I came across this opinion article where the author talks about women taking backward steps in using their ability to vote. She points out that women are often too busy to read the newspaper or watch the nightly news, let alone a debate, to learn what the candidates really stand for and are instead voting with their “heart instead of their head”. She calls this the woman voter stereotype. The author is upset that women have worked so hard to get the vote years ago and aren’t even taking the time to get informed about who they want to vote for, or even voting. Do we take that right for granted?
I am going to chalk this one up to a Halloween prank. Because certainly they cannot be serious.
As everyone knows, Breast Cancer is a serious disease. Lately there seems to be more and more campaigns that make light of it by being funny or trying to make it “sexy”. This article shows how the Susan G. Kolman foundation feels about these new campaigns.
I admit that I find the slogan “Save Second Base” to be humorous but I never stopped to think about how someone with Breast Cancer might view it. Should Breast Cancer be taken more seriously or should there be some humor in the situation?
While catching up on the news, I stumbled across this article by Marlo Thomas. In class we’ve discussed “The Year of the Woman”, or what was supposed to be that year but never quite lived up to it’s expectations. We’ve also discussed the idea that this year might actually be the Year of the Woman. This article ties both together. While we have a lot more women running for office than in the past, this article emphasizes the importance of women continuing to get involved. We can’t stop or slow down just because things look like they might get better.
A quote from the article that I thinks sums up how I feel, “Think we’re doing swimmingly now? Not quite. Women hold exactly 90 of the 535 seats in the current Congress — 17 Senators and 73 Representatives. That’s less than 17 percent of our federal legislators, when we are 51 percent of the population.”
I watched the film “Playing Unfair – The Media Image of the Female Athlete” reflects on how the media portrays female athletes as weak, subordinate and sex symbols. Women athletes were not given the opportunity to be equals until the passing of Title IX. The law would not allow anyone to be rejected in participating in sports based off gender. Although the passing of Title IX legally granted equality to female athletes, there are still social boundaries to climb over.
The coverage women received differed from men. When sports announcers would say the name of athletes they address women by their first name and men by their last name. Once the video made this claim I realized I had noticed this detail before. When watching the Olympics this summer, my favorite sport to watch was tennis. I noticed when the announcer was covering Andy Roddick’s game he or she would refer to him as Roddick. However, when Serena Williams was playing her opponent they would refer to her as Serena.
“Playing Unfair” opened my eyes to how the media molds female athletes into sex symbols. The film would compare images of swimsuit models to well-known women athletes. The women had similar poses as well as wearing little clothing. The athletes would claim they wanted to show off their body because they were proud of how fit they were or it made them feel empowered. But the experts in the film made an excellent point; these women are role models to girls and young athletes should not think the only way to feel empowered is to pose half naked.
According to a poll by Netmums, 1 in 7 women consider themselves feminists. This poll concluded that feminism is old fashioned and that the new battle for women was to ‘reinstate the value of motherhood’ according to 69% of the poll. The website called this new form of feminism ‘FeMEnism’, meaning that a woman has a personal choice in what she decides are relevant women’s issues. Old views of feminism are archaic.
I found a fabulous counter-article on the real relevance of feminism. The author noted that feminism can hardly be called ‘dead’ based on this statistic because 1 in 7 women equals 4.5 million proud feminists. Additionally, the poll sample only came from Netmum users, that considered the poll probably isn’t that accurate.
There’s a misperception on the term feminist. Being a feminist doesn’t require a woman being a vehement activist. It just requires a person to think that women and men should be treated equally. People with that basic philosophy probably don’t think about labeling themselves. It is very common for people to want equality between races and sexes, I’d argue that a vast majority of women and men are feminists (Phyllis Shlafly‘s of the world excluded.)
The author of the article put it best, “I can’t tell you how many feminists there are by percentage, or geographical location or ratio. But I can tell you there are a lot. Far more than you might expect of a ‘dead’ movement. I can think of no corresponding concept which critics and media alike are so wildly keen to loudly proclaim ‘Dead!’ ‘Finished!’ ‘Over!’ on the basis of the flimsiest of evidence. And that, in itself, speaks volumes.”
What do you think? Are you or other people you know reluctant to label themselves as feminists?
Time magazine put out an article about women in CEO positions in the retail industry. They said that in all Fortune 500 companies women make up only 3.8% of CEOs and only 1.7% in the retail industry. The author believes it is because of the hectic schedule and big demands a CEO position puts on women who want to have a family too. Tory Burch, CEO of her namesake company, urges women to take a stand and be ambitious in their goals. In an industry aimed so well at women, why are there not more female CEOs?
The Muslim Brotherhood political party in Cairo is training women to help them gain more seats in parliament. Currently there are only 5 women out of 213 in Egypt’s parliament. Some people believe that this is a great thing and others think that the Brotherhood is only doing it to make themselves look good. With the stereotype about women and Muslims, what does everyone think of this?
How many of you wear makeup? My guess is that the majority of you either wear makeup everyday or at least occasionally. This article addresses a study done that suggests that chemicals in makeup can cause women to go through menopause earlier than those that do not. Not that most of us in the class need to worry about going through menopause anytime soon, it is something interesting to think about.
When I was trying to get inspiration for my bio, I stumbled across this NBC interview I saw over the summer. Catlin Moran is a British author, whose book came to the US this July. She writes about third wave feminism, and the many issues we still face today as women. She makes many good points, but what the video reminded me was that in my opinion, one of the most important differences between second and third wave feminism is the use of humor. This is one of the most important differences because humor can easily diffuse a tough topic, it can ease people into an idea that might’ve once been off putting to them.