The broadcastHER section aims to provide a feministic point of view on social and political issues. To be a feminist is not to think women are better, but rather an attempt to transcend from stereotypical gender roles. Intersectional Feminism accepts and fights for other social issues such as people of color and the LGBTQIA community. We must "lift as we climb", as explained by Angela Davis.
How Photoshop is Poisoning the Idea of Body Positivity
By Alexis Bennett
There is a large problem hiding in plain sight on social media platforms: photoshop. It used to be obvious that a picture was photoshopped because it would look like it was. It’s not a new thing, it would be used for things from making pictures look funny to moving things out of place. Photoshopping people’s bodies to look a certain way, however, was usually reserved for professional models. Unfortunately, with the creation of new apps such as Facetune, this technology is readily available for anyone to use for only $3.99 on the app store. Due to its availability, it has become mainstream to photoshop anything and everything. From pictures on Instagram, to magazine covers, to online shopping sites, evidence of photoshop can be seen everywhere.
Though photoshop can be used to make things stand out, that is not what it is being used for. Usually it is used by Instagram models/influencers to achieve the appearance of a “perfect” body and to remove “flaws” like cellulite. They do have the right to change their pictures to however they like, but that is not what the problem is. It is so toxic to being positive about the way your body looks because it sets unrealistic and unachievable goals. Especially since many young girls and boys see these pictures of bodies that are supposed to have been achieved through working out and exercise, when in fact they have been heavily photoshopped. It can make them feel as if they are not good enough or like they have to look a certain way to be considered beautiful.
Multiple movements have been started to try and stop photoshopping from being a normal practice. For example, the clothing brand American Eagle has stopped photoshopping the photos of their models to demonstrate the way real bodies look. Additionally, many influencers have spoken about their feelings on the subject. For example, when Zendaya saw that a magazine had photoshopped one of her pictures without her consent, she posted the original compared to the photo that was published and called them out. They had made her appear skinnier by slimming her thighs and waist. She said that if they were going to photoshop her pictures, she wasn’t going to pose for them. It is important to raise awareness about these issues. If the use of photoshop in this manner continues, there will be more problems developed with the way people are thinking about how their body “should” look. There is more than one body type that is beautiful and being able to feel comfortable in your own skin is important.
Why teaching student’s abstinence only is wrong
By Danielle Rodriguez
Teaching students that abstinence is the way to avoid the consequences of having intimate relations shouldn’t be taught. We should be taught that having safe sex isn’t wrong because at this age we are experimenting, and we shouldn’t have to be scared to have intimate relations with who we want if we protect ourselves. Making us have to face the consequence makes us even more scared girls don’t want to get pregnant for doing something so natural. We are growing up we make mistakes it’s expected but one life altering decision shouldn’t make or break our future. If we teach teens that protection is a better solution, then maybe we would decrease the amount of teen pregnancy.
I asked what my friend thought about my opinion and she doesn’t agree with it. She thinks it would encourage young adults to be having sex. She thinks that since teens are involved then It would be a bad outcome if we did teach protection other than abstinence only. She also agrees with the point you shouldn’t be doing it at all if you have to hide it from your parents. I see her side on this opinion because it does involve teenagers. But it doesn’t mean we can’t inform kids where to get protection or if you need to get on birth control then they can get it from somewhere they can trust and it would be confidential if you choose for it to be. We need to inform kids that having protection is safer than having unprotected sex. If we just inform them about where they can get all these services, then maybe they will be able to make a safer decision.
For example, I didn’t even know we had a health center on campus, but we do. It is open to adults and students it offers a variety of services. It offers sport physicals, checkups (with parent permission), counseling, therapy, colon screens it is also open to the public these are some
of the non-confidential services they offer to the public. If you choose you can get confidential services such as birth control (pill, injection, and Nexplanon available), STD testing, pregnancy test, condoms (Brown bag). All confidential services are available for normal services, but some normal services aren’t available for confidential services. All confidential services are free and non-confidential services are charged through parents’ insurance.
Why Feminism isn’t Only for Women
The purpose of the feminist movement is to advocate for women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes. Feminism is in no way man-hating, though it is widely believed to be just that. The truth is that even a man can be a feminist. There are many male supporters of the movement that are joining in on the marches and protests to help move it along. The main problems that are being addressed with the movement are the pay gap, education, the pink tax, sexual harassment, and just improving the overall equality of men and women. Men can have a very large impact on the movement, but they don’t frequently participate due to stigmas about it. The most important thing to remember is that promoting women’s rights doesn’t ruin or get rid of men’s rights. The involvement of men is just as helpful as the involvement of women. Men can provide a completely different viewpoint on the situation, which could convince more people to help. It also proves that women aren’t exaggerating when men are angered by the situation too. Being a feminist isn’t a bad thing, it’s just to make life better for everyone.
By Alexis Bennett
How Barbies set unrealistic body goals
By: Danielle Rodriguez
Barbies are known for there tiny waist beautiful face and impossible figures. When we were younger, we didn’t think anything of it but now that we our older I see how barbies have a negative impact on younger girls. For example, the slumber party Barbie has a scale with her, and her weight is stuck at 110 pounds. The dolls show younger girls its expected of you to have a tiny waist but how is that teaching them body positivity. In a study from 2016 it shows in girls younger than 5 that didn’t have a Barbie have higher self-esteem than 7-year old’s that did have a Barbie. The Barbie effect or other known as Barbie syndrome is an actual thing according to psychologists it has ties to body image issues and career and educational attainment. This effects younger girls all the way into adulthood it makes them obsessed with having a perfect figure and how to rely on looks instead of being smart. In some cases, this has reached the level of a disorder with some young women surgically molding their bodies to look like Barbie. It has also, in a few cases, caused depression and anxiety when an individual was unable to look like Barbie. Barbie and the media that set her figure up as the ideal have started a general conversation about body image and the dangers that unrealistic ideals cause. Young girls shouldn’t be taught that having a tiny waist is expected of them they should be taught that no matter what body shape they have they are beautiful. When I was younger I did have a tiny waist but as I got older it soon became a normal size waist for my age but that’s not what I thought I thought it was bad because I grew up thinking I was supposed be skinny just like these Barbie dolls I played with. Having to think that I was suppose be skinny with a tiny waist really made me feel like I was fat my self-esteem got bad and I wasn’t comfortable wearing tight clothing I wanted to have a figure that was impossible to achieve as 13 year old girl till this day I have low self-esteem when it comes to my weight. With the newer Barbies that they are making younger girls won’t have to worry
about how we are expected to be skinny. Instead they can just play with the Barbies that will know look like them. Barbies shouldn’t make younger girls have low self-esteem they should make girls feel great about their bodies. The new and improved Barbies will teach younger girls about body positivity and how to love yourself. Young girls will know feel great about themselves if they don’t match the body that’s advertised
A gender role, also known as a sex role, is a social role encompassing a range of behaviors and attitudes that are generally considered acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for people based on their biological or perceived sex. Gender roles are usually centered on conceptions of masculinity and femininity,
The World Health Organization defines gender roles as "socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women". Debate continues as to what extent gender and gender roles are socially constructed, and to what extent "socially constructed" may be considered synonymous with "arbitrary" or "malleable". Therefore, a concise authoritative definition of gender roles or gender itself is elusive.
In the sociology of gender, the process whereby an individual learns and acquires a gender role in society is termed gender socialization.
Gender roles are culturally specific, and while most cultures distinguish only two, others recognize more. Androgyny, for example, has been proposed as a third gender. Androgynous is simply a person with qualities pertaining to both the male and female gender. Other societies have claimed to identify more than five genders, and some non-Western societies have three genders – man, woman, and third gender. Some individuals identify with no gender at all.
Many transgender people reject the idea that they are a separate third gender, and identify simply as men or women. However, biological differences between trans women and cisgender women have historically been treated as relevant in certain contexts, especially those where biological traits may yield an unfair advantage such as sport.
Gender role, which refers to the cultural expectations as understood by gender classification, is not the same thing as gender identity, which refers to the internal sense of one's own gender, whether or not it aligns with categories offered by societal norms. The point at which these internalized gender identities become externalized into a set of expectations is the genesis of a gender role.
Some theories – which are collectively termed social construction theories – claim that gender behavior is mostly due to social conventions, although opposing theories disagree, such as theories in evolutionary psychology.
Most children learn to categorize themselves by gender by the age of three. From birth, in the course of gender socialization, children learn gender stereotypes and roles from their parents and environment. In a traditional view, males learn to manipulate their physical and social environment through physical strength or dexterity, while girls learn to present themselves as objects to be viewed. Social constructionists state, for example, that gender-segregated children's activities create the appearance that gender differences in behavior reflect an essential nature of male and female behavior.
As an aspect of role theory, gender role theory "treats these differing distributions of women and men into roles as the primary origin of sex-differentiated social behavior, their impact on behavior is mediated by psychological and social processes.
By. Gabriel Franco
History of Feminism
By Alexis Bennett
Feminism became more widespread as the idea of equal rights did as well. The largest concern that was faced by the early feminists was mainly centered around the rising idea of women’s suffrage. The first feminist “wave” began in the mid-19th century. It formally began at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. During the convention, 300 men and women rallied for the equality of men and women. Many believed that it was wrong for women to be able to vote. However, Frederick Douglas helped to persuade the crowds by stating that he would not accept the right to vote as a black man if women weren’t granted that same right. This pushed the feminist movement along greatly and encouraged more women to stand up for themselves and their rights.
Following this event, the push for women’s suffrage increased massively. In 1920, the 19th amendment was passed, which granted women the right to vote. Since this large step for women, there have been roughly two other feminism waves. The second one began in 1963 when The Feminine Mystique was published. It argued that women had roles in society that were not fulfilling. These included home care and childcare. This caused the Equal Rights Amendment to be proposed. It was passed by Congress in 1972 but was never ratified.
The third wave began directly following the second and pushed for the rights of women of color and lesbians. This was because many argued that the previous feminist movements left the minority groups out. Though not every feminist movement has been defined by or placed into a wave. However, the most recent influential movements have been the #MeToo movement and the Women’s March. This has been a long movement with many achievements, but it is not a way for women to become better than men. It is the attempt at making society equal for the genders.
The Truth about Sadie Hawkins Day
By: Danielle Rodriguez
Sadie Hawkins day is supposed to make us woman feel empowered when we ask out a guy to the dance but what if I told you that the real meaning behind this “holiday” was demeaning toward woman. Al Capp made a fictional character named Sadie Hawkins she debuted in a cartoon by Al Capp’s on November 15, 1937 comic strip Li’l Abner, which was set in the fictional mountain village of Dogpatch, Kentucky. The way Al Capp described Sadie was as “the homeliest gal in all them hills,” she was the daughter of the town’s most wealthy and powerful man, but she was “ugly”, so nobody wanted to take her as a wife. Her Father Hezekiah was terrified that his “ancient” daughter wouldn’t find a husband and so that was the worst “humiliation” a woman can face in his eyes he didn’t want his daughter to be an “old maid” so he took matters into his own hands and declared it “Sadie Hawkins Day” and ordered a race of eligible bachelors with Sadie chasing after them and when a man was caught, he would be legally bound to marry her. If this doesn’t sound demeaning towards woman then I don’t know what does but during this time in history it shows the popularity of it instead of the prospective we now know that the foundation of this “holiday” was built on is totally sexist and outdated for my liking. So instead of making this about a fun dance we should acknowledge the true meaning behind this awful day and celebrate the freedom we have and liberate Sadie Hawkins we shouldn’t have to continue the awful tradition and what it stands for. If we teach young girls about Sadie’s story then we will better appreciate the times we live in today it will make us understand that now we have choices on what we want and we shouldn’t waste those chances cause woman in the past suffered for what we have now. If we teach young girls chasing after boys is right, then we would have
reversed what we fought for. Keeping today’s generation informed that Sadie Hawkins day is sexist and demeaning toward woman then the better chance we will have for the future.
How to Survive your Period: Tips and Tricks
By: Alexis Bennett
Being on your period is arguably the worst part of the month. From the cravings to the cramps, it can be pretty hard to manage when you first start out. Thankfully, there are so many things you can use to lessen your pain and make it an overall bearable experience. Whether your period is short and sweet or long and lousy, these tips are sure to help you out!
1. When it comes to cramps, a heating pad is your best friend, literally. Placing it on the area that is causing you pain will help tremendously. If you don’t have one, hot water in a bottle can offer the same benefits.
2. If you don’t like to take medicine, or don’t have any, doing some light exercise can help with blood flow and in turn, ease cramps.
3. Avoid junk food right before your period, if you can. It is said to make cramps worse than they already are.
4. Keeping spare pads/tampons in your bag can save your life and maybe even someone else’s.
5. Midol is a pain-reliever made specifically for periods; it works better than ibuprofen will. If you don’t have, ibuprofen can work wonders, too.
6. To avoid ruining your favorite undergarments, buy a few pairs that are plain and black specifically for that time of the month.
7. Wearing dark clothes is recommended, so if you happen to leak through your jeans it won’t be nearly as noticeable.
8. Wearing tight jeans can make cramps worse. To be more comfortable, try to wear leggings or even sweatpants. In the event that you have to wear jeans, try to avoid skinny jeans that are tight in the waist.
9. Sitting in a warm bath can also help relieve cramps and stress. If you don’t like to take baths, a warm shower will do the same thing.
By Danielle Rodriguez
· Falling- Trevor Daniel
· Don’t stop me now- Queen
· Best Part- Her’s
· I forgot that you existed- Taylor Swift
· Cherry Hill- Russ
· Go Flex- Post Malone
· Marcel- Her’s
· Seventeen- Peachpit
· My anxiety- Cal Sruby
· Chartreuse- Worn tin
· Edward 40hands- Mom jeans
· Maniac- Conan Grey
· Freshman year- Issac Dunbar
· Love you for a long time- Maggie Rogers
· Can I call you tonight? – Dayglow
· Tonight Tonight – Hot chelle Rae
· Happiness is a butterfly- Lana Del Ray
· Cherry Wine- Hozier
· Lights up- Harry Styles
· Roxanne- Arizona Zervas
· La la la – Y2K, bbno$
· Needs – Verzache
· Wait a minute- Willow
· My Type- Saint Motel
· Buff Baby- Tobi Lou
· Cherry- Harry Styles
· Asshole- Hooligan Chase
· How you feel- Dj Scheme ft. Lil yachty
· My way- Queen Key
· This how to disappear- Lana Del Ray
· Who hurt you- Daniel Caesar
· We fell in love in October- Girl in red
· Juicy- Doja Cat
· Do it myself- Russ
· Reflection- Fifth Harmony
· Falling- Harry Styles
· Adore you- Harry styles
· Golden- Harry Style
Sex Education in Schools
By Alexis Bennett
In my opinion, schools are failing their students when it comes to the subject of sex education. As of right now, only twenty-four states require it to be a part of the curriculum. In addition to this, only eighteen of them require their sex educators to address contraceptives. Abstinence is highly stressed in 26 states, which is a huge problem. Leaving students in the dark about having safe sex does not help in any way. If anything, it increases the problems of teen pregnancy and the contraction of STD’s.
Many teenagers nowadays are sexually active, but not being as safe as they could be, or safe at all. This is most likely due to the fact that they are not properly educated. There are many myths around the topic of sex, which are definitely not true. Educating students on the importance of contraceptives and using the correct forms of protection. They also need to more informed on the wide variety of options that can be offered to them. However, this is not taught in most of America’s schools.
Each year, roughly 750,000 teen girls in the United States will get pregnant. This is the leading cause of teenage girls dropping out of high school. Additionally, 80 percent of teen moms do not stay with the father of their child, which makes their life much, much harder. This is extremely unfortunate because after becoming pregnant, many girls feel like their life is going to be ruined, which wastes so much potential. On top of that, 50 percent of teens who get pregnant opt to have an abortion. This is likely to make them have feelings of grief, regret, and extreme sadness.
However, unprotected sex does not only produce pregnancy. STD’s are a major problem in the United States, and the numbers among teenagers continue to rise. The age group 15-24 is where more than half of STD cases are found. It is estimated that 1 in 4 teenagers contract an STD each year. Additionally, in a recent study it was revealed that 2 in 5 teen girls with contract an STD that can cause infertility, or even death. Only 6 in 10 high school students report using condoms every time during sex, which is most likely the cause of the problem. Perhaps if students are educated more thoroughly during their time in grade school, they will be more careful about practicing safe sex.
There is little information regarding safe sex for people in the LGBTQ+ community provided as well. Many school curriculums leave it entirely out of the lesson plans. This is likely to cause more problems in terms of STD contraction, since most of the information that is relayed about heterosexual safety does not apply to homosexual safety. It is important that all people know how to have safe sex and to protect themselves.
Overall, sex education needs to become considered more important in order to keep everyone as healthy as possible. The rates of teen pregnancy and STD’s being spread are going to continue to rise if nothing is done to fix it. Where it begins is in school. If students are educated, then they will be able to use that knowledge when it really counts.
Instagrams That Inspire Everyone
By Danielle Rodriguez
By. Gabriel Franco
Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes. Feminism incorporates the position that societies prioritize the male point of view, and that women are treated unfairly within those societies. Efforts to change that include fighting gender stereotypes and seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men.
Feminist movements have campaigned and continue to campaign for women's rights, including the right to vote, to hold public office, to work, to earn fair wages, equal pay and eliminate the gender pay gap, to own property, to receive education, to enter contracts, to have equal rights within marriage, and to have maternity leave. Feminists have also worked to ensure access to legal abortions and social integration, and to protect women and girls from rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. Changes in dress and acceptable physical activity have often been part of feminist movements.
Some scholars consider feminist campaigns to be a main force behind major historical societal changes for women's rights, particularly in the West, where they are near-universally credited with achieving women's suffrage, gender-neutral language, reproductive rights for women, and the right to enter into contracts and own property. Although feminist advocacy is, and has been, mainly focused on women's rights, some feminists, including bell hooks, argue for the inclusion of men's liberation within its aims because they believe that men are also harmed by traditional gender roles.
Numerous feminist movements and ideologies have developed over the years and represent different viewpoints and aims. Some forms of feminism have been criticized for only taking white, middle class, and college-educated perspectives into account. This criticism led to the creation of ethnically specific or multicultural forms of feminism, including black feminism and inter-sectional feminism.
Ain’t No Barbie
By. Danielle Rodriguez
“Who says, who says you’re not perfect? Who says you’re not worth it? Who says you're the only one that's hurtin'? Trust me, that's the price of beauty. Who says you're not pretty? Who says you're not beautiful? Who says?” Selena Gomez was one of the many to wonder such a thing. But really, who says? Beauty standards are now one of the most difficult and frustrating goals to set for many young women, when the media tells you that you should look like a model. On Instagram beauty influencers don’t show what they look like behind all that make-up they let us believe they are truly perfect. The media has an insane impact on what we should look like for example our skin should be clear, our eyebrows perfectly arched and filled in, long eyelashes, and perfect blue eyes. We are expected to look like a barbie doll we can’t ever win. Even with some miracle we were perfect not everybody would fit into the same box. We come in all shapes and sizes along with clear skin or no clear skin not everybody has perfectly arched eyebrows, or long beautiful eyelashes or heck even blue eyes. But that’s the media’s standards for young women we can’t never not be perfect the media’s pressure on young women shouldn’t have such an impact like it does. Most of the time these influencers airbrush their pictures or Photoshop them how can we believe what we see on the
screen. Beauty standards shouldn’t set an unrealistic goal for young women we can’t be no barbie doll.
The Ben Archer School Based Health Center
By Alexis Bennett
There is a clinic located on the DHS campus that is a provider of many medical services. They can assist students, staff, and even members of the community. Access to a wide variety of services can be found at little to no cost. Additionally, visits can be made confidential if for any reason the student does not want their parent/guardian knowing that they are receiving treatment.
There is not much of a limit on the services the SBHC can provide. The only service they cannot provide is an abortion, nor do they recommend them to students. However, they have doctors on-site that can perform exams regarding sexual health and even administer pregnancy tests. Mammograms, STD tests, pap smears, and colon screenings are all available at the clinic. Free birth control and condoms are offered as well and are easily accessible. Birth control can be given to female students completely confidentially and at no cost. However, if the student’s parents know they are getting contraceptives, they can give the clinic their insurance information and receive it that way.
Aside from that, you can visit for regular check-ups if you become ill. If you are an athlete, you can get a sports physical there as well, with no cost. On top of all this, therapy/counseling is also a service they can provide. They have on-site therapists as well as video sessions available. The SBHC is there to support students and ensure that they are as healthy as possible, no matter their financial situation.
By Phone: (575) 546-4800
The First Female Artist of the Decade
By Danielle Rodriguez
As of November 24, 2019 there will be the first female artist of the decade award Taylor Swift will be honored with this award due to her countless professional achievements. Swift is one the most accomplished musical artist of all time over the course of the 2010s. In July she was named by Forbes magazine as the highest paid celebrity and musician of 2019. She is the first ever recipient of the billboard’s woman of the decade award which is a big change from billboards women of the year award that she one twice. Swift as accomplished a lot during this decade she had five no.1 albums on the billboard 200, five no.1 singles on the billboard hot 100, she also had 3 worldwide stadium tours, and 2 billboard women of the year award that I recently mentioned. She released her Seventh studio album “Lover” in august of 2019 this album is the first album she owns in its entirety. Due to her public fight to earn back her masters she is committed to protecting creative rights. She also fights for music education, literacy programs, cancer research, disaster relief, and the time’s up initiative. Which seems to make her the perfect candidate for this award which she is despite all the hate she got in 2016 she is still pursuing what she loves. She is an influential woman that deserves the award, she may not be everyone’s preferred choice but she’s in my opinion the perfect candidate for this award. Her seventh album “Lover” in just five days captured the biggest sales week in the U.S. she surpassed her own record from her 2017 album “Reputation”