Trigger Warning: Content includes profanity, and discussion of violence against women.
After this week’s recent report that Nicki Minaj deleted her Twitter account after several songs were exposed before the official scheduled release, I thought it only appropriate to review her latest album “Roman Reloaded” and see what all the hype is about. “Pink Friday Roman Reloaded” comes as a sequel to Minaj’s chart topping prior album “Pink Friday,” which included multi-platinum hits such as Super Bass. Minaj is known for being an artist that pushes the envelope, between her eccentric dress, risque lyrics, and controversial award show performances, she’s undeniably an original musician. However, as a female rap/pop artist in an industry dominated by men, the question remains to be asked: does Nicki Minaj promote misogyny or promote an over-sexualized image of women? Continue reading
I recently came across a quiz in Cosmopolitan that inspired this week’s myth-busting post. The quiz gave a series of questions ultimately leading the reader to discover whether she liked it hard, gentle or a mix of both in the bedroom. I gave the survey some thought, and after doing a tad bit of research, decided to de-bunk this myth once and for all. Continue reading
With the onset of spring, comes that glorious warm weather that makes us all want to be in the sun, particularly by the pool or shore. However, as I’m highly anticipating those wonderful poolside days, I can’t help but feel myself picking at my body and wishing it were thinner, slimmer, more structured than it is. I have never been overweight, but have also never felt satisfied with the way I look. With the frustration level rising, I have to wonder if other women experience this to the same ridiculous level.
This week, my topic literally stared me right me in the face. Makeup. I recently had several conversations with girl friends (and guy friends too) to discuss the issue with cosmetics, or the lack thereof. Continue reading
Today in my European History class, the topic of women in politics came up, as we were discussing an upcoming lecture by a controversial female conservative speaker. One student brought up an extremely frightening statement that he had overheard, noting that people were referring to her as a feminist guest speaker, which she clearly and deliberately is NOT. The discussion then moved to the fact that JMU in the past has hosted several conservative female lecturers that have been exceptionally “out of touch” with the goals and purpose of the feminist movement. While I find myself rather frustrated with women silencing/ inhibiting the rights of their fellow ladies, I find myself agreeing with a statement another male student made in class about conservative female politicians taking most of the heat as the “stupid” or “idiot” candidates.
I happen to be a very big fan of the royal family, from the Kings and Queens of medieval times, to William and Kate in the present, I am relatively fascinated by those seated in the monarchy. I was one of the millions of devoted followers to watch the “Wedding of the Century” on television last April, and as the one year anniversary approaches, I can’t help but consider the pressures Kate has to deal with as a newly minted royal. One aspect that I’ve paid particular attention to is the discussion of her virginity.
I am currently a college senior, preparing myself for these last few weeks of school before the “real world,” and I can’t help but consider feminism as I embark on the hunt for a career. It seems to me, that lately the only jobs I feel super qualified for, are the assistant positions. While it’s a slightly different world these days, it makes me wonder, if life today is really so different from the Mad Men era of women as secretaries, while the men do the big jobs. I live in close proximity to New York City and want so badly to “do it big” with a dream job fresh out of college. I have worked very hard these last few years to market myself and be a competitive candidate and still, the only positions I think I may have a chance at, seem to be the clerical ones. Now, when considering this alone, it’s not really all that upsetting. When viewing it on a gendered basis, it then becomes an issue.
I recently did a presentation on female genital mutilation, and thought it would be a good idea to post about a topic so few are informed about. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure that’s performed on women in three major forms. Clitodirectomy consists of the removal of the clitoris, while excision requires the removal of the clitoris and surrounding labia. Lastly, infibulation is the most severe of the three with the removal of the clitoris, labia and stitching of the vagina, leaving a very small opening. The equivalent of infibulation for a male would be cutting off the entire penis and a portion of the scrotum. Female genital mutilation is often performed without anesthesia and in unsanitary conditions.