Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

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“Get back where you belong.” 

“Go make me a sandwich.”

“You’re nothing without a man.”

“Your role is to get married, have children, cook, and clean.”

“Women belong in the home. Men belong at work.”

This week when scrolling through Facebook I found an article about Emma Watson receiving sexual threats because of her stand on feminism.  Without hesitation I opened the article and found myself getting offended: “Feminism is a growing cancer.” “If only her nudes got leaked and she had the load on her face. Her feminism kick would be over.” “Her recent feminism rally is going to be shutdown hard.”  Men would hate to be treated this way, so why should women be any different?

Being a female I took the attacks on Emma Watson personal.  In 1996, Nora Ephron presented a Commencement Address to the graduates at Wellesley College.  “Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: get back, get back to where you once belonged.”

Gender equality continues to be a major problem in the world, however, it is a problem for both men and women.  Yes, women hear constantly that they belong in the kitchen, but men face situations where they are told they are “girly”.  Like Watson stated,  “Men – I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.”  It’s time to come together and have equality among the gender race.  Women have as many rights as men and vice versa.  Stop telling men that they throw like a girl or that women only belong in the kitchen.  “The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”  Being from a family of strong independent women, I agree with Emma Watson and hope that we can strive toward gender equality.

To see Emma Watson’s full speech follow the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-iFl4qhBsE

Sources

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/norah-ephrons-commencement-96-address_n_1628832.html
http://www.vox.com/2014/9/23/6832243/the-sexual-threats-against-emma-watson-are-an-attack-on-women
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/09/22/emma-watson-recruits-men-to-make-the-world-safer-for-women-with-heforshe-campaign/

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Calling for a Buzzer!

Those that did not watch the University of Kentucky and University of Florida football game Saturday, September 13, missed an excellent game.   UK has had a 27-year losing streak to Florida prior to this game, and many people expected the streak to continue.  After three overtimes, fans, players, and coaches were able to hold their heads high even after falling short 30-36.  The question many are asking, should this game have even gone into a second overtime?  Did Florida actually luck into this win?

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College football writer, Jerry Hinnen, stated, “Despite a handful of controversial calls occurring in the Georgia-South Carolina game, no Week 3 officiating decision was more hotly contested in SEC country than the absence of a delay of game flag on a critical fourth-and-7 for Florida in the first overtime of the Gators’ eventual 36-30 victory against Kentucky.”


The SEC released the following statement about the controversial call: “At the request of the University of Kentucky, consistent with SEC protocol, the conference office reviewed the fourth down play in the first overtime of the Kentucky-Florida game and has determined the officials applied the proper mechanics and guidelines that are in place to determine when a flag should be thrown for delay of game. The back judge is responsible for delay of game calls. The procedure for the back judge is for his eyes to stay on the clock when it nears zero. When the clock hits zero, he immediately looks from the clock to the ball. If the ball is moving, there is no delay of game. If the ball is stationary, a delay of game penalty is called.” Isn’t this a lot for one person to do?  After reading over the statement again, I noticed that there was actually no comment about the call, all that was said was that the back judge followed the procedure.

This no-call not only affected the outcome of the University of Kentucky football game but countless games as well. One recent game is the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.  Instead of relying on the back judge to watch the clock and the ball, there should be a buzzer (like the shot clock in basketball) to go off when the timer hits zero.  Even though a buzzer wouldn’t completely stop the controversial call of delay of game, it would help to reduce the margin of error.

SOURCES
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24710707/sec-issues-statement-on-florida-kentucky-delay-of-game-call
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/14/packers-take-31-24-win-in-wild-one-against-the-jets/

If I Could Turn Back Time

To: Sarah Elizabeth Corbett (age 14)
From: Sarah Elizabeth Corbett (age 21)

Dear Sarah,

I know this may sound a little strange, but I am writing this letter to you from the future.  I know you are sitting there questioning if this is really me, so I will prove it to you: I know you still continue to sleep with Tag Baby and Pony even though your mother tells you constantly you should put them up because they are fragile. I know your walls are covered with various pictures of memories you never want to forget, and that you are doing everything you can to become the Valedictorian of your senior class.  Who else would know all of this, except for yourself?

I will make this as short as possible, as I know you are overwhelmed with school work and all of your extracurricular activities.

I have some amazing news for you!  You are playing basketball at Pikeville College (which is now the University of Pikeville) and pursuing your dreams.  It’s like Walt Disney said “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  Courage takes on so many forms:

  • courage to set goals
  • courage to take risks
  • courage to let go and move on
  • courage to follow dreams

Your high school years go by quickly, but you have to take the time to set your goals.  Remember to savor each moment and treasure the memories that each experience evokes.  There will be times you want to give up, but know there isn’t a challenge you can’t face.  Don’t worry about the heartache you will experience from puppy-love. You have a huge life ahead of you.  Don’t enter college thinking it’s just like high school; you will have to learn how to study and manage your time. Never be too shy to ask for help.  Above all, remember to believe in yourself and to utilize your resources. Never-give-up-on-your-dream  psu-to-do-list

I am here to help you enjoy your life in high school more than I know you already will!  Now go show the world just what Sarah can do!

Lots of love,
the older Sarah

Beauty, is it really skin deep?

Technology has opened various doors, windows, one disturbing one is the false way of portraying models, singers, actresses, etc.   Social media has created a very superficial way of living.  The world uses media to define what is beautiful; but what is the true definition of beauty?  The way media depicts it in a Caucasian female is a size zero, 5’10, no blemishes, tan, perfect teeth, a blonde that piles on the makeup. For an African-American female to be “beautiful” she must have a thin waist and a large butt, perfect teeth, no blemishes, and doesn’t need makeup.  But is the beauty you see when you turn on the television, browse the internet, flip through a magazine, etc. even a true depiction of the person or just a product of photo editing?

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Media producers spend so much time editing videos, pictures, television shows, etc. to make sure that all females have what they consider to be “the look”.  A false image of what is average is created leaving countless women in the world feeling depressed because they don’t look anything like what they see every day.  The “beauty” seen every single day is created by making the models/actresses/singers/etc. fit into a world in how women should actually look by using digital manipulation.

In a bathing suit ad, Target showed how much photo editing is truly done to pictures.  Tanya Keller’s picture went viral after she was featured with superhuman length arms as well as a blotched photoshop job.  When Tanya Keller was invited on the Ellen Show, she appeared with arms as long as the ones featured in this ad to prove a point to the world. 

Beauty is a word like love, it means something different to everyone.  According to Webster Dictionary, beauty is “the quality of being physically attractive”, media forces one to feel like she isn’t beautiful because she doesn’t have “the look”.  To me beauty is something that every single person has; beauty isn’t based on hair color or style, how tall you are, how curvy or thin you are,  how much makeup you wear, or the color of your skin.; beauty is based on YOURSELF!!!  In order to be beautiful you need to feel beautiful!  Ladies, take a stand and do not let other’s opinions determine your self worth! BvSrUvuCIAAQlLf

Sources
http://forum.t-tapp.com/entry.php?156-We-Don%E2%80%99t-Need-No-Stinkin%E2%80%99-Photoshop!-Tah-Dah-Photos http://howthemediaportraysbeauty.blogspot.com/