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I found this article both interesting, disheartening, and inspiring. I know, I sound like a schizophrenic women.

Interesting: The data is telling and it speaks to an epidemic effecting so many women today. Though we seem to be stepping into more and more powerful roles in the world, we seem to be shying away from our potency at the same time. It is almost as though we take one step forward and two steps back. There is an internal battle we seem to be fighting. We have women like Sharon Sandburg, Leymah Gobwee, Oprah, Malala, and Kathryn Bigalow leading the charge for female leaders in all different industries, but then we have situations like Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” video, the horrific rapes in India and (as this article describes) a significant drop in female presence in the media. The dichotomy is extreme, interesting and extreme.

Disheartening: Why? Why do we continue to take one step forward and two steps back? Is it simply a natural evolution of things? I suppose for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, so the harder we push on one side the harder the fall on the other. Still, I question even the way this article was written. What if it is no one’s responsibility but ours, as women, to lead the change in the female presence and representation in the media? Where are the women producing the movies? Writing the movies? Directing the movies about women and for women? And where are the women buying the tickets? Protesting and boycotting films that do not align with the proper respect we as women deserve? We can’t wait for someone to do it for us, so if we want it to happen let’s make it happen ourselves.

Inspiring: The fact that this article was written speaks to the fact that this is a hot topic in the world today. I have never been so aware of campaigns, discussions and conversations relating to women and the struggle for a female voice. We are bringing light to this issue with much attention and support. People care and are noticing that something is up, something needs to change. The first step to making a difference is recognizing what needs to change. The recognition is ample, so we are on our way.

In general I feel so privileged and proud to be a woman today. I feel we are a time of reinvention and discovery and we are creating an identity we have not taken the time (or had the opportunity) to quantify before. It is an exciting time and I am all over this band wagon!

xo,

a

Add yours Comments – 4

  • Kain Vinosec

    on January 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    That is a fantastic article. Thanks for sharing!

  • toxiceye

    on January 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I find it interesting that you mention evolution; many think it’s just a method of slowly meandering up the ladder by steps over thousands of years. It’s actually more a trial and error method. You try something little and it works or it doesn’t. If it worked, that’s great, and you try something bigger. The creature lives and passes on the trait. If it failed, the creature dies and the trait goes with it. In this way, evolution can very much take you backwards, if that’s what nature determines is the right way. Thus, perhaps the future of sexual equality is less a ladder detailing steps upwards and more a river that wanders left and right when it needs to.

    tl;dr – Malala is a small girl who has proven she can stand by herself against the heavily armed ranks of some of the worst human monsters to ever exist. On the other hand, she had to. Because there are people out there who think a girl who can read a book is the end of civilization.

  • Beth

    on January 16, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Awesome article, really freaking awesome!

  • Jared Annis

    on February 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

    The dichotomy of human nature is, in itself, versatile and varying; The things that lead people to perform unspeakable acts are, themselves, unspeakable acts. To put it simply people destroy one another, male or female, because of their own capabilities and lack thereof.

    If a man is afraid of a woman’s success it is because they feel they are either above or below them, and vice versa; Not in rights or acts, not in success itself, but in opinion and view. People love to be on top, and for some the thought of helping those that aren’t as they are is disconcerting; Don’t acknowledge the point and maybe it’ll go away. Hide from it and maybe it won’t find you.

    As a male myself I do acknowledge that women don’t receive the respect so many of them rightly deserve, and for some it’s because they are turned away or rejected; But for others it is much simpler in that the people that are meant to respect them don’t respect themselves.

    Religion, money, ethics and ideals; Morals and zeal, everyone flocks to something in the hope that it will either make their life better and bring them closer to being above others. It’s a sad state of things.

    I, personally, believe that all are equal and that, in and of itself, is glorious. Men and women will always be better at things that the other sex can also do, but that is something to be cherished. It only increases our individual worth and the way that we see one another. Physical acts and abilities; Knowledge and instinct; Skills and lessons; They all fade away in time, but the people themselves will be remembered for who they are in what they do, not what they do itself.

    Even if I achieve nothing in my life I will always be proud that I, in even the tiniest way, in even a minuscule way, tried to do the right thing. I’m not religious and I don’t believe in heaven, but even if at the end I see nothing, know nothing, I’ll at least have that I helped one person; Made one life even slightly better. If I find that I was wrong and I burn then I will gladly do so knowing that my suffering brought someone else a better life.

    And if, by happenstance, I find myself better at something or in some way superior I will never flout it, but instead assist anyone that ever asks, even if I know that they will be greater than I am, even if I know they will surpass me, I am happy in that.

    I know it sounds stupid when you write it; because in this regard words don’t truly mean anything, because there’s no proof and no point being bought across and you can holler at the top of your lungs about making things better and still not actually do anything, but I don’t mean to say that I’m a good person or that I’m saving lives, just that this is my opinion on life and that even though I am a man with male views and opinions on everything I can still safely say that seeing yourself as superior or others as lesser is no excuse to take advantage and that rape, refusal of equality and rights and denial without reason simply because someone is a woman, or black, or even damaged or crippled in some form, is always wrong.
    They are still people, men, whites and the physically fine make mistakes just as bad, if not worse. It’s what we actually achieve that we should be proud of.

    And any man that judges female presence in the media, or anything else, as lesser simply because there are less women in that field is dead wrong.

    Sorry for the rant, this article made me want to air my views on this topic and that people say such things about women or even believe something like that disgusts me, and I have heard such things. One day everyone will hopefully be able to look one another in the eye without judgement or critique. It just saddens me that there will probably always be something that causes others to ostracize one another.