For today’s edition of FOTW, we decided to focus on Anita Sakreesian. Anita was submitted by Maggie, a staff member here at the WRC. She writes:
Creator of the online video blog ‘Feminist Frequency,’ Anita addresses mainly the tropes place on women by the media with videos such as ‘Women in Refrigerators’ (speaking about the use of a girlfriend or wife’s death in stories in order to drive the male lead) and ‘The Smurfette Principle’ (One girl living with many men) .
She started a Kickstarter in 2012 to extend her tropes vs women series into video games, in a new series appropriately titled ‘Tropes vs Women in Video Games’. While the Kickstarter was an awesome success (she raised $158000, far larger than her $6000 goal) Anita also became the target of angry male gamers who continually harass her, steal her private information and threaten her safety. The scandal became known as ‘Gamergate’ a name given by the men harassing women who have attempted to explain and expose misogyny and abuse in the gaming industry. Gamergate reached new heights when a talk Anita planned to have at the Utah State University had to be canceled due to a bomb threat.
Anita has been threatened with violence and even murder, yet continues to speak out about the derogatory treatment of women in mass media and in video games. She is da bomb.
If you guys have input on the Feminist of the Week series, please comment below. Anyone is free to submit someone for recognition, male or female. It can be someone famous or your old math teacher. We welcome your feedback!
Hello Everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are ready to finish out the semester strong.
Throughout this week and Monday through Wednesday of finals week, the WRC will be tabling in the SUB for BeadforLife. According to their pamphlet, “BeadforLife is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to helping women in Uganda lift themselfves and their families out of extreme poverty. ” They do this through awareness, education, connection, and action. The women in this program make incredible jewelry out of handmade paper beads, which we are currently selling. Prices range from $2.00 to $25.00 and these pieces make great gifts. The best part about this program, though, is that the money we make selling this jewelry goes right back to the women in Uganda to help fight poverty. Please stop by and check out the products, we will be in the SUB every day from 10 to 3.
On Wednesday night from 7:30-9:00, the WRC will be hosting Crafting Anatomy in the SUB Activities Room. This is a chance for anyone to come and relax while making plush pillows! The purpose of this crafting session is to create a relaxing and creative atmosphere where we can openly talk about our reproductive anatomy and why it’s so important.
Last Thursday was our Celebrating the Women of Truman event and it was spectacular! If you did not get a chance to stop by, don’t worry, you can still check out some of the amazing art and performances right here.
If you see yourself or your work of art that does not have a caption, please leave a comment and your name will be added!
Today’s feminist of the week is someone I think we all (or most of us) know and love-Tina Fey. I’m not going to say anything else, just head straight into the article provided by one of our awesome staff members here at the WRC. Enjoy!
Tina Fey was the first lead female writer on Saturday Night Live. She killed it on Weekend Update with fellow feminist Amy Poehler (most likely to be a submission of mine in the future). She then went on to have her own TV show “30 Rock,” which was tremendous. She wrote a book called Bossypants which spent a good amount of time on the best sellers list. She is one of the most famous comedians around which is saying something because it is much harder for a woman to make it in comedy then men. (Not because women aren’t funny but because men generally have more of a presence.) In conclusion, Tina Fey has paved a wonderful path for women wanting to go into comedy; she is one of my personal heroes and an inspiration to funny women and men everywhere.
In honor of Veterans Day, I decided to share an important, historical, American figure as our Feminist of the Week. This submission was brought to us from one of the staff members here at the center. I remember learning all about the incredible things Abigail Adams did when I was in school and couldn’t be more excited to feature her in this series.
One of my personal favorite feminists is Abigail Adams (1744-1818). She wasn’t just the wife of one president and the mother of another, but an intellectual and a thinker in her own right—people who disapproved of her political activity even called her “Mrs. President”! In their many letters back and forth during the American Revolution, Abigail repeatedly urged her husband and his followers to “remember the Ladies” in their quest for freedom.
Abigail supported the ideas that married women should have the right to own property (a radical dream at the time) and that women should be lauded for their own intellectual capabilities as well as allowed to pursue their interests in education. She also firmly opposed slavery and believed that the color of a person’s skin did not make them less human or less worthy of receiving an education.
I may not know whether or not she would identify herself as a feminist today (I like to think she would), but I do know she was a huge advocate for women in her own time and that is pretty spectacular.
Our very first post for the new Feminist of the Week comes to us from one of our exec members here at the WRC. Lauren Dendrinelis is the PR chair and has been a long time fan of Sheryl Sandberg. She writes:
Sheryl is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and is a powerful woman who’s an executive and activist. She is a woman who wanted to set high career goals while still having plans of being a mother. Sheryl had accomplished both goals and has inspired other women who want the same goals that it is possible to do so. What I like about Sheryl is that she understands that all women have different goals in mind. Some just want great career goals, some just want to be mothers, and some want both. She encourages women to be more aggressive and professionally speak their mind when they think promotion is in order or conditions of the workplace improved instead of being passive or passive-aggressive.
Some of Lauren’s favorite Sheryl Sandberg quotes are:
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
“Women need to shift form thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.”
“The more women help one another, the more we help ourselves. Acting like a coalition truly does produce results. Any coalition of support must also include men, many of whom care about gender inequality as much as women do.”
“The gender stereotypes introduced in childhood are reinforced throughout our lives and become self-fulfilling prophesies. Most leadership positions are held by men, so women don’t expect to achieve them, and that becomes one of the reasons they don’t.”
“Aggressive and hard-charging women violate unwritten rules about acceptable social conduct. Men are continually applauded for being ambitious and powerful and successful, but women who display these same traits often pay a social penalty. Female accomplishments come at a cost.”
What do you think about Sheryl? Leave a comment with your thoughts or questions!
We will be starting a new series on the website dedicated to acknowledging some of our favorite feminists. Each week we will talk about one or two feminists and why we love them. The first post will be coming later this week, so be on the lookout. Feel free to comment throughout the series telling us who you think we should acknowledge as well.
Next Thursday, November 13th, the WRC will be hosting Celebrating the Women of Truman. This event acknowledges all the talented, amazing women that attend our university. The event will include performances from singers, dancers, poets, and musicians, as well as art displays throughout the venue. If you or anyone you know would be interested in displaying art or performing, please sign up! There is a sign up sheet on the door of the Center, or you can sign up on the Facebook page for the event (https://www.facebook.com/events/304227469772133/?ref=br_tf). Men are welcome to participate as long as the subject of their piece or performance is about women. We need more people to make this event successful, so please share your amazing talents with us!
This coming Saturday, November 1st, the WRC will be hosting a “Feminism Isn’t Scary” Halloween dance. You are ALL invited to come and join in the festivities with us. There will be food, games, and dancing. Since it is a Halloween party we will also be hosting a costume contest, so come in your best costume! The party goes from 9pm-12am in the SUB Down Under and there will be a $1 entry fee at the door. We hope to see you all there, and that you have a fun and safe Halloween!
The WRC will be hosting a free event this Sunday, March 30, in honor of Women’s History Month. The event will include several rounds of trivia covering various topics in women’s history, as well as current events relating to women. Between trivia rounds there will be performances by Women in Physics, Notes from the Underground, Minor Detail, USMED, TruSlam, and more! The festivities will start at 3:30 in the SUB Down Under. Bring your friends and enjoy an afternoon of trivia and entertainment! We hope to see you there!