Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sarah Effing Palin

Sarah Palin is in no way, shape or form a feminist. And I think it's really important to know that before you decide on who to vote for this Tuesday (if you haven't already absentee or early voted). Here are three simple reasons why not:

1. Sarah Palin supports a complete and total ban on women's reproductive rights. She is pro-life, even in cases of rape and incest. I'm sorry, but I think Feminists for Life is a joke of an organization; isn't that kind of like calling a group "Children's Advocates for Deadbeat Dads?"

2. Her husband works for a major oil company that is currently doing drilling in Alaska. She directly benefits (financially) from seeing the world's resources diminished and depleted, and she is pro-destruction of the environment: this flies in the face of ecofeminism.

3. She favors the subjugation of LGBT people. She does not support gay marriage, civil unions or gay adoption and has favored bills that would strip gay couples of many rights straight people take for granted simply because of their sexual orientation, citing that "preserving the family structure is just that important" to her.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Here's a gem

While stumbling in class this morning (don't judge me!) I came across this interesting website:

I must warn you that it's not for the faint of heart. In fact, as I was reading through it I verbally said "WHAT!?" aloud in class. It was awkward, but I played it off as if I didn't understand what we were going over so all is good.

But honestly, this website is definitely one to note.

Here's just a tidbit of the claims that are made on the site:

Women have been more Oppressed than Men in the Past

Not True

Women were Unfairly Kept out of the Workplace

Not True

Men are More 'Domestically Violent' Towards Women than are Women Towards Men

Not True

Over 25% of Women will be Raped in their Lives

Not True

Feminism is of Considerable Benefit to Society

Not True

And the list goes on and on.

Check it out and see for yourself. It's almost hard to believe that there are people out here that believe in this... ALMOST.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What is 2gays1blog?

2gays1blog is an activist project we have created for our Women's Studies class to discuss feminist ideals and principles as they relate to today's college student.

We are focusing our blog on college-age people and males (two groups that are underrepresented in the feminist movement) and the notion we have been discussing in our class that "feminism is for everybody."

So who are we?

We are Robbie and Travis, two Seniors at Ball State University.

Robbie is a Spanish major while Travis is majoring in Sociology and Religious Studies.

Stay tuned each week as we explore topics relevant to the college feminist. It's going to be a blogging good time!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Are you a feminist?

Do you believe that sex without permission is a violent crime that victims should be encouraged and not ashamed to report?
Do you believe in a person's liberty?
If you are hired at the exact same time and place with the same qualifications, should you receive the same payment and benefits as a member of the opposite sex?
Do you love and respect women?
Do you think that women and children are important?
Do you think that women can be independent and support themselves?
If you were an employer, would you hire qualified people without basing your decision on gender?
Do you have faith in a female lawyer, doctor, professor, etc?
Do you think that all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, ethnicity, etc. are entitled to certain unalienable rights?
Do you think that women are human beings?
If a person is being sexually harassed in the workplace, would you support them if they spoke up?
Do you believe that spousal abuse should not be normal or acceptable?
Have you ever given to charity?
Do you do community service or would you like to be more involved in making your community a better and safer place to live?
Should people be safe walking down the street?
Should sex toys be legal? (In Indiana, they're not!)
Do you think that education about and access to safe sex products should be easily obtained?
Should women have the right to say what happens to their bodies, not the government or culture?
Do people need the right to dictate what happens with their own lives?
Is there a woman in your life that you love and respect?

If you answered "Yes" to one or more of these questions, you might be a feminist.

(Adapted from Ball State University's Feminist for Action)