Women Bashing Women
Today is International Women’s Day and yet one of the biggest issues to face women is each other.
This past week Taylor Swift has been the target of a self-professed alcoholic/slut, Chelsea Handler, who bullies her publically for being a virgin. In our society half the teen population in most public schools are pregnant. Inner city schools that I have worked in have had to have daycare on site. And I can also say that most girls I have worked with abhor using birth control and would rather take the risk of getting pregnant. These girls who look up to the Snookies and Chelsea Handler’s, due to a lack of being taught self-respect growing up, are assuming it is okay to sleep around.
We should be applauding Taylor Swift not making fun of her. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler need to be shamed for making fun of her too. All this crap about her songs being about boys she broke up with – what else should a young girl be writing songs about? If Frida Kahlo were alive today, would they also be making fun of her artistic journals? “Oh, she can only paint herself over and over again – What’s that all about?” If Frida and Diego were alive, we’d see photos online “Who’s that with Diego? Does Frida know?” and of course it would be in reverse with her and the consorts she chose to be with. They would have lasted a few months in today’s world.
I don’t generally get upset with Planned Parenthood and the things that they say, yet this week they are – for politically correct reasons – upset with New York Cities poster campaign which seeks to educate young people about unwanted pregnancies. As a teen parent once myself, I think their campaign is very valuable as it takes a realistic look at this topic. Why must we be silent about the obvious? Why are we glamorizing teen pregnancies by hosting a reality show on MTV? And the show “Who’s Your Daddy?” This is dispicable!
States are having to pass laws to get young men to pull up their pants. Women and young girls are wearing 4-6″ heels. High school girls around the country dress like what would have once been considered a prostitute.
Our society is pathetically obsessed with who’s sleeping with whom and who’s not sleeping with whom. Meanwhile, every 7 seconds a woman is battered. Africa has the highest rate of rapes in the world. 80 pregnancies/1,000 teens aged 15-19 Half of girls in South Sudan are forced to marry. The Violence Against Women Act is still refuted by Republicans in America. When will it all end?
When will we applaud women who are doing things right and are good role models for women? Here are the women I choose to applaud in today’s society that I think represent good role models and have something wonderful to contribute to our society, for one reason or another. Add your own if you so choose.
As women we really need to be more conscious of the women we are talking about and what we are saying to young women around the world. What do we have to celebrate today? We have many rights as women but we take advantage of this freedom and behave like irresponsible people who no longer seem to have self-respect. We bully the good girls and praise the bad girls. Celebrate International Women’s Day today by thinking about how we can re-think the direction we are going in.
- The Complexities of Feminism: Taylor Swift, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey (persephonemagazine.com)
- International Women’s Day (bluemountain.com)
- International Womens Day & why we need Feminism (glittermamawishes.wordpress.com)
- Editor: Reproductive Rights Still a Major Issue on International Women’s Day (voicerussia.com)
- International Women’s Day 2013: ‘stop violence against us’ (theweek.co.uk)
- How Are You Influencing the Treatment of Women? (latebloomlisa.wordpress.com)
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