Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thank you, Beyoncé!

The new Beyoncé album has a song called "***Flawless" which features words from a speech by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an amazing feminist author from Nigeria. I wanted to hear the whole speech and I was happy to find it as a TED Talk. I think the points Ms. Adichie brings up have a lot to do with what we've been talking about in class, especially about gender norms. I really like how she talks about making change through educating the youth and changing gender perceptions at a young age for men and women.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Blurred Lines - Feminist Remix

You've probably already seen this, but here's a feminist remix to the song Blurred Lines. So funny!

Twitter's Sexist and Racist Reaction to the Obama Selfie

In response to Lynsey's article, I thought this article on The Salon by Elias Isquith was interesting because it analyzed the Twitter reaction to Michelle Obama and the presidential selfie. The article draws upon the different reactions from liberals and conservatives. While some tweeters, focused on Michelle Obama's status as a #angryblacklady, others focused on her status as a domestic woman scolding her husband: "Uh-oh – President @BarackObama might be sleeping on the couch tonight."

Wall Street Has a Big Fat Crush on Hillary Clinton

After our class discussion on the media perception of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and other leading women political figures, I thought it would be interesting to look into what the public is saying about this figures in recent news. In an article on The Wire, author Philip Bump analyzes the role between the financial sector and presidential campaigns, with a focus on Hillary Clinton's upcoming candidacy for president in 2016. Given that Clinton has held many public relations events and has been "tending to would-be financial donors for much of last year," Bump argues, "It's actually a sign that Hillary wants their money." Personally, I believe the article characterizes Clinton in a terrible light, by scrutinizing her support for the financial sector.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

The New Republic ran a cover story last week on Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is emerging as an important voice in the Democratic Party. This is a really interesting article that makes some intriguing comparisons between Warren and Hillary Clinton  You can watch videos of Warren here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Focus on Angry Michelle Obama

Here's an article with the photos of the exchange between Michelle Obama and the Danish Prime Minister at the funeral for Nelson Mandela.
Tech Leadership Lags Behind in Gender Diversity

Silicon Valley lags behind the rest of Corporate America in getting more women into leadership roles, new research finds
...The underlying reasons for the tech industry lagging behind others in gender diversity are myriad and much debated. Some point to low levels of young women in science and engineering education programs limit the potential pool of future female leaders. Others think Silicon Valley has a cultural problem that stacks the deck against women. The smaller sizes of tech companies surveyed by Fenwick, relative to the larger S&P 100 companies, may also mean there are fewer opportunities open to women.