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Army Tests Body Armor Tailored For Female Soldiers

19 Sep

Summary:

Members of a female engagement team from the 101st Airborne Division deploying to Afghanistan will field test the first Army body armor that is shorter and better tailored specifically to fit women’s physiques. These women will be directly interacting with Afghan women during the coming deployment, and they have been equipped with the female prototypes of the newest generation of Army tactical vests.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=161385426

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The Controversy of a Woman’s Body

19 Sep

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/19/living/women-bodies-public-perception/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

The article I found made the point that there is no controversy when it comes to porn or any objectification of a woman’s body or sexuality in media and society. The conversations surrounding those subjects have seemed to die out. This article points out that the real controversy occurs when women take ownership of their bodies.

It’s in the news time and time again. Whether it be invasive vaginal ultrasounds, limiting access to birth control, reproductive issues, public breastfeeding. This thread of opinions and legislation limits a woman’s ability to decide these issues for herself. This thread of invasive legislation is nothing compared to the objectivity of women around the world. Virginity tests were performed on women in Tahir Square during the Arab Spring, and only because those women had the audacity to come out and help protest for their cause. Part of the reason the band Pussy Riot was sentenced to 2 years in Russian prison is because they stripped onstage.

I feel like legislation regarding women’s reproductive rights doesn’t belong in a country like America. Birth control should be widely available so abortions are less frequent. Women should be the leaders in discussions on women’s issues, not squeamish white men.

I believe women are on nearly equal footing with men in this country, until prejudices and judgments of powerful men (and even women) get in the way. To me, rights should be granted, and women should be trusted to have the discretion to use them or not. Broader access to birth control and services won’t make a woman more likely to have sex. Her beliefs about sexuality will.

What do you guys think?

The Help

19 Sep

If you haven’t seen the movie The Help, you need to! It is a very powerful and touching movie. It focuses on the unfair treatment of African American maids  in Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. Several maids, along with a recent white college graduate, decided to write a book to call attention to the issue. It causes social scandal in their town but becomes a best selling book. Recently I came across and article that draws the parallels between the film and the treatment of domestic help in today’s society. Just like in the book, today a minority group is exploited for their services (in today’s society it is mainly the Hispanic community). They are worked hard, are paid less than they should be, and receive no benefits. In the film, maids raised the children of the families that they worked for. Today, many women rely on nannies to raise their children. Sometimes this is because the mothers work, but not always. To me, I clearly see the parallel between the two time periods. So what do you all think? Do you see the similarities between the film and life for domestic help today? Do you think they need to fight for their civil rights? Why do you think that such behavior is still acceptable today so long after the Civil Rights Movement?

http://womensenews.org/story/equal-payfair-wage/110818/times-havent-changed-the-help-today

Rosie Votes

19 Sep

 

 

My grandma has been into women’s right for as long as I can remember, especially politics. She added this as her facebook profile picture yesterday.