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blog post #6

29 Dec

http://thefbomb.org/2010/11/not-so-gleeful-whats-wrong-with-gqs-latest-shoot-2/

I didn’t think it was such a big deal when this magazine came out with the Glee characters on the cover. The mention of pedophile is completely out of the question considering all three of the people on the cover are over the age of 21. And why do people make such a big deal out of things like this? If they are ok with dressing this way and they are ok with dressing out of their Glee characters for this cover, then why does the media make such a big deal out of it? I personally don’t think it was such a smart decision, considering people relate to them as their Glee characters. But why are people making such a big deal out of it? Considering its for the cover of GQ, you had to make it sexy and make the females look that way. This magazine is focused of male readers and don’t expect to get children to read them. Why would a child be reading GQ anyways? It doesn’t make sense to me. If this picture of the Glee characters was on a different magazine, like People, then it would be inappropriate and uncalled for. People need to stop  making a bigger deal out of it than it really is. If they are ok with being portrayed this way, then who are we to judge them?

 

blog post #5

29 Dec

http://jezebel.com/5710629/why-do-straight-women-think-being-a-lesbian-is-easier

After reading this article, the first thing that comes to mind is how can someone really think being a lesbian is easier? And then I stop and think-wait, I’ve definitely had this conversation with my girlfriends before! Any time one of us has some kind of boy trouble the first thing we immediately say is “It would be so much easier if we were lesbian, cause then we could date each other!” We naturally assume that because we are girls and we know what we want or expect in our relationships that its got to be a whole lot easier than dealing a guy who is clearly from a whole other universe. What we don’t realize is that we are stepping onto a whole new level of problems. Same sex couples definitely get a whole lot more than they bargain for. Even though we would like to think we are in a broad-minded society where everyone is accepted-that isn’t really the way it is just yet. Lesbians and gays have to fight for things that we just assume everyone gets-equal rights.

blog post #4

29 Dec

http://thefbomb.org/2009/08/glamour-magazines-september-issue-gets-it-right/

I truly appreciated my curves after reading this about Lizzie Miller from the cover of Glamour magazine. Society doesn’t allow normal sized women to feel confident or sexy about themselves. Society makes women in today’s world feel like the models on magazine covers and the models that walk the runways are normal but those are the women that are actually not normal. The majority of women are not 6 feet tall and a size 0. Clothes are not even sold in stores for women of that size. Being curvy is what’s sexy. There are so many more celebrities in today’s world that are showing off their curves and showing everyone else to accept their body in any way or form. For example, J Lo, Beyonce, Kim & Khloe Kardashian are one of the sexiest celebrities right now and those girls are nowhere close to being a size 0. They are gorgeous, confident, successful young ladies and are doing a great job of increasing the acceptance of body image, just like Lizzie Miller did on the cover of Glamour magazine. They are inspirational. But the media and society needs to accept it too and not continuously criticize women with normal looking curves. The problem is that it’s the society and us readers that allow the magazines and media to criticize us and tell us what normal is and what normal isn’t. We are the only ones that can truly make a change.

 

Blog Post 6 – Survival of the Fittest

24 Dec

http://thefbomb.org/2010/12/survival-of-the-fittest/

I know I already blogged once about my experience and opinions on verbal harassment and cat-calling to women on the street, but this post I found on the fbomb brought up some interesting points for me. The blogger comments on how she can’t believe in post feminism because women must literalyl face street harassment every day, and it is a constant example of men’s power over women. She discusses how some of her friends find catcalling flattering, but every time she approaches a group of men she automatically feels self conscious of her breasts and thighs, like she shouldn’t be showing them. She discusses how even though the men on the street probably don’t put very much thought into it before they say things to women, the fact that they view a woman’s body as public property to comment on is scary and only makes you think about what they feel they can do on a more extreme level. Being catcalled is a constant reminder that a woman is being viewed only as a sex object, and is being reduced simply to the way she looks. The blogger goes on to talk about how catcalling has more to do with men maintaining their traditional power role, than sex. If they feel like they can say these things to a woman, and are above her, they reinforce this power dynamic. They can’t actually expect a date out of it, but by commenting on a woman’s body, they are saying she is only worth the way she physically looks, which makes them feel dominant. The writer wraps up the post and says verbal harassment is “yet another example of female sexuality being used to degrade and punish.” Catcalling and verbal assault is one of the main examples I see of women being degraded in every day life, so I found this post interesting and agreed with the writer’s points about male power being ingrained in our society.

Blog Post 3

23 Dec

http://teenage-feminist.blogspot.com/

On this blog, a post entitled “Operation Anti-discrimination” made me think about shopping and the discrimination that takes place in clothing stores. This girl blogs about how she hates the store Hollister, and how she is about to engage in an experiment with her friends, dressing up as different stereotypical shoppers at the mall. She will be dressing up as an overweight girl, wearing baggy sweats and no makeup, and entering a store she has strong opinions about. She states in the blog, that part of her, hopes that when she asks them if they have her size, they will try to help her without being rude and discriminatory, but part of her hopes they won’t.

As a college kid, I barely have the time or money to do shopping myself. I have a friend who is obsessed with designer brands and always wants to go to Louis Vuitton and Gucci, just to look around. I always feel really uncomfortable when we go in though, because for some reason I think it’s obvious I can’t afford anything, and am not wearing designer clothes myself. I’ve never been outright disrespected, but whenever we go in, I feel out of place and unwanted. This idea of discrimination in stores is interesting, since you’d think all they want to do is sell as many items as possible, but then there IS discrimination if you are not their ideal customer. I think for designer stores, this better than-thou attitude works because the clothes appear too good for just anyone to own, making their value go up.

Emily Stockdale

Blog Post #6

23 Dec

Survival of the Fittest

In the blog post “Survival of the Fittest” on F-Bomb it focuses on the violence towards women by men. this includes rape, hurt, intimidate or murder. But, she says that it not only includes all of those brutal acts but simply hollering out comments as a woman is walking down the street. It is the same thing and it is a way that a man is looking for power over women.

I completely agree with everything that the blogger is saying. It is all about power. Men feel that by demeaning women in whatever way they do that they are becoming more powerful from that. Like they are in control of you. And I also agree that even when you don’t know the man, just walking down the street out of the blue if they yell something out that is sexual harassment. Women are human beings just like men, they don’t want anyone making comments about them out of nowhere. Some women may find this flattering I find it very invasive and disgusting. Not only that, but it makes me feel uncomfortable, especially if they say vulgar remarks. And it is only men towards women. I wonder how men would react if women started screaming “owwww owwww! Look at that ass” as they walked by, they would probably be shocked!

The fact is that, women are more likely to be raped or sexually abused. It is something that all women constantly have to beware of and looking over their shoulder. It is completely unfair that just because women are generally weaker than men that they feel they can control us. It doesn’t make them powerful, it makes them cowards.

 

Blog Post #5

23 Dec

The Real Meaning of Marriage

In the blog post “The Real Meaning of Marriage” on Feminism/Popular Culture it focuses on exactly what the title says. The blogger is annoyed because she feels that weddings are being taken overboard by brides who are all about the wedding scene and what everything looks like. She read a blog about a beautiful wedding and seemed to be mocking it a bit. “Also, apparently, when talking weddings “old fashioned” is a good thing. “That is quite romantic and old-fashioned. It seems like veils covering the face at weddings have slowely (sic) been phased out – I still adore the sentiment!””

Although I agree with the blogger to some extent I think she needs to give a little bit of leeway to the wedding blogger. Weddings in the first place should be all about love. Why else would you be getting married? It is about the celebration of being able to spend the rest of your life with your partner and best friend. But, as a woman, this may be a stereotype but, yes, the day must be perfect. To the tee. Everything has to be exactly as the bride (and groom if he is that interested) envisions it. It is the most important day of a woman’s life and I don’t think it is wrong to take beauty even in something as small as the veil. Obviously, the love is the main beauty of a wedding. But the dress, scenery and atmosphere definitely add to it.