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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 🙂

“The Kiss”

13 Nov

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It is often called the picture that ended World War II.  It is arguably one of the most recognizable images within American culture.  It is the picture of a sailor dipping a nurse, and simultaneously kissing her in Times Square, New York City.  The streets are bustling with smiling faces of soldiers and passers-by.  Recently, new information has surfaced in regards to the people in this picture, and this information has sparked much controversy in the blogosphere.  In this post, I examined, “The Kissing Sailor, or “The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture” and I reflect on what it says about our culture, and why it matters.

The original blog post that sparked the controversy was written by the blogger, Leopard on her blog, Crates and Ribbons.  Leopard is a feminist from London who frequently discusses issues involving women in today’s society.   In this post she writes about how iconic and embedded in our culture this photo is.  She cites three separate new sources (Huffington Post, Daily Mail, and CBS News) who discuss the recent revelations of who this sailor and nurse are.  According to her and the articles she examined,  the sailor in this picture, George Mendonsa, and the nurse, Greta Zimmer Friedman, were perfect strangers.  According to the blog, George was drunk and Greta has no idea he was going to kiss her.  She was quoted in the article saying, “It wasn’t my choice to be kissed.  The guy just came over and grabbed!”

Leopard continues to break down her argument that the picture is a glorification of rape culture by saying that by standards today, this was sexual assault.  It is not socially acceptable today to just grab any woman off of the street and kiss her.  She calls to attention the way that our culture glorifies this picture, and how we talk about it in such a romantic context, when this in actuality is not a depiction of romance at all.  She acknowledges that yes, it was the end of a terrible war, and yes, he had every right to be exuberant about its end, but she says that it doesn’t mean that we should ignore the fact that he is still in the wrong.  She says she is not surprised by people’s willingness to overlook these facts because of “the rape culture we live in.”  She says that if we want to change this rape culture, we must assert that it is not okay to kiss someone without consent, no matter the circumstance.

My first reaction was a bit of shock and there might have been traces of disbelief.  As I read further into the article, there were so many light bulbs that clicked in my head.  After I read the article, I searched for more information on this “kiss”.  A blogger (Lori) on the website Feministing.com, made reference to the body language displayed in the picture.  She talks about the way her fist is clenched, and how her body is limp.  I would also like to add that something I noticed was the slight double chin she has, which to me signifies that she was pulling her face away from his.

I do happen to agree with these articles that this is not a picture that represents love and romance, but rather, a kiss that was forced upon a woman.  I also agree that we as a society need to stop glorifying this photograph for being something that it is not.  Yes, it was another time, and yes, things were different during that era, but that does not mean that we can ignore the issues presented by Leopard.  The only way to continue to fight against street assault and the rape culture that exists within our society is to start to recognize this picture for what it really is.  We have come a long way, and embracing this picture time and time again, takes us as a society a little step backwards.

 

It’s a Hard-Knock Life (for Girls)

12 Nov

This Video discusses the issues that many young girls face while watching television.  It states that only 32% of girls are leads on shows.  I thought it was a good summary of problems that still exist for young girls looking for role models.  Something else I found interesting about this video is that they call for more diversity in television, yet all of these girls were thin, white, and wearing skirts.  If you are going to call for change in media, why not start with yourself? And they end with the girl having a pillow fight? (EYEROLL).  Why not with them playing their favorite sport? or chess? ANYTHING THAT GIRLS ACTUALLY DO.

Why I Love Amy Poehler <3

12 Nov

In class, we have talked a lot about the portrayal of women and men in television, and the affects this has on our culture.  I think that as time is progressing, shows have definitely been moving in a good direction, but when I think about my favorite shows I feel like they never completely get away from stereotypes about men and women.  Modern Family is an example I have discussed in my Media and Pop Culture class often because it is popular, and it has started to get away from “normal” in the way that it has a gay family on the show, but the couple is still male and they are both white.  This is just one example, and there are plenty more.  (I love Modern Family, by the way)  One show that I feel has really broken barriers in relation to gender stereotypes is Parks and Recreation.  The lead character, Leslie Knope, is funny, relatable, has positive relationships with other females, gets along with her coworkers, is hard working, and is someone that everyone wants to be around.  Leslie does has a stereotypical personality for a woman in this show, but the show doesn’t make these qualities in her seem bad.  The show embraces Leslie’s extreme type A personality, and shows how it has lead her to be such a great worker for the people of Pawnee.  There are plenty of other ways this show defies traditional television relationships.  Take Leslie’s relationship with her best friend Ann Perkins.  I think that it is hard to find a friendship in television that is relatable and realistic.  Many female relationships on television are unequal, focused on their relationships with men, centered around jealousy, or other negative stereotypes of women.  Leslie and Ann’s relationship is balanced.  They give each other positive advice, they encourage each other when they are successful, and they comfort each other when something in their life goes wrong.    I could go on for days because I love this show.  This show was created in part by Amy Poehler, who has also written and directed episodes.  I am so glad more and more women like Amy Poehler are finally getting attention in Television because I think the more women we have creating, writing, directing these shows, the more positive role models there will be for young girls and boys in television.

Jezebel cracking down on racist tweets.

12 Nov

In this post on Jezebel.com, they discuss the abundance of racist tweet that were posted in the Twitter-sphere on Election night.  The employees of the website collected a large number of student’s information from their public Twitter accounts, and proceeded to contact these student’s schools.  Although, they didn’t get a hold of all of the schools, many of these Twitter accounts were closed.  

On Wednesday after the election, I was surprised by how many new stories there were about racist social networking going on during election night.  Although I am fully aware that racism still exists, I thought that we had grown as a society since the 1960’s.  I was sorely misinformed.  I wonder though, do you think that shaming these individuals will really make a difference in their opinion, or if it will make them rethink their racism?  I don’t know how effective of a method I believe this is?  How do you think these individuals should be addressed?

I’m proud to be a feminist because…

7 Nov

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My name is Claire and I am studying Political Science and Communications at Ball State University.  I have been an intern with the Indiana Democratic Party since January, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

What are your future goals and aspirations?

After I graduate from Ball State, I want to earn a graduate degree in Communications, and I want to focus on feminism and media.  I want to focus on women in the media, more specifically female comediennes.  I want to analyze the impact that humor has on the television industry and on society as a whole.  I eventually want to become a professor, and teach communications at the university level.

If I could change one thing in the world…

That’s a tough question because there are many things I would like to change in the world, but in relation to this class- one thing in the world I would like to change is the negative perception of feminists/feminism.  There are so many negative terms/words/images that come to people’s mind when the word feminism is used, and most of these things are brought on by a stereotype that was created in the 1960’s.  Many people believe that if you are a feminist that you are a radical, and that you have short hair, and dress in men’s clothing.  This is not the case.  In this third wave of feminism, feminists are encouraged and encourage others to be themselves.  If you want to wear  pink and glitter and bows in your hair, you can.  If you want to wear men’s clothing and have short hair, you can.  If you would like to combine all of these elements, you can!  This is what I love about feminism.  Don’t get me wrong, feminism isn’t all about clothing.  Feminism strives to break down stereotypes about women and men.  Feminism fights the hegemonic ideas about gender that we have learned from our culture.  I want more people to understand that feminism is not only good for women, but it is also good for men, and members of the LGBT community.  Feminism is not just for girls, it is not just for lesbians, it is for anyone who believes that every person has a right to be themselves.

Feminism Today- –

29 Oct

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.

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Richard Murdock, Indiana Senate Candidate, makes Akin-like statements.

23 Oct

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Ugh, more election sexism

23 Oct

This article from Salon talks about Stephanie Cutter, the deputy Campaign Director for President Obama’s reelection.  It discusses how much more attention has been paid to her, even over other campaign officials who are more senior in position to her.  It also mentions the sexist undertones of these criticisms, and that the searches people conduct on the internet are for information regarding her personal life, rather than her professional one.

Photoshop Probz

18 Oct

This article fits in perfectly with MissRepresentation and our current discussion about women and how they are portrayed in the media.  The article takes a look at some Victoria’s Secret models and what the company has done to edit their bodie