Monthly Archives: October 2008

Women DO Count!

For those of you who have been following the election and all the questions and debates over how to attract women voters, the following article may be of interest:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27323731/It really breaks down the myths surrounding the female vote (for example, women vote down gender lines instead of party lines) and shows ways in which these […]

Sex for Votes?

“I’m on the “no” side for this one: http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2008/10/23/girls_say_yes/index.html For the “yes” side, see the Bust blog: http://www.bust.com/blog/2008/10/21/girls-say-yes.html I realize this puts me in the “humorless feminist” camp, but the idea of trading sex for a vote just strikes me as wrong. Thoughts from our readers?

Sexism in the Media…Again

Another article questioning Sarah Palin’s ability to be a mother and a politician:http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2008/10/17/trig_time/ Would anyone ask a male candidate (in fact, has anyone ever asked a male candidate) the question posed by the writer at the end of this piece? But where’s the middle ground between exploitation and negligence?

Fat Talk Free Week and Love Your Body Day

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15, the Women’s Center will be celebrating Love Your Body Day by tabling in Royall Hall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Cherry Street Residence Hall from 4 – 5 p.m. This is a day where we can all learn more about how to appreciate our bodies and ourselves. Another way […]

Self Sexual Abuse?

I’m not even sure where to start with this one:http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2008/10/11/child_porn/index.html It seems like we’re moving more and more backwards in regards to sexual freedoms when something like this comes up. Interesting points, though, about sexual harassment and ownership of her body. I’d be curious to see what others think about this. Does this seem harsh […]

I Think I’ll Dine In

As someone who is part of what I consider to be a fairly gender-neutral marriage, I am frequently offended when eating out when my partner is presented with the check, as if I don’t contribute to our household income as much as he does (and at times, more). That’s why I found this article to […]

Transgender Wage Gap

Yikes! This article brings out some scary and depressing support for the gender wage gap being a very real problem:http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2008/10/07/transgender_wage_gap/index.htmlIs this something about which you’re concerned? Do you think there is still a gender wage gap? What do you anticipate doing to fight this sort of discrimination in the workplace (if anything)?

Cookies Decide the Next President?

I have to admit, I’ve been waiting for this article to come out just so I could post about it:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24950547/ Just in case anyone was actually convinced that America still doesn’t have an issue with sexism.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

(David Belt is the Program Coordinator for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault’s Man Up! Program. He recently participated in the UMKC Women’s Center’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on September 25 and wanted to share his thoughts on the event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.)Being mindful of the daily […]

Opting In?

Interesting commentary on Lisa Belkin’s New York Times article about Sarah Palin and motherhood:http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2008/10/06/belkin/index.html I know this is something that I have struggled with since I’ve become a mother – passing judgment and being judged. I also know that my partner has occasionally dealt with being judged by colleagues or family for his active role […]