Turning fourteen was always an exciting thought, as I was prepared to start physically developing and be treated as more of a woman. Although, once the day came it was not as ecstatic as I’d hope it’d be. I started dating a boy a year older than me close to my birthday and things went great for the first five months of our relationship. We had a lot of fun and we had a ton in common with one another. As the relationship progressed, and we became more comfortable with each other, he began to become extremely possessive. I loved having someone care for me and be jealous, as I had never had that before, but eventually it got to the extreme. Read the rest of this entry »
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Girl’s dress code in school has been a problem for years now and it only seems to be escalating. Girls are being sent home from school and getting detentions for wearing clothes that the schools are argueing are too “scandalist”. In reality these girls are just wearing regular clothing, they are not showing up to school wearing bikinis or lingerie. These girls are getting in trouble for showing their shoulders or too much of their thigh or collarbone. The schools say it is too much of a “distraction” if a female student wears “revealing clothing”. How is a shoulder distracting? It is not fair that a girl gets in trouble because a boy cannot go without getting “distracted” by what she is wearing. Boys should be able to sit in class and concentrate without being “distracted” by a girl’s shoulder or leg. It is not fair that the girl is being punished when the boy is at fault; a man should be able to function properly no matter how a woman is depicted. A girl should be able to wear shorts and a tank top to school if it is hot and should not have to worry whether she is going be punished or not. Boys need to stop looking at girls as objects and start looking at them as equal human beings. This exhausting battle for women needs to come to an end, and women need to stop being depicted as a distraction. It is time that they can stop having to cover up so they do not distract the boys. Women need to be seen as being equal to men. Read the rest of this entry »
The purpose of this project was to explore how united and educated the feminist movement is in young Americans. In past years, the media has been broadcasting the feminist movement as a radical and anti-men movement. Since young Americans are simultaneously the most vocal in the feminist movement and the most susceptible to the media, I was curious to see whether or not the media was altering the way young Americans view the feminist movement. To find the answer, I spent some time on the campus of Saint Louis University to ask Students what their definition of feminism was.
Jane Doe could not escape the confines of her own house. She had been trapped inside for a couple months, but did not remember exactly how she had become trapped. All she knew, was that there were no exits to find. Only two big windows with lavish red drapes that seemingly gave off a slight glow. Well, at least she thought that they covered windows, for she could never get the drapes to open. Sadly though, this was the only nice part of the house in which she was contained. The rest of the rooms consisted of stained yellow wallpaper that was peeling off of the wall in some places, random smashed objects, a few pieces of furniture, and beer bottles littering the floor.
I slipped on the same over sized sweater and sweatpants from the day before as quickly as possible. Another glance in the mirror was the last thing I needed for today; not like it was going perfect by any means. I gazed at my frail face in the mirror in absolute disgust. My dark circles were deeper than before and the bruise above my left brow had transformed into a deep purple. I took my cheap foundation and did my best to cover up my imperfections, I wasn’t even sure why I bothered, considering I was going to be home alone all day.
Feminism is a subject that I as a man I did not delve deeply into. I never took the time to truly understand what it means to be a feminist. Prior to this unit I viewed feminists as women who only looked for anti-man rights rather than an equality for all genders aspect of life. I have been very corrected and my views have been extremely changed. For starters all feminist are not women. They also don’t promote ideas to destroy men. Most men are expected to emotionally detach themselves, but with the help of feminism this can change. Some of the ideas about women they do promote has also became very real to me. For example the portrayal of women in media as a sex object rather than as a powerful individual. I now find myself questioning how movies write out women roles or even how a simple magazine cover will dress the women they have in their issues. Feminism and its practices is something that is still very new in my life, but is something I find out more and more every day, that I can stand behind. Read the rest of this entry »