Why are we so afraid of the “F” word?

Hey ARKers! I saw this comic today, and I think it really makes a good point about what, or rather who, feminists are.  I wanted to share it with you all, because I feel like so many people don’t understand what it means to be a feminist.  “Feminist” isn’t a dirty word, in fact, it’s something to be proud of. Because, if you aren’t a feminist, what does that make you???

Think about it.

-Rosie

Happy Equal Pay Day!!! Well, maybe…

Happy Equal Pay Day!!! Sounds exciting, right?  And yet, according to the American Association of University Women, American women earn about 23% less than males.  If we actually achieved equal pay, this day would probably become somewhat more irrelevant.

So, what should we be doing about this? The most important rule to remember: don’t be afraid to ask for what you’re worth.

Also, be sure to check out this cool calculator—it’ll show you how much of a raise you should be asking for based on your current and goal salaries over the time span that you choose.  If you are not sure about how to do so, here are some helpful tips to get you started.

If you want to learn more, visit http://www.aauw.org/learn/research/upload/simpletruthaboutpaygap1.pdf.

Stay Strong,

Rosie

Something to think about

Some people say that boys’ toys are boys’ toys because boys like to play with them–and that there are fewer female engineers because many women just don’t really want to be engineers. I mean, they’ve got the choice to become an engineer if they want to, right?

But others (like us) feel that it’s more accurate to say that boys’ toys are boys’ toys because we tell them so, because they’re marketed that way, and because we’re so used to them being that way that we don’t really know any different.

Check out this video for an interesting discussion of this issue: 

And how do we feel about counterarguments from toymakers like Mattel that Barbie’s doctor and astronaut costumes historically don’t sell as well as others do, and that “we only kept the doctor’s uniform in line as long as we did because public relations begged us to give them something they could point to as progressive”?*

Since ARK has been on midterms, and now spring break, we’ve been a little spotty about posting. Expect regularity and frequency soon, though!

While you wait, head over to our home campus’s website — http://scrippscollege.edu/ –and check us out! Our founders are featured on the front page. We were also featured in Pomona College’s The Student Life (http://tsl.pomona.edu/articles/2012/3/2/lifeandstyle/2579-feminist-knitting-club-yarn-ing-for-discussion) and Scripps College’s The Scripps Voice (http://voice.scrippscollege.edu/2012/03/01/yarnbombing-its-all-the-rage/) before break? Read all about it.

Till then, take care.
Peace,

ARK

*Leavy, Jane. 1979. “Is There a Barbie Doll in Your Past?” Ms. Sept. 1979, pg 102., quoted by Jennifer Terry and Alan C. Swedlund. Deviant Bodies: Critical Perspectives on Difference in Science and Popular Culture. 1995. pg. 283.
Comic by Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal at http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1883#comic

You Didn’t Thank Me For Punching You in the Face

I heard this as a child and adolescent. I think we also have to ask why boys feel the need to express themselves this way, if it’s true that they’re mean to the girls they like.

Views from the Couch

On a somewhat serious note today because of a conversation the other day:

I am sure every girl can recall, at least once as a child,  coming home and telling their parents, uncle, aunt or grandparent about a boy who had pulled her hair, hit her, teased her, pushed her or committed some other playground crime.  I will bet money that most of those, if not all, will tell you that they were told “Oh, that just means he likes you”.  I never really thought much about it before having a daughter of my own.  I find it appalling that this line of bullshit is still being fed to young children.  Look, if you want to tell your child that being verbally and/or physically abused is an acceptable sign of affection, i urge you to rethink your parenting strategy.  If you try and feed MY daughter that crap, you better…

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FemiFail: No one should be tweeted like this…

I was horrified and beyond disgusted when I heard how some Chris Brown fans reacted to Chris Brown’s return to the Grammys…They actually were asking him to beat them, yes beat them, via tweets, among other social media outlets.

It doesn’t matter how sexy you think someone is.  No one should be O.K. with violence against women.  No one should ‘like the way it hurts.’  This goes back to my earlier ‘Love the Way You Lie?‘ post, but, when did beating someone you love become acceptable???! Because as far as I am concerned, it never has been, and never will be.

To see some of the actual tweets, click here.

Women, you are above this.

Stay strong,

Rosie