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Quote of the day!

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment

“Coffee, tea … or me?”

This was found in an article in the Toronto Star, about feminism, as well as a little history lesson. Apparently, if women at all wanted to travel “back then”, they had to become “stewardesses”, and that’s what they would have to say.

Wow. Just, wow.

Woman wearing trousers = 40 lashes in Sudan?

July 31, 2009 Leave a comment

A Sudanese woman, who works for the United Nations, is facing 40 lashes for wearing trousers in public. She is planning on going to court over this and has invited public media to help fight her fight.

This is what went down:

Ms. Hussein said she was at a restaurant on July 3 when police came in and ordered 13 women wearing trousers to follow them to the police station.

Ten of the women were summoned to a police station two days later and were lashed 10 times each, according to Ms. Hussein. Her case was sent for trial when she called in a lawyer.

She says that women are always being lashed for different things, but that no one is standing up to this. She is planning on exposing this for what it is – a harassment towards women. She is even going as far as to resign from the UN to make sure her case is continued. Others are coming out and supporting her, and her lawyer mentions that it will most likely be followed by human rights groups.

My wish is that lashing wasn’t even a punishment anymore. It is so inhumane. Secondly, I wish that women’s clothing choices weren’t such an issue in many places in the world. I know it can be seen in different ways, but I see it as taking away from the individual when they are so confined to wear certain things and then get a physical punishment when they step out and wear something different. It is totally unacceptable on a human rights level, despite the conservative and religious culture.

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?

The war against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

January 14, 2008 Leave a comment

This absolutely breaks my heart and disgusts me so much at the same time. We know that a civil war is going on in Congo, but something we rarely hear about is the fact that women are continually and systematically raped during these kinds of conflicts. We know it’s something that happens, but we don’t like to think about and don’t bother to think about it because we feel like we can’t do anything about it. Maybe there are a few more reasons that you can come up with! But nonetheless, it’s important to know that this is going on. I’m not going to quote a lot of the gory details here, because it’s graphic, but please read the article. It’s a must.

Anneka Van Woudenberg, who is the senior Congo researcher at Human Rights Watch, explains the raping that is occurring in Congo.

I think what’s different in Congo is the scale and the systematic nature of it, indeed, as well, the brutality. This is not rape because soldiers have got bored and have nothing to do. It is a way to ensure that communities accept the power and authority of that particular armed group. This is about showing terror. This is about using it as a weapon of war.

I honestly don’t have too many words about this. It is disgusting and disheartening to know that thousands of women are becoming victims of “femicide” because of this war. But even further really, these women are having genocide committed against them. Many people simply think that killing is the only definition of genocide and just think of Hitler, but according to the UN Convention on Genocide, one of the definitions is “causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.” This is clearly happening, and it’s clearly intentional.

When will this genocide end? And why is it being ignored?

Greek women protest by going in men-only sanctuary

January 10, 2008 Leave a comment

About six Greek women have protested the rule of the “all-male” monastic sanctuary in northern Greece. This is a 1000-year-old rule, and entering this sanctuary was a “purely symbolic act.”

Parliament member Litsa Amanatidou Paschalidou was among the women who entered the sanctuary. She called it a “purely symbolic act,” which was meant to send a message to the church to “pursue policies which serve the public and not its financial interest.” The protesters, who say the monks are making illegal claims on their property, broke away from a rally of more than 400 people and evaded a police cordon, entering Athos grounds.

So, this is a land problem, not a problem with the only-male sanctuary, but it’s pretty clear that if they violated a rule that has been around for 1000 years, then they would make some impact, as women. It’s impressive to see that women are taking the charge on this land and property issue. Hey, maybe women just have more of a sense at what’s going on is bullshit, considering they can’t enter the sanctuary…because they have a vagina, which makes them soooo inferior.

Uh, I freaking love these women!

January 7, 2008 1 comment

A group of women in India have started their own political party. Rock on. That’s so sweet! Suman Krishan Kant is the president of this 100 member (almost) all-women political party, who is also the widow of the former vice president, Krishan Kumar Kant.

“It is for the first time in the history of India that a national political party has been formed by women,” she says. “In fact it is the only party of women in the world. We need to ensure that the issues of priority concern to half of its population remain in the forefront of the pressing issues on India’s national agenda.”

Presently, women only hold 8 percent of seats in parliament, and the party wants that to change to 50 percent, which would be an amazing thing to see, but it’s also an amazing task to take on at the same time. It is true that some women do hold top seats in parliament, but that is few and far between, as gender inequality is still rampant in India, even though women have legal equality.

In November, the World Economic Forum’s latest gender gap index put India among the world’s 10 most gender-biased economies, with women’s participation in the paid work force at 36 percent.

Wow. These women are completely extraordinary and inspirational. And they make the point of “not hating men, and wanting and needing their support,” which is really great, because it’s about equality, and working together to create a better world; not squashing the other gender. It is just so encouraging to see something like this happen in India, and like Kant said, it really is the only (almost) all-women’s political party. Just, so cool. I love these women.

Lucy Liu feels bad for men

January 7, 2008 1 comment

Hm. Lucy Liu has pulled a “women are so confusing, making men more confused” kinda thing. This is what she said:

I think men are in some ways a little bit confused but I don’t mean that in a bad way. There was a time when they were expected to open the door for a woman and pay for dinner and do all of those things. Now they don’t really know what to do.

Well, firstly, it’s courteous for anyone to open doors for anyone else. Gender doesn’t matter. But car doors…ugh. I’m personally not that patient, and since I’m a capable human being, I can get myself out of a car. But really, can’t men, and everyone else understand that we simply want to be treated as an equal? No, you don’t have to banish all “romantic” gestures or whatever you want, but just don’t look down on us and treat us in an inferior way.

Not too difficult.

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Of course! Being kind is all it takes men!

December 28, 2007 Leave a comment

New craptastic book alert! Victoria Zdrok, a Penthouse columnist, is the author of a new book called Dr. Z on Scoring: How to Pick Up, Seduce and Hook Up with Hot Women.

The Economic Times (for some weird reason) has a little article about it. In it, it explains that being kind is really the only important things and that pretty much any women, whether she’s attracted to you or not, will give into your great man-kindness and at least get in bed with you!

“And kindness is one of the qualities women most look for in a male. Be sure to have a good sob story handy about the times you were ‘down on your luck’ and now want to ‘pay back’ the community. Next thing you know, you’ll be enjoying soup in her kitchen,” Zdrock added.

Um. Ok. Is this really how all women work? I doubt it is. And if men were smart at all, maybe they wouldn’t listen to someone who works for Penthouse. I mean, seriously! Oh, and of course, the book mentions “women’s lib.” So good.

“Contrary to your instinctual aversion to women’s lib, National Organization for Women meetings are the perfect breeding ground for available horny women,” she wrote.

“Liberated women are much more likely to cast away outdated notions of courtship and chivalry . . . and you just might get laid on the first date,” she added.

Warning to all liberated females at the National Organization for Women meetings/conventions/whatever. Be weary of any man that comes and is kind, tells a sob story and clearing looking for some ass. Since you know, we’re liberated and all, so we’ll just sleep with absolutely anyone we can get our hands on.

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Cool.

December 13, 2007 Leave a comment

Oh how pregnant women never cease to amaze me! Now, studies are showing that pregnant women have more “flexible and supportive spines than men to keep them from toppling over under the weight of pregnancy.”

“Pregnancy presents an enormous challenge for the female body. The body must change in dramatic ways to accommodate the baby, and these changes affect a woman’s stability and posture,” said Katherine Whitcome, an anthropologist at Harvard University, who led the study.

“It turns out that enhanced curvature and reinforcement of the lower spine are key to maintaining normal activities during pregnancy,” Whitcome said.

It really amazes me to see how much a woman’s body can accomplish. All those pregnant out there, feel good and accomplished with your bodies!

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Revisiting red-light districts

December 11, 2007 Leave a comment

Thanks Amy for sending me your link at Travelhacker about the world’s most famous red-light districts.

Red Light District

I think that this can definitely be a controversial topic in terms of feminism. I think when we think of any red-light district, we think of women whoring themselves out and degrading themselves. And the article does mention some not good things that occur in some red-light districts, such as child prostitution. But at the same time, I think we have to have a different look at it as well. In many of these red-light districts, it appears that there are safe places for sex workers to work. The street has always been an unsafe place to work, and I completely support brothels and other buildings where sex workers can do their thing. After all, these women are making a living. This could be something that they personally like doing. Or it really could be something that they are doing just to make sure money is coming in.

Of course, a lot of this work can be looked at as degrading. There’s no contest there. But I definitely don’t think that blaming the women who are in this kind of work is right, or will do anything. This definitely is a feminist issue that comes back to the social, political and economic stance of women across the globe.

So, I know this is a controversial topic. What do you all think about red-light districts and women in this work? Do you support brothels in any way, shape or form? Or are you completely against all of this?

How am I not surprised?

December 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Bush has proposed a budget that would cut half a million people from the WIC program (Women, Infants, and Children). People who obviously need this program to survive.

Bush has proposed $5.4 billion in funding to serve about 8.3 million people. However, the caseload has increased to 8.5 million. Also, prices for products like milk and cheese, which account for about 40% of WIC food costs, have increased. Because of that, the proposed spending level will cut about 500,000 people from the WIC program, reports USA Today.

This program is a necessity, and it’s a good program, although I’m sure it has it’s rough spots. It’s important that the budget for this program be greater, but I honestly can’t expect much from Bush anymore. I hope that the next President will care about people who aren’t straight, white, males.

Sad.

November 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Four elderly women were killed in a car accident after leaving church on Sunday.

The women died after a northbound minivan, a 1993 Mercury Villager, crossed the centre line and crashed into their 2003 Ford Focus.

Three of the women died at the scene of the crash and the fourth while on the way to hospital.

This news breaks my heart. I admit that I have a soft spot for the elderly, and thinking that they were killed after they left church just gets me. It’s even worse that the police say alcohol might have been involved in the accident, from the driver that crashed into them. Sad story of the day.

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Sucky commercial of the day!

November 21, 2007 Leave a comment

This Quizno’s commercial reminds us that the “perfect, pretty girls” are always in control and that the “ugly” people will always want to be them. This link unfortunately doesn’t have the last 2 or 3 seconds, when the woman with the sandwich is flattered when the “perfect” woman says “I hate you.” Blech.

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The 50 women to watch for 2007

November 19, 2007 Leave a comment

The Wall Street Journal has made a list of of the 50 women who have made it to vice president or higher in their particular corporations. The article is quick to point out though that only 16.4% of Fortune 500 corporate-officer jobs are held by women. Not too much.

That is an increase of just 0.7 percentage point from 2002, according to a survey by Catalyst, the New York research group. Similarly, they comprise just one-sixth of corporate directors.

But the article thinks it’s very promising for women and this is a step in the right direction. It definitely is a step in the right direction. A lot of changes are unfortunately very slow, and this is one of them. As long as more and more women are getting into those corporate jobs, it’s a good sign. And hopefully, as the article points out, it will only encourage other women to go for those jobs and be successful there!

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Go, New Jersey!

November 12, 2007 Leave a comment

It’s pretty self-explanatory!

New Jersey voters have elected a record 34 women lawmakers to the 120-member state legislature. Before last week’s election, women made up less than 20% of New Jersey’s state legislature. With the newly elected women, that number will jump to 28%.

New Jersey is now in 15th place in terms of female representation, along side California and Connecticut. Previously, it was in 43rd place, along side with Alabama and Mississippi.

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!

Young women are fed up!

November 8, 2007 Leave a comment

I’m not surprised that we’re starting to hear from grumblings from real young women about the media’s portrayal of themselves.

Teens and young women across the country told Media Action that tall, thin blondes seem to set the only standards for beauty, while bad behaviour and rampant sexuality grabs the most attention for female celebrities.

Their responses “ranged from disappointment and even annoyance and disgust, to feeling pressured to conform,” notes the report, which coincides with National Media Education Week.

This is honestly refreshing to hear! I think we’re so used to the whole “young women buying into this shit and they have eating disorders, etc.” I mean, not that any of that isn’t very, very real, but seriously, it is just refreshing to know that there are intellegent young women out there who actually care about this enough to voice their opinions against it. You go girls!

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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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Women are simply “demanding and pushy”

November 1, 2007 Leave a comment

As opposed to the man’s “assertive” in the workplace, women are still being looked at as “demanding and pushy”.

An experiment was done to see how employers would react differently to a man and woman that have the same resume, same interview answers, and are going for the same job.

The results: The volunteers were 30 percent less likely to hire the woman than the man. The reason: She’s too demanding and pushy, even though she said exactly the same things as her male counterpart.

Hmm…interesting. Clear gender bias and sexism. The article goes on to say that the employers bias comes from nature or nuture, or little bit of both. It is still true that perceptions towards women in the workplace aren’t good. She’s pushy, demanding, a bitch, and she must be a slut too if she’s worked her way up the corporate ladder!

So, why is this sexism still occurring? Women can be and are just as good workers, or better, than their male counterparts. Why do employers still get away with this gender bias? Oh how the world is cruel and unfair.

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Does fullfillment come from men and children?

October 31, 2007 2 comments

There is an interesting article debate over at Huffington Post. It’s worth the read, by the way!

The first article, by the founder of thestateof.com said that fullfillment most definitely comes from men and children for women. Some highlights…

Feminism has destabilized society by undermining heterosexuality and the family. This perverse assault on gender difference is disguised as an act of “defense” of women’s’ and homosexuals’ “right” to be single and childless. Women have been duped into seeking “power” and “independence” (aloneness) through climbing the mirage of the corporate ladder. What women really want is power expressed as male love.

Without a child to care for, a woman often becomes frustrated, bitter and distracted. She often uses the “success” of her “career” (which is simply a glorified word for “job”) as a replacement for the void of the missing child.

Ok, some of my points now. First of all, do women and homosexuals not have a right to remain childless or single? No law is saying that anyone is obliged to have children or be in a couple, married or cohabiting. And guess what? “Independence” is not aloneness. It’s being able to not have to depend on another person, which a life skill that everyone should have. At times, we are able, or can choose to rely on people, because it would be hell if we couldn’t, but being independent does not mean “aloneness”. Oh, and that power expressed as male love? Give me a break. Sure, we’d all love some love, but that’s not the only thing that we can have for fullfillment!

Also…some women honestly do not want child and are completely happy with their pure careers. There is nothing wrong with this. Some women are not nurturers. For example, my father was and is the nuturer, or “mother role”, in the family, although currently he does make more money. While my mother is much more cold and distant, and takes much pride in her career choices. In the end, my father would be more devastated if he didn’t have a child than my mother. Why are people so keen to generalize women and men into one category?

The other article, by Rebecca Thorman, takes the other side of the argument.

Whether we check off men, children, career, or all of the above, the fact is that we have a choice, and what fulfills and limits us is not created by society and media, but increasingly our own desires.

The kind of woman who is a compassionate alpha. The Generation Y woman has leadership and strength, and promotes community and empathy. We don’t dismiss motherhood, but embrace our strengths and use those to change the workplace, reaping from it a greater sense of fulfillment than ever before. It is not a coincidence that at a time when power-hungry hierarchies are being broken down, women are leading and infiltrating the workplace. It is our skills and talents that have created such an influential shift.

I’ll just say that I obviously agree with the second article more. And just for the record, I do want some male lovin’, some kids, but I’m not going to give up my career for having that. Obvious sacrifice have to be made by both men and women when children come into the picture, and those sacrifices are individual choices and worked out in a personal setting. No overgeneralizing should still be occurring!