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? πŸ™‚

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

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August 7, 2010

Ciao Tutti!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 4:44 pm by Gina

Ciao Belle!!!

Okay, so here’s the deal. Most of you know that I’m currently in Italy right now. As a result of the traveling, eating, drinking, and just generally enjoying life I’m doing so much of there hasn’t been an update in awhile! I just wanted to let everyone know that BecauseIamaWoman will continue and I promise to update with many more interesting and informative posts once I’m in a more stable position!!!

Expect a return around September readers! I only hope you’re willing to keep reading!

~Gina

April 18, 2010

What I Love

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 3:18 pm by Gina

Morning readers!

I love a lot of things, I’m talking a really large amount of things (I bet you do too if you took the time to think about it) but what I love today is yoga. I know I’ve talked about it in previous posts but even since then my practice has grown considerably. I go to “power yoga” (the title the gym decided to give it to warn people that its more than your basic yoga class) twice a week from 4:10-5:30.

I’ve been a yoga fan for years now, but classes at the YMCA were on-again off-again because frankly, they weren’t really cutting it. As a student of Ohio University I have “free” access to the many programs offered by their gym, which includes many different yoga classes.

Power Yoga is different from the other yoga classes, and for once offers something that I had unknowingly been searching for in my other classes- a mental aspect. Yoga is practiced by many as simply another work-out. A new way to get some strength training and gain sculpted arms and a sexy butt. Don’t get me wrong, yoga has a bajillion health benefits, but as my new teacher says, we’re not only working on our sexy butts, we’re working on our sexy hearts.

My roommates and friends know the importance of my yoga classes, missing them is hard as a regular school/work week can bring more than enough stress and tension. Yoga class is where I relieve that. Sure I often count it as my strength training and a workout, but that is not the thing that continually brings me back.

For me, it is my time of the week to calm myself, look inward, and challenge my body physically. The days that are the hardest are sometimes the easiest mentally because you are forced to remain in the present moment when you’re doing complicated and difficult poses. Others are calmer with some restorative work for the muscles which tends to restore my mind as well.

If yoga is not your thing then no worries, I’m writing this post to share with others one thing that I really love. (I can actually do the pose picture below! ha that was an exciting day!) Everyone has something, or needs something that they really love. Something that eases stress and leaves you feeling better afterwards!

I encourage you to take some time to look at the linked articles from Women’s Health, they have an entire section of their website dedicated to both the physical AND mental aspects of yoga. And as always share! How do you feel about yoga? What do you love?

Loving yoga and you,
~Gina

March 18, 2010

Lonely Glasses!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 10:35 am by Gina

Hi all!

Well, finals week is nearly over, thank goodness!! And in my brain-is-fried, just-want-to-be-home, procrastinating state of mind I stumbled over something pleasant and unique! They are “lonely glasses” from Jess Atkinson, a designer based in Toronto, Canada.

In the words of the designer they are, “a pair of non-prescription glasses that function as an anti-lonely device, giving the user the feeling of being surrounded by people when worn.”

I love the simplicity and goofiness! Anytime you’re feeling lonely just put them on and your loved ones will surround you πŸ™‚

Have you ever stumbled across anything that is simply “feel good” stuff? We would love it if you shared!! Websites, stories, random-everyday things, anything! My personal list includes picture texts of my nephew, finding great new music, chocolate milk and pennies on heads, among others.

Here’s to finding joy in the little things!

~Gina

March 15, 2010

Finals Week

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 4:49 pm by Gina

Hi loves!

So it is currently finals week for your lovely contributors Jess and I and posting an in-depth, interesting blog is not very probable. Instead I just wanted to leave you with a fun little video from some VERY talented kids. Check out the PS22 chorus blog here for more amazing videos πŸ™‚

Off to study! peace!

Gina

February 5, 2010

Your Lists!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:59 pm by Gina

Ladies!

First, let me say THANK YOU for sharing your lists with me, for the encouragement and also for such a personal glimpse into your minds! I can’t explain how much joy this brought me! Reading over the comments there were DEFINITELY some themes (many themes actually.) The ones I tallied the most of though went something like this (highly paraphrased of course):

Surround yourself with positive people then always, always, ALWAYS appreciate those special people. Your amazing friends and family members, they are more valuable than you can imagine. Make sure you keep in touch with these people no matter how far and make sure to let them know how much they mean to you from time to time.

Find something you love and go for it! Follow your passion and HAVE passion- it is more essential to your day to day life than first meets the eye.

Get your feelings out rather than bottling them in. It is better to express yourself- whether that is through writing, drawing, singing, dancing, talking, laughing, or smiling. Never forget to smile and to LOVE YOURSELF!

And lastly, as much as all of us teenagers don’t show it, the number one most common response was to love your Family- particularly your mother. To say thank you, appreciate them, listen to them, work to spend time with them instead of doing everything you can to leave. Don’t take your family for granted- life is short.

These responses were all amazing, but something I got even greater joy out of was the feeling of community the responses gave me- even through the internet. Amanda quoting Regina, people reading other peoples lists and borrowing aspects of it, compliments given (thanks Allie!) and even more exciting, Patricia V. Davis actually commented!! Thats right, the author of the original list, founder and editor-in-chief of Harlots Sauce Radio and e-magazine, author of multiple poems on women’s issues and keeper of a bossy blog COMMENTED THIS BLOG!!! We’re practically famous! haha It’s because I am a woman! πŸ™‚

Thank you all!
~Gina Marie

January 13, 2010

Kseniya’s Talent. What’s Yours?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 2:50 am by Gina

Saw this video on another super blog and ended up watching all 8 minutes of it! Couldn’t help but admire Kseniya Simonova, the winner of ‘Ukraine’s Got Talent,’ and the amazing images she creates out of sand.

Makes me think, everyone has their thing. That one thing that you are good at, that no one else can do, that you do better. That thing that is quirky, positive, or just enjoyable to you. What is yours? Mine has changed over the years, first reading then swimming and now it’s…I don’t know what. I would love it if my thing was being optimistic, motivated, or what I’d like to think- making people laugh. What I CAN do is bend my pointer finger enough to touch the nail of that finger to the back of my hand… you?

To each his own,

Gina