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Gender Stereotypes

9 Dec

This is a short clip that without words describes male and female stereotypes. It points out some issues such as how women are held back from jobs, but the majority of the video is relatable. Hopefully in a few decades the gender gaps will be closer.

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Get Real!

9 Dec

Listen to your elders. The largest generation are the people over 50. However, in the media the majority of actresses and actors range from teenagers to people in the late thirties. The Baby Boomer generation has been through a lot and our current generation needs to analyze their ways in order to keep making progress, especially in the fight for women equality.

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The F-Word

9 Dec

The F-Word is a documentary on defining feminism and focusing on how to continue the movement. If women forget we will take a step back in history. “No one has ever given away power voluntarily.”

Men Getting Down & Dirty

9 Dec

Stay-at-Home-Dad-01Have you ever noticed during paper towel commercials, the smiling mother cleans up the spilled juice? Or what about when the wife sprays Mr. Clean on the mud that was tracked in by the dog? Well an article from the Wall Street Journal discusses a change to the way household chores are marketed. The new target audience is the male viewers of these advertisements. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the amount of time a man spends cleaning the house has increased. This article is hopeful that the media is realizing women are not longer the designated “housewives.” I think women will enjoy this marketing towards the new improved “househusband.”

Not Afraid to Say It

9 Dec

I am a feminist. However, when I talk to my friends and tell them how much I enjoy my women’s in politics class they give me a weird look. I think it is unfortunate that there is still a negative connotation with the term “feminism.” So when I found this cartoon clip I thought it was humorous and true.

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Defined by Marriage

9 Dec

A woman keeping her last name is not radical but makes a statement of being true to herself.

signature(1)“A wife should no more take her husbands name than he should hers. My name is my identity and must not be lost.” Lucy Stone was the first woman in the United States to refuse to take her husband’s last name. Although her idea was in the 1800s, American women have not come a long way since then.

A person’s name is not only their label, but it defines who they are. The value of a person’s name is respected in the majority of cultures. In China, parents hope for a baby boy in order to carry on the family’s name. As for India they treasure their names in respect of their ancestors. Unfortunately American society disregards a woman’s name.

Women’s identity is determined not by her accomplishments or career but she is defined by marriage. Once she makes the decision to utter the words “I do,” she is no longer referred to as her own person, but her husband defines her.

Our Voice Shoul Be Heard

2 Dec

post_full_1276122550women-politicsAs the red, white and blue flyers begin to be recycled and the repetitive politician commercials conclude American women can still feel victorious about the results of the 2012 Election.

The 113th Congress will acquire multiple firsts for women. The New York Times confirms that New Hampshire was the first state to send all women delegates to Congress. There will be 20 female senators, which, is the most in U.S. history. The first out lesbian woman and the first disabled woman will serve in the House of Representatives. Unfortunately women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population, yet in politics they are the minority.

Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, is quoted in the film Miss Representation, explaining that countries known for rejecting women’s rights had more women in their government compared to the United States. Newsom said, “If people knew that Cuba, China, Iraq and Afghanistan have more women in government than the United States of America, that would get some people upset.”

According to New York Times female congress members only hold 20 percent of the majority rule in Congress. However, even though women hold less than a fourth of the voice, they still do not speak as frequently on the floor compared to men. Female congress members use only 60 percent of the time on the providing their perspective compared to a male representative.

Americans continue to witness misrepresentation repeatedly in the American government. Women were granted the right to vote almost over a century ago, but if women continue at this consistent rate “women may not achieve parity for 500 years” reported by Miss Representation.

Politics of Reality Reaction

2 Dec

Carolyn Shafer introduces her piece by explaining a lesbian does not exist. There is not definition for this type of woman. The author resorts to looking up the word lesbian in multiple sources even well known dictionaries yet they define a lesbian inaccurately. She takes a small example of how even the Webster dictionary cannot define a lesbian and stands back to take a glimpse at the larger picture. Women do not exist. “The word ‘woman’ was supposed to mean female of species, but the name of the species is ‘Man’.

Shafer goes into detail of the different ways and tactics lesbians and women have been oppressed but in the conclusion she grants hope for them. She wants women to understand there is power in defining who you are and there is power in oppression.

The conclusion of the piece relates back to the activity performed in class.  The Politics of Reality states, “The woman, feeling herself seen, may learn that she can be seen; she may also be able to know that a woman can see, that is, can author perception (p 172).”

As our class was broken up in groups we were arranged in different environments: the stage, the outsider and the observer. As women we fulfill all these roles. We were placed on the stage and we felt ourselves being on the spot light. We also were oppressed when we were placed outside of the classroom. But once we were moved back into the room as observers we felt empowered. Shafer wants women to know when women are seen (on stage) they have authority and oppression actually benefits women because it eventually leads to liberation.

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.

Judged on Character

14 Nov

In the 21st century, your life is under a microscope. Your deepest thoughts are posted on Twitter. An iPhone can pin point your direct location. Your face is splashed on the largest social network, Facebook, for the world to see. So I was not surprised that a political figure’s scandal was exposed this weekend.

David H. Petraeus is a well-respected military figure and never fell short when it came to his job, yet his marriage was another story. Petraeus was a four-star general and a heavily involved leader in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also appointed by President Obama to be the director of Central Intelligence Agency. Regardless of his career once his affair was revealed he resigned.

There has been a stir of conversation to whether a public figure’s personal life should affect their job. Personally, if you become a public figure whether you are a general or a talk show host, you are a role model. Your actions regardless if they are in front of a camera or in a closed off room should be ethical. I think resigning was the best action because your character should be reflected in both your public and personal life.