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To conclude with several feminism-characterized songs

Hi  followers!

As the end of GPS class, I would like to conclude with my several favorite feminism-characterized songs. Feminism is not about rejecting men, adopting a tough style and burning bras. Actually the majority of feminists are liberal feminists, who believe that nobody gains from female-oppression, that the ending of gender-socialization is key to creating a more fair society and equality between men and women is necessary and achievable.

 Our blogs might be in a rest for a while, however, our attention about women and gender-equality will never cease! Enjoy the following feminism-characterized and amazing songs!

Aretha Franklin-respect 1967

However, Franklin’s version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect”. Franklin’s version adds the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” chorus and the backup singers’ refrain of “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…”

 Franklin’s cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FOUqQt3Kg0

Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like a Woman-1997 

This song is guaranteed to get every woman out of their seats and onto the dance floor to celebrate the fact that they are female! In this song, Twain is “goin’ out tonight” and she’s “feelin’ all right / Gonna get a little outta line”. She doesn’t care what people thing, Twain wants to colour her hair, do what she dares – because the best thing about being a woman is their “prerogative to have a little fun”. What better way to celebrate your femininity.

 

Silent all these years-Tori Amos 1991

Silent All These Years” is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the second single from her debut studio album little earthquakes. It was released in North America in April 1992 and was used promote awareness of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8tdm_CMZDw

 

Helen Eeddy- I am woman 1972

Reddy’s stardom was consolidated when her single “I Am Woman” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1972.

Reddy has attributed the impetus for writing “I Am Woman” and her early awareness of the women’s movement to expatriate Australian rock critic and pioneer feminist Lillian Roxon.

 Reddy is quoted in Fred Bronson’s The Billboard Book of Number One Hits as saying that she was looking for songs to record which reflected the positive self-image she had gained from joining the women’s movement, but could not find any, so “I realized that the song I was looking for didn’t exist, and I was going to have to write it myself”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUBnxqEVKlk

Pink -stupid girls. 2008

The title seems too odd to have characteristics of feminism. However, the song is not a bashing of young women; it’s a criticism of the extreme gender-socialization that some women are trapped by.

 Although many people, myself included, are fans of women like this in the limelight – it is undeniable that in mainstream media, especially magazines, websites and TV Programmes that women are promoted for their looks, and not for what they have to offer society.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR4yQFZK9YM

Alicia Keys-superwoman 2007

She has many songs expressing her feminist views, and this is probably the best example she has. Keys is upset, annoyed, aggravated; she sees the injustices and inequality faced by women everyday in their lives and she’s not going to stand for it.

 This a song of positive vibes, and Keys has made it her mission to free women from the inequality they live under and she is certain that she with every other woman on the planet can become “Superwoman” and improve their situations.

 

Kisses!!!

——Posted bt Jia LIU

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Humour is the spicy of life! MIGHT BE NOT SAFE FOR WORK! (under your criteria!)

But also I think that by humour most of the society’s problems and behavior is explained and talked about… One of the typical sketches and routines the most famous comedian have made are the “Men and Women” routines… and It’s funny because most of the quotes are true! and you feel related and confortable, but in the end you are laughing at yourself!, saying “Oh my god thats so true!!!” or you probably know someone who is like that!

Well I love black humor I think they do an awesome work explaining our society and our problems, using a very simple and humble point of view… Let me know what you think about this one in particular, Dave Chapelle talking about men and women psychology! I know he uses a lot of bad words, but most of the things he sy are true! (and very funny by the way!)

I hope you enjoy the video and post your comments below! FEEDBACK IS GREATLY THANKED!!

Bonne SoiRe followers!

Cheers!

Álvaro

PD: the video!

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Just a different point of view!

Lets see what Bill Maher has to say about feminism!
Feedback is more than welcome!

HooAh!

Cheers!

Álvaro

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Stay-at-Home Dads!

In this post I would like to talk about this contemporary fenomeno popularly called stay-at-home dads!

“A stay-at-home dad (alternatively, stay at home fatherhouse dadSAHDhousehusband, or house-spouse) is a term used to describe a father who is the main caregiver of the children and is the homemaker of the household. As families have evolved, the practice of being a stay-at-home dad has become more common.”

“In colonial American families, the family worked together as a unit and was self-sufficient.Because of the Industrial Revolution, large-scale production replaced home manufacturing; this shift, coupled with then-prevailing norms governing sex or gender roles, dictated that the father become the breadwinner and the mother the caregiver. When affection-based marriages emerged in the 1830s, parents began devoting more attention to children and family relationships became more open. World War II found many women entering the workforce out of necessity; women reassumed the caregiver position after the war, but, together with cultural shifts leading to the feminist movement and advances in birth control, their new-found sense of independence changed the traditional family structure. Some women opted to return to the care giver role. Others chose to pursue careers. When women chose to work outside of the home, alternative childcare became a necessity. If childcare options were too costly, unavailable, or undesirable, the stay-at-home dad became a viable option.

The number of stay-at-home dads has been gradually increasing, especially in developed Western nations. Though the role is still subject to many stereotypes, and men can have difficulties accessing parenting benefits, communities and services targeted at mothers, it is becoming more socially acceptable. The role offers economic benefits to the family, and enables strong emotional development for the child. Increasingly, the stay-at-home dad is being portrayed in the media, especially in the United States. However, in some regions of the world the stay-at-home dad remains culturally unacceptable.”

Increase in popularity!

Stay-at-home dads have been seen in increasing numbers in Western culture, especially in Canada, the UK and the United States since the late 20th century. In developed East Asian nations such as Japan and South Korea, this practice is less common.

There are several reasons why some families feel that it would be more beneficial for the father to be the primary caregiver while the mother works outside of the home. The decision to use a stay-at-home dad arrangement is most commonly due to economic reasons. There has been a disappearance of the types of white-collar jobs that men have traditionally filled. Many middle-aged men have become essentially unemployable, thereby causing a role reversal for economic reasons. At the same time, women are progressing into higher-paying jobs. There are now financial ramifications in deciding whether the mother or father should become the stay-at-home parent. In cases where the woman is the higher-paid parent, it makes more economic sense for her to continue to work while the man takes on the caregiver role. At times the mother’s job offers healthbenefits for the family whereas the father’s does not.

With the growth of telecommuting, many men are also able to work from home. In this regard, he is contributing financially to the family while also acting as the primary caregiver of the family’s children. Differences in parent’s schedules can also account for some of the stay-at-home dads. Sometimes the father works odd work shifts while the mother has a typical nine-to-five work schedule.

Fixed gender roles have become less prominent in the Western world in recent years, allowing men to make their own choice of career without regard to traditional gender-based roles. Some men who choose this role may do so because they enjoy being an active part of their children’s lives, while in other families, the mother wants to pursue her career. For example, of the 187 participants at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in the Business Summit, 1/3 of the women’s husbands were stay-at-home dads.[15]Families vary widely in terms of how household chores are divided. Some retired males who marry a younger woman decide to become stay-at-home dads while their wivesworks because they want a “second chance” to watch a child grow up in a second or third marriage. Additionally, more career and lifestyle options are accepted and prevalent in Western society. There are also fewer restrictions on what constitutes a family. The rising number of single fathers and gay couples raising children means that there may not be a potential stay-at-home mother.

It has become famous even in pop culture! Including:

  • Films: Mr. Mom, Daddy daycare, etc.
  • Music: Again a song called Mr.Mom by Lonestar, and “Stay at home dad” By Jon Lajoie
  • Novels: Diary of a Hapless Househusband, Housebroken: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad, etc.
  • Books: Do Men Mother? by the sociologist Andrea Doucet, Stay-at-Home Dad’s: The Essential Guide to Creating the New Family, etc.
  • Comics: Adam@home
  • TV: Desperate Housewives, The Bernie Mac Show, DadDiO and of course “Stay-At-Home-Dad!”

It even has its own stay-at-home dad’s community! check it out if you want, here’s the link:

The online community for Stay At Home Dads to Network

I think that the typical “macho” male would react horrible at a situtation where they’re unemployed and looking for a job without luck, having to stay at home and take care of the kids, actually it’s pretty complex for both partners, not just in an economical approach but, psychologically talking. It’s a quite delicate spot we’re analyzing here. Specially at the long term, when the roles are mixed up, and the males patience and pride starts collapsing.

Lurking the web I found a very funny (a bit black humor) sketches abouta stay-at-home dad called Brandon.

Here’s the info:

“Poor Brandon. He just lost his job at the Commodities Exchange to a computer, and now it’s goodbye to the trading pit, booze and testosterone, and hello to life as a Stay At Home Dad.”

I think the humour here is just a little too much PICANT!!! but if you are open minded and not easily offended go ahead and check it out! I think you even might have a laugh or two😉

ENJOY FOLLOWERS!

PD: ALSO here is a picture of TK-423 check it out! haha

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Quotes

Hi followers,

Here, a few quotes I thought were relevant :

” Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their opressors.” –  Evelyn Cunningham

Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes.  There’s just too much fraternizing with the enemy.” –  Henry Kissinger

” You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.”  –  Jane Galvin Lewis

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” –  Susan B. Anthony

Some of those quotes might be a little stereotyped but I think it’s quite the reflect of what a lot of people think… (Unfotunately)

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

The first national Women’s Day was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. In August 1910, an International Women’s Conference was organized to precede the general meeting of the Socialist Second International in Copenhagen. Inspired in part by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual ‘International Woman’s Day’ (singular) and was seconded by Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified at that conference. Delegates (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights, including suffrage, for women.

The following year, on 18 March, 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations. In Vienna, women paraded on the Ringstrasse and carried banners honouring the martyrs of the Paris Commune.Women demanded that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. Americans continued to celebrate National Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February.

2011 – International Women’s Day

Events took place in more than 100 countries on March 8, 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. In the United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be “Women’s History Month”, calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on “the extraordinary accomplishments of women” in shaping the country’s history. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges”, on the eve of IWD. In the run-up to 2011 International Women’s Day, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on States and other entities not to relent in their efforts to prevent rape and other forms of sexual violence that harm the lives and dignity of countless women in conflict zones around the world every year.

Modern Age

Today, this events is the possibility for women to make themselves heard. Many events are held by women’s groups around the world. The UK-based marketing company Aurora hosts a free worldwide register of IWD local events so that women and the media can learn about local activity. Many governments and organizations around the world support IWD.

70% of those living in poverty are women and Oxfam GB encourages women to Get Together on International Women’s Day and fundraise to support Oxfam projects, which change the lives of women around the world. Thousands of people hold events for Oxfam on International Women’s Day, join the celebration by visiting the website and registering their events.

Sexually yours! — posted by Eva

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What is Masculism?

As Jia explained it on her article about Man can and Mother , Man are more and more fighting for their paternity rights. Let’s talk about Masculinism.
Masculinism is define in the Larousse Dictionnary as the “state of a feminine subject which presents some of the secondary sexual characters of the man”.
I will not discuss of that aspect of Masculinism, but of the aspect which is absent of the dictionary, Masculinism as opposite to Feminism.
So let’s take a definition of feminism, which is in the dictionary. We find at the first point in the Larousse Dictionnary: “movement fighting for the amelioration of women rights and place in the society”.
By assimilation, we could define masculinism as a movement fighting for men rights and place in the society.
The question is although: in what could we say that men are discriminated?
*Legislation: for the same crime, men and women don’t suffer of the same severity.
As we can see of this table, that is true that more men (41%) receive determined long term imprisonment than women, but the percent of women going to prison for life are more important than the percent of men. This revendication is although to balance.
But what we can highlight in the legislation is that it is really in favor of mother than father.

Only 9% of the father keep their child after a separation or a divorce, against 84% of the women (those number are from 1994, but the trend is still the same) They ask for same parental rights as mother (in France, only three day for the born of a child and 11 days of paternity vacancy).
They ask for free paternity tests, and for “pills for men” too.
*The security of men: they often are considered as stronger as women, and don’t have the same possibilities to be helped if they feel unsecured.
*The pressure which is learnt to men to protect their family, their wife, … Feminists recognize that fact too. Men often think they have to bring the money home to make the family live, and there are more and more example of men who hide their money problem to their family because they feel ashamed about it. Numerous couple let the managing of money to one the couple, often the man, and the wife does not have any idea of what is on the count, she worried about the house and children problem.

So, men, when will you go striking on the streets for your rights?

Audrey