Feminism | Posted by Brian C on 06/23/2011

An Old Boy’s Club

Ask a random Congress person about how Congress runs and odds are their response would sound a little something like, “It operates pretty much like an old boy’s club, please excuse me, I need hard candy.” Needless to say, the climate of Congress has not changed in YEARS (The newly elected Congress brags an average age of 58.2 years old). Representatives get re-elected by overwhelming majorities despite being convicted of 11 ethics violations (looking at you Charlie Rangel). I would support the sentiment, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” however the truth of the matter is that it is broke. Someone needs to get into Washington and change the very fabric that binds it together. Someone like a woman.

To all ye nay-sayers, the discussion about the under …

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Feminism | Posted by Becka W on 06/21/2011

Weinergate 2011

I feel as though I should provide full disclosure here: I follow Anthony Weiner on Twitter. As a representative from my general area (Queens/LI), I like to hear what he has to say – plus, his hashtags were always witty and hilarious, just like his speeches to Congress. Up until last week, this was simply a weird factoid about my twitter following list. Now, I feel like I’m somehow part of some major scandal (also, I’m a little bummed that I wasn’t on twitter the exact moment he tweeted that infamous picture… I would feel like I’m part of some elite club of the hyper-politically-aware).

First and foremost, Weiner handled this in literally the worst possible way:

1) He lied about it and thought it would just go away. …

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Feminism | Posted by Zoe G on 06/7/2011

Cat-Calling In The Australian Senate

The date: 1st of June, 2011. The place: The Australian Senate.

Senator Penny Wong, Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation, was speaking when she was interrupted. ‘If I could finish?’ she snapped with justified annoyance, glaring across the room. Immediately the room broke into a chorus of “oooh”, like a bunch of sniggering schoolboys.

Then Opposition Senator David Bushby made a meowing noise.

Gotta give props to Penny Wong – she let him have it: ‘It is just extraordinary. The blokes are allowed to yell but if a woman stands her ground, you want to make that kind of comment. It’s not schoolyard politics, mate!’

The issue had been hotly debated in the Australian media. There is no doubt it was inappropriate, but there is argument over whether it …

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Feminism | Posted by Danielle B on 04/7/2011

“Hello, Ms. President.” (Is That So Hard To Believe?)

The Yahoo! Homepage is literally one of the first things I see when I get up in the morning, and whenever I see a featured article about a woman who’s made an impact for reasons other than parading around on some reality show with a puke-orange tan (ooh, am I bitter?), I feel a jolt of excitement and curiosity. Click!

Last week, a Yahoo! Homepage featured article was about Geraldine Ferraro, “who in 1984 became the first woman vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket [in the United States].” She passed away two Saturdays ago.

I’ll be the first to admit that I abhor politics.

I know, I know, as a liberated woman I should want to educate myself about this stuff, but . . . I don’t …

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/24/2011

The Affordable Care Act: Feminism Moving Forward

One of the reasons many girls today don’t identify as feminists is because there are quite a few of us who are convinced that men and women are totally equal. The 1970′s took care of all of our political and social battles, teens reason, looking to mothers who work to the same degree and prestige as their fathers and male classmates who they largely equal or surpass in intelligence. What exactly are feminists fighting for, they might wonder, and write us off as never-satisfied perpetual complainers.

Well. Even if we completely disregard the fact that this standpoint can really only occur to girls of first-world countries, and within those countries to girls of middle-upper classes, there are still a lot of political and economic disparities that effect all of us. …

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 11/3/2010

Teenage Girls: Uninterested in Politics?

In the past few weeks leading up to election day, I’ve found it impossible to turn on the T.V. and not find myself face to face with an incredibly unflattering photo of a political candidate, with a voice over telling me how evil this person I’ve never heard of before is, and if I elect them (not that I can vote, but whatever), an angel will lose it’s wings/a million puppies will die/every kid in America will find out Santa doesn’t exist. Especially when I’ve had a really crappy day and all I want to do is sing along to Glee, these commercials seem to really be enough to make anybody want to tune out of the political sphere altogether. And apparently, that’s exactly what teenage girls across the country …

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Feminism | Posted by Becka W on 10/26/2010

What Does Christine O’Donnel Mean for Feminism?

First off, in all seriousness, I’d like to congratulate O’Donnel for making it this far in politics. It’s definitely not an easy game, particularly for women. Politics is still, unfortunately, largely a man’s world. Women who break through deserve credit, and that should be given to O’Donnel.

According to The White House Project’s 2009 Benchmarks Report, Women make up only 17% of the U.S. House and the Senate, only 23.6% of State Executive Officials, hold only 24.3% of seats in State Legislatures, and there are only 6 female governors – and that’s just the start of the shocking statistics. Usually, I can say that I wholeheartedly support any woman running for any political position around the country, regardless of whether or not I believe 110% in her politics. Just because …

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Feminism | Posted by Zoe G on 06/29/2010

Julia Gillard and Why We Still Need Feminism

As of June 24th, Australia now has a female Prime Minister. I’m not sure how big the news is overseas, but here, there’s been a lot of commotion. Julia Gillard is the 27th Prime Minister of our country – and the first female one.

On the morning of June 24th, she and our former PM, Kevin Rudd, had a contest for leadership of the governing Labour Party. Rumours said that Julia had more votes, but before they could be counted, Kevin stood down, making Julia automatic ruler. While this was happening, I was at school, frantically clicking ‘refresh’ on Google News while I was meant to be doing my Humanities project (oops…). When articles saying she had won began to appear, my best friend and I had a celebration. As …

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