I was raised in the age of “Girl Power.” There was never any doubt in my mind: I could do or be whatever I wanted when I grew up and my gender would not stand in the way. With female role models like Sally Ride and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, every door was open. In […]Read more "Wanted: Allies for the Feminist Cause"
True or false: Domestic violence is not a problem in my hometown. While some might believe this to be a true statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year, 5.3 million women ages 18 and older are victimized by an intimate partner. One in four women faces physical, emotional, or sexual […]Read more "Living with the Enemy: Bringing Domestic Abuse into Public View"
While the 1968 feminist protest of the Miss America Pageant took over the Atlantic City boardwalk, another protest was taking place around the corner. As the feminists protested against the objectification of women in the Miss America Pageant, the first Black Miss America contest was held to protest the exclusion of women of color from […]Read more "The Other Protest"
There’s no such thing as the Car or the Shoe or the Laundry Soap. But everyone knows the Pill, whose FDA approval 50 years ago rearranged the furniture of human relations in ways that we’ve argued about ever since. This weekend, I ran across an article on Time.com memorializing the 50th birthday of the birth […]Read more "The Pill Turns 50"
After reading about the National Organization for Women (NOW) protest of the 1968 Miss America Pageant, I was curious to see how feminists viewed contestants of beauty pageants. Were they the enemy, or were they captives and victims of a society that glorifies the activity? Have those views changed over time? My initial findings knocked […]Read more "A Feminist Standard: Where Are We, NOW?"
What is a woman’s place? The image of the 1950’s housewife that proliferated media during woman’s liberation as an anti woman’s lib sentiment argued that the woman’s place was the home. The argument continues today, even with the advances made in the struggle for woman’s equality, the year 2010 still sees a belief in prescribed […]Read more "A Woman’s Place"
After last weeks class, in which we debated whether or not the artists of the late 20th and early 21st century were continuing on a message of empowerment and action found in the Blues, I thought the most recent news involving Erykah Badu were particularly poignant. For those who aren’t familiar with the situation, Badu […]Read more "Liberating or Eyebrow-Raising?"