In a recent TED talk, Monica Lewinsky has opened up about her experience and has chosen to “take back [her] narrative” in a discussion titled “The Price of Shame.”
In the digital age, slander has moved into a whole other level – and it’s consequences are devastating. While it seems harmless to click onto websites shaming others and while we think on some level a person deserves it, we are tearing down our fellow people and communicating that this is what we consider entertaining and desirable.
I encourage people to consider what their actions communicate; the internet is far from anonymous.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
– Alice Walker
I have been wondering where my feminism journey started and how I can take someone along with me. This is an attempt.
I use to regard feminism as “Wow, what the fuck are they talking about now?” In a way, I was interested because I didn’t fit into the standard mold – at least, what I thought girls were supposed to be like. (In my teenage mind, that meant being boy crazy, wearing makeup, and caring what I looked like). Either I had to accept myself as an anomaly/wrong, or conform. For awhile, I chose to accept that all people are unique and to not worry about it. Then I had to take a gender studies course for graduation.
So here it is.
On one end, there’s a lot of interest in the Snow White fairy-tale as a cautionary tale about beauty. And, I don’t know, people seemed to like Maleficent enough to give her a Wicked-like story, or something, right? (Right? The bad guy has a reason to be bad? …I haven’t seen it yet)
On the other, I think a lot of people (re: radical feminists) treat the movie like the beginning of the end of Disney’s “disempowering women agenda.” Don’t get me wrong – there are definitely problems with female portrayal, but they go beyond the Disney empire. The shitty treatment women get exists on all platforms. Yes, it’s problematic that Snow White sang a song about how she’s going to let a man save her.
Are you ready to meet Earth 2.0?
Yesterday, NASA live-streamed a conference on our current progress toward finding life on other planets. “The Search for Life in the Universe” was on July 14, 2014 at 2:00 ET on NASATV. Subscribe to NASA’s Twitter to participate in such events, and follow the news for current breakthroughs.
Awhile back, I made the argument that both pronunciations of gif (gif/”jif”) are correct. In the same vein, I want to talk a little bit about the word “diet” because that one seems to cause more confusion than it should.