Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Miss Representation: Come on WQs, It's our first contest!

Today, I signed the Miss Representation pledge.

 I was unaware I hadn't already signed it and admonished myself for this. So to make up for it I also signed up to be a rep. You don't have to do this but take the pledge! Miss Representation is everything that Warrior Queens stand for!

Here's a copy of the email I got so you can see WHAT easy things you'll have to do, and sign up yourself. Try it out today :)

Thanks for joining our movement to end sexism!

Now that you've taken the MissRepresentation.org pledge, here are some actions you can take immediately to make a difference:

1. Tell 5 people about the film and share one thing you learned from watching it.

2. Parents- watch TV and films with your children.  Raise questions like “What if that character had been a girl instead?”

3. Remember your actions influence others. Mothers, aunts and loved ones- don’t downgrade or judge yourself by your looks. Fathers, uncles and loved ones—treat women around you with respect.  Remember children in your life are watching and learning from you.

4. Use your consumer power. Stop buying tabloid magazines and watching shows that degrade women. Go see movies that are written and directed by women (especially on opening weekend to boost the box office ratings). Avoid products that resort to sexism in their advertising.

5. Mentor others! It’s as easy as taking a young woman to lunch. Start by having open and honest conversations with a young person in your life.

You are now dialed into a national movement to stand up to sexism and challenge the media's limiting portrayals of gender. Together we will make a huge impact on contemporary society.

Don't forget to visit missrepresentation.org for frequent updates and other ways of getting involved.

Each week we'll send you additional steps you can take to make change. Thanks!

Warmly,

Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the MissRepresentation.org Team

GO GO GO!

In fact, let's make this our FIRST contest.

Miss Representation has the #NotBuyingIt Campaign and it is beyond simple so here are the contest rules.

1. Take a picture of an ad or magazine you see that exhibits sexist attitudes (this is EASY). 
2. Tweet the picture with the hash tag #notbuyingit.
3. IN YOUR TWEET, include the tag for the product or company (@___________) AND the @beawarriorqueen tag. 
4. On Friday, March 2 I will randomly pick a name to username to win some WARRIOR QUEEN SWAG :) 


Have a beautiful Tuesday!
Raewyn

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What's in the News, WQ?

In Honor of the 500th Episode: Top 10 Pro-feminist Episodes of The Simpsons - Chicago Feminism and Relationships | Examiner.com
Simple as that - Entertaining! We should watch em

A review of the Birth Control Congressional Hearing last week with some opinion tied in.



How fantastic, the event has not yet had negative backlash

For a laugh :)

Women racers have always had a soft spot in my heart. I wanna join! (i'm a scaredy cat)

Women should love ALL WOMEN. this is a good read !

What's your daily positive change?

Determined to make positive change.
 Openly gay Newport Harbor High School senior creates presentation that emphasizes how hurtful language, bullying can contribute to teen suicide

One of my dear friends and a WQ for years wrote this for the Daily Pilot. Here's your inspiration for the day - do something to make a change, even if it's just a presentation :)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

BIG day in Politics

Hello,

This will be brief today because I have a lot of homework to do and a little bit of time to do it. I'm trying to keep up on blog posts, but you know how it gets during the semester. Luckily this is my last one. When I don't have time to write blog posts I do reblog important posts on the tumblr.

Today! You should feel victorious and galvanized. Big things are happening for women and equality today and I want you to be a part of it.

I have three things for you to do today in the moments that you read this:

1. Sign the petition for birth control. (copied from an email from Planned Parenthood)
We recently secured a major victory for women's health when the Obama administration issued a rule requiring all employers to provide coverage for birth control with no co-pays. Now, women are in danger of losing these protections as birth control opponents pressure President Obama to reverse his decision.

It's up to us to show President Obama just how many people are willing to stand up and protect access to birth control for all women. If 25,000 of us sign this petition, the White House will respond. It takes just two minutes to log in (you will need to create a whitehouse.gov account if you don't already have one) and add your name — click here.

We need President Obama to stand strong — and the best way to make sure that happens is to make so much noise that we can't be ignored. The White House will respond to any petition that gets 25,000 signatures. Birth control opponents have their own petition up and are nearing the 25,000 threshold. I know we can reach that number too — but I want to do more. I want to prove just how strong the movement to protect women's health is. I want to show that we will not stop fighting to defend access to care, no matter what.

We need every person who believes that birth control is essential health care to sign the petition. Everyone who believes that women and their doctors, not their employers, should be making personal medical decisions. Everyone who wants President Obama to stand strong by his commitment to women's health. Are you in? Click here to add your name.

2. Read and SPREAD the word on Prop 8!! It has been declared unconstitutional!!

3. Feel galvanized and do something great for your community or country.

Have a great Tuesday,
Raewyn

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Judgement?

What are your thoughts on tattoos?


This article was reposted in it’s entirety from The Spectrum, the independent publication for the University of Buffalo.

Article by Lisa Khoury
I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.
Ladies, I know you’re at least at the legal age of making your own decisions, but before you decide to get a tattoo, allow me to let you in on a little secret. A secret you may have not fully realized yet thus far in your life. What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures.
Seriously, though. Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands, because – as corny as this sounds – we hold the world’s beauty.
But something girls seem to forget nowadays, or maybe have not been taught, is that women hold the world’s class and elegance in their hands, as well. So what’s more attractive than a girl with a nice body? I’ll tell you what: a girl with class. Looks may not last, but class does. And so do tattoos.
An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.
But marking it up with ink? That’s just not necessary.
I’m not here to say a girl should walk around flaunting her body like it’s her job – that’s just degrading. Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you have been given, not permanently engraving it.
Can you get meaning out of a tattoo? Arguably. If you want to insert ink into your skin as a symbol for something greater than yourself, then maybe you are proving a point to yourself or the rest of the world.
But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.
Invest your time, money, and effort into a gym membership, or yoga classes, or new clothes, or experimenting with different hairstyles if you’re craving something new with your body, not a tattoo.
I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.
God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.
Email: lisa.khoury@ubspectrum.com
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