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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Surrogacy; crime against humanity?

15 Apr

Mary Pilcher-Cook; feminist extraordinaire! Except, is she? For starters, this Kansas Republican, responsible for the proposed bill SB 302, aims to impose a law that would fine ANYONE involved in surrogacy in the state of Kansas up to $10,000 and one year of imprisonment. That includes hospitals, agencies, surrogates and the surrogate parents. Reasons? Well the explanations seem viable, but inherently flawed. In a case of what seems like mortification, Pilcher-Cook decided to heroically take on the weight of all women and their reproductive organs, because she doesn’t want them to be commoditized and potentially exploited. As such, Pilcher-Cook claims that having the money to afford surrogacy or other means of IVF create and sustain the hegemonic socio-economic privilege system.
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Not Cool Walmart

14 Apr

As the nation’s largest retailer, second-largest corporation, and largest private employed (with 1.3 million workers), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Walmart) made headlines this past year at an unprecedented rate. And, all too often, those headlines revolved around Walmart’s infamously rampant questionable employment practices. According to Workplace Fairness, stories persist about Walmart’s wage law violations, inadequate health care, exploitation of workers, and the retailer’s anti-union stance. Altogether, some 5,000 lawsuits are filed against Wal-Mart each year, or roughly 17 suits per working day.

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“Being Positive”: A motto I embrace thanks to the Madison HIV/AIDS Alliance

14 Apr

AIDS: A topic that is not on the forefront of young minds, especially if they do not have the disease or personally know someone who is affected by it. Many people, young and old, assume that because they’re not gay, there is no way they can contract this disease. They may also think AIDS was only prevalent in the 80’s and 90’s and is somehow extinct today.

Well, I am guilty of having a blind eye towards this disease and the fact that it is very well existent among many people today. However, on Monday, April 7th, the Madison HIV/AIDS Alliance hosted an event that opened my eyes in a way I didn’t expect it to.

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Missouri lawmaker compares getting an abortion to buying a new car or re-carpeting

13 Apr

During a recent hearing, a bill’s sponsor Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger made his case by drawing on his suggestion that decisions about ending a pregnancy need to be considered for the same amount of time as decisions about purchasing a car or remodeling a home  The Missouri legislature is considering an ultrasound bill that would triple the waiting period before having an abortion in the state of 72 hours (3 days). In order to explain the intent behind his bill, Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (R) recounted a personal story about recent decisions that involved big purchases. He said that he recently visited a car lot and didn’t purchase a car immediately, and that he took a month to decide about whether to install new carpet in his home. Bk5MetvCAAEaTZZ Continue reading

Sunday Night Spotlight

13 Apr

Covering Dove’s and Veet’s terrible marketing strategies, femme invisibility, selfies, and more.  Check out what our bloggers want YOU to read this fine Sunday evening!

Bestlittlelion92:   Kirsten Dunst is “bringing it on” in her latest comments talking about gender and the absence of femininity.

Cpowell92 is horrified at some of these attempts at a selfie. Have we gone too far when it comes to taking pictures of ourselves??

XenaWarriorPrincess: “Being ‘attractive’ or ‘sexy’ is not the ultimate goal. Being happy in my skin is.”​ Read an inspiring post from a young feminist that opens up about her body-image problems, and how she overcame.    Continue reading

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