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Commercials tend to show women in provocative poses no matter what product is being sold, so we decided to recreate three of them with men.
Posted by ismnotwasm | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 09:05 PM (12 replies)
Here’s What Two Generations of Women Journos Have to Say about Sexism at Work (Newsflash: It Still Exists!)
This guest post is brought to you by Mary Kay Devine, a Chicago-based feminist and mother of four. Mary Kay’s day job is the Director of Community Initiatives at Women Employed, a nonprofit that mobilizes people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America’s working women. Founded in 1973, WE has a 40-year track record of opening doors, breaking barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women. For more information, visit www.womenemployed.org. PS. I love this org! – Deborah
March is Women’s History Month – a month when the American public honors women and their voices. But even in 2014, we’re not hearing enough of those voices. The Women’s Media Center recently released their annual report on the state of women in the media, and the numbers were grim. Male front-page bylines in print media outnumber female front-page bylines by 3 to 1. Only 25% of guests on Sunday talk shows are women. Men write the majority of newspaper op-eds. And all-too-often, women reporters are still consigned to writing about “pink topics” like food and fashion.
Women Employed, an organization that has spent the last four decades opening doors, breaking barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women, recently brought two prominent journalists together to discuss the ongoing problem of gender discrimination. They talked about gender bias in newsrooms, and also in other workplaces, as well as what women can do about it.
“We loved Newsweek! We just wanted Newsweek to be better for women.” That’s what author and trailblazing journalist Lynn Povich told the sold-out crowd at The Newsweek case that changed the workplace…or did it? Povich shared the story of how she and her female colleagues confronted blatant sexism at Newsweek in the 1960s. In an era when female employees were told that “women don’t write at Newsweek,” they refused to accept it. She and 45 of her female colleagues brought a landmark lawsuit against the magazine in 1970—and won! Povich eventually became not only a writer for Newsweek, but also their first female senior editor.
Povich was joined by Jesse Ellison, a recent Newsweek writer who, forty years after the original lawsuit, came to realize that she and the other women around her were still experiencing gender discrimination. “The young men around us were getting much better story assignments, they were getting raises and promotions much more easily… We were each having to work much harder than our male peers to get to the same end.” So in 2010, she banded together with her female colleagues to co-author a Newsweek article on the 40th anniversary of the landmark lawsuit questioning how much has actually changed for working women.
Posted by ismnotwasm | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 09:09 AM (1 replies)
While these are more historical, I still get excited at at this kind of variety
WOMEN IN ASIA
The Courtesan’s Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Edited by Martha Feldman and Bonnie Gordon
Delve into courtesan cultures, including artistic practices and cultural production, often overlooked or diminished in relevancy.
The Power of Gender and the Gender of Power: Explorations in Early Indian History by Kumkum Roy
Discover the distinct strategies through which men and women constituted their identities in India for all their implications, tensions, and inconsistencies.
Cornelia Sorabji: India’s Pioneer Woman Lawyer: A Biography by Suparna Gooptu
Learn about Sorabji’s decisive role in opening up the legal profession to women long before they were allowed to plead before the courts of law, including her writings and personal correspondence.
WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Cleopatra: A Biography by Duane W. Roller
Uncover not the figure in popular culture, arts, and literature of the last five hundred years — but the real last Greek queen of Egypt.
Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet
Place women in their proper role as mothers of a nation — central to the history of Iran during successive regimes in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire by Leslie P. Peirce
Examine the sources of royal women’s power and assess the reactions of contemporaries, which ranged from loyal devotion to armed opposition.
- See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/03/womens-history-month-reading-list/#sthash.3n4fwQbx.dpuf
Posted by ismnotwasm | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 09:01 AM (0 replies)
Recently, the news and the Internet have been abuzz with stories about Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and pop star Beyoncé Knowles and their mission to ban the word “bossy” as it applies to girls and women. Their campaign makes sense. It’s no secret that in America, attributes praised in men are often vilified in women. Where a man is bold, confident, daring and a real “go-getter”, a woman is aggressive, bitchy, cocky or a “ball-breaker”. In other words, assertive girls and women get called “bossy”.
Little girls who emerge as natural leaders on the playground are discouraged from being “bossy”. Where little boys might be encouraged to seize the reins of whatever game or activity in which they’re engaged, little girls are scolded to “share”, and “let so-and-so take control, now”. It’s as if being a natural leader is a bad thing, a threat to their femininity. Or worse, a girl’s assertiveness emasculates the boys around her.
Labelling anyone with a negative description like “bossy” damages their self-esteem. And it just isn’t fair. It isn’t fair to squash a girl’s natural leadership skills so that she isn’t labelled as aggressive. Yet while I agree with the thesis behind Ms. Sandberg’s and Ms. Knowles’ campaign, I believe that another term should be eliminated as well. I want to destroy, once and for all, the myth of the “Angry Black Woman”.
Just like the “bossy” label, the Angry Black Woman (ABW) label diminishes and trivializes the experiences and feelings of Black women. If every time a Black woman asserts her rights she gets pigeon-holed as an ABW, her voice is silenced. No one hears her.
The exception, of course, is when Black women speak out for issues that affect men, too. Our outrage is fine as long as we’re marching for civil rights or protesting new voting laws which seek to disenfranchise minorities. Our wrath is justified when we decry the modern day lynching of our young Black men under the Stand Your Ground laws. When we’re rallying against these injustices, our tears are celebrated, held up as emblems of the struggle: grieving mothers, clutching the photographs of our slain sons. But the moment we speak up for ourselves, we become the Angry Black Woman.
Posted by ismnotwasm | Sat Mar 15, 2014, 08:55 AM (7 replies)
Mike Huckabee has some important ideas about how to run against female candidates, which is very different from running against ordinary human people candidates, and he thought he'd share them in an interview with Nora Caplan-Bricker of the New Republic. Male opponents are "common," he explained in an interview published this week. Women, on the other hand, require a "sense of a pedestal." "You treat some things as a special treasure; you treat other things as common," he added, describing women and then men, though neither gender is significantly rarer than the other in nature. Huckabee elaborated, in case Caplan-Bricker couldn't hear him from way up there on her pedestal:
“I’ll put it this way,” Huckabee says. “I treat my wife very differently than I treat my chums and my pals. I wouldn’t worry about calling them on Valentine’s Day, opening the door for them, or making sure they were OK.”
Valentine's Day must be pretty confusing for Mr. Huckabee: When he stops by the store to buy flowers, how does he remember if they're for his wife or the woman campaigning against him for public office? They're all women, you know, so there's just one blanket way to treat them.
Lest there's any doubt that Huckabee just made a mistake or was misquoted, he reiterated his points in an email to Salon:
“I believe in equality, and I have a record of transforming that belief into action,” the ex-governor told Salon in an e-mailed statement. “However, equality doesn’t mean sameness.”
He went on at length, but notably avoided sharing any details about what these all-important differences actually are when it comes to political campaigning. He just continued to insist, without explanation, that fussing over women in a manner designed to make their gender seem unusual and out of place is a form of respect:
“I was raised to treat women with respect,” Huckabee told Salon in his afternoon statement. “I still will invite a lady to go first, will open a door for her, and will place her in the center of the photograph. And yes, I would seek to treat a female opponent with the same respect I give to all women, even though we may disagree on the issues.”
Huh. Another door-opening fan. Who knew?
Posted by ismnotwasm | Tue Mar 11, 2014, 11:51 PM (11 replies)
Who will be having a girl in June-- 4th kid, first girl.
Her: so weird ladies from a Ricks work are giving me stuff for the baby...wwww!
Me: good stuff? Phil's picking up the computer today BTW (we got them a laptop)
Her: Huge gender divide in the response a girl vs a boy gets. I find it annoying (I heroically don't say "I told you so"--that would be bad)
Me: Like what. And it is annoying
Her: the barrage of princess items like it's mandatory
Me: and pink-- even things that don't need to be pink
Her: Yup. I'm feminist enough to be offended. It's ridiculous. (Heh! I already knew that-- but I let my kids label themselves)
Me: thing is-- there's nothing wrong with with pink-- just pink overload
And they start that male pleasing merchandizing far too young-- don't be surprised to see it sooner than you expect (I'm thinking the word "hottie" on a onesie)
Her: I refuse to force my daughter into a damn princess if that's her choice fine but I will not shove it down her throat
I can hardly WAIT to go see her and have this conversation; she and many other young women underestimate how early "expected" gender behavior is indoctrinated into little girls. My daughter is very smart, and has been raised by a feminist.
My husband just said "we need to buy that kid some Tonka trucks"
Posted by ismnotwasm | Tue Mar 11, 2014, 02:02 PM (17 replies)
I haven't talked much about this, but three women I work with were diagnosed with breast cancer. Two had mastectomies- with attendant treatments. And are doing ok, for the most part.
One is dying. Right now. As I type. I'll say goodbye to her tomorrow, but it's so hard to lose a friend.
I thought I had more time you know? The cancer invaded her lymph nodes in her lungs and can no longer breathe on her own.
She was working just 2 weeks ago, part time.
This is a bad storm for me, she is a hell of a woman.
Posted by ismnotwasm | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 01:09 AM (16 replies)
This is a long, well written essay; what I found interesting is that she is a 'recreational pole dancer', although she doesn't exactly identify as stripper and it doesn't matter anyway. I love the opening paragraph especially, but the whole thing is worth reading.
I love women. And as I get older, my life is becoming increasingly about them. I dance with women, I speak with women, I am coached, sponsored by, and counseled by women. I meet them for coffee. I talk to them about sex. I ask them for advice. I hold them while they cry. I love the deep feelings. And the competition. The struggle to be seen and held. The intimacy. The complication. The ability to heal.
My experience at S-Factor has deepened this for me, surely, but on some level, it's always been this way for me. I remember reading Anita Diamant's The Red Tent in middle school and being just obsessed with the vivacious, earthy, female community of the novel. It was this raucous irreverent crew separated from everyone else just because they were female. They were special, ancient, and secret. Aunts, cousins, daughters, grandmas, sitting on moss and bleeding in a tent in the desert, while rubbing each other's feet with oil and cackling about their husbands. Oh my god. I wanted to eat it. I wanted to be there.
It echoed for me. Because even as a middle-schooler, I knew that being a woman does feel like that. Quarantined and venerated. Ever since I went through puberty, I've felt like I was a part of a club that everyone was obsessed with and also couldn't wait to abuse. On the public bus, in a piazza in Italy, I remember those first pre-teen moments, when people started watching me. The power you're gifted just by being a woman. It comes without your permission, and it's heady, potent.
But the lack of control over that power; it comes too. The first time you feel it, it's both. It's neither. You don't have tools to deal with it yet. You didn't ask for it. It just arrived. On that same trip to Europe, just as I started to glow under male attention, someone in Turkey tried to buy me from my family. My parents joked. The man was serious. I was 12.
Posted by ismnotwasm | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 01:15 PM (9 replies)
I think this is progress friends-- given the age demographic. Yeah, the article isn't the greatest, but I like the fact it exists at all.
Didn't someone mention that feminism is dead?
Oops. Their bad.
You so don’t have a prob taking charge. Want to start your own Etsy biz? Done. Wish school had a debate club? You create one with your girls. But you also get melty when your crush pays for your fro-yo at Red Mango or opens the car door for you. So does that mean you’re a feminist . . . or not?
Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé wear the f-word like a badass badge of honor. But super-confident Katy Perry says she’s not a feminist, and Kelly Clarkson doesn't want to be lableed one either. And it’s not just celebs who are divided. “I don’t associate with that word because it feels negative—like you’re angry and you don’t need men,” says Valerie, 15, founder of The Validation Project, a blog that aims to build the confidence of all teens. On the flip side, there are girls like LaTonya, 20, who made “being a feminist” her New Year’s resolution. “Feminism is about thinking you can do whatever you want—of course, I believe in that,” she says. Even President Obama took a stand by saying it’s about time women received the same pay as men for equal work—and his comments blew up all over Twitter, with hundreds of thousands of people supporting the sentiment.
So why are some girls afraid of calling themselves feminists? It comes down to retro stereotypes and murky old-school definitions. “Some people think being a feminist means you don’t shave your armpits and that you want to bring down guys,” says Julie, 21, creator of a new-wave feminist blog, thefbomb.org. “But that’s not it at all. It’s about girls knowing their potential and not letting anything hold them back.” And that means being confident, embracing your femininity however you choose to, and just being you. It’s not just some giant movement—it’s personal.
Posted by ismnotwasm | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 12:25 PM (13 replies)
Kind of a kick ass post from a blogger from Nigeria
“Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.” Simone de Beauvoir. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, the words of Simone de Beauvoir ring loud in my ears.
As someone who became fiercely politically active as a young woman in a very patriarchal society, I was often ‘showered’ with the words “You are a man!” It was considered the highest praise you could give a woman for her bravery and courage while referring to a man as a woman is considered a below the belt insult. If only I had a penny for every time I heard these words from my fellow comrades, colleagues and mentors who actually should know better.
Please understand that calling a woman “a man’ because of her achievements or courage is NOT A COMPLIMENT. Those words are nothing but an insult to the woman, her achievements and gender identity. You do not honour me by calling me “A Woman like a Man“, in fact with such words you deny my gender identity and degrade my biological sex. I am a Woman and Proudly so.
We are all HUMANS irrespective of what the various creation myths say. Women demands recognition and respect as human beings. Brave and courageous women achievers do not need to be called A MAN as a compliment. Being called “A MAN” does not elevate us to the level of human beings; we are already human beings irrespective of our sex or gender identity
Kindly recognise and respect my gender identity, this I believe is not too much to ask!
As we celebrate more than a decade of International Women’s Day, feminisation of poverty continues; Reproductive, Productive and Domestic roles still hold down the working woman from reaching her full potentials. The triple oppression of Racism, Classism and Sexism persistently affect our unity. Let us continue to fight all the Isms and Schisms that jeopardise our strength.
Posted by ismnotwasm | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 12:16 PM (1 replies)