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Love this “Letter to the Editor”

January 15, 2008 2 comments

Found this in the Toronto Star about all the shitty, sexist media coverage that’s been going on with Clinton.

I’ve been appalled by the outright sexism that is apparently perfectly acceptable in U.S. media coverage of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

I’m a public schoolteacher. To me, the disinclination of young women to support Clinton has much to do with the messages they are now subject to in our culture: attract and please males at almost any price; denigrate yourself and other females; and don’t be a feminist – there’s nothing more unattractive.

I could vote for either Clinton or Barack Obama at this point, but I’m deeply disturbed by the process. There’s much talk about building up women in other countries while we punish their successes at home.

I especially like what she says about building women up in other countries and calling their inequality unjust, while our society tears down women who are successful and ambitious. It’s so true and ironic. Where do we actually stand? Is there only so much equality that our society wants for our women? Does our society think that it’s good enough that we don’t get stoned to death and doesn’t want us to have actual equality? Thoughts?

Although I can’t technically be a part of the committee…

December 22, 2007 1 comment

I just finished watching the film Itty Bitty Titty Committee.

So inspiring and lots of fun too! If you’re able to see it at all, please check it out! You will love it!

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Quote of the day!

December 21, 2007 1 comment

This was found in the comment section of the article in my previous post. Supposedly, Sweden isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

“Sweden is one of the worst social models to adopt. It is a country which is governed exclusively by militant feminist groups in the interests of feminists and their girl children. Men are second-class citizens.”

So, are you saying that it shouldn’t be the highly ranked 6th country on the Human Development Index? I guess the “militant feminist” thing is working!

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Anti-feminist mailbag!

December 14, 2007 Leave a comment

I urge all of you to get over to Feministing, because they’re posting their anti-feminist mail that they got, I guess after Fox News mentioned them. It’s truly amazing to see how misogynistic people can be through their emails! It’s just one more thing that reminds who important feminism is and that it’s not going anywhere!

Feminism and the stereotypes

November 26, 2007 3 comments

Courtney E. Martin, who speaks across country speaking about feminist issues, has written a nice little piece on the stereotypes of feminism and why there are those awful stereotypes. And she also brings up an interesting point of how everyone, no matter race, gender, age or religion, knows the “standard” stereotypes of feminists, and feminism.

I ask them “What are the stereotypes you’ve heard about feminists?” After a few timid moments, folks start shouting a flood of unsavory characteristics: ugly, bitchy, man-hating, boring, angry, bra-burning.

I believe that feminism has attracted so many unsavory stereotypes because of its profound power and potential. It has gained such a reputation, been so inaccurately demonized, because it promises to upset one of the foundations on which this world, its corporations, its families, and its religions are based—gender roles.

I think she has a really good point about the gender roles and that’s the huge reason why everyone is so afraid of feminism. They are so ingrained in our society, culture and our own minds that they can’t possibly be shaken. What people are forgetting though when they think that is that everyone is an individual. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again as an example. My mother is not the “nurturer”, stay-at-home-mom. She should actually be running the country, because she can. And personally, I like that my mother is not the “nurturer”, because we clash anyway. She’s done her thing, and my dad’s also had a career, but he is far more the “nurturer”, even though I never had any stay-at-home-parent. That was fine with me! I’m not scarred at all. Through this example, I just wanted to show that men and women are all different and it’s wrong to put them in a box because they either have a penis or vagina.

Do you all think that gender roles are breaking down a bit? Or are they still as strong as ever?

Hacked

November 22, 2007 Leave a comment

The Feminist Majority Foundation, which “works for social and political and economic equality for women by using research and education to improve women’s lives,” have a website. And it’s been hacked. I wonder who thought it would be fun to shut down a feminist website for awhile? Well, the name is The_BeKiR – Secret-Agent – ReaLTurK. Hopefully the website won’t be down for too long!

Cool mini-documentary on feminism

November 16, 2007 Leave a comment

This little gem of a video let’s you know the basics of feminism, feminist stereotypes and it talks about this dreadful “f” word that so many women are afraid of, and why.

Feminism, dead?

November 9, 2007 Leave a comment

The first line of this article made me sigh. Feminism is supposedly dead, and there’s a big thank goodness for that, coming from this particular writer.

One. Feminism is not dead. I think that’s rather clear. If feminism were dead, men and women all around the world would be frolicking (ok, not literally) around in a field of equality, tolerance, and freedom. And unfortunately, feminists are still being stereotyped as the “frizzy-haired women who refuse to shave their legs” and the bra-free women that they are. I, personally, cannot go without a bra, although I am jealous at women who can afford to occassionally go without one.

This writer has clearly been midinformed her whole life about feminists and feminism in general. This is no huge attack on her, but the society that we are all raised in.

It’s the 21st century, feminists are not that hairy-legged stereotype, nor it is feminism dead. Get over it.

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!

Lots of news!

November 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Every year, 25000 baby girls are not carried to term in Vietnam.

A judge has lost his job for asking a woman to drop her pants in court.

A woman was freaking thrown out of a moving SUV and two young men have been arrested for it.

A smart woman slashed a young man with glass who was threatening to sexually assault before he could do anything to her!

A Muslim marriage “expert” explains how to beat your wife “properly”. Disgusting!

Domestic abuse is a workplace issue too!

Sexual violence and HIV continue to rise in Haiti.

Funny, funny, abstinence only education video!

The abortion rate and adoption rates aren’t really correlated at all, despite what Giuliani says.

I’m suing Shonda Rhimes

November 2, 2007 1 comment

I loathe Grey’s Anatomy for making this mainstream and getting men to think that we should switch the word from vagina to vajayjay.

In Michael Smerconish’s blog over at Huffington Post, he talks all about the harnish of the word vagina, and how it is uninviting. How no one has ever gotten used to the word vagina and people feel very uncomfortable using it, especially men.

It’s a reminder of the difficulty men of all ages have had in coming up with the proper name for what’s in the female zone.

Um, since when does a man have to come up with a “proper” name for my vagina? They don’t have one. They can keep on using the name it already is, and if they really have an issue with it, fine, use vajayjay amongst yourselves, but please don’t try to push another word on us. And I know some women and feminists who like the word, so ok, that’s fine. But it sounds like he’s getting at the fact that he has power over this area, which he does not.

Oh right, and then he attacks feminists. He says that feminists have much interest in our vagina and that we don’t want men “attracted” to it. So, he’s pretty much saying that feminists are asexual beings. Right. That’s bullshit. And everyone knows it!

The reason why people have been and still are uncomfortable using the word is because a woman’s “private parts” have been looked at as a lot of worth almost the entire history of the world. People still want and expect women to be sexually pure, and in some places it’s a must. But men on the other hand can be as sexually promiscuous as they want. Their sexual organs are not as “special” as a woman’s, therefore it’s so much easier to say penis than vagina.

So, ultimately, I blame this one on the patriarchy completely.

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Second generation daughters prospering…kinda, not really

October 31, 2007 Leave a comment

Accoring to Statistics Canada, daughters of immigrants are more likely to prosper than sons of immigrants. And they are even earning more than daughters of Canadian-born parents.

Taking education levels into account, Dr. Palameta found that young women with two immigrant parents earned wages about 15 per cent higher than did young women with Canadian-born parents.

But…

Jeffrey Reitz, an immigration expert and professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, cautions against thinking second-generation women are doing particularly well, though.

He says most analyses of minority women show greater gains in earning because these women are compared with a broader group of other women, who still experience lower wages and salaries than men.

But for men, the comparison is with “mainstream men who are the best paid people in the work force – they’re the ones monopolizing all the best jobs.”

When I was reading the beginning of the article, I was thinking “Yeah, I’m not surpried. My university is a white minority and many, many of population are 2nd generation Canadians”. But then reading on made me realize that women are still not prospering, because this study didn’t even compare against men’s income and job status. Ridiculous. It’s definitely a deceptive study. When people will see this, they’ll thing “Oh great! This is more equality for women!”, when really, there’s no equality here. Women are still making comparatively less than men…and this is one reason why feminism still has to exist. Sad.

My Feminist Blog

October 25, 2007 Leave a comment

Welcome to my little feminist blog, which I hope to turn into quite the production one day. I don’t have anything enchanting to write about right now, but no doubt I will later.

If you’re a feminist, or if you’re interested in feminism or…you don’t know what hell it is, check back here once in awhile to see what’s happening!

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