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Character Stereotypes

14 Jan

A friend of mine is a major writer. She writes about all types of characters, some that resemble her and some that do not. She is also a blogger and her recent post, Writing Fat Characters was rather inspiring. Her stories have always been rather out there but in a good way.

Her basic theory is that the “fat character” is usually only portrayed one way.She questioned this in her blog post. I just wanted others to read her thoughts.

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!

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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Memes

9 Dec

Memes are a very big trend that are all over the internet at the moment. I wanted to share one of my favorites to say good luck with finals!!! This is Grumpy Cat AKA Tardar Sauce:

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And here is one for Christmas:

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And one more:

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Easy-Bake Oven & Gender Roles

9 Dec

 

Me and my sister had two easy bake ovens over the course of our childhood years. Our brother wasnt as interested in cooking with us (only eating what we made) because our oven consisted of pink and purple utensils and the oven catered to young girls. As a side funny note: to us on the other hand it was one less toy for him to break and misuse. In One Girl’s Quest to Make the Easy-Bake Oven More Boy-Friendly,this 13 year old girl has taken a stance on how a lot of toy manufacturers have placed specific gender roles on their toys. She petitioned the makers of Easy Bake Oven to change the appearance of the oven to appeal to boys. Her brother is the sole reason for this push. He is fascinated by cooking and she wanted to give him an easy bake oven for christmas. When she set out to get one she noticed that all of the ovens appealed to young girls and none of them catered to boys. She felt it was “detrimental to society” that the packaging or promotional material didnt appeal to young boys. She fears that the messages they were sending was that boys work and girls cook. She just wants a overall equal approach to toys that are appealing to young kids. She wants her brother to be confident in whatever he does and if cooking is that goal she wants him to know that its not wrong to do so. She wants the ovens to be also featured in primary colors to exclude any further discrimination. This young girl was courageous enough to speak on what society has been trying to keep consistent for years. I feel Hasbro will get the message and change the very thing that has made their toy successful to being even more successful. Good job little one. Your brother will be greatful in the end.

Royal Baby: Forever Tied to Tragedy

9 Dec

The unfortunate events of the suicide of Kate Middleton’s nurse, has left the two radio show host to be reevaluated themselves for psychological reasons. Both host have gone incognito and have isolated themselves from work, the media, and even family. According to Mel Greig’s family and friends, they have no clue as to where she is. It’s sad that Kate and her family, especially her unborn child now will be forever tied to such craziness. It is too early in the investigation to show whether or not the radio station host are solely to blame for this tragedy but according to Time in Scrutiny Builds at Radio Station that Prank Called London Hospital, the overwhelming national publicity has shown their dislike for the two hosts. Like mentioned before it is a little to early to place blame. We don’t really know this woman’s state of mind prior and after the incident. To solely blame these too are just absurd. The media overall needs to take responsiblity of how they go about to acquire information. The lengths some will take to get the scoop is frightening. This unfortunate event, I hate to say, is an eye opener, example and a warning to all. We should be cautious in the way we report, investigate etc to get the top news. We never know people’s mental state.

America In 4 Minutes

9 Dec

I’m in love with this video and the message it sends out to our American people.
This video was sooo amazing. I loved how he touched on several situatoins that our country overlooks. I love how in the background everything that he mentioned in his poem was writtin on the wall in the shape and colors of our American flag. So creative. I love how people can talk about our imperfections as a nation and calls for a challenge for everyone to get together and change our country for the good. His video was really inspiring. Everyone should definatley watch this video and get inspired to what to make a change. Enjoy!!

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?

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?

13-Year-Old Girl Asks Easy Bake Oven To End Sexist Ads

4 Dec

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This article was written about a young girl who wanted her younger brother to cook with out the stigma of gender. He believed that since only girls were in the commercials then only girls can cook and play with the toy. In some of the presentations in class there has been talk of gender roles and being persuaded one way or the other based on gender. I think that this is something that is not often talked about and viewed as “normal”. What more can be done to help beat the gender stereotypes?