My First Podcast!

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Hey guys,

I’ve been curious about people’s general perception of feminism, so I decided to talk to a few people and get their thoughts, hope you all enjoy.
http://groner98781.podomatic.com/embed/frame/multi/0?json_url=http%3A%2F%2Fgroner98781.podomatic.com%2Fembed%2Fmulti%2F0%3Fcolor%3D43bee7%26autoPlay%3Dfalse%26facebook%3Dfalse%26height%3D360%26objembed%3D0%26width%3D480

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Down With The Norm

I’ve been doing some over-thinking again.

Y’know, i’d be willing to bet that one of the main contributing factors to the modern woman’s demolished self-esteem is the paradox that self-adoration is wholly frowned upon.

When we give compliments, we practically expect the receiver of said adulation to refute our kind words.

When you say, “oh my goodness, Sally, that dress looks stunning on you!”, which response from Sally is most acceptable?

a) “Ew, oh my goodness you think? I think it looks like a sausage casing!”

b) “Oh please, you look better, though!”

c) “Really? I was just considering going on a diet.”

d) “Why, thank you! I quite like it, as well.”

Realistically, if Sally were to answer d), we would assume that Sally is a conceited, stuck-up snob.

Why is it so unacceptable to like parts of ourselves? Why is it such a crime to verbally agree with…

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New Constitutional Argument For Marriage Equality

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As the issue of same-sex marriage has come before the U.S. Supreme Court again, a newer argument in support of same-sex marriage is beginning to surface. The argument is based on the constitutional principle that as a matter of law children cannot be punished in an attempt to control the behavior of adults…thus rendering bans on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. 

An article on Slate.com titled “The Smartest Constitutional Argument For Marriage Equality That No One Is Making” , goes into detail with the many ways that children can be harmed by banning same-sex marriages. 

http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/09/29/children_of_gay_couples_make_marriage_equality_a_constitutional_necessity.html

“What Guys Look For In Girls”

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Savannah Brown, a 17-year-old poet, published this incredible video of her reading of her work entitled “What Guys Look For In Girls”.

I love the way that she encompasses the many struggles women have with their appearance and self worth no matter that their size, shape or age. She also shares her journey of how she came to love not only her body, but also herself as a person,

You Did Not “Rape” That Test

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According to RAINN, (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), 1 out of 6 women and 1 out of 33 men have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. The site gives these facts on their page on rape victim statistics

3 times more likely to suffer from depression.

6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.

26 times more likely to abuse drugs.

4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

https://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims

I wanted to put some statistics on rape up before I addressed the issue I have with rape jokes. The fact that there is even a category of jokes classified as “rape jokes” is sickening to me. Besides the fact that they’re not even funny, they can be very detrimental, even traumatic, for victims. I think that often times people make this jokes without even thinking about what they are saying. Most of the people I’ve heard make them certainly wouldn’t advocate in favor of rape.

Regardless of their intentions, these comments are still highly offensive. It’s the same principle as people saying “that’s so gay” when referring to something in a derogatory manner. In both circumstances words are being twisted to have a completely inaccurate meaning.

I do find it interesting that often times “rape jokes” are used to imply that the “rape” was an act of power over something. For example: “I just raped that test”. That statement actually reinforces that rape is about power and control, not gender or appearance. I mean how do you respond to a “rape joke”? Should I come up with an equally offensive and misogynistic response such as “What was the test wearing?”

There is nothing even remotely funny about rape. There’s plenty of other ways to express what you are trying to say that are much less distasteful.

A Campaign to Heal Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes

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Shannon Bradley-Colleary, a writer for the Huffinton Post’s women’s section, recently started the Love Your Body Now: Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes. She has paired up with photgrapher Beth Sanders and Marlene Zaleznick, a body-centered coach. at 46-years-old, Shannon had gained 20 pounds after having her children, and decided to have fine-art nudes taken in an attempt to find some beauty in her own body. That was the beginning of the “Love Your Body Now Project”.

These are the compilation of Shannon’s pictures

The full article on Shannon’s personal discovery as well as how she has helped other women find beauty in their own bodies can be found at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-colleary/nude-photos-body-image-issues_b_5818786.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Too cowardly to call your friends out on being sexist?

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It puzzles, and alarms, me that we so often times are tolerant of injustice. If you stand by and watch a bad behavior continue that is just as bad as contributing to the behavior itself. By remaining silent you are supporting that behavior. I’ve often heard the argument “It’s not my place to get involved”. Really? It’s not your fault to call someone out on a detrimental action towards someone else? If we all just act as bystanders then nothing will change.

I’m not saying you have to go start a riot every time someone says “don’t be a pussy” or “she looks like a slut”, but you can, at the very least, speak up about it. It’s not always an easy conversation, especially if you know the people saying those things. However, it helps no one if you stay silent. Sexist comments are so prevalent in many parts of society that people often times don’t even realize that what they are saying is offensive or derogatory. Taking the time and courage to speak up could completely change the way someone thinks as well as how they treat others.