Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
However, for my honors thesis, I created and conducted a survey about the effects of insulin pump usage on female self-esteem and body image. I used my diabetes blog to recruit interview participants. I was WOWED by the results. I was stressing about finding 15 women to participate. I ended up getting over 30 responses for women asking for my survey in less than 24 hours.
This showed me the true potential of the internet to bring people (and in my case specifically diabetic females) together. Additionally, it proved one of the points of this class: The women took the initiative to create media online which advanced their individual level of self-empowerment. Many of the women write their own blogs, or use diabetes blogs as a way of connecting. They found my blog and reached out to me. I spoke to women all over the U.S. and Canada, and they all told me intimate details of their lives.
I finally finished my final draft today, and hopefully I will submit it for publication (not sure where yet). But I could not have done this with out my technological competencies, and the compassion and knowledge of women like myself.
HOWEVER, although I have not embraced these new tools as quickly as I expected to, reading all the texts of this semester and getting involved with activism online has grown my trust in a 'seed to sapling' kind of way. I am so very encouraged by other women's struggles and successes in this same area of fear and trust. Perhaps even more inspiring is to see and read over and over and over again about all these women and girls online who have enacted major change, fought or created policy and law, and mobilized mass amounts of people in the name of justice, freedom, autonomy, and rights for women. In such a politically charged time as we are in, it is a huge comfort for me to know that actions are taken- and taken swiftly via the internet, social networks, blogs, and the like. This was a great piece from Ms. Magazines blog that really drove home the political influence of digital media on women and girls and how it is truly empowering if we use it rightly. I always thought I was not fearful at all about putting myself "out there", but discovering the fears, uprooting them, and following the lead of women enacting a "shift of consciousness" by using media has encouraged me to continue to "grow" and strengthen MY online voice and connect to others who wish to do the same :)
With that said, I get updates from Ms. Magazine's blog and this was one that I had to share with all of you. Capitalization ans commodification of girl's and women's bodies is not new, as this blog post points out, but using stripping "techniques" to gain "likes", sell clothing, and increase traffic to the companies FB page is really inappropriate! Please read the blog and either report them to FB as they DO violate the terms of FB (the blog points out) and /or call the company and demand they stop this advertising campaign that is ultimately hurting girls.
This is the impression I get, anyway, from people who talk about us. But the main thing I see in the way people consider my generation is the idea that we're all hooked up to tvs and video games 24/7. We can only shop online, we have hundreds of "friends" but never go out. Let me put this straight: that's not true.
I still have "real" friends, using the term in the sense that we see each other at least once a week. I am a master at the face to face conversation because I work at a customer service oriented job and I'd be fired if I couldn't talk to people.
This is what some people in my generation feel about tv:
And some people use new media to develop personal brands:
so maybe we aren't a super generation. But, honestly, my grandparents didn't get kicked out of school for protesting the war. They probably didn't know what they were going to do with their lives either. So let's not pretend like we need to have it together at 21. Nobody really does.
One of my professor's showed this to my class the other day.
It's a "critique" on Beyonce's song "Who run the world". If you haven't seen it, it's good... take a look!
I don't agree with Romney. In the words of Michelle Obama "Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected." Regardless of how he meant it, his statement that women should "have the dignity of work" makes it seem that stay at home mothers are just living in paradise and are not working because it is not outside the home, once again making housework seem trivial and unimportant.
This woman is NOT very intelligent, clearly. However, what kind of a partner, friend, or decent human being would post a video like this? The answer is: a misogynistic jerk! Videos like this belittle and demean women. I find it annoying that so many people, let alone women, find this funny. I feel deeply sorry for Chelsea. I hope that some day she realizes how demeaning this video is.
One of the other concerning aspects of this video is that is makes this kind of lack of intelligence "cute" and funny. It sends a message to young girls that being stupid is cute and funny and socially acceptable. Its yet another example of systeming misogyny, but even with that being said...it should not be socially acceptable to be more concerned with what your head looks like than the intellectual content inside your head. It should not be socially acceptable to post videos like this online either.
If only feminism spread as easily as ignorance.
There is no simple answer to this. It is what it is. Some people are considered "prettier" than others. I can only imagine how much worse this is for teenage girls. The pressure to be beautiful is extreme. When girls naturally (or not so naturally) fit the beauty ideal, I don't think they deserve to be bullied, ostracized, or outcast by other girls. I also find it disgusting that "beautiful" women get more free stuff for being beautiful.
This, again, boils down to a problem in society. Beauty, not brains, is what is ultimately rewarded for women. This has got to change.
This article by Nicholas Kristof highlights how girls are trafficked by pimps and what we can do to change things...http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/kristof-where-pimps-peddle-their-goods.html
Saturday, April 14, 2012
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I feel like it is an anti-choice bandwagon that people are jumping on left and right! Please join me in contacting your local representatives to STOP this antiquated bill that puts girls in danger of getting illegal, unsafe, or having no access to abortions if they need /choose... (it is also a Floridian woman who introduced this law again: . Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.))
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Friday, April 13, 2012
The JennyCam shut down in 2004 after an eight year run for Jenny. So I was curious to see if anyone out there was brave enough to have a camera on in their life 24/7 in 2012. Well, I typed in Camgirls in the Google search engine. And what came back was rather shocking, or maybe not shocking, maybe expected in this day and age. There were 72,200,000 cam girl web sites listed! And almost every single one of them was for Porn!
So the age of innocence of the web cam is, has been obviously, over for a long time. The plethora of porn cam sites was overwhelming. How can any one person make any money at their cam site with 72 million sites to choose from? Jenny Ringley was a media sensation as she was not about porn, she was about real life. It is a shame to see that this part of the internet, the cam sites, has been reduced to total smut. And even if I did want to have a 'normal' life web cam, I would not want it listed with 72 millions porn sites! Could you imagine telling your friends to Google search for your web cam site and they being inundated with massive amounts of porn before they could find your nice site?
In an interview she gave at the height of her popularity, Jennifer Ringley told ABC news that she wanted to show people that what we see on TV--people with perfect hair, perfect friends, perfect lives-- is not reality. I'm reality.(Senft, 2008) And yes Jenny showed people that life is sometimes, most of the time, pretty boring. Not much really happens to us all the time. Sitcoms on TV make it seem like we have to be doing something all the time; entertaining friends, talking on the phone, getting dressed to go out, but never really being alone. Real life was in the JennyCam. Life is boring and it seems most of us are happy with our boring lives. I just wanted to say thank you to JennyCam for sharing her life with the world and showing us all that we too are indeed pretty normal.
Senft, T. M. (2008). Camgirls. (Vol. 4, p. 16). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc,.
This website is called Fuel for Writing. This page is an excellent source of information if you have ever thought of writing any of your own fan fiction. The writer goes on to give tips on how to write good fan fiction, how to rate your fan fiction (ratings are important so that they younger people who read fan fiction do not get more than they bargained for!), and how you may feel about the praise or criticism you may receive from readers. I am not a fan fiction writer and I never knew anything like fan fiction existed until I took this course!
I peeked at a Hunger Games fan fiction site and was astonished to find 13,945 fan fiction entries on just one site! I looked a couple of the entries however, not having finished the final book of the Hunger Games, I will return after I know how the story ends to read some of the fan fiction stories. I can see how, after a series is over, that a fan could hunger for more story; more story that the original writer never intended on adding to the series. This is where fan fiction comes in! One can immerse themselves in hundreds and thousands of fan fiction stories about their favorite characters or other characters and still enjoy the story line.
I personally find fan fiction an interesting outlet for writers young and old! And there was not gender placed on who can write fan fiction in the article. Check this out if you think you might want to indulge in fan fiction! Or maybe you already do!
I found this online site BizCommunity.com which is a daily industry news site. This particular posting was very interesting in that it related to the readings this week in Instant Identity Chapter 5, and Girl Wide Web 2.0 Chapter 13. This sited talks about the different ways that the businesses can increase their business in the coming year(s) according to the changing habits of the consumers; the consumers being the youth market.
I found the marketing plan, Number 2, to put the brands in the games that are downloaded and played on the smart phones a rather interesting way to sell products. Luckily, we can purchase the game app and get rid of all the marketing because it is so irritating! I do not purchase any products I see through a smart phone game! Who is buying these products through these outlets to make the businesses want to continue with this extremely irritating marketing? This type of in your face while I am playing my game marketing just makes me take not of the product and NOT ever buy from that company! Does anyone else feel the same way about those type of ads?
Please read the 12 ways companies are planning on, or already doing, new marketing strategies for the youth market. Number 7 is good as that companies are realizing that what they are saying must be relevant or it will just "drive the youth away". The only good thing I saw was in Number 12; that more jobs will need to be created to keep up with the every changing youth market in advertising! That would be a plus!
As we have studied this semester, culture and media production by girls is largely overlooked and undervalued. This article from the “The New York Times” by Douglas Quenqua explores the idea of language development by girls. Girls and young women are acknowledged to be creators of trends in linguists that will become adopted by the population at large. Often dismissed as “immature or even stupid” and “cute”, vocal trends such as peppering sentences with “like”, are more “sophisticated” mechanisms that add nuance to communication. The ubiquity of the trends has been studied and interestingly, among older participants, men used them the most.
Well..let's check out the merriam-webster.com definition: "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes."
Is it just me, or does that sound exactly like what the people who were saying, "I'm not a feminist but..." seemed to be saying that they believe? Feminism gets a bad reputation, because it is so largely misunderstood. There are so many kinds of feminism, but at its core the majority of feminist beliefs are based in a theory of equality. And since this is the case, most people who say that they aren't feminists (if they believe in equality between/among genders) actually are.
There are, however various forms of feminism. (Liberal, radical, global, Marxist, Women of Color, etc.) So for the feminists who read this blog, how do YOU identify?
To learn more about the various types of feminism, click here!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
There is a great documentary just recently released on DVD, that deals directly with girls and the media called Miss Representation. You can find the trailer at http://vimeo.com/18985647. I also found a wonderful Q&A with the director, http://entertainment.time.com/2012/04/10/miss-representation-doc-director-on-why-the-media-still-hates-women/, where she discusses the ongoing problem with the view of women in the media.
This is a very important film for all women and young girls to see, because it deals directly with the portrayal of women in the media and how it effects young girls. It is amazing to see how still women have to fight these overly sexual and degrading images of women that is being forced upon us by a patriarchal society. Join the fight to empower women. Watch this film and make sure to visit there site at http://www.missrepresentation.org/.
Loved this post from Kate Conner. I honestly think these are things that all teenage girls need to hear.
A lot of college age girls, and younger too, I'm sure, use the word to greet their friends, and use it as a sort-of compliment.
Ex: "You're hair is so beautiful, you're such a bitch!"
While it may not be harmful in that context, it could turn into something harmful. In my opinion using the term so loosely gives other people to use the word for other meanings, and that's not good.
ABC has a new show called "Don't Trust The Bitch in Apartment 23" that aired last night. I was curious about the ratings and if viewers found the somewhat dark content humorous and I found a few articles that I thought some others in the class might be interested in.
Does anyone think that having a show like this on TV might encourage younger girls to actually act this way?
In this article, teen girls going to proms this year are wanting to wear skimpy scandalous dresses. The parents and the schools are trying to crack down and say no to dresses that are showing too much cleavage, with slits up to thighs, and extremely low cut in the back. It seems these teen girls are wanting to dress like the 'Dancing With The Stars' female dancers!
The teens are saying that this is their one night to break the school rules and to dress how they would like to look beautiful for the prom. So why has beauty gone to showing breasts, hips, backs, and thighs? It seems the more we try to help young girls respect themselves we are overrun by the medias ideaof how a woman should dress. It is sad that young girls today are thinking the only way they can look pretty is to show off as much skin as possible. If you could only see my prom dresses from 1975 and 1976!! lol
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
that reveals photos of what models really look like. It is not surprising the unrealistic expectations that girls are forced to live up to, when they only see photo shopped pictures of models that are only a small percentage of women. I hope that other countries take a page out of Israels book and start passing laws to force the media to show women how they truly are. Not a digitally enhanced view of what advertisers think women should look like.
I found this article http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/14/200577.html a few weeks back. The story is of a Moroccan girl, Amina Filali who was 16 years old. She was raped and when her parents pressed charges, they were told she would have to marry her rapist to uphold the "honor" of her family. The fact is, this is an actual archaic law that holds if a man rapes a woman, but marries her, he is not liable for the crime. She then had to marry him, went to live with him and his family, was raped again, and starved and beaten. She felt her last resort was to kill herself and she did. Women of the region have taken to protesting the law (http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/17/201337.htm), trying to enact change and have the law abolished.
(photo courtesy of http://images.alarabiya.net/68/86/640x392_45040_201337.jpg)
The "backwardness" of the law is that they say it is meant to "safeguard the honor of girls who are raped", but all it does is cause them to be more dishonored when the state is blaming the victim and then in essence, punishing HER by making her live with her rapist! Now she is forever at his mercy (because she cannot divorce him) and will be raped again!
The more I continue to read about the injustice of girls and women globally the more I am disgusted about the 'who-is-wearing-what /who-is-dating-who' "news" of the U.S....... girls and women are dying because of patriarchal laws and the devaluation of women....this is NOT OK!!
Obviously, teaching girls that they are in fact effected by the images placed before them and the content of the songs they listen to or the tv shows they watch may not be as innocent as they may think is important. Many young girls are not even taught to question the ideal body type, the sexualization of their favorite television show characters, or the constant barrage of commercials that are selling them products aimed at changing/bettering their appearance in some way. And because this is a sad truth, educational programs are indeed necessary and good. But to stop there implies the notion that there is nothing that girls can do about it, and I feel as though that is the major problem with the majority of resources available.
In browsing, for example, I came across this website, Media Awareness Network. It offers a variety of tools and resources for parents and teachers that allow them to broach the subject of media with their children and students, which is wonderful. But I can't seem to find any sort of encouragement in giving a girl a video camera, or digital camera, and setting her up with her own editing system so that she can learn to contribute to the conversation that the media has begun and continues in regards to girls and women. We have at our disposal, things like BlogSpot, Wordpress, Facebook, and YouTube. These are tools that can very easily be utilized in basic media production for girls, and communities can be formed that question the status quo of what media has been allowed to present for so long.
Where are the sites and resources that foster that type of literacy?
Here are some of the images displayed:
here! Way to go men!
We, as a country, and as members of the global community will need to figure out ways to encourage the next generation to pursue science, technology, mathematics, and engineering if these are issues we would hope to solve, and opportunities we would hope to seize. The organization, Women in Technology Project, is looking for ways to tap into traditionally ignored demographics of students, encouraging their growth and interest for the benefit of all. Check it out here!
Monday, April 9, 2012
More specifically about these dolls, I love how a social media campaign on FaceBook led these companies to go from producing one doll for a cancer-stricken girl to releasing a whole line of Barbies and Bratz that are bald. Although consumerism is not a path to agency (in my opinion), I think that these dolls work as a sign of solidarity for young girls (and boys) that are affected by such a severe illness. The power of social media in situations like this makes me feel better about living in a globalized world filled with huge conglomerates.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
I wanted to share this website with you all to see an organization that has gotten its start with the help of the internet and Facebook. Facebook is definitely becoming a massively utilized forum to share ideas and advertise for organizations and companies to get the word out about particular causes. Rethreaded is a company that seeks to offer work to women who have recently escaped the sex trade, both internationally, and locally. Check out their website or Facebook page and show some support!