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More to Come!

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Hello everyone,

I started MediaFem in February for a final project for my minor is New Media. I am happy to say that I have completed my course, and got an A! Too bad grades do not matter in the real world. Regardless, I graduate on Friday, and could not be happier.

I have been super busy wrapping up my semester and moving back home, so I apologize for not being absent. The good news is that I have decided to keep blogging and build my social media prowess. Maybe if my wonderful readers help me get some views, I can show potential employers how truly awesome I am! (Kidding.) I will try to post twice a week if my searching for a job and crying over my degree aren’t too time consuming.

Until then, what do you think I should be blogging more about? Politics? Television critiques? Real-life jerks who make feminism important? Let me know in the comments.

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Veep in a Man’s World

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Though this is not news, I am totally in love with HBO. The subscription-based network has premiered two female-driven shows within the month: Girls, which I wrote about recently, and Veep, the return of Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Thanks to HBO, the first episode is streaming here. Basically, the gist of the show is the life of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) as the Vice President of the United States. The premiere did a wonderful job of setting the plot and showing its humor. (I am a big fan of Louis-Dreyfus from the Seinfeld days.

When Sarah Palin was in the running for Vice President, there was obviously a big splash on the political scene. I remember that the media covered her personal life as well as her politics, which ought to be covered when running for political office. However, it was interesting to see how the media honed in on her looks and femininity.

There is no doubt that Palin was viewed as a cougar and a sex symbol by some, and was always objectified. As far as my knowledge go, there were not many Presidents who were sexualized in the mainstream media, besides perhaps JFK. But when a woman had dreams of the White House, there was no shortage of judgment based on her looks. (To clarify, I did NOT agree with Sarah Palin’s politics, but she makes a wonderful example.

From a feminist standpoint, there are a few things that I noted as interesting:

  • There was a moment when Meyer’s press team noted that someone continuously hacked into her Wikipedia page to change her weight.
  • When giving a disastrous impromptu speech, she mentioned filling the President’s shoe, but didn’t realize he wore a ‘kitten heel.’
  • When she asked a member of her team what her biggest mistakes on the campaign trail were, he replies: “You looked tired a lot and the hat—the hat hurt us. Your head looked weird in the hat”
  • When a U.S. Senator dies, it is noted that Meyer had been molested when he grabbed her breast when she took office.

So far, I am digging Veep. The wit shines through while still creating drama and cliffhangers which entice me to watch this week. I’m really interested on the small jokes that will be incorporated because Meyer is a smart, independent woman who holds a great deal of power.

Personal Before and After Picture

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After the Reddit Rant I posted the other day, I decided that it was time that I finally posted my Before & After post. (It didn’t hurt that I was still annoyed that someone beat me to the idea.) Anyway, here it is. Aren’t I lovely/silly looking?

As I mentioned in my Reddit Rant, this idea started off as the vague notion that being a feminist doesn’t mean that you can’t be feminine. After thinking about it some more, I realized that the picture can mean so much more than I had originally anticipated.

The concept really speaks of the expectation for women to wear makeup. Moreover, it speaks of the need women feel to wear makeup. A Facebook friend posted this, and though it’s funny, it says a lot about our culture. I’m sure many women have dealt with this:

It’s sick how often women are photoshopped and adjusted. We get tricked into thinking that these perfected women define beauty. It’s a shallow, manipulated beauty, but after having these images inundate our media and everywhere we turn, there aren’t many other options.

I challenge you all to do as I did, even if you don’t want it available to the world. I do not wear makeup every day. To be honest, I don’t wear makeup all the time because I don’t want people getting used to it, and thinking I am ugly when I don’t have the energy to spend ten minutes on my eyeshadow.

However, if my readers wear makeup every day, try to make yourself up half way, and look at the difference. It’s shocking, even though you may not look that much different without it. I questioned my decision to post it online. It’s worth it. I wanted an honest picture of myself, untouched and natural, linked with my Friday Night Fierceness makeup.

What are your opinions of the media, and how beauty is perceived? Can we overcome this airbrushed ideal and just feel beautiful with a bare face and an honest smile? Comment and let me know! (Don’t leave me hanging. My picture makes me feel pretty vulnerable.)

Why I Love Kate Nash

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Good afternoon, readers!

If you have never heard of Kate Nash, please go here! She is tremendous. Her wit and voice make me wish I had some type of musical talent, but alas, I am stuck here writing and crying over the lack of job opportunities for me.

But enough about me, Kate Nash is an English singer-songwriter whose album “Made of Bricks” completely blew me away. After doing my star struck research, I discovered the little gem that she is an outspoken feminist!

Thanks to Spinner.com, I’d like to share some great quotes from one of my favorite current artists.

“When I was young I was listening to the Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child. I was singing ‘Independent Woman’ and ‘Survivor’, and it was all about Girl Power and being with your friends. I don’t think I was singing, ‘Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me [Pussycat Dolls lyric]?’”

“It’s really important to be a strong role model. It’s one of my main things because I feel I’ve been exposed in such an extreme way to a lot of sexism. I’ve become aware of being in a very male-dominated industry where a door opens and it’s like, ‘Oh hello, it’s 12 men and me. Again.'”

AND the kicker from Jezebel

“Yes, I’m a feminist. I think everybody should be, because feminism is about equality of the sexes, which we all believe in, don’t we?”

So perfectly summed up, Ms. Nash. It’s refreshing to find such free-thinking, independent talented women ‘making it’ in the business. I just wanted to bring Kate Nash to light, as I tire of only hearing about Alanis Morrisette and Sarah McLachlan (though they are noteworthy as well!)

Who are some of your favorite outspoken feminists, musicians or not?

P.S. For Kate Nash virgins, I suggest “Merry Happy,” “Foundations,” and “The Nicest Thing.” You’re welcome!

Ann Romney on Stay-at-Home Motherhood

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Oh, Ann Romney, you progressive thinker, you.

Wife of Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has made quite a splash in the political sphere recently. At a dinner hosted by the Connecticut Republican Party, Ann Romney spoke about trials of motherhood. As a stay-at-home mother, Ann Romney is not versed in the balance between motherhood and work that many American women must get used to.

During a speech on Tuesday night, Ann said the following:

I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

Now, this could just be chalked up to a public speaking gaffe, but I cannot condone that Ann Romney loves the fact that women don’t have a choice – this is unacceptable and embarrassing for a candidate for First Lady of this country.

ALL women have the initial choice, but choose to work because in order to support a child successfully, parents need money. Women make the choice to better their lives and the lives of their children.

This being said, I am all for choice. If a family comes to the agreement together that one of them should stay home full time, and it happens to be a woman, there is no objection from me.

What do you all think? Have people been overreacting to the quote, or do you believe this was more than a gaffe? Reply in the comments!

New Arizona Abortion Laws

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have just entered The Twilight Zone.

Jan Brewer, my one true love.

I am not sure how such a ridiculous bill passing escaped me for the past two weeks. (I blame school work.) In Arizona, a bill has been passed by the Senate that redefines when a woman becomes pregnant.

Often, to gauge gestational age of a fetus, doctors will use the date of the last menstruation of the woman. Arizona lawmakers have taken this one step further by using this information to draw new cutoffs for abortions.

From The Huffington Post’s Arizona Abortion Bill: Legislators Pass Three Bills, Including One That Redefines When Life Begins

State Rep. Matt Heinz (D-Tucson), a physician, said he did not want the state to set the gestational age since science could not provide a precise one. “I imagine it will be a legal dispute. How can a judge determine gestational age?” Heinz said. “If medical science can only determine gestational age to within 10-14 days, how can a superior court judge do it?”

Pretty much, the bill condones the use of the inexact “science”  of conception to abortion laws. For all intents and purposes, let’s assume I’m fertile. Okay, so by Arizona logic, even if I am menstruating, I am theoretically pregnant. There is a two week discrepancy that cannot and will not be accounted for in Arizona since the bill has been signed into law. Pregnancy now begins when a woman ovulates. I guess I have been pregnant for ten years now. Maybe I should call up TLC and ask them to do a special on me.

The other two bills?

– Protection against being sued for doctor’s who withhold medical information from the patient if the doctor feels that the woman may be thinking about abortion.

– The amount of weeks available for a legal abortion has dropped to 18 weeks.

Arizona really struck out on this one. What are your thoughts?

Unite Against the War on Women

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You may have all seen the various posts and pictures advertising 4.28.12. There are rallies being held around the country, urging men and women alike to unite against the war on women.

The fact that we still must hold such rallies is appalling, but not surprising, to me. Women are about half of the population, yet there are still inequalities and blatant attacks on women’s rights each and every day. This presidential race alone has set women’s rights back forty years. (Let’s celebrate small victories, though. Bye, Santorum.)

UniteWomen.org provides an aggregation of rallies and marches by state here!

UniteWomen’s creed for these events are as follows:

UniteWomen.org strongly supports diversity and welcomes men and women of all ages without regard to their race, color, creed, political affiliation, disability, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, education or income level, marital status, employment status, or immigrant status. Everyone is invited to join, plan, and rally as we unite to demand that every person be granted equal opportunities, equal rights, and equal representation.

The idea of equality is not exactly a simple concept, and apparently, is damn near impossible to widely put into effect. Though I reside in a country that touts “liberty and justice for all,” not all of us see true, unadulterated equality.

These rallies are not only to represent the yearning for social and economic fairness for women, it represents the need to feel equal to your peers, which is a RIGHT, not a privilege.

By uniting in the War Against Women, I am uniting against racism, prejudices, and everything in between.