Author Archives: Emily Kalenik

EC Irin Carmon: Body Politics

Irin Carmon is a feminist journalist who came to Penn to speak as part of the Love Your Body series.  She discussed how women were represented this year in politics and how they have reacted to this.  She sees 3 … Continue reading

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What is inequity?

The article on Swedish parental leave shows just how restricted the dialogue on work and family life in the US is.  People are constantly debating how women can “have it all”, if that is even possible.  What is missing from this picture is … Continue reading

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Dr. Pepper Ten Ad Critique

Overall, I think the purpose of this advertisement is to say ‘men can drink this low calorie soda, even though diet sodas are stereotypically associate with women’.  The goal is to take away this gender divide and make it okay … Continue reading

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Women’s changing professional attire

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-colorful-evolution-of-newswomens-attire/2012/11/26/361e914e-2eb4-11e2-beb2-4b4cf5087636_story.html This article focuses on how women in broadcasting have seen a change in the acceptable wardrobe standards.  A few years ago, short hair and two piece suits were mandatory.  The article describes how women “bundled up their breasts to … Continue reading

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What is oppression?

As a woman going into the work world in a business related field, the practices described in Jeffreys’ “Keeping Women Down and Out” about male business outings concerns me.  Although I doubt that frequent strip club outings will be a … Continue reading

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Our perception of male baldness

http://knowledgetoday.wharton.upenn.edu/2012/09/hair-today-gone-tomorrow-why-shaved-heads-lead-the-pack/ This article details some research done by a Wharton professor on our perceptions of men’s bodies.  He found that men who were bald were perceived as more dominant, taller, and stronger than their counterparts with hair.  Although our recent readings have focused … Continue reading

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Beauty Is Nothing Without Brains

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHX2mvFVQMs This commercial for Mercedes-Benz features a woman in a library who asks for fast food, is made aware that she is in a library, and then proceeds to ask for fast food again in a quieter voice.  The tagline … Continue reading

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What is privilege?

In class last week, we discussed how men hold the privilege in society over women, who are the ‘other’.  I think that this idea has interesting implications in Fausto-Sterling’s article “Should There Only Be Two Sexes?”.  Fausto-Sterling described how many hermaphrodites had gender reconstructive surgery to become … Continue reading

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The Statistics Behind the Gender Pay Gap

The issue of the gender pay gap was also raised in my statistics class, but the professor had a different story behind the numbers.  According to a report by the AAUW, much of the pay gap can be explained by … Continue reading

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