Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The "Economic Justice for Women" section was dedicated to their summit. I enjoyed reading what the summit proposed and what exactly happened. "Love Your Body" is a section dedicated to the idea of figure in our world today. This section was extremely insightful as it related to how I felt about myself. I encourage anyone having any sort of dilemma with yourself, or if you help youth-aged girls to check out this spot. (I posted the link below.)
Overall, this website was amazing and I am so glad I found it. It provides a variety of topics and subjects that are can directly relate to women these days.
http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/ & http://www.nowfoundation.org/issues/communications/tv/ads/superbowl-2008-report.html
My experience with blogging has benefited me in other ways as well. By reading the numerous materials and blogs, it seems that so much information is swirling about on feminism. Blogging is something that is crucial to feminism because it allows words to get out to those who may not otherwise have that ability to hear this information. Bloggers are people who express opinions, ideas, and connect in relationships that are important in our world.
Bloggers also have the ability, through this information, to create activism in a variety of areas. Whether cultural or political, bloggers create the space and time to discuss these issues and through this discussion, activism is created. In the area of gender and blogging, I believe that both genders will use blogs to influence others on their beliefs and create activism. Gender is important, yet blogging allows gender to remain anonymous unless the writer wants it to be known.
Web 2.0 allows a greater feminist future. Not only does it allow this information to be passed on to other generations, countries, and individuals, but to a new generation, focused on using web 2.0 to create an activist society. Feminists have a better future because of the web and because of blogging. We will soon see the reach of feminism in politics as well.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I totally agree with the last sentence of this response. The mixture of voices, opinions, thoughts, and ideas is something I have repeatedly brought up on my blog. Perhaps if this statement was followed more precisely, censorship wouldn't have such an effect in the blogosphere.
While I have never heard of this film nor its content before reading an article called "The Gendercator or How I learned to stop worrying and Love the Blogosphere," it has brought up important issues for many in the GLBT community. I am not a part of this community myself, but I know many people who are. The film, in my belief, was censored by Frameline. Censorship happens whenever an idea, a work, or speech are not allowed to be publicized. It is an issue that has been around for many years, but one that needs to be overcome. This article points out that the director wanted to raise awareness and have people openly discuss issues. Many of the comments in the piece add either disgust or praise for the movie. It seems that the director reached her goal of discussion among the population in the GLBT community, as well as other places. While the film itself may be too graphic or unreal, it accomplished the goal of its director. I think that the relationships between the supposed community need to be mended in order for the true activism of the GLBT group to work. As in any situation on this planet, clear communication and objectives cannot be reached if a partnership and true community spirit are reached. This reading really made me see that even in a group, like GLBT, there is a separation in beliefs that I wouldn't have known about.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This site has a lot of interesting perspectives on many different topics that occur in the United States. It reminds me of feministing.com, in a way. Another post that caught my attention include one on Candace Parker, a WNBA player, who is pregnant. The posting, FEMALE ATHLETES: BE PRETTY, BUT NOT SEXY. OR PREGNANT, describes a situation where a female athlete who is pregnant is written about in a sexist sort of fashion. Her appearance, not her ability, is the topic of discussion.
Feminstblogs.org is quite interesting. It holds a lot of information as well. If you get a chance, check it out sometime.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The main women in this piece is Ali Noori Talabani, a former member of the Iraqi Parliament. She states that the most difficult part is proving the usefulness of giving women rights and why old rules just won't do anymore. Talabani also states that the arduous part is overcoming the cultural, social, and religious characteristics of a women's place in society.
I did some more research on this subject and found an interesting article by the Multi-National Force, a portion of Operation Iraqi Freedom. "Iraqi Women Meet, Discuss Equal Rights" is about a conference that took place in Iraq on Sunday, March 22, 2009. This conference was dedicated to increasing political participation of women to 30 percent. The article discussed that the increase of participation in politics for women would ultimately help bring peace to the country and improve women's rights.
It seems that as time roles along, women in Iraq are striving and actually achieving a bigger voice in the political process. If the 30 percent increase can occur, perhaps Iraq will become a much safer environment for not only the women and children, but for all people.