Emoji Feminism

A friend sent me a great article this weekend about feminism and emoticons… you can read it here…

Hey, Unicode, It’s About Damn Time We Had Some Emojis for Professional Women

After reading the article I wanted more.  I quickly dug through my phone and found the following.  According to emoticons…

Men can do the following activities or have the following profession…

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Men’s faces are also represented in the following ways:

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As a contrast women can do the following activities or have the following profession:

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Women’s faces are represented in the following ways:

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In summary men’s professions are diverse and exciting and represented in 17 different emoticons.  In a stark contrast women can be dancers, Playboy bunnies, brides, princesses, or Japanese dolls and are represented in 5 emoticons.  Men’s facial emoticons are represented as speaking out loud or smiling.  Women are represented as asking questions, doing weird hand signals, getting haircuts, showing confusion, showing emotion, and getting head massages… sad and strange…

One final one to leave you with… A woman’s hand and a man’s hand.

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Trainwreck… really?

imagesI have been so excited to have an evening alone to watch Trainwreck.  I cannot tell you how often my husband and I sit down to watch a movie and how frustrated I become at the lack of choices with a female lead.  I have heard great things about Amy Schummer and was excited to see a strong female story line.

Needless to say, I was SO disappointed.  Without going into all of my detailed thoughts I wanted to throw out some of the questions that crossed my mind:

  • Why is it that a woman who has chosen a life of carefree sexuality and some fun with drugs and alcohol is considered a “Trainwreck”
  • Why is that when she finally meets the right guy she completely changes who she is for him?
  • Why oh why does the movie end with her dressed up like a cheerleader prancing around?
    • Need I mention in the beginning of the film that she makes a hilarious crack about cheerleaders losing women the right to vote
  • Does the fact this film exists and I have the ability to share my thoughts and pick it a part show signs of progress in our society?
  • OR was this just another stereotypical Hollywood movie where the woman is saved by love and changes for her man?

 

Pocket problems 

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I absolutely love wearing suits to work everyday, no sarcasm here, I really do!

I love the way that I look and feel when I where a suit.  I always feel powerful and accomplished.  Anytime I have gone in to work without a suit on, something just doesn’t feel right.

With that being said, I am constantly frustrated by the lack of pockets in womens’ suits.  Mens’ suits have deep pockets both on the outside of the jacket, but also some nifty hidden pockets on the inside of the suit to tuck cell phones, business cards, keys, pens, etc… I don’t understand why womens’ suits usually have only 2 puny pockets on the front of the jacket with little to no room to carry anything.

I have to assume that the reason for this is one of 3 things:

  1. Women should look fashionable and trim and adding pockets would create space for us to carry more things, thus making us look bulkier.
  2. Women don’t need to carry around as many things in the workplace as men do.
  3. No need for pockets, isn’t that what purses are for?

Obviously I don’t agree with any of these conclusions… but I can’t think of another reason.  As you can see in a picture of me below… me attempting to carry only my cellphone and keys looks ridiculous.  I end up looking bulkier and less professional because my pocket is too small to hold what I absolutely need for the day.

While this dilemma irks me on a daily basis, what really got me the other day was I tried on my brand new suit jacket that I got from my Stickfix order.  It was a beautiful black suit jacket.  I removed the stitching keeping the pockets closed and low and behold… there were no pockets… SERIOUSLY?!  I opened what should have been a pocket and it didn’t exist, just some fabric that went straight through the jacket… LAME!

If anyone knows of somewhere to buy a nice looking women’s suit with some decent pockets, please let me know!  I will never go back to anything else.

Something Disturbing Is Realized When Men Are Removed From These Photos…

Source: Something Disturbing Is Realized When Men Are Removed From These Photos…

To highlight the disparity in numbers between men and women in politics, Elle Mag did something drastic!

Despite efforts being made to equalize the workplace for both men and women, the world of politics largely remains a male-dominated environment. To highlight this disparity, the ELLE UK magazineremoved all the men in the pictures of politicians, leaving the meeting rooms and assemblies looking a bit deserted.

“The story of how women in positions of strength continually support and empower each other is consistently ignored while the myth that we pit ourselves against each other perpetuates,” reads the #MoreWomen campaign page on Elle. We want to change this narrative in our feminism issue and create a more positive conversation – to reflect the power of women, and to support and grow each other as we push for global equality.”

Guilt and Balance

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Sorry I have not posted in awhile!  I have recently started a new job and have found myself, as I expected, working more hours than I have in awhile.  In my new position I have spent time thinking about the differences between men and women, and balance between work and home.  I posted somewhat of a stream of consciousness below, I would love to hear your thoughts!

I am constantly trying to make sure that I am contributing as much as a I should at work while balancing a life with my spouse and son at home.  There are days where I feel like I have figured it out and days that are just plain tough.  It is hard for me to be away from my family as much as I am but I feel genuinely happy about what I do and my career.  I am often tired of hearing about women who are trying to have it all or women who are constantly lamenting their guilt about being a working mom.  While I am all for balance and every mother finding her own way… I have to wonder, do men think about these things as much as we do?

I think that men and women are inantely different in the way we view different components of work and home life however I don’t know why.  I am constantly trying to better understand the variances between how men and women feel about working and being a parent.  The balance of work and home is an ever popular topic and yet one in which there will never be answer.

A photo journey of costumes

After reading Lin Kramer’s letter to Party City, I had to add images to what she is talking about.  I think it brings her thoughts to a whole different level seeing these images in front of you…

Boys Career Based Costumes

Classic Toddler Section

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Girls Career Based Costumes

Classic Toddler Section

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Halloween Costumes

A sad and interesting observation from a Mama after shopping for a Halloween costume for her 3 year old daughter on Party City’s website:

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“Dear Party City,

Having just finished perusing your website for Halloween costumes for my three-year-old daughter, I am writing in the hopes that you will reconsider some of the content on your website and the antiquated views such content communicates about your company’s beliefs. In order to understand my concerns, please direct your attention to the ‘toddler costumes’ portion of your website. Compare, for instance, the ‘classic’ costumes offered for boys and girls.
As you can see, the classic costumes for boys include 53 assorted options, ranging from traditional vampire attire to a ‘rascal pirate’ to 16 costumes relating to possible occupations. Meanwhile, the classic costumes for girls include 45 options, ranging from a ‘vampire queen’ to a ‘precious pirate’ to three costumes relating to possible occupations. (It is worth noting that I have generously included in this number the ‘cheerleader’ as a possible occupation, despite it being well known that even NFL cheerleaders are not paid well enough for this to be their only source of income, as well as the ‘cowgirl,’ although, unlike the ‘cowboy,’ she is clearly not appropriately dressed to be employed on any sort of working ranch). To be clear, that means 30% of the costumes you market to boys are based on occupations, while just under 7% of the costumes you market to girls are based on occupations.

If the nature of my concern is not already abundantly clear, please now take the opportunity to compare the girl costume representing the occupation of a police officer to the same occupation costumes marketed for boys (see lead image above). Are you beginning to see why this might be concerning to your customers, and, well, society as a whole?

When you look around at the police officers in your city or neighborhood, the uniforms they wear are probably substantially similar to the costumes you have elected to offer for boys. However, the same cannot be said of the costume you market to girls. Generally speaking, real life uniformed female police officers do not wear short skirts and low cut shirts, but instead wear exactly the same slacks and shirts as their male counterparts. Further, while your choice to market these different costumes to different genders is remarkable in and of itself, it is worth noting that this disparate treatment was apparently at least somewhat conscious on the part of your business. I invite you, and anyone else reading this letter, to review the description of the costumes. When describing the girl costume, your marketing team elected to use language like “cute cop” and “sassy and sweet,” while for the boy costume, they chose to note the “realistic scaled-down police shirt” and assert that “this protector of the peace has it all under control!”

I am absolutely appalled that your business reinterprets girls’ innocent and well-intentioned dreams into this costume.

While Halloween costumes are undoubtedly about “make-believe,” it is unfathomable that toddler girls and boys who might be interested in dressing up as police officers are seeking to imagine themselves in the incongruent way your business apparently imagines them. Toddler girls are not imagining and hoping that they will grow up to become a ‘sexy cop’ — which is clearly what your girl costume suggests; rather, young girls, just as young boys, see and admire their family members and neighbors offering service to their communities and delight in the idea of doing the same. I am absolutely appalled that your business reinterprets girls’ innocent and well-intentioned dreams into this costume.

Finally, the thing that I would maybe most like to point out to you is this: Your company could EASILY include many, if not all, of the costumes you have in the boys’ section as options in the girls’ section as well! And in so doing, you would not only improve the message you are sending to society, but you might actually help  your bottom line by selling more costumes (since little girls shopping with their parents would be more likely to see these options)! Even if you insist (and I really hope you don’t) on offering the sexualized version of costumes for little girls, you could *also* offer girls the realistic option of the same costume.

Look at the world around you: In a world where Ronda Rousey and Danica Patrick are excelling, there are certainly girls who would be interested in that Toddler Boys Everlast Boxer Costume or that Turbo Racer Muscle Costume. Perhaps you recently read about Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, the first female graduates of Ranger School; knowing that these women were once little girls, doesn’t it seem like maybe there are girls out there today who would have some interest in the Combat Soldier Costume or the Flight Suit Costume? And surely, having observed female doctors when walking down the halls of a hospital, or female construction workers when driving down the street, or female postal workers when mailing a letter, it is reasonable to believe – both from a sociological and business perspective – that there are girls who might be interested in such costumes just as there are women who are interested in these professions.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with little girls who enjoy and want to dress up this Halloween as a ‘Light Up Twinkler Witch,’ or a ‘Doo Wop Darling,’ or an ‘Enchanted Stars Princess,’ there is also absolutely nothing wrong with little girls who might wish to give the ‘UPS Driver’ costume or the ‘Ride in Train’ costume a try! Please, Party City, open up your view of the world and redesign your marketing scheme to let kids be kids, without imposing on them antiquated views of gender roles.

Sincerely,
Lin Kramer”