Alice Paul – Influential Global Female Leader

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Alice Paul - Influential Global Female Leader

I haven’t seen anyone post about Alice Paul, so I thought I’d be the first. I didn’t know much about her until we discussed women’s rights in my sophomore US History class. For part of our class, we watched “Iron Jawed Angels” which focused on the women’s suffrage movement in the 1910’s. Alice Paul was one of the founders of women’s rights and started the women’s political movement. Although she is no longer alive, there wouldn’t be as many other influential female leaders if it was not for her. She was a part of many women’s rights groups, starting as a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and then founding the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage. Her group implemented change on a federal level and inevitably gained women the right to vote. Along with that, she worked to gain equality for women on many other levels, and I believe our society wouldn’t be the same today if it wasn’t for her.

http://www.biography.com/people/alice-paul-9435021

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Gay Rights

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Gay Rights

I’ve always been for gay rights and I always will be. People are people no matter what race, religion, or sexual orientation. I really liked the Australian public service announcement for gay marriage because it showed how love is love whether one is gay straight bisexual transgender ect.

“So a Girl Walks into a Comedy Club..”

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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.

Street Harassment

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Street Harassment

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.

Body Image

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Body Image

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.