“Why do more women not report?” people wonder, as they hear statistics about sexual assault survivors who decide not to report, as if it is as easy as asking for extra pickles on your sandwich.
My last post about feminism in Cook County was so much fun to put together (if you have not read it yet the rest of this post will make no sense so take a look real quick!)
I was able to connect with people I never expected to connect with. Not only just connect but sit down and talk about feminism and it’s connection to my community. It doesn’t get much better than that.
But then it did.
Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression –
Lately talk of feminism – what it is, who is one and who is not – has moved to a more widespread arena. Celebrities calling themselves feminists, gender related campaigns from the UN making headlines, no longer do you only have to search through the pages of Ms. magazine or scroll the online blog Jezebel to get your feminist fix.
Even so have we yet answered all those questions? What is it? Who is one? Who is not? What led them to the claiming of that title?
If you have not watched Maroon 5’s new video, Animals, you should. I feel bad advising this since it just sucks THAT MUCH. None the less it is worth taking a quick peek at, to remind us all how terrible representation of women in the media still is (as if we needed a reminder)!
The first time I watched this video my face was in a permanent scowl. I do not know what got me the most, the comparison of the leading lady of the video to a piece of meat, Adam Levine straight up STALKING her throughout the whole thing or the fact that just like a beautiful bloody fairytale they end up passionately making love to each other in the end. *sigh*
If you are like me you have been closely following the World Cup this year. It never ceases to amaze me the athleticism of soccer players. I played soccer on a small co-ed community team until I was 15 and just that used to exhaust me. I can not imagine playing in a World Cup game without at least a nap at half-time or something. But apparently not everybody who watches soccer has these same thoughts.
This past week-end I was fortunate enough to attend a musical performance by a friend of mines brother. The performance was absolutely great. But what I could not get out of my mind was something that happened at the performance. A family came in with adorable young children that all sat down in front of my table. The family seemed to be meeting other people there.
The kids were all really respectful, a lot less antsy then I would have been at a concert at that young age. One of the young girls, about the age of four, went up to the young boy, about the age of six or seven, who I presume to be her brother, and gave him a kiss on the cheek. It was a simple kind act of sweetness.
In anticipation of his arrival at my school I read Carlos Andrés Gómez’s memoir, Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood. In the memoir Carlos bravely recounts life events that led him to the man he is today. Fumbling through masculine expectations, navigating being a man and wanting to be *gasp* emotional at the same time, Carlos shows his readers that it is ok, even encourages people to embrace their true selves and push away gender roles and norms.