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Most valuable diamonds come from troubled areas, where people can be killed if found smuggling them out of the country and then on to sell them. Although this is looked upon as bad for the everyday civilian in these countries most times the government officials are corrupt and have people looking for diamonds and jewels for them to sell illegally. So when we look at our beautiful large diamonds i think we should ask how did it get here... and did someone die because the sell or transportation of this diamond. Unfortunately these stories are true and real and ultimately its easier for us to just not think about the stories of our diamonds. So with that said What's your diamonds story?

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We have so many examples of the traditional "white" families this is a good of a black family. The amount of good examples that the media portrays black people as is limited... and especially black women in this show not fitting the typical,"angry,bitter black woman" stereotype. What does that say of what they think of us? If no one else is showing us in a good light it's good that BET is.(Although on the same station there are images of us in the total opposite light.)

Maternity Leave

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We all know our language is a very meaningful thing particuarly in the context of feminism. How then, do we respond to the language of "short term disability" when a mother takes maternity leave? What does this say about our societal perception of motherhood? How does this not pose women as second class citizens? Does this sound to anyone like this leave is being honored or praised for the work that this woman's body has undergone? "Disability"... seriously? What do we do about this? Is this not "as much of an issue" as say equal pay for equal work? This is scary to me. We are told motherhood is a wonderful thing that we should be proud of and yet our society seems to be telling us that we are temoparily crippled. We are of no use to a company as we have just become disabled, which of course means carrying around something the size of a watermelon under your t-shirt for 9 months and then squeezing it out of your vagina. Then of course we proceed to nuture the child (really meaning changing diapers, feeding, burping, changing, cleaning up after, and getting up in the middle of the night with) while our significant others get away for the day. I don't know about you but I dont think this sounds "disabled" in the traditional sense of the word.

http://www.bust.com/blog/2011/12/06/federal-government-to-decide-on-selling-plan-b-on-store-shelves.html

I came across this article talking about the possibility of Plan B, an emergency contraceptive pill, being sold on store shelves. I was unaware that this was a current debate and it has raise many questions for me. Will it encourage unprotected sex? Will girls be having sex at an earlier age, since they would be able to buy at any age? Will they be used too often leading to abuse of the pill causing physical problems?

At first when I read this article I was shocked and I didn't think it would be a good idea. But when I thought about it, it is already pretty accessible to girls and women. Today, as long as one is 17 years old or older they are able to purchase the pill. So what do you all think? Is this a good idea?

Hillary Clinton and Obama working for LGBT's

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Breaking news! Yesterday State Senate Hillary Clinton went public about the Obama's administrations plan to support LGBT issue worldwide. Clinton said "'Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct,' Secy. Clinton said at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, 'but in fact they are one and the same.'" Not only is this going to be a United States issue but additionally "President Obama issued a memorandum in Washington, D.C. and Secretary of State Clinton gave the following speech in which the administration vowed to actively combat efforts by nations who criminalize homosexuality conduct and deny LGBT citizens equal rights (emphasis mine). Undoubtably a step in the right direction. But will it last? Will this sink on our priority list? What will people's initial reactions be? Homophobia is still a problem in our communities. What do we anticipate happening from this? Will this become another reason for Republican's to bash Obama?

Women in Saudi are not allowed to drive vehicles. Although there is no law that prohibits it, they can be arrested if found behind the wheel. Saudi Arabia has come under major criticism for its denial of women's rights. Women in Saudi Arabia have been protesting and have launched a movement through social media asking the Government to grant them the right to drive. Women in Saudi Arabia have started working outside of their homes, but commuting becomes a a big challenge as they are not allowed to drive.

When they started to see some positive impact of their efforts with king Abdullah hinting that he might remove the ban on women's driving, the clerics (or a group of them who advise the king) opposed the move, arguing that permitting women the right to drive will be the 'end of virginity'. Though the society's obsession with women's virginity is no new phenomena, linking it to driving seems quite ridiculous. It is also quite absurd to suppose that in a regime like Saudi where protesting is not encouraged or tolerated, these women would take considerable risk to demand the right to drive, just so that they can -'lose their virginity' or engage in some kind of sexual activity.

Read more about this issue here and here.

This video makes me cry when I watch it because this is how marriage should be. When you watch this video, it isn't about being gay, it is about love and commitment. This is an Australian commerical to stop marriage discrimination. This video is specifically designed to show to progression of the relationship and how this couple is in love, just like any other couple regardless of their sexual orientation. The last line says "it's time." and it is time, it's time for marriage to be about love and commitment, not politics.

This is a Feminist Issue Because...3

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The model of a woman and gender roles in Disney productions have been distorted. Disney provides a lot of prototypes in their content, and they generate and affirm particular pleasures, desires, and subject positions. And it can define children's notions about gender roles and prototypes in society.

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Disney movies promote feminine and gentle images of women and in some situations Disney females tend to be weak, defenceless. Disney's animation not necessarily reflects the true image of a female, but undoubtedly takes a significant role in constructing it. Therefore this is a feminist issue.

This is a feminist issue because... New Generation

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http://www.splicetoday.com/moving-pictures/feminism-fights-for-a-new-generation

This is a feminist issue because women need to stand up for themselves and stop just being seen as a sex symbol on the BIG screen. This article was interesting to me because it is an example of what we can do today to change our world for the next generations. Some people think that Feminism is dead. Which we al know is not true. There might not have been huge life changing events during this generation like women voting or getting elected to office. But that doesn't mean there cant be more change. The hope is that women would be seen in a different light, based more on professionalism and toughness. I wouldn't say all movies focus on the wmen only being the sex symbol so this is where my doubts come in; how do you get people to believe this change will really help change the equality gap. Is there enough evidence within the media to prove we need a change for the next generations? I definitely believe women need to stand up for themselves and stop letting people make us into something just because it is entertaining or the only way.

Do you think Women would be portrayed or treated differently if they weren't casted as the sex symbol anymore?
Do you think this would help close the equality gap between men and women?

This is a Feminist Issue Because...Pixar

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http://www.btchflcks.com/2011/11/animated-childrens-films-open-letter-to.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+btchflcks%2FdXWg+%28Bitch+Flicks%29

the link above is to a website that has posted an "open letter" to pixar. The letter is about loving pixar movies, but asking them to be more careful about using sexism and racism in their films. I did not realize that movies such as Toy Story 3 had been criticized for using sexist humor. One example that is given is "why do people always call me a girls' toy?"

this is a Feminist Issue... How feminists are portrayed

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Before watching this video i had no idea what the term "Straw Feminist" meant. So i encourage you to check this out and see what your reaction are to it.

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2011/10/06/anita-sarkeesian-on-the-straw-feminist/
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tnJxqRLg9x0#!

Offensive? I think YES.

I understand that no matter what anyone thinks or believes there are going to be people tat disagree. I do think sometimes some things get blown out of proportion or not viewed in a goo delight. I was shocked to see what we pass over in our every day life. Media is every where through the tv, newspapers, online etc.. but if we believe everything tat we see could we be bias to what we prefer. This video is showing the way people portray women "feminist" figures in the media. A lot of times there is a character that no one like or is the bad guy. But who gets to decide what way a character acts in real life can be portrayed in a totally different way in the media. It is an exaggerated character of a feminist. As people see this they can put a bad notation to who feminists are. But as we have learned throughout the semester that all feminists are not the same. We are all fighting for our own beliefs but ultimately we are striving for respect and equality. So is it fair that people can judge someone else or put a label that isn't true to a whole community? Should media like this be shone to children with the worry that they will generalize who people are and what they are capable of?

This is a feminist issue because... DON'T RAPE

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http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1K8hku/msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/11/04/its-a-dress-not-a-yes

It's a dress, NOT a yes. This is a slogan used at SlutWalk marches across the United States. The message comes from many women being told if you don't want to get raped.... don't dress like a slut. Just because a woman is wearing a dress does not mean in the slightest that she should get raped. What a person is wearing is NEVER an invitation to getting raped or sexual assaulted. What a man or woman is wearing often times has no affect on if they get raped. People get raped daily wearing sweat pants, jeans, sweatpants, skirts, dresses, and pajamas. The issue is that the victim is being blamed for so many rape cases. Our society needs a wake up call that it is not the victims fault and the blame needs to be turned on to the assaulters. The United States has the highest rape rate in all of the industrialized countries. Half of the time men don't even know they are committing rape/assault because of how warped our society has taught us about rape.

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This is a very powerful image showing that our society needs to re-evaluate how they look at rape and assault. Don't blame the victim. DON'T RAPE.

Women less happy?

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A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania concluded that over the generations women are less happy than they once were. According to this study, ALL women across all ages are less happy- meaning that yes, you along with every other woman would of been more happy had you lived in another era. I find this study to be absolutely ridiculous for so many reasons. First of all, any psychology student knows that a measurement of happiness is so arbitrary. Happiness can take many different forms and assessing a population's true happiness level is very difficult and nearly impossible. While this study examines different age groups, it also had to look at generations. In psychology we call these types of designs cohort sequential, which a hybrid between cross- sectional studies (different groups at different ages) and longitudinal studies (follows the same groups over time). One of the major disadvantages to this type of design is that analysis methods lag behind, meaning the past tool that measured happiness may not be accurate to determining the current meaning of happiness. What many researchers will then do is create a new tool to measure happiness, but the problem with this is that it is difficult to determine if both tools measure happiness in the exact same manner.

My basic point is that this study is presented to the public in a manner that it is fact, while it gives the viewer nothing but theories. Are women less happier? I don't know and I am unconvinced that this study has led us closer to the answer. Another compelling idea is that the creators of the youtube clip claim that this provides evidence that "feminism has failed." Even if it was the case that women are less happy, there is not factual way it could directly linked to the feminist movement and it is shameful that the reported set it up in that scenario where the two ideas are linked. Just a rule of thumb, don't trust the studies that are described in the news. Trust the research papers and journals that are raw and for the most part unbiased.

Check out the video for yourself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gt22wTjwwo

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Mississippi has been working hard to pass the personhood amendment (Initiative 26). Recently it has last at the ballot box. If passed this amendment would have tried to amend the the state constitutions legal definition of a person to "include every human being from the moment of fertilization". This amendment would have banned birth control methods and common infertility treatments to women who are not pregnant. Unplanned pregnancies are already a huge issue in Mississippi, especially the poorer areas of the state. Birth control is not accessible to everyone as it is now, and by passing this amendment it would have essentially not be accessible to anybody.


http://thetandd.com/news/opinion/article_4aaa9faa-1ba4-11e1-90e9-001cc4c002e0.html


Several protests had been going on for months to both reject and pass this amendment. It was a big issue for pro-life and pro-choice people and it turned out to be a strange pro-choice celebration since pro-life voters played a role in its defeat. The National Organization for Women released a statement saying "Mississippi wins for women!" The National Organization for Women (NOW) played a big role in defeating this amendment. They joined together with other woman's rights supporters and gave their time and money to educate, organize rallies, and bring people to the polls. The NOW movement grew quickly and succeeded with a victory. Although this was a victory for women the fight is far from over. NOW claims that they now woman and men who can about our humanity won't put up with the personhood movement. The National Organization for Women "vows to continue working aggressively to educate voters and stop personhood efforts in other states." They claim that "women's lives depend on it."


http://www.now.org/press/11-11/11-09.html

In all of the shows I have watched from Family Guy to American Dad, it always shows a women being ignored or set down by a men and thinking of this it makes me wonder how the media really portrays the men and women in their shows. I find it offensive sometimes when watching shows on Fox or cartoonnetwork and this is so because of some of the things they show on there. I don't know what age they're aiming at but I know a lot of little kids watches these shows and what they learn from it isn't really flattering to women. Some show teaches the kids that it's okay to blame things on the women because it's their fault anyways and some show teaches kids how to disrespect women. I don't know how some people can think it's funny when women are being let down and when women complains about it they say "Oh come on it's just a joke. If you can't take a joke then don't watch it", but have they consider that implication of what these supposedly harmless joke is doing to the woman's image? I don't even think they consider what happens when these jokes are taken out of context and is used to hurt people. Jokes are only funny when everyone can laugh together not when it hurts some people just to make some people laugh.

This is a Feminist Issue Because....2

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I'm pretty interested in fashion and I spend a fair amount of time and money. In general, I find fashion to be a fascinating form of self-expression. However sometimes people pay too much attention to other people's style. Moreover, fashion models who are showed on television and magazines are all very skinny and thin. It can have a negative impact on the body image of all women, and especially young girls. With a thin-obsessed culture like America, many look at fashion models wearing clothes, and hope such clothes will make them look just as thin and attractive.

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Today, fashion designers are starting to look more closely at the earning potential from plus-size clothing, and have used plus-size models for their advertising campaigns and catwalks. Fashion is a tool of women's communication with one another and with the society. Therefore fashion is a feminist issue.

This is a Feminist Issue Because....

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Feminist should focus on the issues about anti-feminism. Anti-feminism generally means opposition to feminism and women's equality in some or all of its forms. Anti-feminists claim that feminism only seeks to advance some women with a very specific set of ideals, and attack other women who disagree. They also say that through the use of hate speech and angry misandry, feminism only serves to promote hate against men or the quest of the modern-day feminist is to place women above men.

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This mainly stems from an exaggerated antagonism and misunderstanding about feminism or lack of attention to the differences among women due to race, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion. They think feminists are everyday isolating themselves from mainstream society, while women realize the true nature of their cause.
However, it is a wrong idea. Rather than isolating themselves, feminists try to exposure their existence to our society and always appeal and inform their movements and claims. Since feminism ultimately seeks gender equality in our society, men's liberation is therefore a necessary part of feminism.

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When thinking about the idea of equality of women, we tend to focus more on political rights, and less on other topics, such as religion for example. I've recently stumbled upon this amazing article written by Adam Lee on a website called "Big Think". Big Think is a website that features articles written from many scholars and experts around the world about a wide array of issues. The piece I'm writing about by Adam Lee is titled "Religion Imprisons Women" and I thought this would be a great blog post, since we really have not touched too much on the inequalities within the religious world in our classroom discussions.
Lee, begins by discussing the newest development in Saudi Arabia, a country in which women are forced to cover their whole faces, is now threatening to make women who have "tempting eyes" cover their eyes as well. He continues to discuss the inequalities within judaism as well, mentioning the "haredim", the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect. that ultimately believe that women are sinful and dirty and should not be seen in any advertisements, and have even began to vandalize any advertisement that shows a woman by covering her face with spray paint. As if that's not enough, Israel already has heavy segregation for women, such as separate buses, and certain hours reserved for women in super markets.

Lee touches on the fact that virtually every religious sector has some sort of strict inequalities towards women, yet we as feminists didn't even discuss this issue much in class? This is a serious feminist issue.

I tweeted a question on if reality t.v. shows shape the way people think on how feminism is portrayed on television. To begin, I do watch a lot of t.v. and that includes reality shows such as bad girls club, love and hip hop, teen mom, etc. Although I do enjoy them for humor and entertaining purposes, I have to wonder if it makes a difference in how people view feminism. Things on t.v. are over exaggerated and not as they seem. For example, on bad girls club, the girls are tough and argue a lot. They stand up for themselves, but in a fighting and arguing manner is not always the best way. I feel like the stereotypes of feminists being angry all the time is reflected in reality t.v. Reality t.v. is basically entertainment, but do people take what they see on t.v. as a reality?

http://www.cbs.com/shows/victorias_secret/video/?ttag=mktg_VictoriaSecret_SEM
(here is the show if you missed it)

So last week the Victoria Secret Fashion Show was on and I know a lot of women and men watched it. I personally liked it, but there was two sides to it. People either loved it or hated it. On the one hand, people liked it for the fashion and the music. On the other hand it can show the flaws that you have about your personal figure. The models were relatively perfect, but that is not how women are shaped. I love my body, so seeing these models do not affect me. To some women and girls though, they could want to be that and that is not realistic in my opinion. It seems like today, a lot of people want to be models and I do not get why. I also want to point out that there were only 2-3 women of color that were models and I feel like they could use more of a variety.

What are some opinions on the show?
Why do so many girls strive to be models?
Other notes to point out?

This is a feminist issue because... Is polygamy a crime?

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This article calls attention to polygamy in Canada.
It's hard to say what protects women and children and what is actually causing harm. Especially since polygamy is something people don't talk about that often.
Perhaps women and children are abused and unhappy- but they say they are not- does that mean they are brainwashed? Are they telling the truth? Polygamy has to do with religion, should that be respected?

Things get questionable when the chief justice associates polygamy with "directly threatening the benefits felt to be associated with the institution of monogamous marriage."

That has nothing to do with the harm towards women and children.
What is the REAL reason why polygamy is illegal here? Is it honestly to protect women and children or is it to protect marriage? Could it be both?

This is a Feminist Issue: Pepper Spray and Marginalization

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In case you haven't heard, there was a controversy involving a 19-year old pregnant woman, Jennifer Fox, at Occupy Seattle. At the protest, Fox says she was pepper-sprayed, despite telling the police that she was pregnant. A few days later, she later learned that she had a miscarriage.

Now that the video of Fox has gone viral, many have started to call into question the validity of her statements (she also said that she was kicked in the stomach). It doesn't help her cause that she is homeless and decided to go to a protest while pregnant.

Whether or not her story is exactly correct, Fox represents the marginalization that many other women face. Women--especially pregnant or homeless women--should not expected to act differently because of their situation. It's even worse when people say "She got what she expected" and "Well, that's her own fault". It's okay that she got pepper-sprayed when she went to a rally? Her baby deserves to die? Again, the details of Fox's case are still a bit ambiguous, but it's frustrating when other women are treated just as harshly.

Michelle Obama inspires new fashion advice book

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/michelle-obamas-signature_n_1118906.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Am I the only one who finds the fact that one of the first and most media-covered books, "Commander In Chic", is about our first African-American First Lady is about her sense of style?! Yeah, she dresses cute, but she also has nearly limitless credit and personal stylists. And as a woman in a powerful position I think we, as a society and as feminists, should focus on her influential work with obese children, the education system, homeless shelters, cancer patients, organic food reform, and other various women's rights movements. The First Lady has undertaken so many important projects in our world and now, as well as during her husband's campaign, the media continues to focus on her appearance and the fashion trends she sets. A woman is more than her wardrobe and this author and media coverage saddens me

I feel like there could be a whole feminist critique on her career. She started out so young and innocent (like most) with songs like Pon de Replay, Umbrella, and Take a Bow.. but has shifted to Rude Boy, S&M, and Cockiness.

Her 5th album Loud had the single S&M on it, which I considered a breakthrough in a sense that I have never heard a female musician, as mainstream as she is, sing about sadomasochism in such an "acceptable" way for the radio to play over and over again. It surprised me how popular the song got to be, and how so many people memorized the song lyrics.

I loved this song (S&M) and how she was able to express her sexuality but I wonder if this does more bad than good for females? The same question applies to ALL MUSIC and what's popular. I am also interested in rap and hiphop culture and how its expressed through lyrics and are those lyrics beneficial, harmful, or neutral towards feminism?


Also, I'm not sure if people have listened to Talk That Talk, Rihanna's newest album, (I know I haven't got around to it yet) but this Cockiness song surely stands out to me.

This YouTube video has lyrics.

  • How do you guys feel about this song?

  • Is Rihanna taking things too far with this one?

  • How does this help or hurt women?

  • Is it acceptable for men to sing about women in a misogynist way? Why or why not?

On Friday (nov 18) afternoon, protesting UCDavis students were pepper-sprayed and forcibly removed from the school quad. According to Nathan Brown, these students were participating in a rally against tuition hikes and police brutality. See this post for the details. In a letter to the UCDavis Campus Community, Chancellor Katehi claimed that these measures were necessary in order to ensure the safety of all. She writes: "" . . .we have a responsibility to our entire campus community, including the parents who have entrusted their students to us, to ensure that all can live, learn and work in a safe and secure environment." But many are outraged at her actions and are calling for her resignation.

In what ways do you see this as a feminist issue? How can we think about it in relation to my earlier open thread: Do you feel safe here?

Here's what Crank has to say about the Chancellor's claim that the actions were authorized for the safety of the community:

what poses a greater threat to "a safe and inviting space for all our students" or "a safe, welcoming environment" at UC Davis: 1) Setting up tents on the quad in solidarity with faculty and students brutalized by police at UC Berkeley? or 2) Sending in riot police to disperse students with batons, pepper-spray, and tear-gas guns, while those students sit peacefully on the ground with their arms linked? Is this what you have in mind when you refer to creating "a safe and inviting space?" Is this what you have in mind when you express commitment to "a safe, welcoming environment?"

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I was watching tv and on TLC the show called "All- American Muslim" came on and I have never heard of it till now.. has anyone else?? I thought it related to some of our class discussions and wanted to know what everyone else thought about some of the issues they openly discuss or bring to the viewers attention. For example, on the episode I just saw the women discussed the decision to wear or not to wear a hijab or other modest clothing generally worn by women in their culture. Other topics were about the women working full time or being stay at home mothers, also traditions in the usual roles of marriage between man and women. I thought it was nice to see a show that discusses and shows the differences between people within a religion, but I have only seen this one episode and I read comments from people under the youtube clip of the trailer I attached and many seem to think it is wrongly portraying the Arab and Muslim community. What do you think? Is it similarly related to how the Jersey Shore cast has created this idea that all Italians act like they do?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX067JceznQ


if one walks down the streets of St. Paul and Minnesplois they are sure to see many diverse faces, the twin cities has a high east African population, in fact the highest Somali population in the United States is in Minneapolis. So why is it that many do not know about Female Genital Cutting?

First please refrain from using the term Female Genital mutilation for it is a derogatory term many find offensive, women that go through female genital cutting have not been mutilated.

Female Genital cutting is a procedure done in many countries around the world, although most occur in central and east Africa. It is part of many cultures, often symbolizing the coming into passage for many young women in those cultures. It is different from other forms of violence against women because this is a procedure done to women by women, usually mothers, grandmother, and mothers in law. It is done under the notion that a woman's chastity is her access to a stable life. A young woman should be "pure" and a virgin when she enters a marriage which would be her only means of income as an adult, unless she goes through the Genital cutting procedure, she does not get married. There are three common kinds of Female Genital cutting; the clipping of the clitoris, the stitching of the vaginal lips and the procedure that clips the clitoris, and stitches the vaginal lips completely. When a young woman goes through this, she is usually held down by her family members and calmed by the cultural rituals of the older women around her.

When looking at this issue it is important that they keep in mind both sides of the issue. Many people who perform Female Genital Cutting do it for the good of the young woman, they have no intentions of harming her but want to prepare her for the world she has to enter. Women who move to the west and have gone through Female Genital Cutting suffer phycological problems because others tell them there is something wrong with them, they have been mutilated when really they have just gone through a cultural ritual there mothers and grandmothers encouraged. This issue is tricky, it isn't exactly violence against women but can be.

Whats being done? Right now awareness is necessary, especially in the medical community. Doctors need to know how to deal with patients who have gone through the procedure and have an open and welcoming mind!

Its important for women to learn about what other women are going through to understand one another better.

This is a feminist issue because....

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Mean Girls. We all know them, we all have had them as friends, we may have even been them one day. BUT we all know, love, and can quote that movie too. This movie, brings up an incredible amount of feminist issues, as it was made to do by the author of the book it was based on, Rosalind Wiseman (Author of Queenbees and Wannabes). She wrote this movie to raise awareness about the politics of "girl world" and by default, feminist issues. Before you read the rest of this, please visit this video on youtube and hear what Wiseman has to say about the movie. Its very interesting! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52u6AD19wGk)

In this video, she brings up the themes shown throughout the movie that deal with "girl world". She talks about the importance of "rules", stated and unstated. Many times, with feminism, we talk about the things that MEN call us and the things that MEN tell us/imply that we do and I think we tend to sometimes (subconsciously) ignore the things that WOMEN actually do that hinders feminism. One, interesting theme Rosalind Wiseman discusses surrounding this is the not-so-obvious inter-group dynamic. While "the popular group" may seem like royalty and perfect from the outside, this movie exposes the problems that there actually are within. There is always a hierarchy within that may not always be visible from the outside. Peers, teachers, and even parents don't always see this hierarchy and the things that go along with that. (For example, leaving people out, calling them names, backstabbing, etc.) These problems within youth peer groups are teaching girls those "rules" and females grow up thinking these issues are "normal" and "appropriate". And like she states, "Everybody is in a group. Its how you feel comfortable. Its how you feel good about yourself in some ways. Its just sometimes it comes at such a cost of who you are."

The other clip I found interesting from this movie was "The Rules of Feminism" clip. (Click here to view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X34Jo5OAJ6s) This reiterates the idea of "rules" to "girl world" and the influence that friends really have over your decisions. Check it out!

This movie, while at first glance seems like a movie that reiterates the negative aspects of the female world, it actually is raising awareness for it; because MUCH of this movie is true and similar to real life. (Which, personally, I believe is why so many of us love (and can quote) this movie!)

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As a fan of the hit TV show Glee, I have been keeping up with their all new episodes this month. I, however, have been a bit disappointed in the mixed messages they are sending viewers. From experience babysitting other children, and talking with peers, I know that there is a huge age range within Glee's fan base and some of the messages they are sending have been a bit hazy. In the past, Glee has been known for raising some key issues within youth, such as gay romance, bullying, and daring to be different. Within the past month, they have brought up the issue of sex as a more major plot theme. A week or so ago, they aired an episode called "Asian F" Brittany decides to sing a song/hold a rally to get everyone excited about her senior class presidential campaign. While she begins singing about girls "running the world", a great empowerment song, she also begins dancing provocatively. Which, while asking to finally be taken seriously, seems a bit odd. To view the video of this please click on this link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p80pq_2iKCk)

Then, two weeks later, Glee airs a show called "The First Time" that features the casts' musical performance of West Side Story. The main plot line of this episode, however, is the importance of the two main characters losing their virginity to portray their characters better (and also to please their director/peers). While the two stand their ground at first, and have for awhile, they deviate from that and in the end cave to those wishes of those around them. The link for this episode (you may want to watch the whole episode to get a good feel for it) is here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/297423/glee-the-first-time#s-p1-so-i0

I don't understand how Glee can send these mixed messages or show these more provocative scenes when they know the wide range of their fan base. Also, as known role models for some of the public, do they understand the effect that their programming has on young women and young men? This is a feminist issue because it is tampering with the views of what's socially appropriate and personally appropriate for peoples' sexual lives.

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I watched this video article on the todayshow.com this morning and was appalled by what I saw! This video brings up some major feminist issues. Please go and watch this video!

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45146961/ns/today-today_people/t/daughter-beating-video-why-i-released-it/#.TrKtd2DLB9A

From this video, I saw three different aspects that brought up feminist issues for the public. The first, from the father. First, he has the audacity to beat his daughter who is disabled nonetheless! Then, after he's caught, he can't even summon an apologetic response, let alone a sympathetic response! He STILL claims he is in the right. This brings up a lot of issues from the treatment of women, all the way to an article we read last week about disabled feminist rights.

Second, I saw an aspect from the mother. This one, I felt was a bit less obvious but still very important. She claims to have been "brainwashed" during those years. This may in fact be true, however lets consider the alternative. Do some women use feminist issues to their advantage some times? Is this some sick, twisted way of reducing the blame she faces for her actions and participation in this video? It may not, but part of me feels that it is not out of reach. Also, she had a role in the beating of her daughter (more verbal) which only begs the question, why does she feel the need to participate? She is only perpetuating the ignorance of feminism.

Last, I saw an feminist issue arise from the daughter. This I felt was more positive, however. Even though for years she fell victim to her father's patriarchal dominance, she finally took a stand. Despite the fact that I didn't know this woman, I felt proud that she finally took control of the situation and showed him that his narcissism would not be tolerated anymore. The saddest part, though, is that he didn't even care or mind. He still felt he was in the right.

I felt that his article raised many feminist issues and would be very valuable to add to our online class discussions. What are your thoughts on the video?!

Heather Morris Poses for Domestic Abuse-Themed Shoot

'Glee' star, Heather Morris, posed for a domestic abuse-themed shoot for The Daily Mail last month and the responses of fans and domestic violence organizations were not so positive. I was shocked after clicking on the Huffington Post's tweet link to find the photographs of her with a bruised eye and a hot iron near her face. Photographer Tyler Shields does like to make abnormal artwork and put his subjects in envelope-pushing situations, but this is no PETA ad. It is not for domestic abuse awareness nor is it telling a personal story, though abuse and violence like this occurs to people around the world every day. It is a very true reality that some people, unfortunately, live, so for a photographer and an actress whom little girl 'Gleeks' look up to, I was disappointed in the message and media channel. It just seemed to be an idea that he thought up and stuck with to gain media attention and press. Granted the last photo was of her tying the cord around the man, but is that supposed to be the consequence of his violent, abusive behavior? Is that the positive light to be shed on domestic abuse situations? Is that the happy ending?

Hi folks! After our class discussions on street harassment, it thought it was appropriate to bring this topic up. My interest in this topic has to do with my own involvement with a grassroots organization that provides abortion resources for women in Minneapolis/St. Paul area (sometimes we get calls from women outside of this area, but due to funding we cannot always provide the resources). Last Monday, the topic of clinic escorting came up during a conversation with a friend of mine. Curious, I inquired what it meant. Unbeknownst to me, the conversation circles back (and expands beyond) our classroom talks of street harassment.

As an clinic escort, my friend helps to guide patients, their companions, and staff into and out of clinics that provide abortion resources. Another important aspect of the work is that they help create an environment that is peaceful and reassuring for folks seeking these resources. In essence, it is to shield patients and staff from anti-choice rhetoric and protest.

During our discussion my friend told that Red River Women's Clinic, the only abortion provider in North Dakota, is in the midst of a 40 day protest (Much love and in solidarity!) launched by the "Forty Days for Life campaign." Through this campaign anti-choice protesters pray to end abortion. I'm not sure how many year's Red River Women's Clinic has dealt with this. But in a similar event (under the name "Respect Life Month of October") an article from 2010, reports:

Bishop Aquila led the procession several blocks, carrying a monstrance with
Blessed Sacrament and also sprinkling the clinic with holy water amidst pro-
abortion demonstrators.

During his homily at the Mass preceding the procession, Bishop Aquila stated
that the purpose of the event was "to give witness to the gift of life and
particularly the dignity of human life from the moment of conception to natural
death."

...The bishop also explained that the holy water that would be used to sprinkle the
facility showed "prayers for purification...in terms of reparation for what happens
there because, ultimately, it is the murder of unborn that takes place there."

Ironically, Red River Women's Clinic propose:

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In response to the Forty Days for Life campaign, in a commentary by on abortiongang.org, ProChoiceGal states:

Fulwiler (this piece is in response to Fulwiler's piece and there is a link to it on
ProChoiceGal's article) claims that the anti-choice movement, along with the
sidewalk harassers, truly care about women. The truth is, the vast majority of the
women who are walking into that clinic don't want you there. Just put yourself in
their position. Most of them are not particularly happy to be there (who likes
surgery?) and just want to go through the experience with as few complications
as possible. Many of them consider you, sidewalk "counselors," a complication.
Sidewalk harassers are strangers who, despite claiming not to judge, are there
because they think these women are or are about to become murderers. Who the
hell likes to be considered a murderer? Sidewalk harassers are there presenting t
themselves as hostile, unfriendly people, no matter how friendly or quiet they
claim to be, and if they did respect women, they would respect the fact that the
vast majority of them do not want creepy people standing outside of their doctor's
office "praying" for them.

ProChoiceGal's article can be found here.

The "Forty Days for Life campaign" takes place all across the U.S., Germany, Puerto Rico, and Argentina. Here is a map of this effort borrowed from the campaign's website

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As stated on the website, "301 locations will take part in the next 40 Days for Life campaign (and a few more may be added, as we're working out final details with a few more)."

Sticking to the definition of street harassment, as mentioned in class (that it takes place in public spaces, is perpetrated by strangers, is disrespectful/unwelcome/threatening motivated by gender and sexism, with specific focus on women, is a human rights issue and varies in degree of threat and violence), the question I wanted to pose is can we consider anti-choice clinic "sidewalk harassers" as street harassment? How can we combat (if ya'll agree that it is) a form of street harassment that's been institutionalized through such campaigns like "Forty Days for Life Campaign"?

Additionally, what happens when the rhetoric is reversed, when patient's companions respond to clinic protesters? (Or when pro-choice supports are confronted with anti-choice supporters?) The following clip, which happened last year I believe, is provided as an example. (Read the video description as well.)



Was his response justified? Was the presence of clinic anti-choice protesters justified? Does this type of engagement (on both ends) only contribute to a more hostile environment? What does this say about the dehumanization of people, done by the people?


There are many women were raped in Libya under Gadhafi's government . They refuse to agree that they use women to fight against their army, and most of them get raped. It is a kind of serious problem in Libya. Women do not have any human rights in Libya because Gadhafi's government think they belong to men.


http://www.womensenews.org/story/war/110619/gadhafi-said-order-forces-rape-villagers


What do you think? good or bad way of looking at the issue?

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This picture to me is a very strong . Not only does it poke fun at looking at sexual assault in a different way it also targets the Assaulters head on providing a different audience then the regular assumption of what a victim should or should have done in different situation. It may seem easier to tell people to not walk home alone or to carry mace with them at all times but this is restricting women or possible victims to live in fear. The blame should not be put on the victim but rather the assaulter.

This is a feminist issue because... Gold Diggers

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The Joy Behar Show featured Patti Stanger, a TV producer and millionaire matchmaker. who claims she has the "10 Commandments of Dating," in which this video highlights a few of her "golden" rules.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii85hTSYHBU&feature=related

This is feminist issue because...France law ban hijab.

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The Islamic head and face scarf, known as the hijab, is a controversy in France. France law ban woman to wear a hijab in public places, and women who be caught wearing it will have to pay fines. This is an interesting feminist issue because it involves human rights and feminism at the same time. The French government is trying to give a choice for women not be forced to wear the hijab, but at the same time they are putting these women in awkward situation with their own beliefs and their families. Forcing women to wear a different outfit can be considered a violation of human and feminist rights. However, this law may help some women who are being forced by their families to wear it.


First Muslim Women Fined For Wearing Headscarves In France
http://www.styleite.com/media/french-muslim-women-hijab-fineFrance's burqa ban: women are 'effectively under house arrest'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/19/battle-for-the-burqa
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/22/muslim-women-flout-french-ban-veil/
2004 school law http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7x9UaPLsN0

I found an article today on the Daily Beast (the online edition of Newsweek Magazine), written in honor of the band Nirvana's album, Nevermind, turning twenty this Saturday. Here is the article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/23/nirvana-s-nevermind-20th-anniversary-kurt-cobain-s-feminist-legacy.html
The author of this article claims that Nirvana, and Kurt Cobain in particular, "broke with the sexist norms of the era" and chose instead "a pro-feminist public stance and song lyrics." The author notes the contrast between Nirvana's style of music and lyrics, which she says contained feminist ideas and "which dealt directly with gender issues from a pro-feminist perspective," and the male-dominated woman-objectifying big-hair rock music scene that preceded the 90's alternative rock scene. The author notes Cobain's connection with the Northwest's riot grrrl (a "sub-genre of punk rock that focused on empowering girls to speak out on feminist topics such as reproductive rights and sexual violence") scene, in support of her claim that the band had a pro-feminist stance. The author states that the band created a path for the counterculture - including an "aggressive questioning of gender roles" - to enter the mainstream, and Nirvana's music, and the feminist vision that they supported, had a powerful influence on many girls growing up in the 90's. The author also claims that the alternative/indie music that followed the 90's alternative music scene lost it's counterculture message and power, and that that led to a resurgence of "tediously macho-heavy metal-influenced" rock music. However, she finishes the article by stating that the alternative grunge-era 90's music, though it "burnt itself out," helped to create the "normalization of feminism in rock" (and that this was led by Nirvana in particular, because of their immense popularity). What I found particularly interesting is that the author claims that the influence of the feminist vision of the 90's rock scene can be seen in the fact that "women - such as Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse - now dominate mainstream pop in a way they didn't in the 90's." I found it interesting that the author made a connection between a band like Nirvana, and a musician such as Lady Gaga. The article brought up many good points about the power that music has to shape the cultural landscape (for better and for worse), and to help spread a feminist message, but it also made me think about whether or not the women who currently dominate the pop music scene actually represents a positive feminist vision. Is Lady Gaga a feminist? Does the fact that women - from Mandy Moore, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, to Lady Gaga - have dominated the post-90's pop music scene necessarily mean that young girls are actually receiving a powerful and positive feminist vision from the music of these artists? Do the lyrics of these women's songs matter more or less than the physical image that these women present (their style of dress, etc.)? Does the often-times overtly sexual (and very traditionally feminine) image these women present set them up as sexually empowered icons for girls to look up to, are they representing a feminist vision of what it means to be a sexually empowered woman?
Lady Gaga has been praised as a feminist by some because of her support of gay rights (she was particularly vocal in her support of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell), and because of her stated mission to present an adrogynous image that questions representations of gender in pop music, but she has also been criticized because of what some see as the racist lyrics to her song "Born This Way" (the debate about the lyrics of this song reminded me of our discussion in class last Thursday about Jaggar's questioning of politically correct langauge --- is Lady Gaga actually spreading a positive message with some misguided word choices, or is she racist for using terms that many people find offensive, and does that invalidate the message of her song?). There is an intersting article (from March of this year) from Ms. Magazine's online site, about whether or not Lady Gaga is a feminist: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/03/11/is-lady-gaga-a-feminist-or-isnt-she/


How women are portrayed in Media!

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We often see women as spokes-models for various products, But what about these two...

Does the video and it's content match the product in which it's marketing and promoting? Why or Why not?

What if any are the feminist issues/comments/emotions that arise after you watching these two video ?
VIDEO#1:http://youtu.be/T9U0JmdMjsM

VIDEO#2:http://youtu.be/o0PLjKOOuK8

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http://natashasjusticeproject.org/
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Cook-County-Corrections-Officer-Charged-in-1997-Rape-of-Child-130354348.html#ixzz1YheeygQl%3Cbr%20/%3E

Recently a Chicago corrections officer was just charged in the rape of a 10 year old girl, that had happened in 1997. The girl's rape kit was one of dozens of untested rape kits discovered in 2007 during a state raid of the police departments. The state department obtained a DNA sample from the corrections officer, and on Sept. 12, 2011 the match was finally made.

The Natasha Justice Project was started by a woman named Natasha Alexenko. Who in 1993, was sexually assaulted at gun point. In 2008, her perpetrator was brought to justice through a DNA match, but for over nine years, Natasha's rape kit sat on a shelf untested. Today the Natasha Justice Project estimates that there could possibly be as many as 180,000 untested rape kits nationwide.

This is a feminist issue because... Hysteria In the Media

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I just recently watched the trailer for this movie, and am so sad to hear that it won't be opening in the US. This is a feminist issue for many reasons. The myth and legend of hysteria completely changed the framework for how women in the medical world were viewed. They were seen as weak, faint, and invalid, and at most times were confined to the home with no relief of these certain "symptoms." This movie portrays how the doctors of the time gave these women ummmm "relief" (orgasms) from their so called hysteria. It also tells the tale of how the vibrator came to be. I feel as though this film is also brings about many feminist issues because it is not going to be screened in the US. As I haven't seen it myself, I'm not sure the entirety of how these women are viewed, and the context in which the filmmaker made the movie, however, it does bring up questions of how we view women's pleasure in the US. Was this film made to show the truth about medical practices, or does it further subject women to being sexually objectified? http://youtu.be/zf4IlHaPRUg

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Placing children in single sex schools is quite common, but are parents aware of the future impact it may have on their children becoming sexist? When children are lacking the presence of the opposite sex in the classroom they may treat the other sex in the way they more than likely have seen on television, heard about in the news, or experienced at home. Could this instigate/promote sexist behavior? Or do teachers make sure to incorporate topics such as feminism in school? Should feminist be talked more about in shcool at a young age whether it is in same-sex classrooms or general public school?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8781907/Children-at-single-sex-schools-more-likely-to-be-sexist.html

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As the 2012 presidential elections come closer, Michelle Bachman is the only declared female candidate along side all men. This posses the question if feminists should support Bachmann in her campaign or not. The controversy is that her politics are completely off track with the feminist movement. Bachmann is an advocate for anti-abortion, believes that wives should obey their husband's wishes, and considers homosexuality a curable choice. It seems that with her political stance feminist's would not give her the time of day, but for those wanting to see women in the political office it is not so easy. Would "rejecting the sole female candidate on the basis that she is not the right sort of feminist" be losing the war to win a battle? This article states "women are better represented in politics with Bachmann in the race, no matter how unpalatable her views." Should feminists support Michelle Bachmann in order to see a female in the world's highest office? Or should they stick with their political beliefs and not back her in the up and coming election? If a women was president it almost automatically makes the government more responsive to matters involving women. Is there a right answer on whether feminists should support Michele Bachmann? It seems to be a lose-lose situation on whichever way they choose to go.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/aug/25/michele-bachmann-feminism-republican

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This is a feminist issue because... Rape Fantasies Played for Laughs on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.

I found this article on NOW (National Organization for Women). This article stood out to me because it is cruel and demeaning towards all women. Rape is nothing to joke about and for some male comedian, who yes has allot of offensive material, took this skit too far! Bill Maher was making fun of Michele Bachmann, and "expressed his hope of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann getting f*cked "angrily" by her husband." Also a columnist named Dan Savage used these offensive words expressing hatred towards candidate Rick Santorum. This kind of word usage is not ok, you can be funny without bring rape into the picture. NOW also brings up a point being that political topics and humor go together but bringing up rape is simply not funny.

Here is the website ... http://www.now.org/issues/media/hall-of-shame/index.php/violence-against-women/rape-fantasies-played-for-laughs-on-hbo-s-real-time-with-bill-maher

This is a feminist issue because...PETA's naked ads

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peta 2.jpgpaul.jpgPETA is a campaign and organization for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA believes that all animals. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. (www.peta.org). they voice their opinions through protest, advertisements and special events.

However, while PETA is against the objectifications of animals are the advertisements starting to objectify women? All of the advertisements that celebrity women do for PETA are focused around them being naked. However celebrity men, who do PETA, do not have to be naked. Is that fair? And is it necessary for the women who support this organization to have to expose their bodies?

PETA has been known for their uncompromising views for animal rights but are they compromising sex and nudity to do so?

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There is almost no voter fraud in the US, but Republicans in Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, and other states have sought to make a law requiring potential voters to show a picture ID when they go to vote. Obviously poor people would have more trouble affording an ID, but it is also possible that it would disproportionately affect women.

How? "American women change their names in about 90% of marriages and divorces," Megan Devlin writes. In other words, many women who have recently been married or divorced will most likely not have IDs that match their new names. They would have to fill out substitute ballots and return later with documentation of their marriage or divorce, which could be difficult to get.

This would also disproportionately affect ethnic minorities and young people. Poor people, people of color, young people, and women all tend to vote more liberal. Does it sound like the Republicans are just trying to disenfranchise people who would vote against them? Is this a feminist issue?

When you think of childcare, you think of how hard a mother works to keep her child(ren) healthy and happy. Since the 1900's and even before it was a woman that was at home cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children, while the father was at work. In today's world you hear about single mothers doing what they need to do in order to keep her family straight no matter how exhausted she is, she has to stay strong. It is uncommon to hear about a father that does the majority of the work if not all of the work with his child(ren). How often do you hear about a stay at home father? Studies have shown that if a father is actively present in the upbringing of his child, their testosterone levels drop which in turn makes these men more patient, caring, and less angry. Women love to see men taking care of their business when it comes to raising their child, if only it was more common today.

http://womensmediacenter.com/blog/2011/09/exclusive-the-biology-of-nurturing-fathers/

The patriarchal gaze can be seen as they ways in which mainstream media often portray men as in control of the gaze whereas women are controlled by it. Men act; women are acted upon. An example of this can be found in the following article (http://www.laweekly.com/2011-09-15/art-books/sketch-club-scene/). Even though there are male models in these underground art functions, the article clearly focuses on the use of the female body only.

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Additionally, on Dr. Sketchy's (an anti-art school, alternative art movement) website (http://www.drsketchy.com/) the female models are represented through the patriarchal gaze. From the looks of it the woman commodity is being used to appeal to men and women artists. The woman, as a commodity, is also being used to sell Dr. Sketchy as well (as much its outside of the system, it still plays into the system through capitalism). Its gone international and at the front of its advertising practice is the use of the woman and the woman as a commodity.

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Clearly the patriarchal gaze is not a new concept and has received much study. And although the study of the images themselves can be examined even closer, I want to focus on the question: why is it that the woman becomes a commodity itself? We see that men can be represented in similar ways, but it is not commoditified to the extent of that of women. How could we challenge the patriarchal gaze AND not repackage it as a female gaze?

A few years ago, my mom took me in to get Gardasil shots, the HPV vaccination produced by Merck & Co. pharmaceutical. I really don't like shots, but I didn't object to it because 1. It could prevent future worries about cervical cancer, and 2. My mom is a nurse and always seems to know best. The CDC recommends the shots for preteens, which isn't out of the ordinary. What is strange is that Texas Governor Rick Perry issued an executive order in 2007 for all sixth grade girls to receive the vaccine, especially because not only does the legislature typically decide on which vaccinations to mandate, but also Perry had received a large campaign donation from Merck.

Though his order never went through, a strong opposition followed and the issue has been brought up again in the presidential election debates. Perry claims that schools had the option to opt-out of the mandate, but technically this is false. Michelle Bachmann took the issue further by saying that she met a woman whose daughter became mentally disabled from the vaccine, which doctors say is misleading, one doctor even offering her money to verify her story.

It's unfortunate that there are legitimate claims to both sides of the HPV vaccination mandate argument because the two people I hear doing the most arguing are making up information to win their case. As great as it would be to ensure that all teenage girls are more prepared when it comes to sexual health risks, many parents would object to having their children forced into getting vaccinations related to STDs, feeling that it might cause them to be more sexually active. I don't believe that I'm informed enough to have a solid opinion on the matter (nor do Rick Perry or Michelle Bachmann, really). Therefore, I must ask: what are your thoughts about the issue?

Since April 2010, VH1's Basket Ball Wive's reality show has entered the hearts and closets of young black American women. How many people watched the last season's reunion you ask? 2.873 million! The plot centers around 5 African American women and one white woman who have romantic relationships with men who have retired from or are currently in the National Basketball League. I'll focus on my favorite character, Evelyn Lozada (Yes i'm one of the 2.873). Evelyn.jpg Lozada is a puerto rican decented, Bronx New York born and raised, Long hair, big earrings, big personality kind of woman. She dominates any room that she walks in, and normally I would say that this woman is a powerful and a positive image for black woman on television. But Lozada is also the first to call anyone a Bitch, first to throw a drink at another black woman, first to throw a punch and first to call a single mother of two children a "non mother-effin factor bitch." These women have came to fame because of NBA men's success, although they are no longer with those men, it seems as if thats all they are...basket ball wives. You turn on the television, you'll see them screaming at eachother, shopping, sometimes crying. Their fashion-incredible in my opinion, inspires my closet a little bit but what els could it be inspiring for other young black women?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7qqg59oY7M

It seems like everywhere you look, sexism rules the television world. Most people notice the tv shows that exhibit signs of sexism, but it's not just the shows, it's the commercials too! A lot of sexist television ads use a very subtle form of sexism that most people don't even realize it is there. Here are a few examples of commercials that are very blatant is their use of sexism to sell their product. There are examples of more recent commercials and

in my opinion these three commercials are examples of sexism in the media. What is your opinion? is this a feminist issue?

Any media piece on a female politician usually has a comment about her appearance or clothes. In the event that she is someone who follows fashion and wears designer brands, the media stops giving her any credit for intelligence and political capabilities. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark's first female Prime Minister has been nicknamed ''Gucci Helle' by the media due to her preference for designer clothes. The same media never seems to investigate the brand preferences of male politicians. Another classic example of such stereotyping by the media is Hina Rabbani Khar, the Pakistani Minister of foreign affairs. Does this reflect the inherent sexism of the media? Dont female politicians have the right to follow fashion without being judged as 'incapable'?

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Clothes Make The Man. But What About The Woman?

I was never an official Girl Scout but I did participate in a 1-day event they had hosted when I was 7 years old. I remember having fun, making snacks, playing games, and colouring with fabric markers on white pillows.

I was surprised to come across an article titled "The Girl Scouts' Allegedly Radical Feminist Lesbian Agenda: What conservative Christian rumors about the group get wrong--and right."

In class we discussed that feminists can be all ages and come from all different types of backgrounds. However when I play word association with myself I do not think of pairing Girl Scouts with a radical feminist lesbian agenda. I associate Girl Scouts with empowerment, volunteerism, camping, cookies, and kid/teenage participants.

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All of the flack surrounding the Girl Scouts is that they are in partnership with Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood offers a wide variety of health care services but there are a number of Christian's who will dismiss that and focus on abortion services. In the article it states how it's been slurred that Planned Parenthood was promoting promiscuous sex to Girl Scouts and giving them sex manuals.

Since Girl Scouts has a bad rep with Christians they have created a Christian equivalent club called the American Heritage Girls. Their mission statement is "to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country."

Tess and Sydney from Texas, ex-Girl Scouts, have created a website called Speak Now Girl Scouts which is a blog where the intent is to reveal the horrors/truth of Girl Scouts.

In this YouTube video the Tess and Sydney themselves speak about their disgust with Planned Parenthood and offer young girls advice.

  • What is your opinion about Girl Scouts partnering with Planned Parenthood?
  • Should Girl Scouts be associated with a corporation that is so controversial?
  • Should the partnership with Planned Parenthood be disclosed before admittance into Girl Scouts?
  • Do you have any personal experience with the Girl Scouts? What was it like? Was it feminist?
  • Is there any potential or harm with associating with Planned Parenthood? What is the potential? What is the harm?
  • How does Girl Scouts relate to feminism?

  • Sexism in the White House? THIS is a feminist issue.

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    Though yet to be proven, accusations of sexism in the Oval Office have been thrown around this week. With the publishing of Ron Suskind's book, "Confidence Men", have come tales of discrimination from the White House, specifically President Obama. Attached is one of many articles explaining the story. Please read the article and let me know your reactions to such extreme accusations (and some retractions). Do you believe there is such hostility in Washington and politics in general? How does gender discrimination in a work environment affect the product or outcome of a business? Even if not in the White House, how can feminists fight sexism in the workplace?

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sexism-pervade-white-house/story?id=14559177

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    Around Thanksgiving time in 2011 an 11 yr old girl in Cleveland,TX was gang raped by 18 men ranging in age from middle school to 27 yrs old. The article in New York TImes said the girl wore makeup and clothes that were not appropriate for her age. The author of the article, James C. McKinley, also added that the town still has many unanswered questions, one of them being "if the allegations are proved, how could their young men have been drawn into such an act?".
    Also comments from those in the community consisted of '"Where was her mother?"'and '"What was her mother thinking?"'. And finally "'It's just destroyed our community,'" said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. "'These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives"' (https://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/us/09assault.html). Oh and the issue became a police report once a student brougt a video of the 11yr old being gang raped to the attention of an elemtary school teacher. There was a video in exsistent because some if these 18 men took picture and video of the attack to share with friends.

    When I watch cartoon especially in Family Guy or The Simpson I see a lot of issue having to do with woman being put down or ignored. In this episode Peter forced to go on a women's retreat for telling sexist jokes at work, Peter resists the idea at first. After two weeks, however, Peter becomes a sensitive male. No one likes the new Peter, especially Lois. But it wasn't just what Peter did at work or the program that he was put in it was also at the end where Lois was insulted by Gloria Ironbachs for not being feminist because she was a at home mom.

    The episode is posted here:
    http://www.cucirca.com/2008/01/08/family-guy-season-2-episode-8-i-am-peter-hear-me-roar/


    This article states that in Minnesota, 47% of a single-mom's income goes to child care. This is a feminist issue. The fact that women's wages continue to be lower than men's makes it that much harder for a single mother to pay for child care, which in MN and many other states is already very difficult even with two-person income.

    The article has the link to the full report on child care across the United States.


    http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2011/09/08/mn-among-least-affordable-child-care.html?ana=twt

    What is a feminist issue? What makes that issue important for feminists? How might analyzing this issue from a feminist perspective enable us to understand it better and to come up with compelling and productive solutions for it? Because these questions are central to the course and our reflection on feminism and why it is or isn't relevant, I wanted to create a category in which we could explore what it means to think about something as a feminist issue.

    So, this category is for posting images, news items or anything else that you feel speaks to issues related to feminism. It could also include anything that you believe especially deserves a feminist analysis. And it could include topics, issues, or events that you feel are connected to feminism or deserve a feminist response, but you are not sure how or why. Entries filed under this category should invite us to apply our growing knowledge of feminism/feminist movement/s to popular culture/current events or should inform us about ideas, topics, or images that are important for feminism. When posting an entry/example, you could pose a question to the reader or provide a brief summary on the example and/or why you posted it.

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    In Retrofitting the Feminine Mystique, New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley writes about the fall line-up and the many different shows written for and/or by women. What sort of feminist analyses can we offer about these shows? Here's one passage from Stanley: 

    the new fall season seems intent on reliving the days when men were men, and women were girls who didn't mind getting less pay and having their garters snapped.
    and

    The comedies depict the battle of the sexes as a victory for women -- a pyrrhic one. The period dramas instead showcase heroines at the dawn of the women's movement.

    There is horror in seeing how dismissively many men treated women back then, but also a kind of pleasure in revisiting -- with hindsight -- a noble cause played out in a simpler time. Sexism hasn't been vanquished, obviously, but it has splintered into more subtle, ambiguous channels. Back then it was overt, coarse and overdue for assault.

    Check out these two trailers, one for The Playbloy Club and one for PanAm: