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The AAT blog will be taking the week off to enjoy the Meredith College tradition of Corn Husking. Sorry folks, you just have to experience it!!!
Class of 2016
Psychologists Vivien Ainley and Manos Tsakiris did a study to see if self-objectification in women (how self-consciously women felt about the outside of their bodies) was connected to their “interopcetive awareness” (how much women paid attention to what was going on inside their bodies). They measured women’s interoceptive awareness by having them count their heartbeats, which is the first time anyone thought to do this–wish I had thought of it. They figured that being able to decipher when your heart is beating is a good indicator of “body awareness” or knowing what’s up in your body.
Ainsley and Tsakiris had some ideas about what they would find: they thought they might be able to predict how much a woman self-objectified if they knew her level of interoceptive awareness. In other words, they predicted that a woman who was really good at keeping track of the beating of her heart would probably self-objectify less.
And what did they find? Well, don’t be shocked: They found a clear relationship between self-objectification and interoceptive awareness. It seems that the less a woman was able to figure out when her heart was beating, the more she tended to self-objectify. The researchers think that self-objectifying is what leads to not being in tune with your body.
It makes sense. The more time we spend obsessing about how our bodies look, the less time we have to actually pay attention to how our bodies feel. Think about all of the girls who are so concerned with looking sexy on Halloween that they don’t even notice that their costumes are like crushing their vital organs and causing them to faint. Or at least be miserable. Who could think or feel or eat anything through all of that noise? You’re in survival mode.
Prostitutes, Pornos, and Pimps, Oh My!
The above article is meant to emphasize a key point: it isn’t HEALTHY to compare your looks with what is considered “sexy.” The magazine covers and popularized images of what’s “sexy” are far from the beautiful, natural appearances that are possessed. It is time for us to redefine what it means to be “sexy” and for everyone to find a partner that believes in the definition that’s right for you. If anyone feels like they need to get all dolled up and out of sync with their bodies just to be accepted by someone, it isn’t a healthy relationship. Yes, in hindsight, this seems like a common sense statement. But, we all have had friends who weren’t comfortable in their own skins and then built a relationship on this foundation of low self esteem, creating a self-destructive cycle. Make it end now, embrace your natural good looks that occur when you are happy and comfortable. Remember, there is a reason that mannequins are lifeless.
By: Sarah Skinner
When thinking of the contributions women make to the world, it is important for every girl to find a woman role model she can look up to. For those in the United States, we live in a world where so many of the physical barriers and obstacles to career success are removed for women. Yet, there are emotional and cultural barriers that hold many women back from accomplishing their dreams. We should be encouraged because the physical barriers are absent for us. True, the emotional and cultural barriers may be some of the hardest to conquer. But, with enough self determination and drive it is entirely possible.
Who’s your role model?
Here are some links to give you some ideas:
You are so precious and delicate. How dare someone try to steal that away from you. You were born in this life with a purpose, not to be used, abused, torn and thrown away. How dare they!! What you are and just your presence is the most amazing thing that has ever happened. Don’t let them take away your dreams, just as you are alive so are your dreams. Little one, if they just knew how important you are and how far you were going in life. Forget the ones that put you down. They are no mother, father, brother or anything to you. They don’t know your worth because they don’t know you. So shine on, you deserve so much more.
In areas where prostitution has been legalized, such as Amsterdam, people like to believe that the prostitutes are there because they want to be. But, closer one looks into to the sex trade the more this statement looks like a justification for a very nasty habit. True, prostitution has persisted throughout the majority of time that humans have been on this earth. But, just because it has existed for so long does not mean that it should be accepted as “a fact of life.” Society has always looked down on the prostitutes, considering them tainted for their work. Now, it is no different. The legalize and control method has been said to make prostitution safer for “everyone.” But, how much progress is really being made when nobody thinks to turn to the customers and penalize them for their actions. True, not all women are held captive by physical chains, but they are captives all the same. Many are coerced into the situation and feel too guilty to return to those who love them. Others are struggling with drug addiction, the only thing on their minds being how they will get their next fix. But, they are people all the same. Instead of viewing them as dirty, creatures, they need to be embraced by society and offered a way out.
It isn’t logical to say that we can rush into brothels and “rescue” these sex workers. It is their responsibility to get out. But, it shouldn’t be so easy for people to use these services legally. There should be a crackdown on the customers themselves. Just because a person is in a bad place in their lives does not give people the right to use them when they lack the power or will to say no. Jodie Marsh, a star in the UK, had some experiences in a brothel in the Netherlands while filming a documentary about sex workers called Jodie Marsh On The Game. For the documentary she sat in a window in the red light district to get a feel of what it is like to be a sex worker. It was highly uncomfortable for her, even though she had a safety net and wouldn’t have to be with any of the “customers. She remarked that the men “were looking [at her] like a piece of meat.” The more time that she spent filming, the better understanding she had about the fact that it was very rare to find someone who willingly entered this workforce. Before stigmatizing the sex worker and going on a “holier than though” kick, we should imagine ourselves in a window, eyed like a wounded gazelle about to be picked off by a crocodile.
You can read more about Jodie Marsh: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/08/jodie-marsh_n_4061465.html
The Global Slavery Index lists India as the country with the most slaves—nearly 14 million—followed by China and Pakistan.
The Middle East and North Africa showed the highest measured level of discrimination against women, with one result being a high level of forced and child marriages within the region, and widespread exploitation of trafficked women as domestic workers and prostitutes.
Read more at CNN.
"We know from personal experience how it feels to walk into a store and feel like the clothes on the mannequins are not meant for us because we don’t fit into the mold the media tells us is the only definition of beauty. While the average US or Canadian woman is a size 14 and the average woman in the UK is a size 12, the average mannequin used in a store is a size 6.”
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"A 2009 study of campus sexual assault found that by the time they are seniors, many college men will become rapists, overwhelmingly of a fellow classmate."
Breast cancer is the world’s most common cancer in women and their leading cause of cancer death. While women in highly developed countries have higher diagnosis rates of breast cancer, women in the developing world who have breast cancer are more likely to die from the disease.
Cancer has been long neglected in developing countries, overshadowed by the struggle against threats like malaria and AIDS. In Uganda, misinformation and stigma often discourage women from seeking help until it is too late. Given the progress against diseases in Africa, challenges such as poverty, scarce resources and corruption cause delays in treatment.
Read more at The New York Times.
That word has become a mystery to me since I started college. Gone are the days when I could get a full 8 hours and here are the days when I am lucky to get 6. Even with the constant prodding from family and friends to cut back on my activities and relax I still push on because I believe in the causes that I work for. I am not alone many MCGs over extend themselves for things that they care for. They push through the stress and frustration of people letting them down and non-participation to further the change they want to see happen in this world. I salute these girls and applaud them for what they put in to things. When you are passionate about something it gives you the strength to carry on. I personally get frustrated when I see girls give so much and others give so little. I think Meredith needs an energy shot to the heart to get people fired up about issues and get involved. We have to look away from our own worlds and look and the bigger world in general and see that we can fix a hurting world if we ban together.
By Samantha Noland
(This is a column associated with Citizen Advocacy Wednesday)
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