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Beauty and Brains

10 Dec

Beauty and Brains

In the most recent election, the Israeli government has seen a spike in women politicians. But the spike in women membership does not change Israeli’s views of all women in general. This article addresses the issue that these women were made politicians because they’re “beautiful” and a nice thing to look at. Though these women have potential to be great politicians and fix some of the issues in Israel, they are belittled by the media and their male counterparts. The author of the article Sigal Samuel says “Way to reduce a bunch of brilliant, powerful, driven women—not to mention some of Israel’s most successful feminists—to political pin-ups.”

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Binders Full of Women

10 Dec

I’m sure you all will enjoy this disrespectfully funny video.

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Something to think about

10 Dec

Something to think about

In this article Michelle Burns address the issue of sexism in politics. She specifically talks about Boston’s newspaper not acknowledging female candidates. She argues that its not so much a bad thing because it causes so much commotion that the candidates get more attention. Burns says that although the people in charge get no repercussions from participating in sexist act, the publicity that the women get can help boost their campaign.

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Typical Responses

9 Dec

Of course we’ve all seen Michelle Obama’s DNC speech, but did we pay attention to the medias responses? This video is a clip of the media’s responses to her speech. As usual they talked more about her attire, personality, and personal life than the issues she addressed in her speech. As we’ve learned this is the typical response.

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Move your body!

9 Dec

Beyonce’s remix to her original song get me bodied. This is for Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity campaign. This is fun and it really is a work out!

Disney taught girls bad lessons

9 Dec

Living in a fairy tale isn’t going to get you anywhere but your dream. I loved watching Disney movies when I was younger and even today but watching them now when I’m older I realize how unrealistic some of these stories are and I have to wonder if I want to have my kids watching these movies. I know that some of the movies like Snow White and Cinderella were made later in time where the stories weren’t that far off of how women were viewed but for young girls of today im sad to say the Disney classics may not be the appropriate choice.

Some examples from the article (its pretty interesting you should take a look at):

The Supposed Message:

Treat others the way you wish to be treated!

The Actual Message:

Underneath the abusive exterior of your man is a loving heart he’s just dying to share with you.

First of all, Belle was a prisoner in the Beast’s castle. Nothing says “I love you” like house arrest. Secondly, he wasn’t exactly whispering sweet nothings in her ear. The Beast hurled insults at Belle at every chance, and came close to pimp slapping the crap out of her on more than one occasion.

Being a Woman is GREAT for the three out of the four weeks of the month

9 Dec

I love being a women, especially at work. I supervise the rec center at Ball State and bartend the weekends so not only do both those jobs ask for me to be in the spot light but im also respected by men in different ways. At school I’m respected for obviously working while going to school and the position I hold at my job, shockingly you need to know what youre doing while supervising a multi-million dollar facility. That’s a given job of respect but some think its shocking im respected as a bartender but its there where guys appreciate a girl who can remember a drink, know the prices without second guessing, and go to school while working late hours. Women now a days have so many female figures to look up to and so many popular movies that are pro women rights like She’s the Man and A League of Their Own and more and more women are getting into the political spotlight that is steering young girls in the right direction… why wouldnt any girl of today not want to be a woman one day and then I remember

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Girls Just Wanna Have Funds

9 Dec

Hot topic of class was women get degraded when they say they want to marry off rich but when guys do it its look at as “scoring.” What I was trying to say in class was yes I see where the majority of the class is coming from when they say it is degrading to women but instead of women tearing down other women I think that we should be turning to the men and look at them for the judgmental views. It is the men who know they are marrying a women who is marrying them for the money and it is the men who are also glorified if they have the Sugar Mama… I don’t think it degrading to women if another women says she wants to marry a rich man. I don’t think an educated man thinks women as a whole are sluts when he hears a comment like that or a girl in a mini skirt, not one girl represents women as a whole. It is the poor sucker that should be worried about having their spouse only marry for the money and should be left for them to work out not everyone else since it isn’t affecting them personally besides the fact it bothers them. They don’t represent women as a whole, they aren’t keeping you from your dreams, and they aren’t keeping you from an education, in fact I look at it as that is one less girl I have to compete with because obviously she won’t be going to far with a mind set like that.ImageImage

Men Are Doing More

9 Dec

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Amazing news: Men are doing more housework. Women in relationships are no longer expected to be the sole chore-doers.

According to an article on Yahoo News, cleaning brands are starting to market more to men, do to the changing relationship dynamic.This was the first year in Tide’s 66 year history they showed a husband doing laundry in their ads. And men are starting to be featured more in diaper commercials.

As of 2011, Men do 16 minutes of housework a day, up 2 minutes from 2003. Women do 52 minutes of housework a day, down 6 minutes from 2003. There is a huge discrepancy towards the time commitment between men and women, but I’m willing to accept progress as progress.

After all, men do a third of the housework today (I’d prefer 1/2, but we’ll get there). That’s way up from men doing less than 1/5 of housework in 1965. Generationally, men doing housework is more acceptable. Sociologist Dr. Scott Coltrane describes it best, “Gender roles fall away when they no longer make sense.”

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!!!