Thursday, July 15, 2010
-signed up for a sewing class (I am gonna make a BAG! Jealous much?)
-bought a new sports bra, running shorts, and tennis balls (the hubs and I got our game on last night--well it was really just volleying back and forth)
-watched So You Think You Can Dance and decided that Robert is my favorite. He is the best. Trust me, especially after his Travis Wall routine last night. Am I a dork? Yes.
-went running monday MORNING with Kyle. It was good. It's definitely hard to get up in the morning but it's much cooler than when I get home from work or later at night.
-bought everything for my sewing class but the material. Does anyone know what heavy weight cotton looks like. I went to JOANNs and they are so corporate and cold and busy. I hate stopping workers. (FYI I am not taking my class at Joanns, I am taking it at a local seattle place called Stitches)
-painted my toenails tropical temptation. It's basically neon salmon colored. LOVE IT!
-finished one book and started another. Except I left it at home today so I couldn't read it at work. MAJOR BUMMER.
- Nannied a 2-year-old who has delayed speech (she can now say "more") 8-4 everyday. It's not rocket science but what if those rockets didn't understand the word "no," hated eating in their high chair so that food gets EVERYWHERE and you have to follow them picking it up, screams if they don't get their way... you catch my drift? (FYI these are magical rockets we are talking about...)
On a happy note. I am going to a BBQ with some friends tonight. I am going to make a grilled salad I saw on the Giada De Laurentis show. Dude her food looks so good. Basically you grill romaine lettuce, zucchini, corn. Chop tomatoes, avacado, and Bibb lettuce. Then mix together. She also added shrimp but not everyone likes shrimp. Those people are crazy in my mind. Anyways I am excited to see how it turns out. Seems simple enough...I will probably botch it though. It seems I can only bake so far. The oven likes me. The stove range not so much.
What else should I attempt to accomplish?
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 : organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests
This is from Merriam-Webster. I tried to do the Oxford English because it's super fancy. But Merriam is just as legit.
So feminism is the theory (idea, belief, etc) that the sexes should be equal. This is what makes me crazy when people say to my face (boys and girls) that "No Gina, I am not a feminist." Even after I give them the definition from the dictionary.
Okay okay so your thinking...."Gina...let's be honest. Feminism is a little more complex than equality of the sexes on the political (meaning we should get the right to vote, own property), economical (we deserve equal pay for equal work, own property, have own bank account), and social (meaning we have a welfare of our own, a right to walk down the street, make our own choices) levels."
To this I answer, yes. It is much more complex than these levels. I minored in women's studies which meant I got to take many classes about feminism and its different types. Most people know this, but I will elaborate.
Feminism is on a spectrum. From super radical (burn those bras! fight the man! BE THE MAN!) to very conservative (men and women are equal, they deserve the same things but each has their place).
There are waves of feminism. First wave was the suffrage movement, second was paired with the civil rights movement (burning bras came up here), and the third is said to have been during the 80s-90s with Title IX, although many consider it is today.
Okay. So the second wave pretty much gave feminism a bad name. Remember in Mary Poppins how the Mom is a suffragist and they kinda make her seem a little crazy, but in reality it was so important for women to get the right to vote. The thing is the focus was solely on white women. They weren't thinking about the spectrum of women. But in general, the first wave was very mild and calm. Then the second wave came along during the Civil Rights movement and during the Vietnam war. Basically women said, "we aren't gonna conform to these roles anymore, we can do everything a man can do (so far so good), in fact we are BETTER than men (whoa there...). This is where the amazon women came in. These strong, empowered women. It was an important step, but the attitudes left a huge mark. One that now plagues feminists all over the world.
Sure, I know plenty of feminists that still hold these ideals. But here's the secret. Feminism can be whatever you want it to be, as long as you recognize the basic tenets of equality. Don't let the radicals dictate whether or not you confess to be a feminist. You should be proud to say, " Hey I am a woman, I deserve just as much as any other person on this world." Not more, not less, not better, not worse. Equal to.
It's true. Everyone deserves equality. Unfortunately it's difficult. But this is what I think. If we hold the theology (the idea/belief) that everyone does deserves equality it might make it better. But as long as there are women out there who say " No, I am not a feminist" They are silently saying, " No I don't think I deserve as much, or actually I deserve more." Either way, I believe that saying no is harmful. Because it sets those seeds of inequality, it deepens those roots that have existed for so long.
My feminism is based in theology, my religion. I believe that Heavenly Father made all of His children equal and that it's Satan planting the seeds of inequality that makes us think it can't work, it won't work. But really, Heavenly Father promised that it would. That peace will exist one day on the earth. This includes feminism. Equality of the sexes.
Hope this helps anyones confusion and I hope you can proudly declare that you are a feminist.
p.s. ANYONE can be a feminist (you don't have to be a girl)
So...are you a feminist?