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“Miss Representation”

6 Feb

Ladies! I wanted to let you all know, in case you hadn’t heard, that the creator of “Miss Representation” (Jennifer Siebel Newsom) will be lecturing in Pruis Hall tomorrow. The event is free and it starts at 7:30 pm. She will be discussing “Miss Representation” and the influence of the media. Hope to see you all there!

 

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The Feminine Mistake

5 Jan

 

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I found this book and decided it would be an interesting thing to look into because I’ve been trying to figure out how I could ever balance a large family and a career in politics or law. The author Leslie Bennetts interviewed many women, some with careers and some stay-at-home parents to determine the economic impacts of being a stay at home parent. She clearly does not think being a stay at home parent is a good financial decision and sometimes it seems as though she may be bashing the idea of stay at home parents but I definitely can see where she is coming from.

She talks about these women who have been stay at home parents for their whole adult lives and have therefore never contributed to 401K or a pension plan. While this isn’t a problem at the time, when their spouse divorces them, passes away, or gets a bad illness, the women are left to pick up the pieces and sometimes aren’t able to do that. She writes about women who have struggled and barely made ends meet after things like this have happened because they do not have the skill set to get back in the work force after a tragedy. The author does go on some tangents about the value of being a stay at home parent and while she supports stay at home parents, she talks about “full-time mommys” and those women who believe their job could be done by no one else. She goes on to say that women who identify not as a stay at home parent but a full time mommy are trying to make it seem as though women cannot have a career and be a mommy, as if they turn off being a mom when they are at work.

I’ve never been one to think of being a stay at home parent, for personal reasons not as anything against stay at home parents but I got to thinking about what would happen in those situations. If the income somehow stops, what is a woman to do? I also was struck by the “full time mommy” section. I’m not a parent and was personally offended by that comment. My mom worked my whole life and I still always considered her a mom.

How does being a stay at home parent effect women economically and is self-labeling as a full time mommy offensive to working parents?

Golden!

10 Dec

Living MY LIFE like its Golden. Thats the motto I live by practically everyday. Life is soo precious. I will definately be living my life like its golden after finals week. Here’s a little cheer up music for our last and final Music Monday. I love Jill Scott and her music. Sometimes we all need to let the freedom within life live. We need to free ourselves of the chains, trials, weights etc and LIVE FREE. Life is soo much better when we all can be burden free. Enjoy!

Heroine Worship

9 Dec

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This past year in movies has arguably been a great one for women. From Snow White and the Huntsman, Brave, and the Hunger Games, movies introduced young brave women who aren’t afraid to kick some ass.

Not everyone’s happy about it though. Movie critic, Frank Parlato, recently quit his job because he disapproves of the roles these women are given in movies. “I don’t want to publish reviews of films where women are alpha and men are beta,” he wrote. “Where women are heroes and villains and men are just lesser versions or shadows of females.”

One movie he used as an example was Snow White and the Huntsman, which showed Snow White overcoming vulnerability, donning armor, and charging into war against the evil queen. This, Parlato claims, is “a Hollywood agenda of glorifying degenerate power women and promoting as natural the weakling, hyena-like men, cum eunuchs.”

Why does his opinion matter? According to an article from the New York Times, it matters because Hollywood is known for over-sexualizing and degrading women, and it’s surprising that in this day and age some positive portrayal of strong women in movies can be so threatening.

Hollywood is arguably one of the most sexist industies, argues the article. Smart well-rounded characters, like Hermione Granger, are only the sidekicks. Women aren’t heroes unless it’s in a ‘chick-flick’ which, of course, men would not want to see anyway. Who want’s to see a woman be the hero?

Even in comedies women aren’t funny, men are. Katherine Hiegl made Hollywood universally angry when she called Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, sexist. She argued that the movie is “a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. … I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy?”

Hiegl was right, frankly, it doen’t matter how deeply immature a guy is, hot girls are gonna sleep with them anyway. And those girls are gonna be bitches and the guys are gonna be goofy and adorable. If the girl is funny, it’s because she’s dumb. That’s how comedy’s framed.

Any female heroes stereotypically are obsessed with their love lives. The chick-flick is basically a love lusting woman looking for a perfect man. Movies featuring heroines like Katniss Everdeen should be a breath of fresh air, proving that a female hero can focus on other things beyond her love life.

Hollywood, luckily, is beginning to move past gender roles for heroines. Supporting movies like the Hunger Games can make this progress more permanent. I hope we see a lot more Katniss Everdeen types of heroines in the future!!!

Beauty is Within

9 Dec

I found this passage from the Bible and I thought it was a really good message! We as a society are too focused on outward appearance (I’m guilty of this too)! I think we need to start focusing on what’s within!

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Christmas is Almost Here!!!

9 Dec

Now that Christmas is so close, all the best Christmas/holiday movies are being shown on TV. This is my most favorite time of the year and I love these movies. I thought I’d take a minute and share my top 10 favorite Christmas movies!

10. Meet me in St. Louis: I absolutely adore this movie! I am a big fan of old Hollywood and Judy Garland is perfection in this movie! It’s not completely about Christmas but Judy does sing a magnificent rendition of “Have Yourself and Merry Little Christmas.” If you haven’t seen it, you need to!

9. The Polar Express: This is a book that I used to read almost every Christmas in as a child. The story is very touching and gets me in the Christmas spirit! The movie is really cute and has some super fun musical numbers!

8. A Christmas Story: This is a true classic! It’s extremely funny and set in Indiana of all places! My family and I watch this every Christmas Eve.

7. The Muppet’s Christmas Carol: This may seem silly but it’s still my favorite version of A Christmas Carol! It’s funny without of taking away from the meaning of the story. I also think Michael Caine is my favorite person to ever play Scrooge!

6. The Santa Clause: This is just a classic from my childhood! I remember getting this on VHS for Christmas and watching it over and over again! This is an excellent movie and Tim Allen is hilarious in it!

5. Love Actually: Again, this movie is not completely about Christmas but it’s excellent! It’s a romantic comedy with a ton of huge stars in it! I love watching this movie and it never get’s old!

4. Miracle of 34th Street: I absolutely adore this movie! It’s one of the most iconic Christmas movies! However, I only like the original black and white version. I don’ think any of the remakes measure up!

3. Elf: I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love this movie! I watch it multiple times during the Christmas season and even sometimes throughout the rest of the year! This movie is so funny and shows Will Ferrell at his best!

2. Rudolph: I love the claymation version of Rudolph! It just isn’t Christmas without it! My parent’s watched it as kids and so did I. It is a staple in my house during the holidays!

1. It’s a Wonderful Life: In my opinion, this is the greatest Christmas movie of all time! It makes me laugh and cry! It makes me appreciative of what I have and makes me remember what the true meaning of Christmas is. I am a huge Jimmy Stewart fan and he is just brilliant in this film. If you haven’t seen this movie then you need to make seeing a priority! It is excellent!

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So what are your favorite Christmas/Holiday films?

Girl on Fire

3 Dec

Alicia Keys sure knows how to make a song so memorable and empowering. She is definately are girl (woman) on fire and she doesn’t look like shes about to slow down anytime soon. Enjoy

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!

Independent Women!!! (Destiny’s Child)

12 Nov

While I was getting ready yesterday morning, I decided to listen to Pandora and dance away to some of my favorite songs, then out of nowhere Independent women comes on. Not only am I a fan of Destiny’s child, but this song was a huge hit around the world!!! It empowered lots of women and even though I was a youngster when this song came out, I still valued the messages they were singing about. Im proud to be an Independent Woman! A lot of us work hard for what we have and want! No one can take that away from us! Happy Music Monday! Enjoy!!

P.S: This song was featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 movie Charlie’s Angels with Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore

How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World

5 Nov

This book by Jordan Christy is hands down on of my favorite books. I started re-reading it and started making links to our class topics. The introduction “Stupid Girls” talks about where those negative role models for women got their power and how it came to be that our society valued reality show stars over more powerful, important women. I found this quote and had to share it

” They’re obnoxious (stupid girls) and, for some reason, always the center of attention. Why? Because smart, classy, and successful ladies’ slots on the local news have been supplanted by a play-by-play of Paris’s clinkworthy antics and Lindsay Lohan’s spiral into rehab.”

 

She goes on to say that as long as women are ok selling their self-respect for free publicity our society isn’t going to change. The book as a whole talks about how you can personally regain that classiness we seem to have lost. Where do you think the power of these “stupid girls” comes from and where did it start?