Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Study: 2008 Election's Impact on Girls

"Obama's election means a lot for women -- and, of course, girls. No big surprise there.

But according to a new study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute, the presidential race was influencing girls across the country even before Obama won. Their survey of over 3,000 boys and girls (including non-Girl Scouts) found that the election increased girls' interest in leadership, but also heightened "their appreciation for the difficulties that women face in our society."

According to the study, 43 percent of girls today strongly believe that "girls have to work harder than boys in order to gain positions of leadership," a statement that just 25 percent of girls agreed with just a year ago. And the percentage of girls who believe that "today both men and women have an equal chance of getting a leadership position" declined from 35 percent to 24 percent between 2007 and 2008. Ouch.

Also: Ritu Sharma of Women Thrive Worldwide on what having Sasha and Malia in the White House means for girls outside the Beltway."


Feminist Film Studies

This website facilitates analysis of the images that saturate our media-driven culture. Even though it is a blog maintained by an educational institution (University of Minnesota), it is also user based. So, you can submit your own pictures and comments if you find a disturbing photo on-line. I encourage you to visit the site and peruse the submissions.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama on Girls on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Via White House press release, President Obama's statement on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this
decision not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom,
but stands for a broader principle: that government should not
intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to
protecting a woman's right to choose.

While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what
our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended
pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and
families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we
must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable
contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.

On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to
ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities
as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have
fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid
equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That
is what I want for women everywhere.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A Girl Loves a Boy who Loves his Bike

Thanks to Ashley Lee for sending this to me. It's good... :)

Weddings Don't Have to be Your Everything

Click title link of this blog post to visit my review of the film "Bride Wars."  I couldn't figure out how to copy and paste it over without having to re-type it, and I want to share with all of you.  

Synopsis of Blog Post:  This film, in an attempt to make a satire about the American wedding industry, has succeeded in advocating a one-dimensional female character driven story for young girls to disillusion themselves with.  Do not waste your money on "Bride Wars," as it appears to be designed to pressure girls into believing that they must fill the "void" within themselves with dependence on a heteronormative relationship and a wedding- the "happiest and most important day in a girl's life."

Check out my site for more :-)