September 28, 2010

Disney Princesses

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:39 pm by Gina

Ahhh, the ever controversial Disney. It has been discussed countless times before, but considering the only readers I have are people I know and love, I want to hear what YOU think!!

Like many of you, I grew up with Disney. I probably know every word to every Disney movie considering how many times I’ve seen them all. As a little girl, I think I would have given away my security stuffed animal if it meant I could become Ariel (I mean come on–everyone loves the ocean!!) However this picture brings up a different point.

or this one:

Let’s think a little:

Beauty and the Beast:

Belle likes to read and takes care of her Father. She refuses to marry the typical, expected, handsome guy because his personality is horrible and seems to see past the superficial things of other people. Still, she is pretty and her kiss is what saves the day.

Mulan:

Mulan isn’t necessarily a princess, however she is a Disney female and a brave one at that. She defies the stereotypes for women of her time (also disregarding her family but her intentions were good) and seems to prove that women can be whoever they want to be.

Aladdin:

Jasmine, the spoiled princess. Yes, she did try and break the mold and make decisions on her own, also in the end she tried to aid in her own rescue with the resources she had. Unfortunately that resource was her sexuality.

Sleeping Beauty:

Aurora was promised to a man and hidden away to protect her from an evil witch of some sort. Her two greatest gifts (not born with, but received from fairies) are her beauty and singing voice (ever heard of kindness, listening abilities, diplomacy…I could go on), besides that she barely ever talks. Finally she is saved by a prince’s kiss, aka completely dependent on others.

The Little Mermaid:

Ariel is defiant and young, she works hard for her dreams, however this means giving up her voice just to marry a beautiful man. Umm HELLO?!!? It makes me sad because she is by far my favorite of the Disney princesses (basically just because she’s a mermaid though) but that couldn’t be a more blatant message–Give up your individuality/voice for a man. At least in the end she helps kill the witch, save the man AND gets her voice back.

Cinderella:

Cinderella seems to be neutral in the feminism department. Her beauty and marriage to a man is what saved the day. However she did stand up to her step mother (kinda) and fought to accomplish her goals (umm…to go to a dance.) Definitely would have been better if she wished for something more positive and independent to gain her independence.

Pocahontas:

Pocahontas is strong, brave and refused to back down from what she wanted. Her love started a war, but only because of the misperceptions of men and after she successfully ended the war. I can’t really think of many anti-feminine things she did.

Princess and the Frog:

I have yet to see this movie, but the diversity and more of an “open-mind” concept is something I can’t complain about. I hear Princess Tiana is a rather good princess. Anyone seen it yet?

Most images and some ideas (via)

Please– add on to my thoughts! What do you think, did Disney affect you as a child or is it solely a movie? In my opinion, there are worse things that children watch then movies about Disney Princesses. On the other hand, it is a brand that we trust to influence our children greatly. AND of course, which is YOUR favorite movie? 🙂

Other things to consider:
– At least the men were always Prince’s/Nobel/other good qualities
– The majority of Disney Princesses are brave
– As the movies become more modern, they seem to become a little bit better in the feminism department (think Mulan, Princess and the Frog)
– ALL of the Princesses are unrealistically (even for a cartoon) skinny.
– Think of the time period!
– ?

~Gina

September 5, 2010

This Is Your Life

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 8:15 pm by Gina

Simple, powerful, uplifting. via Holstee Love it!

June 17, 2010

Midwives

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:07 am by Gina

Hi all,

The title of this post comes from the title of the book I’m currently reading, recommended and lent to me from an avid reader and elementary school teacher, by Chris Bohjalian. The book has been slightly difficult for me to get in to, but I can respect the descriptions and appreciate how different of a topic it’s about–midwifery.

It made me start thinking about midwives. How many are there? What do they do exactly? Benefits? Cons? It’s natural, but how safe is it really?

The Columbia Encyclopedia describes midwifery as “the art of assisting childbirth.” It continues to say that originally in ancient Greece and Rome these women had some formal training. During Medieval times however, the medical arts declined and midwifery became a trade learned solely through experience and oral tradition (two things that shouldn’t be deemed unimportant.)

Now, most midwives are certified nurses and can practice in all 50 states. Lay-midwives, usually trained through apprenticeship, are regulated by state about what duties they can perform.

Why choose a midwife over a safe, regulated, “normal” hospital birth? While reading the novel one of the things that most struck me (all while keeping in mind that of course it is fiction etc etc) is the level of emotion. The woman can choose who is in the room, who will deliver her baby. A midwife who chose to deliver babies because she believes in the absolute beauty of birth and life and believes in doing that in the most natural way possible. Still, other benefits include payment plans, sliding fees and a high number of accepted insurance plans. Also natural methods, choices, and low-intervention rates (cesarean sections.)

MANA, the Midwives Alliance of North America, has a list of definitions of the various types of midwives and their differences among one another.

Would you use a midwife? Is it something that ever even crossed your mind in today’s science, institution based world? Would it surprise you to hear that the United States provides the world’s most expensive maternity care but has worse pregnancy outcomes than almost every other industrialized country? Let me know!

~Gina

May 16, 2010

Sunday Wrap-Up

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 11:32 pm by Gina

Well hello,

After an eventful and hilarious weekend with three of my best friends I can honestly say I wish it wasn’t time for a sunday wrap up yet. Unfortunately it is so take some time to enjoy these random tidbits before you start your Monday:

1. This truly is random, but I follow this blog a lot. I don’t typically like ones that are diary-like but the “I Am Being” often force me to think about things differently and definitely has a unique perspective. Not to mention that the writer is living a life I would love to have and can easily envision.

2. This article I found through the recently mentioned Catalyst website. “The truth about a mother’s role in her daughter’s success,” its conclusion is why I decided to include it in sunday wrap up. I also liked the quote “My rebelliousness fuels me.”

3. The “Before I Die I Want To….” Project. Created by Nicole Kenney and ks rives, this project asks people all across the US as well as India what they want to do before they die, then a polaroid is snapped and 5, 10, 20 years later the creators find the person and ask if they have completed or are working on their goal. This project has many facets to it but as someone who adores lists and has a Bucket List of her own (maybe Ill share it someday!) I found the concept fascinating!

Have a great week loves!
~Gina

May 14, 2010

Women Board Directors

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 10:18 pm by Gina

This post comes from a new site called “Catalyst” that I found while searching “number of women CEO’s of fortune 500 companies.” haha I am such a nerd.

Catalyst’s mission is to work “with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business.” Thus their motto is “Changing Workplaces. Changing Lives.” Founded in 1962 Catalyst is now the leading nonprofit organization working with over 400 business globally. It seems mainly that their main work is research. They then use their information to advance women and business and provide models for change.

Wow! That’s a lot! In a census published in March 2010, “Financial Post 500 Women Board Directors,” Catalyst “examines women’s representation on corporate boards at the most profitable companies in Canada.” Many interesting things were found:

– In both 2007 and 2009, less than one-fifth of companies had three or more women on their boards, and more than 40 percent had no women directors.

– Nearly half of public companies have no women board directors.

– Women’s representation in board leadership positions at public companies continues to lag behind their overall representation as board directors.

BUT

– Women’s representation on private company boards increased 4 percentage points from 2007 to 2009.

– In 2009, women held 14.0 percent of board seats at Financial Post 500 companies, an increase of one percentage point since 2007.

For the complete study click here

What do you think? Did you even realize these things? Do you think this is still an important issue or not as important anymore? Let me hear your thoughts! I also encourage you to explore Catalyst.org, its an interesting site!

Happy Weekend!
~Gina