To think about: "Women's empowerment helps raise economic productivity and reduce infant mortality. It contributes to improved health and nutrition. It increases the chance of education for the next generation." (Kristoff and WuDunn, Half the Sky, xx)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What it's like to be a woman on the internet

I love Buzzfeed. I was on their website and I stumbled upon this video. I thought it was relevant to the article we read on Mary Beard and how people responded to her on social media.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Dominique Christina - Period Spoken Word

http://www.upworthy.com/if-youre-too-grossed-out-to-share-this-video-then-youre-exactly-why-it-exists?c=hpstream&g=3Dominique Christina, well-known in certain spheres of spoken word enthusiasm, wrote and performed a piece in which she tackles the issue of the male condemnation of the innate biological process that is the period. The intro is pretty wonderful, quite touching, a "mom" moment. Never thought of a period party, but if I do end up with children I wouldn't be afraid to throw one for my child. Dominique Christina went past trying to empower her daughter and went after the misogynist who are out there telling women their periods are filthy and a time to be ashamed.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Poetry Slam on Feminism (YouTube Video)

This is a pretty intense video about what it's like to be a feminist and all the stigma around it, but it also touches on a lot of other stereotypes.


Kia Soul Commercial

This commercial always gets to me especially once you look at it through a gender lens. The whole concept, while is cute is also very sexualized (the girl hamster that is). It reminds me of the
"sexy assassin" kind of thing except this assassin can't even drive the car she came out of! Also the background song... Don't get me wrong, I love Maroon 5 but what was Kia trying to imply by playing that song in the background(sort of a rhetorical question)?
Its also interesting to read the Youtube comments like this one lovely person's comment: "This lucky hamster are smart,they get many felmale hamster and make them into Hot Lady hamster damm."
Ellen Degeneres makes fun of BIC for creating a "pen for women" that was the same as a regular bic pen with the exception that it was pink. BIC is yet another company that feeds into the stereotype that girls like pink and boys like blue. Additionally, why do women even need a separate type of pen?!?!?!?!????


Royal and Ancient Golf Club finally allows women to join

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in Scotland just voted today to finally allow women into the club after 260 years. Even now, only 75% of the members participated in the vote and only 85% of that group voted to allow women.


Rap'n Women

I am a big rap listener. Recently, I heard this song called D2B(I won't spell it out. You can look it up if you want). The subject matter wasn't the thing that struck me the most. What really got to me was the woman who was singing about the subject matter. This got me thinking about rap and women. Let's face it, rap can come of as extremely sexist and sometimes borderline misogynistic. Almost every rap music video we watch contain extremely scantly dressed models with big breasts and big bottoms. The rap lyrics get even more outrageous. Thinking on this topic, I did some research and found this video. I really like this video because it brings together the whole crew; everyone that is included in this rap culture. Watch the responses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2q5zlgkKas