Hooray for all the support!
Hooray for all the support!
44% of 8 year-old girls want to be leaders. 8 is the peak age for girls’ leadership ambitions. How do we rise above the stats? Read more: http://bit.ly/tellingherstory
Here’s hoping that videos like this will go viral in the same way KONY2012 did. “Is it ever gonna be enough?”
RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN: Repeat after me: Be more critical of the media, be less critical of yourself.
Why spend your time nit picking in the mirror? Why not question the track that brought you to this point? WHY ARE YOU SO CRITICAL OF YOUR BODY? There are a number of reasons, but for now, let’s just look at one. Why not question the media/advertising? Use that energy that you use to criticize your reflection, to change the world, not your body.
Need to watch all of those! I’ve seen America: The Beautiful (so good!) and I’ve been dying to see Miss Representation. WISH I HAD MORE TIME.
Forty years ago, a group of feminists, led by Gloria Steinem, did the unthinkable: They started a magazine for women, published by women — and the first issue sold out in eight days. — New York Magazine.
In the years leading up to the birth of Ms., women had trouble getting a credit card without a man’s signature, had few legal rights when it came to divorce or reproduction, and were expected to aspire solely to marriage and motherhood. Job listings were segregated (“Help wanted, male”). There was no Title IX (banning sex discrimination in federally funded athletic programs); no battered-women’s shelters, rape-crisis centers, and no terms such as sexual harassment and domestic violence.
Few women ran magazines, even when the readership was entirely female, and they weren’t permitted to write the stories they felt were important; the focus had to be on fashion, recipes, cosmetics, or how to lure a man and keep him interested. “When I suggested political stories to The New York Times Sunday Magazine, my editor just said something like, ‘I don’t think of you that way,’ ” recalls Gloria Steinem. “It was all pale male faces in, on, and running media,” says Robin Morgan, who was Ms.’s editor in the late eighties and early nineties.
But in the mid-sixties, feminist organizations such as New York Radical Women,Redstockings, and NOW began to emerge. On March 18, 1970, about a hundred women stormed into the male editor’s office of Ladies’ Home Journal and staged a sit-in for eleven hours, demanding that the magazine hire a female editor-in-chief. Says feminist activist-writer Vivian Gornick, “It was a watershed moment. It showed us, the activists in the women’s movement, that we did, indeed, have a movement.”
Image: Ms. staff meeting in June 1972. From left: Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Sloan-Hunter, Suzanne Levine, Mary Thom, Harriet Lyons, Patricia Carbine, and Ruth Sullivan. Photo by Nancy Crampton.
The article, “New Crop of Comediennes Combine Funny Bones With Banging Bodies,” focuses on the rising stars of funny, attractive women like Anna Faris, Mila Kunis, Olivia Munn and VH1 talkshow host Carrie Keagan.
Is it necessary to comment on their bodies? Why not comment on male comedians with “banging” bodies, too, OR JUST NOT AT ALL thanks.
|Interviewer:||So why do you write these strong female characters?|
|Whedon:||Because you're still asking me that question.|
Before I go on a tangent cyber-bullying rant, I’ll end this here. We live in a rape culture. We live in a world where people - young women especially - idolize men who continually talk about - and do - rape, kill, and abuse women. And we live in a world where men do it to each other, too.
If the intent is satirical, it is misguided. If the lyrics of a song are too vulgar, too offensive to play on the radio or be performed on television, if the audience of a show is mostly young people, if the acceptance speech is going to be a curse-ridden tirade directed towards children, what does giving that “artist” and award say to the world? What does it say to women, to children, to homosexuals, to anyone who lives below the privilege line?
Rappers can rap about whatever they want. Singers can sing about whatever they want. You can stand on your corner with your protest sign, and everyone can tell you what they think. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be getting any awards for your twisted, disgusting, hate-ridden words.
I didn’t watch the VMAs, and I’d never heard of Tyler the Creator, but I just googled his lyrics and clicked through to one of his songs, “Bitch Suck Dick” and I am so appalled I can barely see straight. It outrages me to think that people support this twenty year old boy and the so-called music that he uses to make a living.