I Wear Old Spice and I am a Girl

18 Apr

So I had a date recently and I noticed he was wearing Old Spice. I told him that I have been wearing the same deodorant since my freshmen year of high school, granted I also wear perfume as well. I went on to tell my date that I love the smell of Old Spice and I also feel that it is more of an effective deodorant. He thought it was very strange that I wore a deodorant that is specifically designed for men. But I know so many women who wear Old Spice and I actually began to wear it too because so many girls in my high school were using it as their choice deodorant. In addition I know that many women buy men’s clothes including myself, but many men do not buy products that are “strictly” for women. But seriously just because I am a girl who uses men’s deodorant doesn’t make me weird. Why should people have such a stigma?

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Quick Hit: Sexual Assault is Normal?!?

18 Apr

As the title states, sexual assault has actually been viewed as normal by young girls! A recent study interviewed 100 young people between the ages of 3 and 7. One of the interview subjects stated “They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s okay, I mean … I never think it’s a big thing because they do it to everyone.” NO!!! THAT IS SO NOT CORRECT! What is happening to some of these girls that they actually believe sexual violence is normal?!

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College Football Star: Inadequate Rape Investigation

17 Apr

A freshman of Florida State University claimed to be sexually assaulted by star Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. As she gave her account to the police, several bruises began to appear, indicating recent trauma. Tests would later find semen on her underwear. sexualassault

Three weeks after Mr. Winston was publicly identified as the suspect, the storm had passed. The local prosecutor announced that he lacked the evidence to charge Mr. Winston with rape. The quarterback would go on to win the Heisman Trophy and lead Florida State to the national championship. Continue reading

Quick Hit: The Illusionists Teaser

17 Apr

The idea of a documentary exposing the beauty industries deep, dark secrets is not necessarily a new concept. Neither is the idea that these secrets and tricks deceive the public (mainly women) into believing in an unattainable, ideal body type. What is a relatively new concept, is the idea that the Western beauty standards are being forced onto other cultures. The Illusionists is a documentary that aims to explain this phenomenon in more detail, as well as uncover the detrimental consequences.

 

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Quick Hit: Target’s Photoshop Fail

17 Apr

It’s pretty much widely recognized that every beauty or fashion merchandise advertisement is airbrushed and photo-shopped to some extent. I mean, its sad that our society still thinks that’s somehow okay to do, especially since its false advertisement when you change someone’s facial appearance and body image in order to sell something. But unfortunately all we can do is recognize that it’s fake and those people do not look like that in person; they look like actual human beings, flaws and all.

A great example of these unrealistic advertisements is the semi-recent scandal from Target. They were caught a little while ago,with a horrifically photo-shopped image of a model advertising a bathing suite from the juniors department; her arms were elongated to end at her knee and her crotch was cropped so that she could have a much more predominant thigh-gap. Here are the actual pictures from Target’s online-shopping website:

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Quick Hit: Reppin’ the Female Sports Fans

16 Apr

Just yesterday I came across an article on Buzzfeed called “11 Things You Should Understand About Female Sports Fans” and opened it almost immediately. The title appealed to me for two pretty simple reasons: 1) Sports are very important to me, and 2) I’m a female. As a female sports fan, I often find myself being held to entirely different standards than men in order to “prove” I’m even a “real fan.”

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Quick Hit: Why Mindy Kaling is “Kaling” You Out  

15 Apr

Mindy Kaling is a ridiculously successful actress, comedian, screenwriter, director, and producer. She is best known for her roles as “Kelly Kapoor” on NBC’s The Office and “Mindy Lahari” on Fox’s sitcom, The Mindy Project.  This exceedingly influential woman has reached an incredible level in her career in just a few years. Her quickly rising success, however, is not the only thing that is making a splash. Kaling is wonderfully unafraid of speaking her mind—when something rubs her the wrong way, you can bet your bottom dollar she is going to let you know.

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My Size Is Not Up For Discussion

15 Apr

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words could definitely kill me. As a communications major, this is the saying that I go by. Words hurt, worse than any kind of physical pain I have ever felt.

“Wow, I bet you can really throw her around.” –An actual statement that was said to my ex-boyfriend by one of his friends. I was sitting right there. What did I say? Nothing. I said nothing. I was so shocked that he could even say something like that upon first meeting me and I felt so awkward, uncomfortable and self-conscious that I couldn’t even formulate a comeback. This is something I have had to deal with countless times since. I decided to compile a few of the many comments I’ve gotten over the years into a list so I can expose this phenomenon.

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Re-defining Masculinity

15 Apr

Hello my beautiful bloggers!

On this dreary and rainy Tuesday I want to address the importance of re-defining masculinity. In our society, gender roles are culturally biased ideas that dictate a person’s societal role, depending on their biological sex. Normally, I would willingly discuss the restrictions behind   the female gender role, however, today I want to delve into the negative implications of the male gender role. Gender roles affect both sexes negatively. They’re constrictive, binding, and harmful. Masculinity is as Tony Soprano describes ” Gary Cooper: the strong, silent type”, obviously if you’re a Sopranos fan, you’ll know this type never worked for Tony as a mob boss ( i.e. panic attacks, passing out, etc). In reality, this restrictive gender role rarely works out for any male because it denies them the ability to be emotional, sensitive, silly, and nonviolent.

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Girls vs Boys: Are they that different?!

15 Apr

Recently, it has come to my attention that I tend to over analyze many aspects about guys and what they may or may not be thinking. HA! Who am I kidding, I have always known this about myself but it has become more apparent as I talk to different guys and try and start relationships with them (ya know since you are apparently supposed to have a husband as you graduate from college). I know many women are in the same boat since many of us are told how we read into every little word or action made by a man. Many of us women are always thinking “well what does that mean” or “I wonder why he said that.” At least, this is the case for me. I have had numerous conversations with my friends about why a guy said what he said or what it could mean that he decided to remain silent about a certain topic etc…And then, my aunt sent me this email…

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