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Friday, July 31, 2015

ARTICLE ON WORK-LIFE BALANCE


VIA THE NY TIMES.

SHARED WITH YOU BY SARA.


From the article:

"Young men today have aspirations of being hands-on fathers as well as breadwinners — supportive husbands who also do dishes.

But as they enter that more responsibility-filled stage of life, something changes: Their roles often become much more traditional."

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LINK FROM SARA


VIA INDIEWIRE

From the speech:

Obviously, besides trying to bring other women into your work, when you pick up the camera and share your voice, it heals the world. It’s not funny anymore what’s going on with us. It’s immoral, the way that we are kept from our voices. It’s not just a matter of our numbers. There is a real all-out attack on us having subjectivity, so I just beg everybody to be relentless in their pursuit of their voice, and also to be aware that even with all of the success I have where you’d feel I’m confident and I could do anything, I’m still constantly ashamed of myself. That speech I gave at Women in Film? Two days before, I asked them not to film it because I was scared. I wake up in the middle of the night thinking, “Don’t do what you’re doing. Don’t write that thing.” I feel this way all the time. So I just want all the female creators to keep an eye out for that thing that says don’t do it, it’s not good enough, it’s not ready and you’re not right, and know that that’s the uninvited guest that’s always going to be there in your unconsciousness. That’s a product of growing up other, of growing up as not the subject. You think there’s something wrong with your voice all the time.

Monday, July 20, 2015

LINK FROM SARA


BY JOHN METTA

VIA HUFFPO

I, Racist | John Metta
Here's the thing that all the "angry Black people know", and no "calmly debating White people" want to admit: The entire discussion of race in America centers around the protection of White feelings.

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XOXO


Natasha

Friday, July 17, 2015

F--- YEAH!



SHARED WITH YOU BY LAURA.

LINK FROM LAURA


VIA HOUSTONPRESS.COM



Texas Denying Birth Certificate to U.S.-Born Kids of Undocumented Parents | Houston Press
State officials have refused to give an untold number of Texas-born children birth certificates due to their parents’ immigration status, according to a...


VIA NYTIMES.COM

SHARED WITH YOU BY TIME STRODE.



Thursday, July 16, 2015



SHARED WITH YOU BY LAURA.

DRESSING ROOM 8: STYLING AROUND JEWELRY – DRESS UP EDITION!

Inspiration Thursday! Check out these alternative (plus size) looks I styled around jewelry from my closet in a new post!

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Jewelry Pick #1 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Monday, July 13, 2015

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XPANDASOX is about as innovative as you can get with stylish women's leg wear! Check out my interview with the founder, Sharon Thorp!




Thanks for reading! 

Natasha 

Friday, July 3, 2015

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE WST BLOG, SUMMER 2015

Because beauty norms serve to maintain women's subordinate status, Lucille Clifton’s  Homage to My Hips is a poetic challenge to unrealistic standards.  Each semester, I have my WST 101 students write their own homages. Here are the ones from WST Summer 2015 that I have permission to share on the Blog. –Peace, Prof. Marcia L. McNair

Homage to My Bits 
by Melanie Grant

Homage to my bits.
the bits of me that you do not see.
bits of me that are      
a part of me.
the bits of me
that make me   
'me'.
no, you won’t see that side of me.
From afar while you’re looking over.
won't hear the bits of me, looking over my shoulder.
glimpsing at my body, like you’re riding a coaster
I can feel eyes behind me,
making me feel bare.
don't even have to turn around,     
i know you’re standing there.
that uncomfortable feeling, like I’m going to be served for dinner.
being judged from behind, on my behind, yup you’re a real 'winner'.
am i on the menu? oh I’m sorry you can't decide what you want.
yoga pants, skirts, and tube tops.
"she must want it,
she’s got to flaunt"
maybe it’s just 100 degrees outside!
but no, i should wear a turtleneck
the perfect outfit, that’s right
no, you won't taste the bits of me, honey I’m not on the menu.
i am more than my outer bits,
i am not your venue...

the bits of me, my sister, your mother, your grandmother, your aunt
the bits of me, of who i am
what makes me 'me',
what makes them 'them'

is not for you to "see"
homage to my bits.


Homage to My Eyes 
by Emily Musich

Look deep in my eyes, what do you see?
Happiness?
Sadness?
Truth?
Lies?

The eyes
It is said
Are the windows to the soul
Are they?

Look deep in my eyes, what do you see?
Anger?
Joy?
Trust?
Fear?

My eyes reveal everything
My eyes reveal nothing
Is what you see genuine?
Is what you see absolute?

Look deep in my eyes, what do you see?
Do you see me?

Homage to my Heart 
by Lauren Burkhardt

Do I have a kind heart?
Intentions may differ amongst hearts.
Look into my soul.
What do you see?
Is my heart in one piece or three?
With every day comes a new battle.
How do I fight when my heart feels so fragile?

But in the morning the sun touches my skin.
In that moment my heart becomes tranquil.
So now I ask of you, look into my soul. 
What do you see?
Is my heart in one piece or three?


Homage to My Treasures 
by Shanda McLaren

This is my treasure of pleasure
if i give you one night
do you plan to treat me right?
This is my treasure of pleasure
Is your love true?
No hidden lies
Do you plan to keep me warm?
When the cold storm flows in
This is my pleasure of treasure
Will I have regrets?
like a gambler who bets
Will I walk up in shame?
and point the blame
This is my pleasure of treasure

Homage to My Heart 
by Christine Maher

It has been broken many times before.

I have loved and lost,

Loved again, and lost again.

I have tried to find the right one,

Yet I have only found many wrongs.

I will not give up.

I know what my heart wants.

I will try and try again

Until my eyes find the perfect one,

And my heart has found its missing piece.


Homage to My Body 
by Nicole Korn

Do I fit in with society?
Am I skinny enough?
These are the questions that give me great anxiety
I am told at home I need to watch what I eat
I am told at home that I am too fat
These are the comments that cause me to cheat
I look in the mirror and what do I see 
I see this large women staring straight back 
All I can think about is how can I just be me
I want to fit in
I want to be skinny
I want to feel comfortable in my own skin
Some days I tell myself to not eat 
Some days I convince myself it’s the only way to be skinny
Then finally when that day comes I always cheat
I will never be the perfect image society puts in their head 
I will never be as pretty as my family expects
I will one day accept that these are the things that people said

Homage to My Baldness 
by Victor Mastrorocco

I used to have a head of hair, 
but now it seems it's barely there. 
I wear a hat to cover my head, 
sometimes I even wear them to bed.
I hope one day I can embrace my baldness, 
and view my whole self as nearly flawless. 
Men like Bruce Willis, Michael Jordan and Wayne Johnson, 
all share bald heads that they have in common.
I think in the future I will join in the movement, 
and rock a bald head with much self-improvement. 
Until that day, my hats will be my shield, 
and keep my thinning hair completely concealed. 




LINK FROM LAURA


VIA JEZEBEL


Thursday, July 2, 2015

LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY COLLEGE, by Sara

A commitment to promoting female academic, economic, and career success can start with a commitment to supporting the health of community colleges, where a large percentage of women—and particularly low-income women and women who are mothers—choose to begin their educations. 

Community Colleges are truly “democracy’s colleges”: we are open to all.  45% of all undergrads attend community colleges.   Of that number, more students of color are enrolled in community colleges in than in four-year schools

57% of community college students are female.   That’s over 4 million women; 1 million of those women are mothers.  Put another way: “approximately 25% of women in community colleges, for example, are mothers, and half of them aren’t married” (Carnevale ix-x).

I’m so fortunate to be part of a community college that truly supports the women on its campus.  We have an amazing childcare center that functions on a sliding-scale—this makes it much more affordable for those who don’t have a lot of money (and 70% of the parents who use the center are student parents).  We also have a thriving Women’s Studies program which offers several different classes (online and face-to-face).  NCC hosts an amazing Women’s History Month celebration each March (past speakers have included Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Rachel Lloyd, Piper Kerman, and Roxane Gay) and we have an amazing student group, the WSA, that hosts events and discussions. 

There is always more that can be done, however, to create a climate that promotes gender equity and that fosters student development.  We have to keep advocating for community colleges! If you had a positive experience at NCC—in WST or not—or at another community college, please spread the word!



Carnevale, Anthony P.  "Foreword."  Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community    
                College.  Eds. Gail O. Mello and Cynthia M. Heelan.  New York: Rowan and Littlefield, 2015.