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)

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Pink facts
This video is a great tie-in to this month because it is breast cancer awareness month. It talks about the influence of the color of pink when it comes to product marketing, in particular, the pink ribbon as a symbol of breast cancer awareness. There are some very interesting facts about the charge behind this movement that I did not know.


I think this is very interesting. I've never seen it this way before. What do you guys think?


"Say Yes to Rick Scott" -- Colbert Report

This Colbert Report clip is about how candidates are trying to create adds directed towards women. In the add, it mimics "Say Yes to the Dress", replacing the dresses with the candidates' names. I think it is ridiculous and offensive that they thought the best way to attract female voters was through wedding dresses and clothes. http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/akzlpt/say-yes-to-rick-scott

Saturday, October 18, 2014

If Women's Roles In Ads Were Played By Men

This video demonstrates the complete ridiculousness of sexual advertisement of unrelated products as it replaces the women with men.

If Women's Roles In Ads Were Played By Men

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Battered, Bereaved, and Behind Bars"

This sad and disturbing article describes how women whose husbands abuse their child and themselves often are charged with child abuse when they did not abuse the child. In other words, the husband had beat the child and the mother, and the child died, and both the mother and father are prosecuted. It's unfair that these women face such long (sometimes longer than their husbands) prison sentences. This article is really long, but you can get the main idea even if you all read only part of it. http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexcampbell/how-the-law-turns-battered-women-into-criminals#2r4ikta

Jennifer Garner's Response to Baby Bump

I think this video says something about how society views women's bodies. The only acceptable time for a woman to have a little extra weight is when she is pregnant. I think Jennifer Garner's response is really interesting.

We have discussed how women are paid less than men. But this article highlights something that I have never thought of -- the pricing of women's products vs that of men's products. Granted, some of the "women's products" listed in the article aren't specifically for women. I also think it's ridiculous how these gendered products exist. What is the difference between men's deodorant vs women's deodorant? What if women like that kind of scent/antiperspirant action too?