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)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fetuses are people?

In many states this midterm that was one of the questions being asked.  Should fetuses be considered people?  If the bills had passed they would've made raised various questions about the legality of abortion under the new laws.  Thankfully the bills didn't pass, but it's still interesting to see how strong the push against pro-choice rights is in this day and age.

Why Catcall?

Why Catcall?
This video shows interviews of New Yorkers. They talk about either their experiences being catcalled, why they think men catcall, or why they themselves catcall. The interview with the teen boys is interesting because the boys realize a contradiction in their own catcalling beliefs. The unexpected actions of a New Yorker at the end of the video further emphasizes the point the video is trying to make. The video is interesting. I recommend that you watch it.

As I was scrolling through the app iFunny, I came across this picture. While looking at an image like this one, I would normally only see it for what it was meant for, comedy. However, after seeing it through gender lens, I see it as a commentary on the media. In most of the commercials we see women in, they are happily seen washing dishes or doing laundry or changing diapers. Women seen in commercials where they are working in the workplace are typically stressed or being beset by male co-workers. These commercials serve as a reminder to women. They suggest that the only place women find peace and happiness is in the house cleaning and cooking.