We’ve discussed in class on numerous occasions the differences in how men and women are portrayed in the media. This article discusses a couple of studies that point out how women are more likely to be portrayed as “sex icons” versus anything else.The article also discusses MissRepresentation and how it is good at pointing out the sexist media to women who may not have noticed.
“The media is a powerful instrument of change and change can only occur once we are able to see the type of force this tool has cast on society. It’s up to us women to use the force of media to influence positive change and correct the representation of women.”
“To be and be seen: The Politics of Reality”, begins by stating that lesbians do not exist and explaining why this can be argued as the truth. Since there is no definition that can be found that explains what this term means, the author explains that men have made sure this term does not describe a real characteristic.
This article applies to the activity in multiple ways. On the one hand, I think it would be easy to argue that the men were the group in the spotlight and the women in the shadows. This would leave lesbians as the group out in the hall and therefore counted as “out of the group”. However, I looked at it a little differently. I think that the men represent the group in the hall. They are oblivious, or at least ignoring, the existence of the other groups. Out in the hall, whatever they believed to be going on could be made to be the truth. Since that group had little knowledge of what was actually taking place. Women as a whole would represent the group in the spotlight at least in this context. The article discusses the lesbian group “looking” at the group of women and thus proving their ability to be seen. This would leave the lesbian group to be the one in the shadows which is still an accurate depiction of the group. They are the onlookers, hoping to be seen by the other groups, but at the same time, helping women as a whole to be empowered and gain the knowledge that they are actually being seen.
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.
We discussed THIS in class today and I said I would post it because it was something that hit close to home in a way. I feel like I’m always getting talked down to or having something explained to me in a different “dumbed down” version. I constantly feel like I am sticking up for myself and my ability to have an intellectual conversation without things having to be explained to me.
I was happy to see Tammy Baldwin stand up for herself. When Senator Ron Johnson tried to demean Baldwin, she shot back, “I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House.”
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.”
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.
In the spirit of Halloween I felt that this was only fitting. I remembered last year seeing an ad about what kinds of Halloween costumes are offensive. In particular those that portrayed certain cultures in a less than flattering manner. They used the slogan “We’re a culture, not a costume.” How do you feel about this? Where do we draw the line on what makes a clever costume and what may offend someone more than we realize?
This article talks about a letter written by Allen West to his wife telling her that he expected ‘non-negotiable’ sex acts when he returned home from Iraq, as well as a few other demands. He specifically tells her that he wants her to “be his porn star”. Personally, I would never let my boyfriend, husband, or anyone demand any kind of sex from me. What are your thoughts?
Rose Winslow, born a citizen of Poland under the name of Ruza Wenclawska, immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was just an infant. She grew up in a working class family; her father worked in coal mines and steel factories. By the time she was eleven years old Rose was working in a textile factory. She lived and worked in New York City, eventually becoming a union organizer as well as a factory inspector. When she was nineteen she had a bout with tuberculosis which kept her from working for two years and would later cause her to collapse of exhaustion after speaking at protests.
She became involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement when she joined the National Women’s Party. Once a member she actively took part in protests, picketing, and spoke to numerous crowds. During her involvement, Rose was imprisoned twice, once at Occoquan Workhouse and second at the DC jail. While in the DC jail she led a hunger strike alongside Alice Paul. They, like many other women of the suffrage movement, sacrificed their bodies and freedom for the goal of women’s suffrage.
Her journal, “Jailed for Freedom”, written about her time spent in prison was later reprinted in ink by Doris Stevens. She wrote of her horrible experiences in the prison during her hunger strike. She wrote, “One feels so forsaken when one lies prone and people shove a pipe down one’s stomach.” This statement, written about the force feedings that took place numerous times during these hunger strikes, documents the brutality faced by the women. As awful as her life must have been in these prisons, she was persistent and dedicated to her cause keeping her focus on future generations of women with the hopes that we would not have to suffer for our rights like she did. While in prison she spoke of her hopes, “All the officers here know we are making this hunger strike that women fighting for liberty may be considered political prisoners; we have told them. God knows we don’t want other women ever to have to do this over again.”
Rose Winslow spent some time in trade organization for women in the Women’s Trade Union League and the Consumer’s League. In her last three years when she was able to work she spent it campaigning for women’s suffrage. She also campaigned in anti-Democratic conventions with Lucy Burns, another advocate of women’s suffrage. Rose was an active spokeswoman in working women’s delegation to President Wilson. However, she is most well known for her involvement in the prison hunger strikes described above.
A final thought on women’s suffrage spoken by Rose Winslow. “I feel so happy doing my bit for decency. For our war, which is after all, real and fundamental.”