This is a very interesting article about the attire of modern on-air news women. The article claims (rightly) that female news casters are trending toward showing more skin. This is a tactic that (as the article mentions) foxnews has always taken with their female on-air personalities. What struck me as the most interesting in this article mainly focused on women bearing their arms as a sign of their personal control and commitment to excellence, was this:
“A 2010 study found that the sexier the female anchor, the less men retain of what she says. They literally see instead of hear her. Rachel Maddow has said this is why she maintains a “conveyor belt of gray blazers,” in order to look the same for every broadcast.
“Don’t focus on what I’m wearing,” Maddow says. “Focus on what’s coming out of my face.”
If there is a connection between men NOT hearing what a woman news reporter is saying and her wardrobe, isn’t the heightened sex appeal we are seeing on TV detrimental to over overall society? Male newscasters have had the exact same wardrobe since the dawn of television (Suit, Dress Shirt, Tie, glasses optional). Is the sexualization of news personalities just undermining women’s ability and credibility in these prestigious and highly important roles?
Dan Robert’s article discusses a speech President Obama gave today at a conference of about 1000 people for Planned Parenthood. Obama criticized lawmakers of attempting to take women’s rights back to the 1950′s by attacking abortion laws and Planned Parenthood. The president stressed that the decision for women’s rights to choices and freedom concerning their bodies were determined 40 years ago, so states and lawmakers shouldn’t be trying to turn the clocks back. He specifically stated that no politician should get to decide what is best for women. Obama went on to praise Planned Parenthood for the education, support and, services it provides for women across the country, vowing that the centers are not going anywhere.
France makes history today by becoming the 14th country to pass a same sex marriage bill. The bill legalizes marriage and allows same sex couples to adopt children. The bill should become law in the summer and France will join the thirteen other countries that offer same sex marriage. Way to go France!! I sincerely hope in light of the countries who have passed legislation in the last few years, the United States will get its act together and the senate will vote appropriately on Prop 8 and DOMA.
You might be interested in this link — and it is coming from our own state and educational system:
The gist of this HuffPost blog is about self-perception, and who decides such perception. One would assume the term “self” implies the inner being as the central giver of affirmation. But, in fact, no matter how much confidence or assurance a woman might possess, her perception comes from and is reinforced by peers, strangers, images in the media, etc. This particular blogger takes notice of a Dove commercial intending to promote authentic beauty. But, the commercial gets it wrong. It, instead, mistakingly glorifies peer perception when a woman is asked to describe herself to an artist for the purpose of sketching a portrait. After this, an onlooker describes this same woman to the artist. When the portraits are revealed, it turns out the onlooker’s perception is “more beautiful.” But, asserting a “more beautiful” portrait begs the question, what is more beautiful? In fact, how do we define attractiveness? Is it a smaller nose, is it perfectly proportioned eyes, and naturally rosy lips? When the Dove commercial asked for assistance from an onlooker, it open a spaced for judgement, and the opportunity to take another’s opinion into the account of self-perception. The blogger argues that women’s images will have made progression when they are able to look in the mirror and say “I look beautiful” just as easily as they say “I look like a slop.”
Brittney Griner, the number 1 draft pick for the NBA and all american from Baylor University has come out as a lesbian. Griner is 6’8″ tall, a great basketball player, and has been in the spot light since she started college. Her big message to young kids is to be who you are, and live an authentic life. The HRC applauds Giner for being open and honest, and wanting to bring attention to the plight of LGBTQ youth.
Faiza Elmasry’s article discusses the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, and the impact that the book and Women’s Rights Movement has had since it’s publication. The article explains the Friedan published the book in 1957 after attending her 15th college reunion , and learning that many of her female classmates were unhappy with their lives. These women had good husbands, nice homes, and beautiful families, so why were they unhappy? Friedan decided that she needed to articulate this feeling of being unfulfilled so she attempted to publish it as an article. When it was rejected by all journals, she instead turned it into a book. That book ended up awakening a generations of women, and helped propel the second wave of feminism. The article then goes on to discuss how real life women have been influenced by this book and movement. Stephanie Ortoleva is an human and women rights activist that read the book in the 70′s as a law student. She speaks of how even though her school was progressive, women still had to work harder to be noticed and thus the book spoke to her generation. She feels women have made a lot of strides since the time it was published but still have a far way to go. She also discusses how feminism really has begun to move forward on the global scale. The president of Washington DC’s NOW chapter, Susan Mottet says she thinks the younger generation is still involved in this movement, utilizing new avenues to spread their message such as social media. The younger generation had a somewhat differing opinion. 23 year olfd grad student Katayoun Kishi said she and her friends don’t consider themselves feminists because she thinks they don;t face the same discrimination as the women who came before them. How do you feel about the movement? Do you think it has made great strides? Do you think it is important for the younger generation to still identify as feminist? Do we still have far to go?
Per our discussion in class (Tuesday)– regarding women who have come forward arguing they are not fulfilled by children and unhappy with their life — I found this article. With so much pressure to embody the Western ideals of Superwoman- the mother, wife, working woman, and social butterfly, it makes much sense why women are not feeling whole when the priority focus is on motherhood. In this HuffPost piece, Jen Kirkman goes against the grain, and opts out of the normative fulfillment of womanhood. She addresses the notion that many women who do not yearn for children have. It is the suggestion that maternal instincts will kick in and nature will run its gendered course to push her into her rightful space as caretaker. She also explores the idea of dreams and the role of motherhood within those dreams, as well as how women feel achievement is only accomplished when the rearing of a child is in course. She also addresses the non-paternal instincts of her counterpart and the internal and external forces it took to come to terms with what fulfillment and wholeness really means.
Being a whole woman is not defined by material assets, accomplishments on a resume, or even the people in your most intimate space. Being a woman is defined by the singular person that lives (not exists) when no one is around to cast judgement on happiness, and outside forces are unwelcome to assess the return on material investments.
Fans of the recently popular comedian Louis CK won’t be surprised that his article talks about how he was caught up in another scandal (accidentally) involving another comedian Daniel Tosh making light of rape. Louis CK is actually relatively progressive.
Apparently in his new HBO special (I haven’t seen, but hope to watch) he’s quoted during a bit about dating in the article saying “How do women still go out with guys, when you consider that there is no greater threat to women than men? We’re the number one threat to women! Globally and historically, we’re the number one cause of injury and mayhem to women.” A moment later he adds, speaking for all men, “You know what our number one threat is? Heart disease.”
I thought this was an interesting comparison of men as the female version of heart disease. I don’t think that’s true necessarily, but maybe that’s how “feminist thought” is perceived in broader society? Thoughts?
This article is about a restaurant in Houston that posted a sign that compared beer to domestic violence. Their sign said, “Beer should be like violence: domestic.” It took less than 10 minutes for people to show their outrage on the internet. The sign made light of a very serious problem and it was in bad taste, to say the least. The restaurant then replaced the sign with one that said, “Seriously, focus your energy on equal rights.” This made people even angrier because it was if they were making light of the damaged that they did with their first sign. One person said, “”Seriously, focus your energy on equal rights” in response to the second sign. Finally they made a sign that said, “Sorry a million times over Houston.” What do you think of comparing domestic violence and beer? Do you think that the damage done in the first sign was sufficiently covered by the second? I am curious to know your thoughts!
Restaurant criticized for sign comparing beer and domestic violence