“I don’t think feminism, as I understand the definition, implies the rejection of maternal values, nurturing children, and caring about the men your life. That is just nonsense to me.” – Hilary Clinton
“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.” – Cheris Kramerae
That’s why I named my radio show, Lady Second. Because we’re all people first!
I just found this video by Todrick Hall and now I’m obsessed with his work. I love the part in the video where Cinderella runs a boardroom meeting! Absolutely fantastic.
“I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything?” – Beyonce
Labels are for cans not people! Instead of debating over and over again what a feminist is, we need to use our actions more than our words. Ms Carter certainly is!
Although I don’t think Beyonce’s new album is as good as her older ones I think it reflects where she is in life. Beyonce’s always been sexy but she’s never pushed the envelope into the XXX category until her self-entitled album. Some people think it’s too much, they call it vulgar, and say Beyonce’s becoming a bad influence for children. But I say otherwise.
Beyonce is a 32 year-old wife and mother. I hate to tell you what you missed out on that day you skipped 7th grade health and they gave “the talk” but Beyonce didn’t get Blue Ivy from a stork, or a surrogate mother (despite media rumors). I feel that at this point in Beyonce’s career she has the right to be sexy. So what if sex sells? At this point Beyonce’s not in it for the money, she’s in it for the craft. The truth is everyone woman and man alive is a sexual being. I think what Beyonce wants to do is show that mothers have the right to be sexual beings and mothers. What her new album does is opens up discussion for what is and isn’t healthy in a sexual relationship, in addition to bring up what is and isn’t proper public conduct for a new mother.
Maybe we should read between the lines of Beyonce’s new lyrics. Someone as big as Beyonce doesn’t allow lyrics about domestic violence enter one of her songs without purpose, and then avoid answering questions about it for no reason. Beyonce’s keeping quiet for this reason and this reason alone: Queen B isn’t suppose to tell you what to do, she just tells you what to think about.
So I’ve been taking a class with Cheri Steinkeller, one of the writers of Cheers and we’ve been talking a lot about what television is missing. I think TV is missing a lot of things, but mostly what it’s missing is a strong female lead character that has little to no romantic life. Don’t get me wrong here, there are definitely a lot of female roles out there- Girls, New Girl, Parks & Rec, etc. but all the women on these shows have a romantic storyline. Why can’t a woman just be doing her thing, if you know what I mean?
And I mean I get it, sex sells. A show like Scandal is so scandalous because Olivia Pope is hooking up with the President of the United States but why can’t Olivia say no to him? I mean I sort of get it. Fictional President Fitz has power and he’s suppose to be attractive or whatever but what is the role of Olivia Pope really doing for women? Her role is empowering but limited. While Olivia is a powerhouse “fixer” she is unable to fix the problems in her life. Although she shows that a woman can make a lot of money on her own, her happiness will still depend on the status of her relationship with the men in her life.
My question is this: Why does Olivia Pope and why do other fictional women on TV have to have romantic problems? I’m not opposed to women having problems in TV, in fact quite the contrary. I want women to have problems on TV so the public can see how women really live. But I want women to have issues that I can relate too. Why can’t we see a woman’s show with themes of poverty, abuse, or single motherhood? Why can’t I find a show where the female is so focused on her work, she has no time for a romantic life?
In the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act only covers computers and the Internet. We need to expand this law to include cell phones and new emerging technologies so that we, the people of the United States, can protect ourselves. The people of the United States have the right to privacy, and we need to start exercising that right.
Published in 1915 in The New York Tribune