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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.

The PINK Tax.

By Danielle Rodriguez

Female products cost more than male products usually, but what if the cost was defined by color or how “feminine” the item was? In 2015 the New York City Department of Consumers Affairs compared nearly 800 products from over 90 brands, looking for differences and items sold to opposite genders. On average, Women pay 7% more than comparable products for men. On clothing alone, we pay 4% more but that’s not the only thing we pay more on we pay 13% more on personal care products such as razors, menstrual products and more. Offering these products doesn’t establish what lawyers proclaim “Disparate Treatment” as any genders can buy whichever product they please. But that means women are likely to buy the higher priced “Female” products, after all isn’t that the point of gendered marketing. It’s estimated that women spent $1,351 more then men per year for the same products according to USA Today. In the age of Women, we don’t want to be spending more than men on products that are the same. Paying for the color of a product shouldn’t be happening in 1996 California became the first state to ban gender pricing but in current day it’s still happening. It’s a sad fact that in 2019 women are at an economic disadvantage compared to men. There could be reasoning behind the huge economic disadvantage, but it doesn’t make sense why women should pay more for things just because its time consuming such as haircuts and dry cleaning. Retailers see women as the bigger target and companies are willing to spend more on advertisement for women than men but marketing cost isn’t the biggest factor it’s emotional advertisement as it doesn’t talk up the item but instead it’ll tell you “your pretty” it creates insecurity and jacks up the prices. Women should pay the same amount as men it should be equal to both genders and shouldn’t be at a disadvantage to women we as a whole should be equal.

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

Songs to make you feel empowered

 By Danielle Rodriguez

  • Seashore- The Regrettes 

  • Girlfriend- Avril Lavigne  

  • Truth Hurts- Lizzo  

  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper 

  • Hollaback Girl- Gwen Stefani 

  •  All The Good Girls Go To Hell- Billie Eilish  

  • Pumpkin- The Regrettes  

  • Go to town- Doja Cat  

  • Tia Tamera- Doja Cat  

  • Sk8r Boi- Avril Lavigne  

  • Heart Attack- Demi Lovato 

  • No Scrubs- TLC 

  • Come through- The Regrettes 

  • Legend- Twenty-one pilots  

  • Do Ya (unedited alt mix)- Electric Lights   

  • 7 rings- Ariana Grande  

  • Good as hell- Lizzo  

  • Monopoly- Ariana Grande  

  • Sorry not sorry- Demi Lovato 

  • Formation- Beyoncé  

  • Run the world- Beyoncé  

  • Obsessed- Mariah Carey  

  • Boyfriend- Ariana Grande  

  • Toxic- Britney Spears  

  • Sweater Weather- The Neighborhood  

  • Airplane Mode- Limbo 

  • Using You- Mars Argo 

  • Don’t Stop me Now- Queen 

  • Champions- Queen  

  • Tongue Tied- Group Love  

  • Out of my league- Fitz and the tantrums  

  • Blood in the water- Grandson 

  • Idfc- Blackbear 

  • Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen  

  • Barbie and Ken- Jesse 

  • Bad reputation- Joan Jett and the BlackHearts  

  • Work it- Missy Elliott  

  • Valerie- Amy Winehouse  

  • Dangerous Women- Ariana Grande   

  • God is a women- Ariana Grande 

  • Best part- Her 

  • Side to side- Ariana Grande 

  • Thank you next- Ariana Grande 

  • Bellyache- Billie Eilish 

  • Bitches Broken Heart- Billie Eilish  

  • My Strange Addiction  - Billie Eilish

New Era of Politics

By Danielle Rodriguez

The 2018 midterm elections made history before a single ballot was cast because of the mobilization and activism of women. With over 120 women having won seats in the U.S. senate and house representative, it is looking like a new era for women. First and foremost, I think it’s recognition by the body politics that women, not only have the capacity for executive leadership, but that we’re ready for it. We’ve seen that through the increased number of women elected as governors and attorneys-general and the increased level of participation by women in the body politic. It’s time to see a woman as president and I think the time is coming soon in the last election Hilary won the majority of popular votes. The more the opportunity for leadership has grown, the more it has translated into electoral power. We have an increasing number of women especially women of color in mayoral positions, and each time we see this increases, it galvanizes others to believe it’s possible for them too. It has been almost 100 years since women in the United States gained the right to vote but the US still is yet to have a woman elected as president.

     Instagrams That Inspire Everyone

By Danielle Rodriguez

· @Makerswomen

· @atribeofwomen

· @womenofillustration

· @happywholewomen

· @recipesforsleflove

· @rupikaur_

· @gurlstalk

· @girlsboss

· @scribblesbynicole

· @camixvx

· @hayleydrewthis

· @cleowade

· @nikita_gill

· @allthingslillyann

· @womenintheworld

· @womensmarch

· @HuffPostwomen

· @globalfundwomen

· @girlupcampaign

· @girlsinc

· @HeForShe

· @oursharedshelf

· @feminist

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.

Gender obligation

By. Gabriel Franco

Truly Feminist

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.

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