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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.

Toxic Masculinity Today

By Alexis Bennett

More often than not, the oppression and putting down of women - based solely on their gender - is the topic of controversy. “You throw like a girl!”, or variations of that phrase are commonly a source of controversy. However, women are not the only ones that are dealing with these sorts of comments. Toxic masculinity is a VERY large problem, although it does not have its own movement, like the #MeToo movement. Many men today feel as if they shouldn’t do things that are considered “feminine”, such as crying, showing emotion, dressing nicely, good hygiene, skincare, etc. However, this is definitely NOT true. Those things – though they are commonly thought to be for women – are gender-neutral activities. Therefore, nobody should be made to feel like they aren’t masculine just due to things like that. Emotions are normal to experience for everyone, no matter what gender they are. Men are made to feel like they should appear as cold and strong to be “a real man”, but the reality is no amount of manicures, tears, or dress shoes can change the masculinity or femininity of any person.

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

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

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

Did You Know?

Ellen DeGeneres.

The brilliant, charming, ingenious and clever entertainer, who also advocates for women’s rights but also for the LGBTQ community. Ellen DeGeneres became popular during the 1980s. From 1994 to 1998 she starred in the sitcom Ellen. In 1997 this sitcom made television history when Ellen came out as a lesbian in the noted “Puppy Episode”. She has fought for equal rights and even filed a brief to the Supreme Court to defend gay marriage before that was legalized. Few of you may know but Ellen DeGeneres is a survivor of sexual abuse and she uses her experience to help others. Ellen explains how she wants women to be equal to men and how we’ve gotten so far in the past decades. However, she talks about a recently introduced pen by Bic called Bic for Her. “Yes, finally, a pen for just women...?” Ellen humors the idea by putting a spin on it in a skit. The pen is meant for “women’s hands”. as if all pens before it were meant for men. You see, something so simple and nonchalant really does have people thinking, what is made for women? Moreover, what products are meant for both genders? This amazing woman is a modern-day feminist not only because she supports the equality of women and men, but also the equality of all sexual orientations, colors, religions, and races.

The Future of Women’s March

                                By: Danielle Rodriguez

The goal for annual marches is to advocate for legislation and policies regarding human rights. Women’s march started the day after President Trump was inaugurated into office after statements came to light as he was anti-women. This year is another year for women’s march it follows the 2017 and 2018 march. The march was January 19th, 2019 and over 665,324 to 735,978 people attended. It’s important for women’s march’s because they advocate for equal rights not just for female rights for all rights when people think of feminism, they think we hate men but it’s the opposite we want equal rights for all. I think having an annual march is a great opportunity to get all the women together to support one another and their stories. The next women’s march is gonna continue to be in January of 2020 there hasn’t been a released date yet but if you want to keep an eye on the event itself follow along with The Women’s March website. You don’t have to wait a year to be involved with the march if you follow them on Facebook or Twitter it’ll keep you notified if they organize a big event or if they want their followers to take action. The activist that organized the march in 2017 are Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Bob Bland they organized the first march in 2017 in Washington D.C. “Women’s March exists to fight all forms of oppression and bigotry, including anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism, white supremacy, ableism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, classism, and ageism,” Women’s March Inc. said in a statement to Vox. Whatever happens in the streets, the legacy of the women who marched all over the world in 2017 will persist for years to come.

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