United Nations Declares Access To Contraception A ‘Universal Human Right’

“For the first time, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) explicitly described family planning as a “universal human right.” In its annual report, the organization said that improved access to contraception and other methods of family planning could greatly improve the lives of women around the world.”

 

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/11/14/1189161/un-contraception-human-right/?mobile=nc

 

This makes me so happy!

Do you agree or disagree with this declaration?

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Modeling for teen-girl clothes on Tmall, 72-year-old grandpa becomes Internet sensation

“Liu Xianping, has been posing for his granddaughter’s female fashion store on Tmall and has become an Internet sensation. The Tmall store Liu has been modeling for is Yuekou, a female fashion store started this May by 5 recent college graduates. Liu’s granddaughter Ms. Lv is one of the five. According to aninterview with Ms. Lv, it all started when one day her grandpa Liu came to help with unpacking: “He picked up one piece and tried to give some advice on how to mix and match. We thought it was fun so we started shooting.” Who said elderly men in China didn’t have a sense of fashion? According to Ms. Lv, many of the looks in the pictures were her grandpa’s ideas – he surely knows how to make teen girls look cute and stylish.”

 

Personally, I think this is mega-adorable. What do you all think? Cool, crazy, or creepy?

The Married vs. Single Woman Vote

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-14-2012/the-married-vs–single-woman-vote

“Married women prove to be the lone bright spot on the GOP’s demographic map, and Kristen Schaal explains why single women don’t care about America’s future.”

Swedish School’s Big Lesson Begins With Dropping Personal Pronouns

“At an ocher-color preschool along a lane in Stockholm’s Old Town, the teachers avoid the pronouns “him” and “her,” instead calling their 115 toddlers simply “friends.” Masculine and feminine references are taboo, often replaced by the pronoun “hen,” an artificial and genderless word that most Swedes avoid but is popular in some gay and feminist circles.

In the little library, with its throw pillows where children sit to be read to, there are few classic fairy tales, like “Cinderella” or “Snow White,” with their heavy male and female stereotypes, but there are many stories that deal with single parents, adopted children or same-sex couples.

Girls are not urged to play with toy kitchens, and wooden or Lego blocks are not considered toys for boys. And when boys hurt themselves, teachers are taught to give them every bit as much comforting as they would girls. Everyone gets to play with dolls; most are anatomically correct, and some are also black.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/world/europe/swedish-school-de-emphasizes-gender-lines.html?hp&_r=0

What do you all think of this? Would you send your child to a school like this?

Does Facebook Hate All Women—or just Feminists?

“Sonya Renee Taylor, the page owner of The Body is Not an Apology, started a petition on Change.org last month:

“The Body Is Not An Apology, an international movement focused on radical self-love and body empowerment, account was SUSPENDED from Facebook after posting a photo of an empowered female body and tribal women in Senegal with their breasts visible. We believe this sort of cultural and gender discrimination is absolutely asking women to apologize for their bodies and is unacceptable. We want a stop to the sexist hypocrisy of suspending accounts and deleting non-sexual images posted by women! The Body Is Not An Apology has over 12,500 friends in over 25 countries who share images, articles and affirmations focused on celebrating our bodies and truly embracing self-love. As a community we are outraged by the sexism and hypocrisy of Facebook’s policies!”

 

What is troubling is that Facebook has allowed certain posts, which are derogatory towards women, to remain on its pages, while penalizing feminists for speaking out against them. Facebook has allowed hyper-sexualized images of women to remain, as well as comments, posts and pages that support rape culture.”

 

Read more: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/11/does-facebook-hate-all-women-or-just-feminists/

 

 

Final Project Ideas

I’ve been going back and forth through several idea for my final project, but I think I’ve finally decided on one- an in-depth feminist analysis of the show Parks and Recreation. For those of you haven’t seen the show, Parks and Recreation is a comedy series on NBC starring Amy Poehler, who plays Leslie Knope, a perky, geeky, self-proclaimed feminist who loves her job in the Parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. The show has a mockumentary filming style, much like that of The Office. 

Some specific things I’d like to focus on:

1) the changes in the Leslie Knope  character after the first season, as there was quite a bit of feedback that she seemed unintelligent and “ditzy.” (In later seasons, she’s definitely portrayed as a much stronger character.

2) Knope’s portayal as a woman in politics; comparison of this with real-life women in politics

3) the portrayal of other women in the show (those that work in the Parks department alongside Leslie, but also those that do not)

4) Leslie’s romantic relationships

 

Essentially, the overarching question is- Is Parks and Rec a feminist show?

To take a step back- What makes a show “feminist”?

Bitch Bad

 

This music video came out a couple of months ago, but I saw it for the first time today (thanks to Tumblr).

” Lupe parallels modern day black entertainment (read: music videos) to historical blackface, tap dancing and performances blacks once participated in for the enjoyment of white audiences, which reinforced negative stereotypes. A girl and a boy who were subjected to the “bad bitches” imagery as youth are all grown up. As a woman, she believes being a bad bitch is a compliment. As for him, well, he associates nothing good with bitches. In the background, caricatures of Sambo, blacks tap dancing and the video model/rapper in blackface plays repeatedly. The video vixen/rapper struggle with the images they’ve just presented to the world for money.  Beyond tackling the perception of bitch being good or bad, which is subjective, Lupe points out the ideal of black entertainers pimping themselves through reinforcing stereotypes all for a buck, or in this case, millions of bucks.”

Source: http://www.theroot.com/buzz/victim-lupe-fiasco-bitch-bad

Take a Hint

 

I stumbled upon this song while looking through my Tumblr feed. A lot of the commentary that had been added throughout all the reblogging was raving about the feminist message behind the song, something that you wouldn’t typically expect from Nickelodeon.

It expresses the idea that girls often try to be polite to the guys that attempt to hit on them, but that often doesn’t work, so essentially, politeness can be thrown out the window. A girl is allowed to be angry and rude if a guy isn’t getting the message.

What do you all think?

This Is My Body