Category: News

Post-feminism, 2013

In the 19th century, feminism was fairly easily defined.  Put broadly, it was the movement away from corsets and other restricting clothing and towards voting rights.  In the 20th century, feminists rallied against prescribed gender roles and lobbied for gender equality in the home and workplace.  The constant and overriding theme, however, was the promotion of blurred gender roles.

Today, feminism has a much more fragmented definition.  While some feminists still assert that women should be treated the same as men (often citing salary differences), others insist that society should be more conscious of the differences between men and women and allow women to pursue their feminine inclinations (such as housewivery and motherhood) without disdain.  I’m going to call this fragmented feminism post-feminism.  So take a look at the articles below and ask yourself: what do you think is post-feminism?

>> The Feminist Housewife <<

“Feminists who say they’re having it all—by choosing to stay home.”

>> Why Women Still Can’t Have It All <<

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton professor and first woman director of policy planning in the State Department, explains her decision to give up her post for her children.

>> Susan Patton’s ‘Daily Princetonian’ Article Urges Female Students To Find Husbands Before Graduating <<

Susan Patton, Princeton alumnus, encourages current students to find their husbands before it’s too late, citing her own failed marriage as evidence.  Internet backlash ensues.

>> Susan Patton Told the Truth <<

A male journalist at the Wall St. Journal affirms that it is necessary for women to find their husbands as soon as possible.

– Sandra

Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and racism

>> Alexander Wang, Balenciaga’s New Designer, Is an American in Paris <<

Since December, there has been substantial controversy over the selection of 29 year-old designer Alexander Wang as the new creative director of luxury brand Balenciaga.  As Pham notes in the article above, the announcement of his appointment spawned a huge speculative discussion on whether he was chosen for his ethnic connections to China.   This discussion appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Forbes Magazine and ignored, for the most part, the facts that he was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is ethnically TAIWANESE American.  And the fact that he’s talented.

– Sandra

A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control

While I don’t know if I completely agree with the government and institutions deciding whether or not women should get to be covered by their insurance for contraception, I can’t deny that this is a pretty hot topic. Also in the article you’ll find a statistic that 99% of women use birth control at some point in their lives, which kind of opens your eyes to how wide the scope of this issue is. I think the stigma with birth control, especially in more conservative areas is that it’s used by younger women looking to cover their bases so to speak. But according to this that is far from the truth. Of course, the fact that insurance providers may be asked to cover things like the morning-after pill throws a whole new wrench into the matter. Whatever your side may be, this is worth taking a look at.

>>A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control<<

-Monisha

Egotism on the Rise

For those in college or recently out, this should not come as such a surprise: Today’s college students think they’re very special.  In a poll that has been administered to American college freshman since 1966, students are asked to rate their academic ability, drive to succeed, mathematical ability and self confidence as compared to their peers.  This year’s freshmen apparently have reported the most egotistical self-evaluations in 46 years.  This is also in spite of the fact that they are reporting less hours spent studying and reduced demonstrated competence in reading/writing as evidenced by test scores.

>> College Students Think They Are More Special Than Ever <<

– Sandra

2012: Death, Destruction, Economic Ruin and Sandy

So 2012 is officially over, and I think it’s safe to say that we can all breathe a sigh of relief.  Because that shit was actually very scary.  The latter days of 2012 witnessed the wrath of both nature and fellow man.   I mean, really, there was a hurricane and a massacre.  Here are some of my thoughts on an assortment of end-of-year/world topics:

Sandy Hook

Instead of hypothesizing on the motive behind this tragedy, let’s remember the teachers who threw themselves in the line of fire to protect their students.  Because before they were one in an appalling casualty count, they were people who had siblings and children and dinner plans that night.  I challenge anyone to read the following article with a dry eye:

 >> Newtown Boy’s Favorite Teacher Died Cradling Him in Her Arms <<

So now what?

>> Obama’s Speech at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil <<

‘Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.’ – President Obama

>> The Speculation About Adam Lanza Must Stop <<

It’s gun control (or lack thereof):

>> Obama Takes A First Step on Gun Control After Sandy Hook <<

And mental illness awareness:

>> I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother << 

The Fiscal Cliff

We put aside our differences in the government and narrowly avoided the fiscal cliff, but we’re still going to experience a 2% increase in payroll tax.  Apparently, the 4.2% tax rate for 2011 was a temporary measure that expired on Monday.  Great.  Read more on this here:

>> Why Your Paycheck Is Getting Smaller <<

Also, the wealthiest Americans (individuals making 400k/year, couples making 450k/year) are facing tax increases to balance the budget.  This is a modification on Obama’s earlier campaign promise to increase taxes for America’s top 2% (which would include individuals making 200k/year and couples making 250k/year).

>> House Staves Off Fiscal Cliff << 

And it’s not over.  Congress still needs to resolve the debt ceiling issue as well as the government spending cuts:

>> 3 More Fiscal Cliffs Loom <<

The Mayan Apocalypse

But the good news is, we’ve still got time, since the world didn’t end.

Near Earth Objects

And it’s unlikely that an asteroid will collide with the Earth.

>> Rogue Asteroid Caught on  Film <<

Time Magazine’s Best Music Videos

We still have digital media to take our mind off of the ever-impending doom facing society.

>> 9 Best Music Videos of 2012 <<

And just because these are really cool:

Miss Universe 2012 Pageant National Costumes

>> 2012 Miss Universe National Costume Show <<

– Sandra