Archive | November, 2012

Tis’ the Season

29 Nov

I absolutely ADORE the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Especially because of the Christmas music.
I have included a variety of favorites to get you into the HOLIDAY SPIRIT!

Glee: the Cute

Judy Garland: the beautiful

Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald: the classic

Straight NO Chaser: the original

ENJOY!

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Military discrimination against women

28 Nov

In 1994 the Department of Defense made the decision to bar all women from joining direct ground combat units in the Marines. This is an of itself seems like an odd rule to have and I have no idea what their rationale may have been at the time. The American Civil Liberties Union is now representing women and the Service Women’s Action Network who feel that this rule is discriminatory and has kept them from getting promotions. This Los Angeles  Time article summarizes the story and states the US District Court in San Francisco found the rule unconstitutional. There seems to be a lot of support for ending this rule. Time reported that Marine men and women see no problem with allowing women into direct ground combat units and argues that by discriminating against women it is ruining morale and hurt unit cohesion.

Passed up for promotions?

27 Nov

I was catching up on my hometown news via a blog written as a news source by a family friend. He recently covered the Kenosha Sheriff Department promotions. Normally, I wouldn’t pay much attention to it but I couldn’t  help but notice all the promotions and re-assignments were men. Now, in my hometown cops are around constantly for events and fairs and whatnot and they are always in uniform. There are quite a few female officers on the Sheriff Department but not a single one of the seven positions went to a female. I know more goes into a promotion than just gender but it seems off that not a single promotion went to a female. Why are no women in positions of power at this police department and more importantly is the criminal justice system biased toward men?

 

Beauty. Drugs. Death.

27 Nov

Maria Susana Flores Gamez, beauty queen, was competing for Miss Mexico but her fight fell short when her body was found in the middle of a drug war. Flores Gamez was enrolled in a local college and had been modeling and completing pageants for three years. According to the Associated Press beauty queens and Mexico’s violence involving drugs is a common trend, and this is the third instance. “Miss Bala” was arrested for drug acts that were forced on her by gang members.  While in 2011 former Miss Sinaloa Laura Zuniga was arrested for suspicion of drugs and weapon infringements.

Javier Valdez is an author of book “Miss Narco” which evaluates the recent trend for young women in Mexico. Valdez says, “It is a question of privilege, power, money, but also a question of need,” said Valdez. “For a lot of these young women, it is easy to get involved with organized crime, in a country that doesn’t offer many opportunities for young people.”

Even young women who are attempting to head down the proper path seem to get held up with major obstacles: drug, violence and war. How can these women better their lives if they do not have opportunities after they win pageants and earn a college degree? These women attempt to use all the resources they can to further themselves from their environment, but it seems to be a pattern that they will fail.

War Against Men..?

27 Nov

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A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I thought that it would be good to share. The War On Men written by Suzanne Venker for FoxNews.Com is basically claiming that women are the reason that men do not want to get married. Because women want to have careers and have equal rights, they are causing men to feel inadequate.

This article was written by a woman no less and claims that feminism has hindered the one thing that all women want: to get married. Since women let men sleep with them whenever they want and live with them with out being married, men do not see the point in getting married.

Personally I think that this is a load of codswallop  but what does everyone else think? Does this go against what we have learned in class? Or does it just reaffirm how the media perceives women?

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Why couldn’t I be this cool when I was 15?!

26 Nov

This is Tavi Gevinson’s TED Talk about her website Rookie, and her relationship with feminism. She talks about the struggle for teenage girls to find media that gives an accurate portrayal of what their life and they themselves, are really like.

A new addition to “the talk”

26 Nov

 

I found this article in Time that argues that doctors should discuss emergency contraception with their teen patients. Currently, there is no data showing that the discussion of emergency contraception will increase sexual activity among teen. They also say that teens lack impulse control and are not always careful about using birth control. By giving teens an advanced prescription for emergency contraception, doctors are hoping to lower the number of teen pregnancies. Plan B is available over the counter but personally, I don’t think I would feel comfortable asking for it at a pharmacy but a prescription would be more private. The article does not advocate giving young teenagers a prescription but starting to talk at an earlier age, around the time of the “birds and the bees” talk and making it an option for sexually active teens. Should doctors be allowed to discuss emergency contraception with their patient, even with those who would never use it?

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STOP BULLYING!

25 Nov

http://www.youtube.com/user/SoupJRecords?v=wtOaeka7d5U

I found this video and thought I’d share. Bullying is clearly a large problem in our school systems. As I read more thing about bullying I cant help to think back to when I was in elementary school and bullying didn’t seem like such a big deal. I was “normal” for some kids to get bullied. I wonder what changed the way schools viewed bullying?

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Sophia Rossi’s “BFF” chats

24 Nov

This is a video where Sophia Rossi (part creator of the website Hello Giggles), takes time to answer questions from girls about their friendship problems. She always has a guest on with her, and they are generally one of her own BFF’s. This is a great website for women of all ages who have friendship problems. She says in one of the videos that she does this because there are plenty of dating advice platforms out there, but not enough for girl friend problems. I really enjoyed this, and I hope you do too 🙂

Pee power!

24 Nov

While stumbling around the internet yesterday I came across this article about four young women in Africa that have created something quite incredible. According to the article, the girls have found a way to turn one liter of urine into six hours of power, quite an amazing feat for girls much younger than myself.