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OH HAI
January 5, 2010, 10:31 pm
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Soon I will resume regular blogging schedule, this hiatus was somewhat unplanned and out-of-hand!

Until then…

via MTLB



STOP STUPAK
December 4, 2009, 6:55 am
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Had a crazy, amazing, empowering, exciting, validating, long day yesterday!

Check out the posts I wrote about it, and look out for more!
Sex.Justice.Change – All about the day!
Conscious Media – Some questions that were raised



Damn, girl
November 23, 2009, 6:43 am
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The past few days, I have found myself saying “Damn, girl!” randomly, not entirely sure what made me say it. I knew it was from a song, but couldn’t figure out why I knew it or what it was.

Last night I was at party, and I found it:

The song is damn catchy, and it’s super fun to dance to, but the lyrics are sickening (why is this such a trend in the top-40?):

I’m tryna find the words to describe this girl without being disrespectful

Dam you’se a sexy bitch – Damn, girl!

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, and I’m not. It is Akon, after all. But he’s actively trying NOT to be disrespectful! But all this comes down is being “Nothing you can compare to your neighborhood whore”

Sigh.



Jim Beam – Puppies!
October 30, 2009, 3:21 am
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Men – we know you are lazy bums! But women will fall for anything, so it’s ok! For further examples, see every Valentine’s Day commercial.



Been a while
October 29, 2009, 6:53 pm
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It’s not that there hasn’t been anything to write about, I just haven’t had any time! This semester is eating me alive! I’ve been thinking about a post on Luna bars and Clif bars, and I’m fleshing out some thoughts about Christie Hefner speaking at Newhouse…

But I’ve been thinking a little bit about something someone said to me recently – that finding sexist advertisements is not hard, that I’m not doing anything new. He then proceeded to tell me that there’s more to life than gender issues, and that I should be thinking about war and poverty – and global capitalism and whatnot. When I explained how feminism isn’t just women complaining about sexist ads, or pay inequality – how could I major in that? I explained that I took transnational feminist studies last semester – we talked the entire semester about how poverty is gendered, how sweatshops affect women, how America’s presence in the world, and orientalism all affect women…How could someone honestly think that capitalism doesn’t get talked about in gender studies classes? I mean, I know this person doesn’t read feminist literature or blogs the way I do, and is woefully uneducated about the tenets of feminism, but really?

And then, in my COM class – race gender and the media! – we talked about how feminism is framed in the mass media – as negative, useless, and most of all, trivial. And this comes up in WGS classes too – doesn’t it makes sense why people (namely people who aren’t getting this info from feminist sources) would think feminism is trivial? Those people aren’t going to get involved – and they’re going to try to make feminists feel bad about what they care about. It’s not nearly that simple, but if you take a step back, it seems very convenient and simple how those representations can work to keep feminism repressed.

And that all comes back to my last post – how most of the comments said things along the lines up “suck it up,” “stop looking for problems just to harp on them” and “you’re reading too far into this.” instead of…thoughtful responses. And the person who recently told me that I should be focusing on “more important” issues than feminism was doing that exact same thing – using that understanding of feminism to make me seem petty and trivial.

I know that things like the “SU Orangemen chant” aren’t really at the top of anyone’s list of priorities – but if nobody thinks it’s a big deal, isn’t that more of a reason why it should be scrutinized? If everyone just lets things like language go unnoticed and uncriticized, that means those are the deepest set norms! And I’m not going to stop thinking about those little things – because those are the things we can change – easily!

Learning about the framing of feminism is important – because it leaves me more able to handle criticism – because I know where people are coming from, where they’re getting their ideas, what they’re trying to do, and why they’re wrong.

 



SU ORANGEblank
September 24, 2009, 2:41 am
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“It’s great (uh huh) to be (oh yeah) an SU Orangeman…”

SU2That’s what they say, at least. And it IS great, especially when they win! But the problem is that I ain’t no orangeMAN.

Whether you like it or not, the team is no longer the orangemen (or orangewomen, for that matter). And they haven’t been since 2004. That’s right! 5 years!

We are the orange. You know why? Because we don’t need to bring the gender binary into the stands, when it’s already so enforced on the turf! And you know what? We don’t need it in the band – an organization that I like in large part because of it’s lack of gender differentiation.

And furthermore, I don’t want some “uh huh’s” and “oh yeah’s.” I want to cheer! I don’t want to just be the echo to all the big strong manly men who begin this chant. Because I’m more than that!

So I think it’s about time to retire this cheer, and come up with something more egalitarian and less enforcing of the binary and gender roles. And if you think I’m overreacting, and you’re tired of my feminist bullshit, I don’t care! And I’m gonna continue to yell the “male” part and change “Orangemen” to “Oooorange” until we come up with something better.



MTV VMAs
September 14, 2009, 2:56 am
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Does anyone else think it’s strange that we still have separate categories for “best female video” and “best male video?”

When I watch a video, I don’t think to myself “this is a good video….for a GIRL!!” Does anyone have that outlook? Does anyone actually judge videos differently because they are featuring a male or female artist? How many times is the artist actually responsible for the content and execution of the video?

Or is it just a ploy to make the VMAs longer or something? Can anyone shed some light on this? And where can I complain about it?