From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, people around the United States celebrate Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month. During this month, folks celebrate the cultures of Hispanic/Latino countries.
When you hear the words Planned Parenthood (PP) what is the first thing that goes through your mind? I can
almost bet my last dollar that it was abortion. I know there are people who are pro-choice and there are those that are pro-life, but that isn’t what PP is all about. Whether it is believed or not, PP has a major positive impact on women’s lives, and in 2012 alone, 1,040,000 breast exams and Pap tests were performed. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Women’s Health Office, Pap tests can save lives by detecting signs of cervical cancer and women age 21 to 65 should get Pap tests as part of routine health care. Although it seems to be a hot topic of discussion that PP is just an abortion clinic, those statements simply aren’t true.
Looking back in the past last year’s Academy Award joke Amy Schumer made was offensive and halted the #AskHerMore movement. Amy’s tweet said “ Ok well how about my idea #askhimless #Oscars” (Bustle Amy Schumer Tweets About #AskHerMore While I love Her, She is Sort of Undermining the cause) In my own opinion the #AskHerMore campaign was supposed to be empowering and calling attention the media portraying a gender bias. This social movement was established to motivate members of the media to ask women questions about their career fields and life goals.
#AskHerMore was started by Representation Project which is nonprofit organization that aspires to challenge individuals and communities to overcome stereotyping people when regarding their gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or personal circumstances. The movement began during the Emmys this year and blew up on social media while women were watching the awards show. “Viewers expressed frustration at what they perceived as sexism in the questions asked, and journalists also weighed in pointing out that women were asked about fashion and baby bumps while men chatted about their childhood roles and fellow nominees (O’Neil, Lorena. “Oscars Red Carpet 2015: Battle Lines Drawn Over Sexism and #AskHerMore”). Audiences nowadays do not like seeing sexism and the media harassing women about physical appearances because audiences do not agree with these media tactics.
Historically throughout time at the Academy Awards, the media would rather call attention towards what women are wearing rather than asking about their movie roles. For an example, Reese Witherspoon posts to Instagram with the #AskHerMore campaign. Reese Witherspoon is tired and frustrated about the reporters Red Carpet questions regarding her clothing and makeup. “There are 44 nominees this year that are women and we are so happy to be here and talk about the work that we’ve done. It’s hard being women in Hollywood or in any industry” (Alter/Time, Charlotte. “Reese Witherspoon Slams Sexist Red Carpet Questions, Encourages Journalists to #AskHerMore.”) Obviously, women are still struggling in the movie industry and in society when regarding physical appearance when there are thousands of tweets regarding #AskHerMore. This campaign is supposed to alert women, journalists and society about their talents, intelligence and not belittling women due to their gender.
In an article published by Next Web an example of belittling can be found in very visibly when describing a women’s typical role. Women are called crazy if they take upon as many responsibilities as men do and, are demeaned on public television. Susan Wojcicki one of the top female CEOs in America and she is in charge of YouTube. Susan was asked a patronizing question on the Gayle King show when she was invited to a successful women panel. King asked Susan if her children were made by the same husband (Hockenson /TNW News, Lauren. “Dreamforce’s ‘Women’s Innovation’ Panel Is Why We Should Stop Babying Female CEOs”). I found this to be inappropriate and demeaning because, a primetime TV host ethically she has no reason to ask this question and it was out of context. She shouldn’t have asked a question like this or even implied that she is unfaithful to her husband. The interview King was conducting was meant to show how Susan became a powerful CEO when she has the challenges of being a mother and business women in a man’s world. The notion that women cannot have careers is pure garbage because any women should be allowed to do what she loves without being asked why she even bothers doing what she loves. I think this talk show is an important example of why the #AskHerMore campaign began because this interview was not about empowering women it put Susan down. Susan was not allowed to speak on behalf on the challenges of running their company as a minority voice.
Society has changed to improve how women are treated and questioned by the media. Questions about your wardrobe and makeup have been more acceptable in the past, because the demographic population saw it as normal. Millennials and the generation beneath us are more sensitive to these types of questions due to eating disorders, bullying. The “what are you wearing? Or who did your makeup?” questions are no longer valuable information. Women evidently have more to give to society, and perceptions of their roles have changed ever since the first suffrage movement. #AskHerMore has been successful despite Amy Schumer’s attempts to joke about it; however she did draw the discussion away from its purpose of answering questions about career fields and lifetime goals.
Not many people can say that they love their job. Whether it be long hours, traffic ridden commutes or annoying coworkers, there are countless things to find wrong with work. The list grows even further when your job is in customer service, particularly food service. Even fewer people, particularly women, can say that they love their customer service job. Sexual harassment is said to “just be part of the gig.” Customers and coworkers both contribute to the inappropriate behavior. Continue reading
There are far more articles out there suggesting that women make friends easier than men, and though in the adult life of an American man I cannot even begin to address the would-be difficulties of forming new, solid relationships, I am here to suggest that, at all stages of life, women are at a social and inherent disadvantage when it comes to making friends.
Not only are women in a natural competition to secure the man of their choosing, but society also suggests that any female that poses a threat should have her confidence undermined and reputation tarnished. So, instead of women forming intimate friendships with both males and females that would enrich her life with support and love, she is left with a habit of crushing the spirits of prospective friends for fear of scaring off any potential mates. Continue reading
Feminism: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
Veganism: a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.
Why have so many of us overlooked the relationship between feminism and veganism? As feminists, we fight for equality and defend the reproductive system and our freedom to make choices on issues that pertain only to females. Why should males be considered superior to women just because we are biologically different? We can ask the same thing about inequalities between animals and humans. We are all members of the same animal kingdom and there is no sense in defending the equality of the sexes in only one species. Gary L. Francione is a staunch vegan feminist and strongly advocates the relationship between the two. As one of my favorite quotes of his reads:
“If you claim to be feminist but are not vegan, you are confused because any coherent theory of feminism requires veganism Continue reading
Following my daily routine, I checked my email after arriving home from class. I saw the UI Career Center sent out an invitation to their “Slice of Advice” workshop called “Why Are There So Few Women CEOs?” Immediately, I wanted to attend this program.
The title of this workshop grabbed my attention. Why are there so few women CEOs? Many of my classes from economics to Latin American literature discuss this topic. The answers vary.