Category Archives: Gender Equality

Return Of Kings

I’m sure many of you know who Sophia Bush is, the actress that starred as Brooke Davis on the hit show One Tree Hill. Today on Twitter, she posted a link to an article about the Return of Kings. With us having discussed rape in todays class, I felt compelled to share the link with the rest of you.

The Return Of Kings is a community of men who “aim to usher the return of the masculine man in a world where masculinity is being increasingly punished and shamed in favor of creating an androgynous and politically-correct society that allows women to assert superiority and control over men”. You can read their full list of “community beliefs” here.

I personally don’t agree with any of their beliefs, but they have gained a lot of momentum this past year and have set out to recruit even more “masculine men” on February 6, 2016. They have managed to organize 165 meetings in 43 different countries, and are open to requests for hosting in cities not listed. I am aware of a few feminist groups that are planning to show up at the intended meeting locations hoping to bring public awareness to the controversial “pro-rape” and “anti-women” rhetoric. While these beliefs might not be threatening when privately practiced, this group continually publishes their beliefs online in hopes of expanding their followers.

Here is a list of a few posts:

8 Things That Make A Girl Stupid And Useless

Why You Should Avoid Women Who Claim Rape At All Costs

5 Simple Steps For Not Getting Raped

Women Should Not Be Allowed To Vote

I focused more on the group’s beliefs toward women, but the Return Of Kings have equally degrading posts about anything that does not meet their heterosexual male criteria.

Half The Battle, On Women In Combat

Thomas Hennessey

As Veteran’s day approaches (November 9) the discussion of women in combat heats up once again.  In this article Callie Crossley discusses why imagery of women serving is not seen all that often during Veteran’s day celebration despite it being well known that women serve right along side men. The author states that she recently searched Veterans on google only to find the all too common images, MEN carrying weapons or giving a patriotic salute. The reason being that women are currently disallowed from combat arms roles and the stereotypical image of a Veteran is one carrying a weapon rather than one who fulfill support roles.  Currently the former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Dunford believes based on a survey of women serving in combat roles in the Marine Corps that those Units had less unit cohesion than those who were made of males only.  This fact being recited despite the Secretary of the Navy currently not allowing the full report to be released.  The author is calling for google to allow more imagery of female veterans in its searches.

Commentary: Gender Pay Gap persists in 2014

“America’s gender pay gap is at a record low, but hold the celebration”

By: Heidi Hartmann

Summary: In this September 22 commentary published on, Heidi Hartmann the president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research critiques a recent U.S. Census Bureau report regarding the “gender pay gap”. Explaining that the recent findings are “not statistically significant” she offers a variety of measures that can be taken to decrease the pay disparity between men and women and result in the boost of the overall economy, as well as, reduce the number of families that live at or below the current poverty threshold in the United States.

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U.S. Census Report:

The “He for She” Initiative

Elizabeth Nyamayaro is a political scientist dedicated to improving conditions for women around the world. Currently, she is the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women. Additionally, she is the head of the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign.

In this TED talk, Ms. Nyamayaro talks about her childhood experiences growing up in Africa, enduring famines, and being sent away to the city for an education at the age of ten and where she first experienced and became aware of women’s inequality. Her childhood experiences were a foundation for her political activism in advocating for men and women to work together for a better world for all women.

The HeForShe initiative is a program that is proactive in its approach, advocating for women and men to work alongside one another to promote systemic changes at all levels (government, education, corporate) making global gender equality a reality.

Jimmy Carter speaks about the mistreatment of women being a human rights issue

Former US President, Jimmy Carter has long been an advocate and proactive in the equal treatment of women around the world. In this recent TED talk, he provides three main reasons for why he believes “the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights issue.”

The reasons he cites are: 1) the misinterpretation of scriptures by men; 2) excessive use of violence; and 3) “men don’t give a damn”

Mr. Carter highlights several global issues that negatively affect girls and women including: genital mutilation (FGM), infibulation, honor killings, human trafficking/slavery, prostitution, sexual assaults in the military, sexual assaults on university campuses in the US, and the gender wage gap.

At the end of this video, he calls for people to be proactive in protecting women and girls, globally.

Pop Star Identifies As Pansexual

Pop star Miley Cyrus recently revealed to several publications that she considers herself to be gender fluid and pansexual, claiming that she doesn’t label herself as neither boy nor girl and doesn’t limit herself to those labels when choosing romantic partners.

Pansexuality is not new, as experts say there have always been people who fall within the realm, but the term is unfamiliar to much of the public.  By opening up about her own intimate choices, Miley has opened the minds of many millennials and drawn the ire of many less open minded individuals.

Either way, she has at least brought awareness to a topic that we’ll certainly become more familiar with in the future.

I “just” wanted to point this out…

As students — many of whom will be scouring the job market for opportunities in the near future — we are often preoccupied with the written and spoken language that we use; not solely for the numerous research papers, essays and presentations we are responsible for producing over the course of our educational careers, but because we are aware of the value judgments people make about our dialect and our prose.

How many of you have dedicated an immense amount of time to making sure the carefully-crafted letters and e-mails you send to peers, colleagues and future employers are “just right” before pressing send? We check and double check spelling and grammar, we make sure we use tone that’s appropriate for the intended recipient, and we fire away. Whether we speak on the phone or in person, we tend to be more careful about the words we use because unlike written language — which we are typically free to edit until we are satisfied with the final result — there’s no “taking back” spoken words (or the inflection behind them) when you’re trying to quickly convey a message or attempting to prove yourself worthy to someone whose approval matters to you. We think about our word choices — some people even code-switch between the dialect they use naturally versus the dialect they use in a professional setting — and hope that we aren’t coming across in a way that misconstrues our intent or puts us at risk of negative evaluation.

However, have you ever considered that even the subtle, seemingly innocent word choices you make may be stripping your words of their full power?  Ellen Leanse thinks so.  In her latest article — It’s time to stop using ‘just’ in your writing and speaking (published today at and in its original version located at — Leanse charges women with using the word ‘just’ as “a ‘permission’ word.”

“The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was a “child” word, to riff Transactional Analysis. As such, it put the conversation partner into the “parent” position, granting them more authority and control. And that “just” didn’t make sense. … I began to notice that “just” wasn’t about being polite. It was a subtle message of subordination, of deference. Sometimes it was self-effacing. Sometimes even duplicitous. As I started really listening, I realized that striking it from a phrase almost always clarified and strengthened the message.”

Upon noticing the prevalence of the word “just” in the e-mails sent by women at her company, Leanse decided to conduct an informal experiment in which observers listened to a six-minute conversation between a man and a woman about their respective business startups — each had three minutes to speak — while the observers tallied the amount of times they each used the word “just.”  The man used it once; the woman used it either five or six times.  As Leanse states, this experiment was “not research: it’s a test that likely merits more inquiry.”  Until a formal experiment is conducted, I urge you to inquire within yourselves.

Look through your e-mails and text messages.  How often have you used the word “just” in an attempt to sound friendlier or non-demanding?  You may be unconsciously asking permission for your thoughts and words to be validated by others, which can diminish the impact behind them.  Ladies: it is time to stop diluting our convictions, our lofty goals, and our grandest plans with the constant use of what otherwise would continue to be considered an innocuous four-letter word in a sea of written and spoken communication.  I “just” thought you should be aware of your own authority and the power it holds when you wield it with confidence.  Laura Redman

does Stand Your Ground protect battered women?

Can Women Stand Their Ground? Depends On the Target.

Marissa Alexander was a battered woman who was trained to use a weapon, had a concealed carry permit, and had a court injunction against her husband. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at the ceiling – a shot that may have saved her life – and now may face 60 years in prison if prosecutor Angela Corey has her way. George Zimmerman killed a man and went free so why was Marissa Alexander also not allowed to stand her ground?

If SYG doesn’t adequately protect women experiencing intimate partner violence (like many supporters of the law suggest), what can we do to protect them?

– Lindsay

44 Stock Photos That Hope To Change The Way We Look At Women

I found this set of photos interesting, particularly because it shows women defying previous “cultural norms.” Women in these photos are seen and portrayed as doing tasks and occupations that men usually have done in the past.
There is one in particular that shows the contrast of the woman holding the baby and working and right beside it is a picture of the same woman with the man as the on-looker and holding the baby. This leads to the assumption that the man is actually the caretaker of the child and is thus a gender-role reversal.
Another photo that caught my eye is of a little girl who is in her ballet attire yet she is also holding a basketball. This shows that a woman can not only be good at more popular “man’s sport,” but also have an interest and mastery in a “woman’s sport.”  Amber Thomas

A Girl Like Me

Teenage filmmaker Kiri Davis created a short film about race and young women in America. She recreated the “doll test” that was used by Dr. Kenneth Clark to settle Brown vs. Board of Education. She documents the result in her 7 minute documentary.

This video reminded me of a time I was helping out with arts and crafts as part of a VBS style church ministry at the Boys and Girl’s club several years ago. My friends had dragged me there and I sat at a table with 10-20 children aged 5-10 years old not sure what to do. They were all coloring pages of a Bible-themed coloring book. The girl sitting beside me was maybe five or six years old, and black. She kept asking me what colors to use and if she had picked the right color. When she got to the skin color, she picked up a peach colored crayon and said, “this is the right color, right?” I was taken aback. I tried to explain that she could use whatever color she wished and that the disciples and characters in the Bible weren’t white anyway. Still, she chose the peach color because it was the “right” color.

How is that we are still teaching young women that the lighter skin is better than darker skin, that light-skinned means good, beautiful, pure, nice, etc?   Lindsay Cortwright

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