Not to justify Woodley, but to understand her
A very coherent and necessary rumination on feminism in popular media. I appreciate Friedman’s attempt to understand rather than shame Woodley’s (admittedly) misguided comments about “loving men” and needing to be equal. I often find that the term feminism is alienating, and that if you even have the slightest doubt about it, you are frowned upon and chastised. I hope that we begin to more deeply examine all of the complexities and flaws that come along with modern day feminism, in order to make it the all-encompassing concept that it aspires to be.
Female Leadership: Visible or Invisible?
Re: A conversation that I had with a female faculty member last week—she mentioned that there are many high level faculty and staff that are convinced that Georgetown is a female dominated campus regarding leadership and extracurricular achievement. We then discussed the fact that, though women may be heavily involved and successful, they are rarely the face of this success and are not always awarded and celebrated for it
Switching it up for Different Reasons
This is so interesting. It is pretty neat that she can extend her career this way and moreover, her insights into themes like “presenting” and “identity” are fascinating.
What would it be like to grow up considering yourself—both internally and externally—one thing, only to only to switch up the outside and wholly keep the inside? It is different than trans* theory because she only does it for her job, and the change is really only surface level—but I think this story touches on some similar questions.
I’d assume that she still celebrates Femininity in her personal life—as distinct from her work life— but has to tone it down for her job. Interesting as well, is how her husband feels. I love that he is still supportive, and considering that “in the sheets” she is still the same Elliott (also, LOVE the name for a girl, going on my list!); however, to the outside world, she is more like a he. I am sure that they had to have some real conversations about what their external presentations mean to the other and why it is or isn’t important.
At the end of the day. she is beautiful as a female and a male, so whatever the heck. Rock it, Girl.
An outsiders perspective on the West.
Scary how the truth hurts
Ender’s Game Review
One of my top 5 reads, I just had to give it a shout out before the movie comes out later this year. If you have not read it, pick it up today!
Girls in Egypt: Education Necessary for Progress
As Egypt works towards a more robust democracy, their need for critical thinking and a literate electorate grows exponentially. Here, education plays a crucial role in the politics of a state, and exemplifies our need to bridge the gaps between girls and boys, literate and illiterate—creating a generation of leaders.
Civil Liberties or Civil Information?
So…we don’t want people’s DNA to be taken upon arrest because that “infringes on civil liberties” but somehow forcing women to get an ultrasound is a completely easy procedure that does not infringe on civil liberties but rather “gives women more information?” I guess the words “invasive” and “personal” mean different things at different times—mainly when it is convenient for those opposing the first and affirming the second.
Granted, I agree with both—taking DNA for identification purposes, and giving women ultrasounds so as to increase the legitimacy and credibility of the procedure. But that is just my wishful thinking for a more informed body politic….