There are very few words to describe all the emotions we felt when reading Suzanne Venker’s piece on Fox News’ website titled “The war on men.”
“Women aren’t women anymore,” wrote Venker.
Well then. Let’s delve deeper into her article and see how she explains herself.
“In a nutshell, women are angry,” wrote Venker. “They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly.”
Is “confusion” an emotion? We definitely felt that when we started reading. Follow along as we find other words to label our emotions other than “angry” or “defensive!”
Thank you, Venker, for showing women in a positive light. Finally, someone is brave enough to call out the shortcomings of an entire gender by using generalizations. Just kidding. That was an example of us feeling “sarcastically bewildered.”
How in the world could a woman write an entire article that blames modern women for not getting married even though they want to while claiming that we’re leading a war on men?
Welcome (back) to Gainesville, folks! Sorry for all of the global warming during the summer, but we’re sure we’ll have a milder fall. Even though the weather will be nice, do yourselves a favor, and don’t expect much from the football season. Expect a light chance of touchdowns and a downpour of yellow flags.
So now it’s time for the sorry-for-the-abrupt-transition-but-we-don’t-want-to-rush edition of…
Darts & Laurels
First off, we’d like to send a possible thank you to our good buddy Isaac for threatening the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week … Tropical Storm Isaac, that is. That’s why we’re giving a good the-RNC-needed-a-shake-up LAUREL to Tropical Storm Isaac.
Fingers crossed that he’s not late to the Grand Ole Party!
Also, we’re throwing a leave-our-puppets-alone DART at the RNC. Andrea Davis, the spokeswoman for the Tampa Police Department, said that protesters aren’t allowed to bring puppets, because “their heads have been used to hide weapons and other matter, fecal matter.”
Although you won’t see them in the crowds outside, you can still see plenty of puppets who are full of s—t on stage.
Can you remember the last time you heard about Missouri? It’s just one of those lonely, forgotten fly-over states — until last week.
Rep. Todd Akin stuck his Midwestern foot in his Midwestern mouth when he tried to express his opinion about a St. Louis television station.
He seemed to think that women rarely get pregnant via rape.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said.
Phew, what a relief.
Y’know, maybe that’s why most conservatives are against birth control and contraception: They must think that it’s almost unnecessary. We women are apparently in much more control of our bodies than science originally taught us.
This Chick-fil-A debate has been around longer than the past month; the company’s policies are no secret.
Chick-fil-A’s chief operating officer and president, Dan Cathy, created the WinShape Foundation in 1984. WinShape is the charitable facet of the restaurant company.
In 2009, WinShape donated almost $2 million to anti-gay groups, including the Marriage and Family Legacy Fund. The MFLF was created with help from Chick-fil-A’s senior vice president, Donald Cathy. MFLF is the “implementation and funding arm” of Marriage CoMission, a coalition of groups to counteract the “downward spiral of marriage and the traditional family in America.”
“Mom, why doesn’t anybody like me?” asks a teenage daughter on any sitcom ever.
“Well, sweetie,” says the mother as she sits them both on the probably beige couch, “maybe because you’ve been trying so hard lately. You don’t normally wear these clothes or such heavy makeup, do you?”
“No, I guess not,” says the daughter. “I just wanted to be like the popular girls in school. They always get all the attention!”
“Now, you listen to me. All those other kids? They don’t know what they’re missing out on,” says the mother. “Think about all your friends who like you just the way you are.”
Tune into a family sitcom, and I guarantee you will catch that scene at some point. It’s the job of sitcoms to portray everyday struggles and to teach us how to deal with them.
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I get your point with the photoshop aspect of beauty, but the lyric "don't need makeup to cover up, being the way that you are is enough" is a much touchier subject. It might not be essential for some girls, but for girls who have horrendous acne, burns, etc. it is vital to being able to get through the day. Making yourself feel better about your insecurities isn't a bad thing, and it it happens to be makeup that makes a girl feel better, she shouldn't have to feel bad about it.
You definitely bring up a good point, but it’s a little different than what I was trying to say.
My article’s goal was to hope that one day girls can look at magazines without judging their own bodies.
Magazines have a responsibility to their readers: to protect their self-esteem, self-worth and self-image. Not everyone looks like a model. But by using more “real” photos, girls will feel better about themselves in comparison.
Your point is speaking more to a whole other issue, it sounds like. I’m not debating 1D’s lyrics and if they apply to every single girl in the world. In general though, the message they’re trying to send does apply to most people - and it’s not a bad message, to boot.
Shout out to my boys in One Direction for the following lyrics:
Don’t know what for,
You’re turning heads when you walk through the door,
Don’t need makeup,
To cover up,
Being the way that you are is enough.”
When I first heard their song “What Makes You Beautiful” (hereinafter, WMYB), I wasn’t really buying into what they were saying. The whole song sounded like a vague attempt to flatter a girl just to get into her consenting pants.
(This is not a critique of boy bands’ lyrics. I’m sorry I ever heard Nick Carter sing “If you want it to be good girl, get yourself a bad boy” as a 6-year-old.)