Topic: Female Contraceptives (birth control pills) being sold over the counter
Thesis Statement: Oral contraceptives are some of the most effective drugs on the market and should be sold over the counter because they are sage to use, would be more affordable to women, and would prevent many of the unwanted pregnancies that occur each year in the United States.
I’ve personally never been a fan of Daniel Tosh, but hearing this just took it to a whole ‘nother level. Of course I think the woman sitting in the audience acted reasonably. She did not need to sit there and listen to such offensive jokes and had a right to voice her opinion, even if it meant interrupting Tosh’s “performance.” She doesn’t need to learn how to take a joke, society needs to learn but is and is not acceptable to joke about, and rape certainly is not. Joking about something as serious as rape makes light of a heavy topic. People think less of something if they find is funny or humorous, and rape should not be taken lightly. People like Daniel Tosh who try to joke about serious matters such as rape are the reason societal attitude towards these subjects are not what they should be. This behavior has a negative effect of society, and women in particular, because rape is not something that should be joked about.
I didn’t even know I was a victim of street harassment because it’s become so common now a days. It’s become so difficult to be a female and just walk down the street without being honked at or whistled at. I don’t understand why males think it’s “okay” to yell obscenities at women on a daily basis. Street harassment is such a familiar part of today’s society and it should not be acceptable.
As for personal experiences with street harassment, I can certainly relate. I grew up in a small town, literally one square mile, so before I got my license I walked EVERYWHERE. It was basically impossible to walk down the street without having guys in my town beep at me. I’ve seen guys make kissy faces out their car windows as they drove by and I’ve had crude things yelled at me. I never thought anything of it because it’s something I saw nearly everyday.
One of my other friends, on the other hand, has experienced a violent form of street harassment. While walking home from school one day, a group of guys driving past her literally pulled over, got out of the car, and smacked her butt. Not only is that street harassment, but it’s sexual harassment, and that just goes to show how street harassment can escalade into more violent forms of harassment.
If people don’t start acting against street harassment, it can only go down hill from here. Street harassment if one of the most common forms of harassment against women and it should not be taken lightly.
After watching three of Ariel Levy’s videos on raunch culture and how women in society are portrayed today, I would say that I partially agree with her. I definitely agree with the first video I saw about how women look up to this unnatural beauty. The standards for beauty today are so high that it is nearly impossible to look like the women shown in magazine and on television without having some type of plastic surgery. And even then, almost all advertisements are photoshopped. Women today look up to a beauty that doesn’t even exist.
On the other hand, I disagree with Levy’s videos on female chauvinism and girls gone wild. Of course the ideas of feminism have changed over the years. Our society is constantly changing and because of that the ideas and beliefs of it are also going to change. I don’t think women are chauvinists towards other women, I think they want to empower and embrace femininity. And onto the girls gone wild section, I completely disagree with that. The females that participate in the girls gone wild videos are just a handful of women in society. It is wrong to generalize all women based on these few individuals. Although I was shocked that these women don’t get paid and participate in girls gone wild for “fun,” I don’t think it was okay for Levy to make assumptions about all women based on this.
I get the attempt at humor in this advertisement, but there is nothing funny about comparing a woman’s name to “the little things you forget.”
Body image became important to me my freshman year of high school. My whole life I was underweight – not because of an eating disorder or anything like that – I was just naturally very thin. When I started high school, I gained about 10 pounds over the summer. I was still thin, and no one else seemed to notice, but I certainly did. I posted this picture with my blog post because it goes along perfectly with how I was feeling.
With all the advertisements and pictures in the media, society has created molds of the perfect bodies – for both men and women – and if you don’t fit the molds society makes you feel bad about it. If more advertisements featured people of all different body types, I think the self esteem of teens and adults would go up. Seeing people of all different colors, shapes, and sizes on advertisements would break the molds of this “perfect” body image. I wouldn’t say the media is responsible for how people feel about themselves, but I would say that they aren’t making people feel any better.