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Britney Griner in the NBA?

For those of us who watch sports know al to well who Britney Griner is. She is a 22 year old woman who plays basketball at Baylor University in Waco Texas. She is the all time leader in points and blocked shots in NCAA. In fact her and Kareem Abdul Jabbar who is arguably one of the greatest players of all time are the only players who have averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 5 blocks in a season. With that said, she is the greatest NCAA Womens basketball player to ever live. Other than that she is also the most evaluated and criticized. She is talked about in the media and social networks for her accomplishments yet she is made fun of due to her physique which stands out. She is labeled as being a grunt, a man in a woman’s body and so on. Just recently Mark Cuban who owns the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks suggested that he would allow her to try out for the NBA rather than the WNBA. Although he did not guarantee her a shot to play, he did make an offer to think about it which is far more than anyone else in the NBA. After this statement by Cuban, ESPN.com who (contributes daily polls that viewers and surfers can volunteer to answer right on the home page) asked this very question:

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he would consider selecting Brittney Griner in the second round of the NBA draft. Could Griner compete in the NBA?

the answer simple ; Yes or No

Once you place the answer the results are shown as they are at that very moment.

I answered yes and received these results.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he would consider selecting Brittney Griner in the second round of the NBA draft. Could Griner compete in the NBA?

21%
Yes
79%
No

An astounding no!

This would not be as bad if the question asked would Britney Griner be as good as she is if she playedf in the NBA? Because than we could argue that the competition in the NBA is elite and only a few select players become stars. However the question suggested that “considering” and “offer” could she compete?
I ask why couldn’t she what makes her not as equally able to compete?

Feminist movement working

‘The Invisible War’ Changing the Conversation on Rape in the Military

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/02/invisible-war-has-changed-the-conversation-on-rape-in-the-military.html

 

This article by Cassie M. Chew posted PBS News Hour  highlights the production of the feminists movement. The movie ‘The Invisible War” is well done documentary which is comprised of stories from current and ex military service women and men who were sexually assaulted and or raped during their time in service by opposing servicemen. With out the feminists movement this documentary may have just ended up as another documentary. However feminists all around the Country have watched and shared this movie to everyone. Most of the viewers who then hared since have not been feminist  They have been people who watched the documentary and understood the issue. Most importantly the message reached capital hill and from there, their have already been policies introduced and applied  to help rape victims within the service in the near future.  Chew states “Two days after he screened the film, outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta changed the reporting structure so that a service member’s immediate supervisor no longer is the only person to whom a victim can report an abuse”. This leads me to my next point which is that this is a prime example in which shows that the feminist movement is not a women’s movement, but more of a humanity and equal rights movement.  As we can see it is moving along.

Circle Of Accountability Widens In Steubenville Rape Case

“After two football players were convicted in the Steubenville rape trial, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he will convene a grand jury in April to consider bringing charges against partygoers, school officials and parents who may share responsibility in the rape of a 16-year-old girl.”

http://www.npr.org/2013/03/20/174849029/circle-of-accountability-widens-in-steubenville-rape-case

I was happy to listen to this on NPR.  I was not knowing of the case before sentencing date. However after I found out about it, I wanted to see the video of the boy who referred to the girl as ” deader than O.J’s wife”. I watched this little obnoxious boy talk about a rape victim like she was a piece of trash left in the street. As I kept watching the video I seen kids walking in and out and around this house as if they were paying the mortgage on it. I too asked myself “where are the parents’. But I feel that if I start to make accusations against these parents and  where they where or what they were doing I would be doing myself injustice. Because I feel that all though they should have been more responsible they are far from being the only ones to blame. The world we live in today and the way many parents are constantly working to provide leaves less time to focus on parenting, schooling or counseling.  So all the information that kids gain than come from what they watch, who they hang out with and the music they listen to. These kids were only 16 years old and yes they were irresponsible and deserve what they received however we should blame our society for what it has become. It has become displaced and social values are a thing of the past. We now tend to a screen for comfort rather than a shoulder. If those boys would have been educated on rape and rape victims than the likely hood of them participating in that kind of vulgar action would have been unlikely.

Women’s Wrongs: Feminism’s Gains Are Washing Away – Henry Saadi

http://observer.com/2013/03/womens-wrongs-feminisms-gains-are-washing-away/

Before I log on to Word press to write a new blog for my Women’s gender studies class I always search feminism into Google. After I do that, I simply right click the news button and I come across many well recognized sources like The New York Times or the Washington Post that have recent articles that are based on feminism. I usually skim through 4 or 5 of them and I just pick one that intrigues me the most. Usually they are all interesting reads to me. The one I chose for this blog is Women’s Wrongs: Feminism’s Gains Are Washing Away” by  Nina Burleigh which was published in ” The New York Observer”. This article caught my attention because I think the author simply organizes a solid answer to the question of whether feminism is still needed today. In the article she argues that women around the world are still being victimized by misogyny. She states “Egyptian grandmothers who majored in gender studies in the 1970s are watching their daughters don purdah, nongovernmental organizations that once had hope for India and the backwoods of Pakistan stand by aghast at a rising tide of rape and acid attacks on girls, and Soviet professional women are watching their daughters become escorts. This after Russian women disappeared from top government posts following the fall of the Soviet Union”. This suggest that we are still far away from equal rights. The author does not let the United States off the hook either. She made a comment about Seth McFarlenes “boob song” which was the opening show for this years Oscars Ceremony suggesting that it was undermining women.

Divided by Abortion, United by Feminism – Henry Saadi

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/douthat-divided-by-abortion-united-by-feminism.html?_r=0

Most anti-abortion Americans today are also gender egalitarians: indeed, Shields notes, pro-life attitudes toward women’s professional advancement have converged so quickly with pro-choice attitudes that “the average moderately pro-life citizen is a stronger supporter of gender equality than even the typical strongly pro-choice citizen was in the early 1980s.” Among the younger generation, any “divide over women’s roles nearly disappears entirely.”

I was fascinated by this article written by Ross Douthat in the New York Times. It suggest that Feminism as an egalitarianism movement  has brought together feminist who believe are pro-choice and those who are pro-life.  Douthat states “The pro-life cause has proved unexpectedly resilient, in other words, not because millions of Americans are nostalgists for a world of stricter gender norms, but because they have convinced themselves that the opportunities the feminist revolution won for women can be sustained without unrestricted access to abortion”. This is surprising because I believe that most Americans have an idea that feminism must be pro-choice. This is not true , in fact as Ross states many feminists are gladly happy to take on a feminist role without sacrificing their beliefs. This makes me wonder about the politics behind feminism.  Does this polarize the movement and are their other sub communities within the movement? Questions like these must be answered soon in order to keep the movement United. If not then the movement can be its own enemy in the future.

SI for Women by Lindsay Schnell

This article was very intriguing to me because I am a huge fan of sports. I tend to care mostly about men’s professional sports like  Football, Basketball, Baseball and sometimes soccer. In SI for Women by Lindsay Schnell, she details an event that occurred in 1999 in which the first issue of Sports Illustrated for Women was published. On the cover of was a basketball star phenom named Seimone Augustus who went on to become the number one overall pick in the 2006 WNBA draft. What I liked the most about this article was the fact that it made note one particular event in Women’s sports that I or any sport fan living during the time will never forget. The “shot heard around the world” is what it this particular event is refereed as. Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick goal to win the 1999 World Cup is what put women athletes on the map. The goal itself was amazing but what occurred after the goal is what many viewers will never forget. Chastain runs up to kick the ball and she scores, solidifying the U.S womens Soccer team as champions of the world. Chastain runs wild and rips her jersey off leaving only a sport bra while clinching her fists in such a feeling of achievement. I beleieve if their were words that she would speak during that paticular moment it would be ” this our time”. It was because as I could remember it, the U.S soccer team became well known celebrities and Mia Hamm was the Micheal Jordan of women’s soccer.

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At This Year’s Jaipur Lit Fest, Feminism, the Dalai Lama and Cricket By PAMPOSH RAINA

At This Year’s Jaipur Lit Fest, Feminism, the Dalai Lama and Cricket By PAMPOSH RAINA

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At This Year’s Jaipur Lit Fest, Feminism, the Dalai Lama and Cricket By PAMPOSH RAINA

The country of India is gaining much press these days. Noe of the attention is good. If you have been paying attention to World News as of late then you have heard about the sexual harassment cases that have been covered by the media extensively. These cases have brought out reasons why the femininity movement should always continue to grow because human rights a not just a national concept but also a world concept. In this years Jaipur Literature Festival which is held annually in India. Femininity is taking center stage with some of the worlds greatest intellectuals including the Dalai Lama himself. In last years Lit Festival Oprah appeared along with other credible figures in the world. Feminism is  for everyone and issues like sexual harassment and rape take a toll on men, women and the families and friends that have to cope with it.

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