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Is the military draft sexist?

7 Dec

I’m discussing the military with some girls who have parents in different branches and we started talking about the military draft. I know when I was 18 I did not have to register for the draft but every male I’ve met has. I decided to do some research and the  Selective Service System states that all men must register but not women. Is the military draft sexist by not requiring women to register?

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Offensive?….

7 Dec

Ellen DeGeneres is a lovable, quirky woman. Hardly someone that would be caught offending anyone.

The activist group One Million Moms have called this JCPenney commercial with Ellen Degeneres offensive. Why? Because Ellen is an openly gay woman.

The content of the commercial isn’t an issue for One Million Moms, a group closely tied to the American Family Association, the group is offended more by JCPenney’s decision to hire her and feature her on commercials. Their complaints really don’t go beyond that… they are just angry that Ellen isn’t being judged, criticized, and outcast for her sexuality.

“Since April, JC Penney’s has not aired Ellen DeGeneres in one of their commercials until now,” the group said. “A new JCP ad features Ellen and three elves. JCP has made their choice to offend a huge majority of their customers again. Christians must now vote with their wallets. We have contacted JC Penney’s several times in the past with our concerns, and they will not listen. They have decided to ignore our complaints so we will avoid them at all costs.”

One Million Moms has a right to be against whatever they choose to be. With the gradual changing of public opinion towards LGBT rights and the upcoming Supreme Court case on gay marriage, the country is clearly going in a different direction than they want it to. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad direction or one that we should not take.

Hopefully, in the future they’ll view Ellen based on her personality and not want her shunned for her sexuality. The rest of the country has.

Not Buying it

7 Dec

ImageThe problem with this birthday card is pretty obvious… I was as boy obsessed as the next 13 year old, but telling a young woman that she needs to find a rich boyfriend to dote upon her and that this will only happen when she gets big boobs is shockingly offensive. A 13 year old girl has only just left childhood and she’s already being told that she needs to be dependent, materialistic, and have big boobs. As soon as she hits 13 is she supposed to reevaluate what gives her self worth?!? Great message…

This sexist Hallmark card was posted on Twitter in the UK. It was re-posted and criticized so much that Hallmark has stopped selling it less than 6 hours later. This was in part of MissRepresentation’s #NotBuyingIt campaign. Its amazing that we have the power as consumers to eliminate sexist products like this from society. We’re nowhere where we need to be, but it’s great that consumer action helped pull this off the shelves. 🙂

Marriage: what’s the big deal?

7 Dec

Occasionally, and with all due respect, I find topics of feminism frivolous; it’s a waste of energy. Lots of energy.
For example, this past week when we discussed marriage and the implications of last names, rings, etc, I thought is this really that concerning? Why are you so willing to wear the ring? Because it’s shiny? Also. why are there women looking down on women? So what if a lady wants to be married and take her husband’s name. How can a woman judge her?

In my opinion equality is meant to ensure that all people have opportunity to pursue happiness and fulfill ambition. If a woman does not share in your prerogative, she cannot be considered wrong for it is her equal right to be different.

Lisa Miya-Jervis, editor of Ms. Magazine, is married. As a ringleader of feminist thinking, several readers, upon learning she had a husband, stopped subscribing. In her article Who Wants to Marry a Feminist,  Miya-Jervis (apparently her husband and she both hyphened their last names) tells her thinking behind marriage, emphasizing that the traditional concepts of marriage are not that big of a deal, in the grand scheme of things.