Monthly archives: September 2014

Rebranding Feminism?

Posted on General, Self-Esteem September 23, 2014 by Mary & Claire

Recently there has been a movement by many celebrities and high profile women to reengage the conversation about gender equality and feminism. According to Time.com, “Beyoncé put the word “FEMINIST” in a blaze of full-stage glory at the MTV Video Music Awards, making Sunday the sixth-highest day for volume of conversation about feminism since Twitter began tracking this year (the top three were days during #YesAllWomen).” In Emma Watson’s #HeForShe United Nations speech about feminism, which has gone viral, she states, “My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influences are the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it but they are the inadvertent feminists needed in the world today. We need more of those.”

What is feminism and why do we shy away from the word and the discussion? By definition, feminism “is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” When you think about the word and what it means to you, is it a positive connotation? Most likely it is not, although throughout history this movement in the West has helped women gain the right to vote, have reproductive rights, enter into contracts and own property, hold public office and earn equal pay. We forget that this word and movement which is typically deemed negative, has allowed our generation and our children’s generation more freedoms. Of course we have a way to go before we are considered truly equal, but imagine living elsewhere in the world? We need to stay present and keep the conversation going. Empower and teach our girls to push their limits and to be confident and resilient in their pursuits. But also remind them that we are fortunate and that there are still women in the world that have few or no rights and we need to help and support them as others did for us. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, a fellow and deputy director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations said it best in a recent CNN article, “the question now is how to translate all the high-profile feminizing into visible, on-the-ground gains in the lives of ordinary women and men. The retaking of the “feminist” label by cultural luminaries lending their platform to the issue is laudable, but to date we have seen a lot of promise and much less progress… It will take a village.” @UN_Women @EmWatson #YesAllWomen #HeForShe #feminism

We use their products, maybe we should also consider their rules?

Posted on General, Technology September 17, 2014 by Mary & Claire

Have you ever envisioned what Steve Jobs’ home looked like? Tablets for coffee tables, personal computing centers instead of your traditional desk and a home computer that reads your impulses and does things for you? Can you imagine? Interestingly enough that is not at all what his house is like or many of the top technology executives according to a recent New York Times article, “Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent.” While there are many thoughts as to how to raise your children in today’s technology driven world, most technology gurus limit their own children’s screen time as well as have major restrictions on their access to technology. Why do they do this? They see the dangers of social media and the Internet everyday. They worry about cyberbullying, harmful content and addiction to their devices – just like their parents. While they seem to have different restrictions for their children, they all agree that there needs to be a limit set which seems to usually be based on age. Whether it is not allowing screen time during the school week or only allowing them to use devices in the family room, there are definite boundaries. If these technology CEOs, executives and developers who are creating and selling technology are doing it, shouldn’t we figure it out rather than just letting our children have an Instagram account because their friends do or let them roam around searching Google with no supervision? We use their products, maybe we should also consider their rules. @MyRemarkableSlf, #stopcyberbullying

 

–Mary & Claire