“Sister Wives” on TLC

I have been dying to expound my opinion on this reality show on TLC sister Wives.  My opinion is from my own completely feminist view point.  I really feel this show tells women and girls, who needs a full time husband?  This guy is really a sperm donor. I cannot believe these women would want the fact that they do not need a man/husband full time broadcast on national TV.  He rotates from one to the other, spending every fourth night with one wife.  How perfect is that by the time you are just getting a little lonely, wanting a little nooky, he shows up, great. He only leaves one set of dirty underwear on your bedroom floor every four days, in a week you only have to pick it up once maybe twice on a bad week.  You can clean the toilet and not have to worry about random sprays or him forgetting the seat up but again once a week. This is showing how little one needs a man around the house, that is phenomenal, we do all the work anyway and they broadcast this fact. How sweet. The wives all help each other out, every thing is taken care of sans husband.

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Second Part “Half the Sky”

I just wanted to make a follow up post on this show. It was in two part, and I watched the second part the next night. It featured America Ferrera, Diane Lane and two other stars. This segment was the same intense look at the lives of women and girls in ‘third world’ countries.  The overriding burning desire in these women’s and girl’s lives, aside from not being raped, not spending the rest of their lives as prostitutes and  getting enough food to eat, etc those basics we do not think twice about, is their burning desire to getting an education.  One young girl fifteen if I recall or younger, rode her bike 17 miles one way, one way, each day just to go to school.  Can any of us imagine what this sacrifice a burning desire to get an education would be like?  We just complain about a tuition increase.   One young girl again about fourteen, must sell lottery tickets daily, eighty of them a day, before her father will let her go to school. So she eeks out a few hours in the afternoon to go to school. And the worst/best part about this is she has to pay for the schooling from any overage she sells of those lottery tickets.  All, All of the women and girls in the rest of the world, maybe only third world countries, but they all must pay for school, but the catch is most cannot earn any money.  They are totally dependent on the goodness?? of the male members in their family to pay for the tuition. The overriding theme, as we all know, is get an education, it is the road to empowerment for all women. I know male jaws drop when I tell a man I am going to school.  

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Half the Sky

Posted on October 2, 2012

I just watched the show, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide on PBS.  It was phenomenal  a must see for all women and in fact all people.  It is a perfect exam

Half the Sky

I just watched the show, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide on PBS.  It was phenomenal  a must see for all women and in fact all people.  It is a perfect example of the good media can serve.  We have discussed so much of the bad influence the media has on the world as far as the cause for equality of women, this show is an example of the good the media can provide. The show also shows again tomorrow night at 9 pm on your local PBS channel. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.  Please watch, it may change your life.

Half the Sky – Girls Rape

When it started they were talking about rape of young girls in Sierra Leone and I have to admit I wanted to turn it off.  I am chicken to watch any shows about this subject; I think I can put my head in the sand, ignoring the problem and it will not effect me.  Well as I watched I became enthralled  rapt with amazement of the problem. yeah stars are involved, this segment featured Eva Mendes.   But you see them in a different light believe me and they see the world in a different light themselves. The next segment was on sex trafficking in Cambodia, with Meg Ryan. The final segment which hit so close to home for me was on education of women in Viet Nam and had Gabrielle Union as the star.  There was commentary mixed in from many women in the public eye, one of which was Hillary Clinton.  She stated, “the role and rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century.”   Upcoming stories some of which will be in India.

Girl in India

I have always stated we will overcome when our female population is more than men, but we cannot wait till that happens.  We cannot sit on our laurels and wait for the years and lives to pass.  Someone, one of the commentators stated this same sentiment.

Little Miss Sunshine

The movie Little Miss Sunshine(2006) seems to fit right into our discussion in this module. If pole dancing had really taken off at that time I think they would have had the seven-year-old performing that skill in the end instead of just stripping. This movie points out how innocent young girls really are, this little girl had no idea she was doing something risqué. She was just doing what she was told to do. Susan Douglas discusses this movie in Chapter 6 of our text, The Rise of Enlightened Sexism. Douglas is talking about the sexualization of girls at a younger and younger age in our society. She admits “chubby” Olive will not have a chance. I did not realize he actress had to don a fat suit to play the part. 

A comment that brings to my mind these mothers hiding behind the pretense of getting their daughter exercise. I would bet the young girls being brought to the pole dancing school are not “chubby” in any sense. I think a chubby girl would refuse to be caught dead in such a place. Douglas points out my theory children do not get that an activity is sexual, they are innocent and these mothers taking them to this class are polluting their minds. She goes on to state my sentiments exactly, it is very bizarre to have your daughter learn to pole-dancing at any age, let alone under eighteen years of age. Douglas points out Little Miss Sunshine was the inspiration for Toddlers and Tiaras. She says exactly the same thing these misguided mother think, “sexualization of girls is meant to be seen as harmless, funny, or both. Well these mothers in Canada see it as ‘exercise’ and nothing more. (185-186)