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Web Discovery #5 Whatwhat?

I love male feminists! Let me know what you think.

A Male Feminist Blog


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Web Discovery! #4

Easily enough found! I searched feminist blog and came up with this one! Just one more to link to for the spread of feminist blogs! YAY!

Feminist Blogs

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Reflection- Will it be One of My Last Posts?

Who knows if this will be one of my last posts. I think about how I might want to continue blogging. But my life is freaking busy! And who reads this? My class mates. And after the class is over? No one will. I appreciate the experience of creating a blog. I appreciate the creativity of reading, thinking, and writing.

I’m not so anti-blog as I was before I took this class. I see the importance of women blogging since there is so much sexism on the Internet. Feminists are right along side the rest of the bloggers. We have our blogging places and we need to become part of the blogs that are getting a lot of the attention. This is how the f-word will become acceptable again by being part of the issues deemed “important” by the masses, this will get gender issues out of the margin.

A blog is a person’s opinion about a topic. When someone searches the topic, feminist opinions are available for the curious. Slowly, feminist philosophy will become better understood as it stands today. The critiques and analysis of feminist/gender philosophy will become a part of what is considered important. In this way, Web 2.0 is a place for the future of feminist discussion. Here is a place for discussion and awareness to grow. Here is a place to look for motivation.

Five classes next in the fall! I think I’ve got a new plan for this blog.

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Week 7: To Come Together or to be Indepentent

Reading response to The Gendercator or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blogosphere by Jessica Lawless

I had often wondered if those who seek sex changes are in fact effected by social norms. I’ve wondered if transsexuality is somewhat created in our society such as some mental disorders are. But I cannot judge what is best for another person. The best response to judgements such as this was that no one knows a person better than that person. I would say that my views are more open to trangender thoughts than before.

The division of groups is an interesting debate. From my experience, it has only been who are active in the rights for those with non-heterosexuals who have voiced the idea that the LGBT movement and the women’s movement should pair together. The idea of not separating to movements has been a debate in my mind for this semester. I’m still not sure where I stand on it. I’m mostly for the combination of the movements.

I think the most important part about the article was the discussion of boycotting versus censorship. We must all be aware of how we maybe trying to censer others from information.

Another part that was interesting to me was the idea that there is male dominance in LGBT events. I’m thinking of page 17: “GLBT, where feminism is absent- it’s all about the men.” And I think about the glorification of gay men in the fashion industry, but I would not consider the industry “feminist.” This is just one place among many where feminist and LGBT movements are not synchronized.

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Web Discovery #3

Economic Womanis a blog that some of you may have run into already. But I want to promote it further because I think women need a place that is not male dominated to encourage their interest and begin their discussions on economics. It relates it’s posts to women’s issues, but its focus is economics.

Economics is not something I have gotten into yet. I’ll have to check out this site some more and it’s links. She is out of Canada, but I don’t think that is going to interfere with the ideas. I appreciate the links to other economic blogs.

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Web Discovery! #2

Larry Summers, Women and Maths is a great article about boys and girls’ natural math abilities which is really NOT divided by sex at all. One point that stood out to me was on the average and mean measurements of boys and girls’ math scores. Boys are likely to have varied results from poor to exceptional, but girls’ scores are clustered around the average.

The cartoon is great! When a boy is bad at math, it is not all boys who are bad at math. But if it is a girl who is not so good at math, the judgement is made that all girls are bad at math. Further the author points out that parent encouragement and peer encouragement is likely to be gendered. And, I would add that teachers often encouragement is often gendered as well! Does anyone know how gendered teaching is being battled? I think learning to teach in a way that is not sexist, is sooooo important!

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Easy Curves

I don’t know if this should go under wed discoveries or just as a post. But, goodness! it’s funny! Well sort of. The website and commercial have a softcore porn kind of feel to them. The product is advertised as an exercise tool that will “sculpt a beautiful bust linethrough a full range of motion, to lift, firm and enlarge in just 5 minutes a day.” An easy way to get $10 off of thousands of women. They are all white women in the commercial an on the website. It seems to me that doing push ups or a bit of weight lifting would get the same results. I don’t think this product really even needs to exist! And yet it does. 

And what does “Research Throws Women a Curve Ball Mean?” You can see the commercial on YouTube.

Further, it turns out they make their money through shipping you vitamins and charging on your card as this person posted at Yahoo and here. There is even have a blog to battle those who may think it a scam. I don’t think it’s a scam. I think it’s another thing for women to buy because women’s role is often as consumer. What do women want to buy? Things to make their boobs bigger! The blog is interesting. I think the author is suppose to be a buyer of the product, but it’s really just a repeat of the commercial.

I think most of us have enough common sense not to buy a product like this. But it does sell and they make their money off of the need perpetuated by these products and advertising, that women have to be continuously youthful. I’m recalling a chapter in The Feminine Mystique about the child bride. But I think I’m going to stop here.

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