25 October 2010

Event-Love Your Body Day Film Screening

Love Your Body Day film screening
“Body Typed”
Wednesday, Oct 27
HEC Auditorium, Goldwin Smith

On Wednesday, October 27th, the WRC will be hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary “Body Typed” from 7-9 p.m. in the H.E.C. Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.  “Body Typed,” a series of three short films directed by Jesse Epstein, examines the connections between body image, media, and cultural identity.  The films — entitled “False Images,” “The Guarantee,” and”34x25x36,” — use humor to raise serious concerns about the marketplace of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection.  The documentary will be followed by a moderated discussion.  Refreshments provided!

Sponsored by the Cornell Women’s Resource Center and funded in part by the Student Assembly

19 October 2010

Event- Sticks and Stones: Words Can Never Hurt Me?

Nu Chapter Sisters of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Sticks and Stones: Words Can Never Hurt Me?
Tolerance and Support for Your Peers

Friday, October 22
6:30 pm
Latino Living Center Main Lounge
- light refreshments provided -
According to the National Sexuality Resource Center, gay youth are more than 8 times as likely to commit suicide. They are more than 3 times as likely to be physically bullied by peers. In the past 6 weeks over 10 LGBTQ teenagers have committed suicide.
Join us for an eye-opening informative discussion about cyber-bullying, homophobia, and media portrayals of the LGBTQ community. We welcome all perspectives in a judgment-free environment where we can talk freely about tolerance/intolerance and gay stigmas in the minority community.
Following the discussion there will be a candle-light vigil in the LLC courtyard to honor the memory of those who have passed.

17 October 2010

Male Feminists: Justin Andrei

One of the most disputed questions in the feminist world is whether men can be feminists, and what their place in feminism is if they can be. I believe that men indisputably CAN be feminists in that they can identify sexism and decide to act to eliminate it. Because we are so intertwined,  I believe that cooperation and dialogue between men and women is crucial to obtaining the goals of feminism.

A common misconception is that the feminist movement is one that preaches the superiority of women and hatred of men. As far as I understand, feminism strives for an egalitarian society and sexuality that benefits both men and women. In order to obtain this, it is crucial that men participate, thereby being "male feminists".

One male feminist that I would like to highlight today is Justin Andrei. Justin and I went to middle school together at Boynton, but he has since moved on to Philips Exeter Academy. He wrote this article about his view on feminism, which was then published in his school newspaper.

      How many people on this campus consider themselves feminists? Now how many men on this campus consider themselves feminists? Practically none. Why is this? Is there something wrong with being a feminist? Can only women be feminists? The answer is that anyone can be a feminist. The first reason that men are so reluctant to label themselves feminists is that they have a skewed idea of what constitutes a feminist. Many men view feminists as radical, elitist, and even as being lesbians. When I spoke with a male student about feminism, he described the idea as women being better than men. When told that feminism was about equality, this student rejected this idea and proceeded to stereotype feminists as bra-burning, man hating whiners. This is not an uncommon view, given that most of society also shares in this misconception.
   The media has successfully grouped, labeled, and dismissed feminists in one fell swoop. In a male dominated society, women are valued for child rearing and tending to their husbands. However when someone dares to pose a contrary role for women insecurity is developed in the male psyche. In order to marginalize the feminist threat to traditional gender roles men collectively dismiss any new ideas through objectification and reestablishment of the traditional roles of women. For example, in 1963 Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, a highly controversial and revolutionary book that detailed how American women became victims of the middle class reality and found their identity through their husband and children. The backlash surrounding this book was extensive, with anger directed at Friedan for daring to question the role women play in society. This deep-rooted fear of change instigated an immediate response by male controlled society to ostracize those questioning traditional beliefs.

   The media took deliberate steps to continue the objectification of women as sex objects. Doing this makes it easy for men to ignore the issues of gender inequality and dismiss the work of feminist scholars as radical and fringe. In turn, society and the medias portrayal of feminists as male-bashing nut jobs discourages men from labeling themselves as feminists or joining the feminist movement.
So what is feminism actually about?

   What is feminism? Feminism is the right for women to have the same rights and protection under the law as men. Feminism is the right for women to be considered equal to men. Feminism is questioning any traditional gender ideas you may hold, as uncomfortable as this may be. Feminism isn’t about crazy women hating men; it’s about celebrating equality and the contribution that women make to society. So if you truly value women, be proud to declare yourself feminist.
Photo of the author.  visit his blog

Reblog:Ten Commandments Of Pop Culture Feminism

1. Thou shalt not see a sexist, misogynistic ad, say “that sucks” and leave it at that.
2. Thou shalt view all media through a critical lens.
3. Thou shalt watch every movie while wondering if it will pass the Bechdel Test.
4. Thou shalt critique media when it portrays women as one-dimensional, second-class citizens.
5. Thou shalt vote with thy wallet (also known as the “I will not pay $12 to see ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell’ commandment.”)
6. Thou shalt consume shitty forms of media (i.e. tabloids, reality TV) to be aware of what the “mainstream media” is saying about (and to) women and girls.
7. Thou shalt write letters, make phone calls, and send emails to let Dodge know you won’t buy their cars or to tell GoDaddy.com that you’ll look elsewhere for a domain (or ? or ?).
8. Thou shalt utilize social media to get the message out.
9. Thou shalt not feel bad for still being influenced by the barrage of unattainable images.
10. Thou shalt criticize the culture, not the women (employ the pro-woman line).
I’ll add an 11th: Thou shalt recognize intersectionality in every component of media representation, sniffing out and calling them out on colorism, homophobia, heterosexism, classism, racism, ageism, ableism etc.
What would you like to add? Lets make it a full-fledged manifest(a).

This post originally appeared on the site feminist fatale.

16 October 2010

First Meeting Recap

Femtastic! had its first official meeting Wednesday, October 13th. This month's topic is Portrayal of Men and Women in the Media. In the meeting, we talked about the portrayal of women and men in pop music. We listened and read the lyrics to Kid Cudi's Make Her Say, Lil Wayne's Poke Her Face and Lollipop, and Trey Songz Say Ahh. We then discussed the sexual power dynamics, issues of consent, and female imagery present in the songs and videos.
After identifying the problems, conversation shifted to how we could make a difference and abolish sexism in the music industry. In the next meeting, we will  further organize and plan for activism and outreach programs.
Kid Cudi
We also scheduled fund raising activities. One that will be of interest to the Charles O Dickerson community is the Halloween Dance, scheduled for Friday October 29th in the High School Gym. Entrance fee is $7 for students and $9 for guests. Wear your Halloween costume and dance the night away! All proceeds will go to Femtastic!.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 20th from 5-6:30 pm in Ms Riggins' room. Any student at Trumansburg High is invited to attend.

Femtastic! in the Ithaca Journal

Femtastic! was featured in the Ithaca Journal in a column about the TCSD Board of Education meeting. The board members were all super supportive, and recognized Femtastic as an official school club. Thank you so much for your time and support, BOE! See the article here