! Put Erin in!” during the final minutes, after South Plantation went up by 17 points in the fourth quarter. The two quarterbacks ahead of her on the team’s depth chart played first, but the loudest ovation of the night seemed to be when DiMeglio checked into the game.

“God bless her,” South Plantation coach Doug Gatewood said. “She handles it better than anybody else. She goes on the field, she has single-minded focus. It’s crazy. It’s great publicity for the school, it’s a positive thing, but at the end of the day that’s not why we did it. We did it because she’s a legitimate third-string quarterback.”

Gatewood is also the flag football coach at South Plantation, and urged DiMeglio to work out with the boys’ varsity last spring, saying she had a good enough arm to compete. From there, the idea was born to have her try and actually be on the team, and Gatewood eventually convinced her parents, Tom and Kathleen DiMeglio, that the potential positives outweighed any risks.

Her teammates have supported her without any reservation, Gatewood said. And DiMeglio has won them over with ease, first by being a star member of the school’s girls basketball team, then after football exploits such as throwing five touchdown passes in a 7-on-7 tournament against boys this summer.

She didn’t throw any passes on Friday night. With her team up big in the final moments, she didn’t have to, either.

“It was exciting,” said DiMeglio’s sister, Amy DiMeglio, who was on the sideline with her parents. “I think any exposure during the game is good. You saw how the crowd reacted. People are getting more comfortable with the idea. Some people blog about her and there’s negative comments, some inappropriate comments. People need to get over her being a girl and just look at her abilities. That’s what she wants.”

I am not a sports fan at all, but I thought this was great 🙂

Women In Control

4 Sep

Modern Dress is Still an Issue

4 Sep

In class last week, we learned that Amelia Bloomer attempted to make bloomers a popular dress for women. Bloomer wanted to transform the unrealistic corsets and dresses into an outfit that can function easier. There is a similar fight still brewing. The article about how young Iraqis women are drifting away from traditional attire to a more modern look has Iraqis flustered. Check out the article to see even though American women are comfortable in their attire Iraqi women are still fighting the battle.

Young Iraqis Face Religious Fashion Crackdown