What are Gender Studies??

742-womens-and-gender-studiesWhile walking through the commons the other day I overheard two guys discussing what they thought about the University of Idaho’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. The snippets I heard were “why should we have to study women and more than we already do on a daily basis?” along with “why isn’t there a men’s gender studies program?” Both of these statements first made me giggle, and then made me wonder why there is a lack of knowledge about what the Women’s and Gender Studies program really is. First of all, if these men could actually have intelligent aa4803db58d2756241c64e08993eda151f1a0ce781c09dae0ab70ef5ee15782fconversations with women, they wouldn’t have to “study” them creepily from across the room. And second, there is a “men’s studies” program…it’s called history. It doesn’t take more than a simple Google search to see that this field is dedicated to both men and women, gender and sexuality, social history, health, and so much more. I can see why some wouldn’t find these topics especially compelling or important, and that they might see them as a waste of time since they may not completely align with their major, but what happened to being well rounded? Continue reading “What are Gender Studies??”

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Bundles of Joy!

Let’s say you’re settled in a great career, you have an amazing significant other, and you two have decided to start a family. Things keep getting better when you have the ultrasound appointment and find out you’re having a little boy!

Heart shaped hands of pregnant woman and her husband

You’re now overjoyed that you can begin looking at all of the toy trucks and little boy toys with your friends. The months pass on and the morning sickness as well. You begin to look like you actually have a tiny human growing inside of you, and then you deliver a beautiful, healthy baby. babyinofficeThe only thing you have left to face is the issue of maternity leave from that “great” career you have; the only issue is that you aren’t guaranteed to be paid. How will you ever manage to support yourself, your spouse, and a new baby with only one working parent? Continue reading “Bundles of Joy!”

What is Feminism?

If you google feminism, the first thing that comes up is a dictionary definition that states the word as being a noun defined as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” definition
But drifting away from the technical definition, a very true and moving explanation I found states, “the basic idea of feminism revolves around the principle that just because human bodies are designed to perform certain procreative functions, biological elements need not dictate intellectual and social functions, capabilities, and rights.” This is a definition that I hadn’t seen before and one that I find to be the most meaningful of all that I have read. There are a vast number of opinions concerning feminism in the world, but what many people seem to get wrong about this simple three-syllable word is that it shouldn’t carry a negative connotation like it does in many situations. Continue reading “What is Feminism?”

How Feminism Has “Ruined” America…

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Books by Phyllis Schlafly

I was scouring through the U.S. News website last week and looking at the older articles related to feminism. I wanted to get an outside perspective on the topic, and read through several articles that were well written. The last article I came to was entitled, “5 Ways Feminism Has Ruined America.” This article caught my eye before I even began reading it. Within the article was a claim made by c suggesting that the “women’s revolution” that occurred during the 1960’s is ruining this country and the women in it. Schlafly has co-authored a book entitled “The Flipside of Feminism” with her niece, Suzanne Venker, who believes that “feminism has sabotaged women’s happiness” by flipping male and female relationships upside down. My concern here is that this thought directly relates to women being independent, and casts a dark shadow on that desire. Continue reading “How Feminism Has “Ruined” America…”

The Married Life of Afghanistani Women

A traditional burqa - enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions to cover their bodies when in public.
A traditional burqa – enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions to cover their bodies when in public.

Women’s oppression is a worldwide issue, and the struggles faced by the women in Afghanistan is often not known by many. A major occurrence in this country is engagement and marriage at an exceptionally young age. It has been said that Afghanistan is one of the most challenging places in the world to be a woman, and after doing some research into how their lives are, I can say that I have to agree. The life expectancy there is only 50.87 while in the United States it is 79.68. Even in Iran, a neighboring country, it is much higher at 71.15. Throughout the remained of this blog I will touch mostly on the marriages of young girls and the struggles related to this. Continue reading “The Married Life of Afghanistani Women”

Women Throughout the Decades

Although the United States has been around since the 1700s, International Women’s Day wasn’t in fact established until 1909. Although it may not be important to some that women have a special day designated to them, and many others may think that in turn men should have their own day as well, they don’t stop to consider is that men don’t actually need their own day since they weren’t the ones who had to continuously fight to gain simple rights such as voting and fair employment. A topic that I don’t feel is touched on enough in the history books is the role women were placed in and the struggles they faced throughout the decades. Continue reading “Women Throughout the Decades”

The Negative Stigma Towards PP

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 Breast_Cancernot, 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.
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