I grew up very blind to the injustices of the world, or maybe I was pointed in the wrong direction.
Have you ever Googled "What do women want?" I have. It's a little disconcerting. Because, despite the fact that I didn't put the words "in a man" in my search, the first page of results came up with articles with titles like "What do women want in a man?" and "10 Things Men Wish Women Knew About Sex" (Guess what, we probably already know them. In fact, there are probably more than 10 things WOMEN wish men knew about sex).
While most people don't think of Major Kira when they think of feminism, I honestly think she should be one of the first examples. It's almost as if her brand of feminism is too quiet, too earned, too perfect. Her lack of struggles in this area make it seem like maybe her society is just the same as every other. With the deeply problematic history of Star Trek, in terms of the sexualization of women and even their mistreatment in some scenes, it also isn't surprising that Star Trek is not the first place that people look for feminist messages. So, why do I make this argument? Well, read on to find out more.
I don’t talk about true crime extensively on this blog, but I’d like to. It’s an important topic that can honestly say a lot more about the audience and fanbase than the crimes and criminals themselves. And I think this post about why I take interest in this unsavory topic in the first place is a good way to open the door for future conversation.
There are so many Disney movie reviews and theories out there that we all think we know what our favorite stories are truly about. But looking at it in an empowering perspective, may teach us lessons for our daily lives and how to over come struggles we face. So starts are DISNEY PRINCESSES IN THE LIGHT OF QUEENS series. Let's start off with one of the first ever Disney Princess movies—Snow White.
It just riles me up when people seem to get the idea that femininity means a lack of feminism, like when people take a look at the girl in the pants and the girl in the ballgown and says the one in pants is more feminist and empowering than the one in the dress. The whole point of one of the many aspects of feminism is that as women, we have the right to choose to be and wear whatever we want. A woman in a dress is just as feminist as a woman in a burqa, and they’re both just as feminist as a woman in a suit or a woman in a bikini. And beyond clothing, a woman who’s married and in love is just as feminist as a woman who’s single. Here’s where Disney comes in: No one princess is a better more feminist role model than another. It’s important to have more than one type of role model yes, but just because one girl likes to fight and another girl likes to sew, it doesn’t mean that one is a better role model. All the princesses and other Disney ladies have good values to teach us and our kids in different ways, and I’m gonna go through them with you. Oh, and just for good measure, I always include trans women in my feminism, so terfs, this post isn’t for you.
Women’s rights have been a topic of discussion for years and some progress has been made. However, in today’s society, women still face inequality in the following categories: media, education, and the labor system. Men and women receive two different educations because of the way each gender is treated in the education system. Following the education they received, these men and women enter the workforce under the impression that they’re under equal standards. Yet, the gender pay gap still highly exists today. Finally, our media focuses on women in such a negative way, leading to mental health problems that we see in the women’s population today.
Feminism is seen as such a dirty word nowadays.
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"—ain't that the truth. But have you ever wondered why women hold other women more accountable for their behaviour than they do men?
I am female, and I will never associate myself with the phrase “I am a feminist.” Yes, by the definition, and only the most pure form of the definition, I am a feminist in that I believe women should have the same rights as their counterparts. But even then I question myself, because the women in todays society that are fighting for feminism seem to be challenging our social normalities in extreme ways. Equal rights for men and women will not come about overnight, and therefore there is absolutely no need to take extreme action in challenging the ideas and beliefs society has held for so many years.
I've worked in many different fields, with a lot of different teams. There is one consistency I've found across the board (not just in my professional life) that still irks me. Women in the workplace are more likely to compete with the other women than with the men; at least, more directly. It's 2019, we have the #MeToo movement, we have body positivity; and yet day-to-day, we still tear each other down. We're catty, petty, and quick to push down another woman's power because it threatens our own. But why?
Now, initially, I wasn't going to make this its own topic, but something happened on the night of June 30, 2019 that changed my mind. Now to understand this story, you need to know something about me. You see, I had been engaged for two years and ended up having it broken off when I finally came clean to my dad and told him I wasn't happy, and he encouraged me to do what I felt I needed to.