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Female ski jumpers in 2010?

January 7, 2008 2 comments

The Vancouver Olympics in 2010 may see the first instance of female ski jumpers. There is a lot of pressure towards the International Olympic Committee to allow this to happen, but the IOC says that the sport falls short of basic standards; however, there is a similar men’s competition.

Canadian politicians, among others, are really pushing for this to happen, simply because they see no reason why it shouldn’t, because equality is an important issue in British Columbia and Canada as a whole.

Harry Bains, a New Democratic member of the B.C. legislature, says leaving women out of the competition in Vancouver and Whistler goes against Canadian values, which he noted are committed to providing equality for all.

I definitely agree. I didn’t even realize that there was no competition for women in ski jumping. There is absolutely no reason why there shouldn’t be. Why would ski jumping only be a man’s things? Yeah, it doesn’t make sense. It’s good to see that people are pushing for this, because the world of sport is definitely not equal between men and women. Let’s hope for the best!

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Afghan girls get tough to beat the gender barriers

November 19, 2007 Leave a comment

A group of teenage girls are training in boxing, which they think will in turn help break down some of the gender barriers that Afghanistan has.

The boxers belong to a new generation of Afghan youth, challenging stereotypes that persist five years after the fall of the Taliban. They train in a room in Kabul’s main sports stadium, a venue for public executions during Taliban rule in the late 1990s.

Boxing is helping them gain confidence and self-respect, the girls say. Their goal: to be Afghanistan’s first women’s boxing team.

I think this is pretty cool. It’s awesome to see a group of teenage girls wanting to make a change and actually doing something about it. They aren’t just waiting for the change to come to them! They discuss how sports isn’t encouraged for girls and women, because it’s supposedly not good for them.

“Many people are trying to stop us from participating in sports by saying it is not good for women,” said 15-year-old Shabnam, who uses only one name. “But I think if you are interested in doing something, you should avoid listening to what people think about you. Sports is a way out of violence for Afghanistan.”

Seems like a confident, determined group of teenage girls about to make a difference!

The church is “feminized”?

November 16, 2007 Leave a comment

Oh lucky me that I came across this! First, quote of the day:

Men today need to experience Christ in all of His masculinity and power, and they need to do so in a context that speaks their language in the company of other men.

Seriously? Anyone who has any knowledge of the gospels knows that Jesus Christ represents a much more feminine take on things. People could very well disagree with me. But personally, I’ve always looked at the Old Testament God being a more “masculine” manifest, while Christ in the New Testament is the more “feminine” manifest of God. But that could just be me. I simply get this interpretation from my own reading of the Bible.

Anyway, the article goes on to talk about how the church is “feminized” and pretty much how it’s the most horrible thing ever. Men need to take back the church! Ignore women’s needs! You know? Please, men have had the church ever since it’s conception and they continue to have it. Until all denominations and the Catholic church decides to ordain women, men have all the control. And even when women are allowed to be ordained, there will always be more men on the pulpit than women. I have no doubt about that.

Here’s a description of a “modern” church today (and this is something that’s negative, I guess):

Look at a typical Canadian church today: most volunteer roles are filled by women. The sanctuary is normally decorated in soft colours, with draped baptisteries and large floral arrangements. More than half of those seated in the sanctuary are female. A disproportionate number of married women attend church without their husbands. When it comes to worship, many of the newer choruses sound more like crossover love songs and often speak of being in someone’s eternal embrace. Most men find it difficult, if not impossible, to relate to these songs since it’s not how they normally think or speak.

I would just like to say that there are more women volunteers because those volunteer positions are undervalued and women in the church feel like they can’t do anything else. They only feel like they can teach Sunday School, do the nursery and be a part (but not the leader) of the worship team. As well, I personally haven’t seen this church that is described. I’m a pastor’s kid, and I have been to many, many churches in my life, and they are not “decorated in soft colours, with draped baptisteries and large floral arrangement.”

All just my opinion…but, I call bullshit.

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Oh, eww.

November 15, 2007 Leave a comment

Video games, specifically for girls. No gender neutral games allowed! My personal favourite is “Imagine Babyz” (notice how babies is totally spelt sooo kewl!),

Your character is just a baby-sitter, so you only have to keep the brats out of trouble for short periods. You may need to feed them, entertain them or change their diapers, all tasks that are presented as relatively easy minigames.

Just a babysitter…oh goodness. It’s still feeding the minds of young girls that all they’re good for are raising babies! Besides “Babyz”, there’s also “Master Chef”, “Fashion Designer” and “Animal Doctor” (god forbid a girl actually become a people doctor!)

This stuff truly grosses me out. I have no problem with video games, ok, actually, I hate them, but kids play them and that’s ok. But if girls start playing these games, what the hell are they going to think they should do in life? If they truly decide at 20 that they want to be a stay-at-home-mom, then I’m completely fine with that, but forcefeeding them into something that they may not be is not something I can support.

Yuck.

Gender inequality increases in the United States

November 14, 2007 Leave a comment

According to the 2007 Gender Gap Report, the U.S. has dropped 8 places in the report, from 23th to 31st.

Sweden, Norway and Finland came in the first 3 spots. Neighbouring Canada got 18th place, while Mexico came in at 93.

Feminism and the media

November 9, 2007 Leave a comment

A great piece over at Alternet by L.S. Kim, is talking about the need for feminist media.

Thirty-five years ago, as the second wave of the 20th-century U.S. feminist movement burst into action, women were all but shut out of newsrooms, press clubs, editorial boards and broadcasting booths. Women did the research; men got the bylines. Feminists were determined to be included, and to change the media. They wanted to counter and correct the mainstream news — and start their own press(es).

Now, in 2007, there are females who are writing the stories and getting their vioces heard through a variety of media, but…

Despite women’s advancements, in some areas of news journalism they continue to lag way behind. Women are still rarely asked to comment as experts on serious events, trends or policies: They comprise less than one in four newspaper opinion writers. In radio, women program less than 11 percent of all stations, and just four of Radio Ink magazine’s 40 “Most Powerful People in Radio” are women. Even in the more liberated blogosphere, only a handful of Technorati’s 100 most-visited blogs include women writers, among them the Huffington Post and Gawker.

So, what’s going on here? It’s obvious that there isn’t equality in the media world, but there seems to be less and less emphasis on women’s rights and feminism. There’s no equality here and women’s voices are still a struggle to be heard.

Kim concludes with saying we shouldn’t be satisfied with the “nonthreatening, depoliticized feminism proffered by the mass media.” I agree! Let’s actually make a change!

Drunkeness causes “shame” for young women

November 5, 2007 Leave a comment

Or so the Daily Mail says. This article talks about the “shamefulness” of young women’s drunkeness and how they post these pictures on Facebook. I’ll admit, I have some drunken pictures on Facebook. That’s just how it is. It’s supposed to be a network for you and your friends…not for a newspaper to take pictures from to show the “shame” of these young women.

The article talks about the notorious “30 Reasons Girls Should Call It A Night” group, which over 150,000 young women have joined. I’mpretty sure it’s supposed to be rather innocent. I’ve personally been on that board before and it’s really not a big deal.

I’m not saying that this is empowering in any way, and it can sometimes be degrading towards women, but ultimately, it’s our choice if we choose to drink and get drunk. So seriously, leave these young women alone. It’s college. Everyone drinks in college.

Overall, this kind of drunkeness is “shameful” for females, while it is perfectly acceptable for males. When males are drunk and goofing off or do something outlandish, it’s looked at as funny. When females do the same thing, she’s looked at as a drunken whore or slut and she really should just stay home and knit, instead of having fun with her friends. It’s complete gender bias and a double standard that really shouldn’t still exist in our society.