American media has a history of ignoring the marginalized in our society. That’s slowly changing, but there’s still one group that’s often excluded altogether. And that’s America’s poor. Now you may be thinking “But wait! I can think of an example!” And yes. Perhaps you can. But unfortunately, media representation isn’t enough; diverse and accurate media representation is essential.
It’s okay to disagree with people. It’s even okay to hold disdain for other people’s politics. But when we cross over into personal attacks, we’ve gone too far. Not only are we being rude, we’re also being unfair. So the next time you find yourself criticizing conservatives, remind yourself that what you’re critical of is their belief system – not the people themselves.
Growing up in the Midwest, I heard many things said about the Native American ethnicity. Some things were good, most were bad, but all had one thing in common: They were sweeping generalizations – overarching assumptions that ascribe a specific set of characteristics to all people of a certain culture. Otherwise known as stereotypes. And to move beyond them, first we have to understand them.
Many people struggle with feelings of inadequacy or negative self-perception based on the messages they’ve received since birth. Often, these negative messages become internalized. In this podcast episode, Shannon Ridgway will discuss the different ways in which those struggling with low self-esteem can utilize feminist concepts to rediscover their inherent self-worth.
Unfortunately, patriarchy still exists. And it often manifests in casual ways that tend to go unnoticed by the majority of people. And women aren’t the only ones who suffer under this everyday patriarchy. Everyone does. It limits their range of experiences and diminishes their worth as humans. This plays out in everyday life far more often than we realize.
Straight men and women are going to find people of the opposite gender attractive and want to let them know that. And that’s fine. In fact, a lot of us love getting compliments. But it’s the intent behind the compliment that can be problematic. We think it’s great if you find a woman attractive and want to let her know that, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.
As able-bodied individuals, we live in a society that regularly and easily accommodates our every need. As such, we often forget the privilege that this entitles us. Keeping these things in mind will help us to relate to those among us who encounter barriers due to physical limitations and to gain more understanding of what they go through on a daily basis.
Ageism against the elderly is still very prevalent and normalized. For those of us who are young, we often fail to realize the advantages we have being younger than age 65 (sometimes even younger). I hope this list of privileges makes us more aware of the stigma we place on the elderly and how we can be more mindful of how we treat the aging generation.
Due to the “no public funding for abortions” mantra, since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has denied federal Medicaid coverage of it and a shrinking number of state Medicaid cover it. So 1 in 4 women who would have had a Medicaid-funded procedure if funds had been available are unable to obtain one. That’s too many low-income women who essentially had their choice taken away due to their income level.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and a big ‘Ho Ho Ho!’ to you! For a while now, we’ve been hearing that endless loop of holiday music playing over and over again as we walk through the mall, drive in our cars or generally just exist. So in the spirit of the season, we thought we’d offer up a little feminist/social analysis of some popular holiday carols. Enjoy!