A few weeks ago, whilst I should have been studying for my finals, I came across an interview on youtube. The video was from the Hollywood Reporter for the Emmy’s 2016, and featured some of the biggest female names in Hollywood at the time. This meant that Amy Schumer, Kate McKinnon, Ellie Kemper, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Dunham and Gina Rodriguez were all sat together for an hour-long interview. Naturally, this felt more important than studying for my last three finals so I watched it.
In case you pay absolutely no attention to what is going on, the Olympic games are currently taking place in Rio, Brazil. I am not a massive fan of sports, but during the Olympics I am glued to the TV or live streams online. My favourite events to watch are swimming, diving, and gymnastics (gymnastics being my all time favourite). But that is not the point right now.
The point is, that in these Olympics, women from across the globe have been absolutely killing it. From Simone Biles, to Penny Oleksiak and more, women of all ages and all nationalities have been smashing the records and making history.
If you don’t believe me, head on over to the Rio app and take a look at the medal count for Canada (12) and who won all of those medals. You will soon realise, it was all women. Al 12 of Canada’s current medals have been won by women, and four of them in the pool by (individually or in relay) the Toronto native, 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak. At 16 years old, Penny is the only Canadian athlete to win four medals in one summer Olympic games, the first swimmer (male or female) to win gold in 100m Freestyle since 1992 and now is the beholder of two bronze, one silver, and one gold medal. And through all of this she has stayed her humble and bubbly self.
Going back to Pennny’s gold in 100m Freestyle, that was actually a tied gold race. She tied with team USA’s Simon Manuel, the first ever women of colour to single-handedly (meaning not in relay) win a gold in the pool. Both winning their gold in Olympic record timing.
Then we can also take a look at the american gymnast Simone Biles, who is now being referred to as possibly the greatest gymnast of all time. At 19, she has a tumbling pass named after her (which even some of the male athletes she trains with cannot land) and her dismount on beam is the hardest in the world, making her the only one to compete with it. At these Olympics, every time she has competed so far, she has brought home a gold (3 in total). Typically gymnasts will win by hundredths or even thousandths of a point, but she is able to do it with a one or two point gap between her and her competitor. Yet, she remains giggly and friendly, still cheering on her fellow competitors and teammates and even announcing that she is more happy for Aly Raisman (fellow US gymnast) for winning silver in all around finals, than she is for herself for winning gold in the same event, because Aly has been wanting this for so long and got it.
There is then Oksana, the 41 year old gymnast from Uzbekistan who is married and has a son, and just completed her seventh, and final, Olympic games today – while still holding her own against gymnast who are at most, half her age.
In the vault finals today, we saw a Swiss gymnast take home the bronze, making her mark in the history books as well.
Another Canadian won bronze in the heptathlon yesterday, making her the first ever Canadian to medal in the event at the Olympics.
The other day in 800m Freestyle, Katie Ledecky took home the gold (as well as the gold in 200 and 400m Freestyle) in record breaking time (I believe breaking her own previous record, but I could be wrong), and with a large lead over her competitors the entire race.
And these are only a few of the accomplishments, the ones I can fully remember and watched. I know their have been many more record breaking accomplishments, or just incredible accomplishments in their own respect, from all women of all nationalities at these Olympics.
Throughout these games, I have not only been cheering on Canada, but all women from all nationalities. Because through all of the sexism thrown their way from reporters, journalists, and spectators alike, the women have still been able to pull through with record breaking strength, making them all incredible roll models for everyone.
And although their have been men accomplishing incredible things as well, it is time for women to show that they can accomplish just as much as men can do, and this Olympics that is just what they are showing every single time they have stepped up to plate.
What do you think of this years Olympic’s?
I am sure at least some of you are at least familiar with the name Matt Healy. I am sure that at least some of you are fans of The 1975, and the rest of you I am sure for those few months had the song Chocolate on their playlists, claiming that they were now into “alternative”‘ music (yes, I was part of this crowd).
I am also sure that all of you – unless you have lived under a rock, or are just seriously in denial – have also heard the name Taylor Swift pop up at least a few times, maybe you have even had one of her songs on repeat, or if you are like me, all of them on repeat since the day you discovered her.
Now, you wouldn’t think Matt Healy – the lead singer in the alternative band The 1975 – would have any correlation with the queen of pop herself, Taylor Swift. But, before there was any rumours about Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris, there was rumours about Taylor and Matt possibly being a new item on the rise. This all – presumably – started after she mentioned his band a few times and was seen at on of his concerts.
With Taylor now into her second year of what seems to be a very stable relationship, you wouldn’t think these rumours would be addresses. But, in a recent interview with NME the singer was asked about the rumours, and not so gracefully debunked them. He started off on the right path, stating that he finds it funny how these rumours are only still being addressed because of the fact that she is Taylor Swift, but then things took a very sharp turn for the worse when he was asked if he was scared he will lose himself when/if he enters a relationship.
“Yeah. Absolutely. And the reason I mention that is because if I had gone out with Taylor Swift I would’ve been, ‘F***ing hell! I am NOT being Taylor Swift’s boyfriend’. You know, ‘F***. THAT.’ That’s also a man thing, a de-masculinating, emasculating thing”.
Yes you read that right. He truly believes that having a girlfriend who is more successful then him, would have taken away from his masculinity. As if we are back in the 1800’s when it was only the men who could work and it would be embarrassing for the man in the occasion that he couldn’t work, or if – when women were eventually given the opportunity to work – his wife’s salary was greater than his.
All I have to say, is that if this is how he sees women and this is how he would have treated her, I am glad she found Calvin Harris and didn’t end up dating him.
The video above is one that has been circulating the internet for the last few years and recently made a major reappearance – meaning I (and probably you too) saw it everywhere. The first time a saw this video, which was a while after it first surfaced on the internet a few years ago, I didn’t have a blog so I never got the chance to talk about it, but now that I do – and that I am a part of one where we all talk about things like this – I wanted to take the chance to talk it over with you guys.
The saddest part of this video? How true it is.
Education is meant to teach you everything you are meant to know and set you on the path to success in life. It is meant to answer all your questions and prepare you for anything life might throw at you.
So how come the most important lessons you will ever learn will probably not be in a classroom?
How come I learned to measure and graph porabola’s but never learned how to protect myself against a predator?
How come I was never taught self-confidence, but was instead told to cover up because my body is a distraction?
How come I learned how to read and analyze Shakespeare but never learned about the importance of equal rights?
And while I must admit, Canada does have less gaps in the road than some other countries, we still do not learn all that we should in school.
Our education is supposed to teach us everything we need to know and more. It is supposed to tell us the truth, and all of the truth. It is supposed to leave no questions unanswered, except for those that are left for our generation to answer. So why, with something as important as learning everything we need to for a successful future, are there still so many gaps in the road?
This is a topic I had never thought about. I had never considered it to be problem, never even recognized that it had the potential to be one. Why? Because I had been taught that way.
The topic I am talking about, is the questions that women are asked, verses the questions men are asked. Yes, this mainly has to do with the entertainment industry, but never the less shows up in everyone’s life.
Think about it. You are watching a red carpet event, and there is tons of different media representatives there pestering the celebrities with questions. Boys? They are asked about there roles, how they developed the character, where they see there life going, mainly things about their career. Girls? They are asked about who they are wearing, told that they look good, asked who they are dating or who their “newest crush” is, asked about there male co-stars. But, absolutely nothing about their career.
Think about it, that would be like during a job evaluation, while all your male co-workers get asked about what they do and what they find works well, etc. you (women) get asked about where they got their shoes, what makeup they wear, about how cute their male co-workers are, even if they are doing the exact. same. job.
See the problem?
A while back, Taylor Swift and the grammy museum released a series of mini-sessions with Taylor, when she talks solely about her music. She doesn’t talk about her boyfriend, or her cats, or her dress. Only her music. She goes in-depth talking about how it is made from the lyrics to the track to getting ready for the tour, etc.
This was the first time I realized the magnitude of the problem. I realized that I knew what brands she wore most, the red lipstick she likes and the names of her cats, but I didn’t know how she and Imogen Heap put the entire song together in about a day. I didn’t know how they made the track for Shake It Off. I didn’t know how she recorded Out Of The Woods.
I bet you didn’t realize how much information about a women in the entertainment business’ job until now either.
So, let’s change the conversation. I know that us, not being a part of the entertainment industry may not be able to change much, but we can at least change a little. When a celebrity or production company is asking for questions, instead of wanting to know who the actress/singer/youtuber?etc.’s boyfriend is, ask them how they made their newest item (be it a movie, show, song, album, video, whatever). Start posing more questions that have to do with their career and less about their personal life.
You ready to take on the challenge? Let’s start changing the conversation in 3, 2, 1.
I’m baaack! This time around our topic was influential teens, which we were typically drawing from the Times list of top influential teens of this year. If any of you read my blog, you will already know how much I love Rowan Blanchard, so it will come as no surprise that when I saw her name on the list I did a little shriek, a dance, and chose her.
Rowan Blanchard is a 14 year old actress who plays the role of Riley Matthews on Disney’s Girl Meets World. But, she shines just as much off screen as she does on.
At only fourteen – an age where most girls are more worried about there hair and how to act in front of their newest crush – she is speaking out about international problems and giving rise to things she believes should change. She is a proud feminist and chooses to use her platform from her show, to speak out about such problems and educate her audience – something that a young star of her age has never quite done before. She has already spoken at the UN and the US National Committee’s annual conference about feminism and the HeForShe campaign. Hard to believe she is one 14, isn’t it?
After hearing some of these facts – among many others that were not listed – it is not hard to understand why Time magazine would put her on this list. What I think is truly amazing, is that she is educated the younger generations (which follow her on instagram and twitter because of her Disney start status) long before they will ever learn about it in school. Those younger generations who look up to her, will now grow up learning about today’s issues from one of their biggest idols, and she is starting them from a young age. I started watching Disney channel at age 9 I believe, most are even younger than that. At age nine, I had no idea what feminism was. I had no idea gun violence was a thing. I had no idea what human rights were.
Now, some may argue that young children should not be learning about this yet and that it is too much for their innocent young minds to handle. Me, on the other hand, think it is the perfect time. At this age, they have no stereotypes. They haven’t developed there own opinions. They are wildly more accepting than most adults. So, if they grow up hearing about these issues, about what needs to be done and about what and about tearing down the stereotypes, don’t you think they will make wonderful citizens and world leaders some day? I do.
What do you think? Have you ever heard of Rowan?
Sexual Education. Is it something that should be taught in school? Is it okay to leave information out? Should we change the information we give out based on age and religion? Should we leave it up to the parents completely? Over the past few years, all these questions – and many more – have risen up to the surface and been circulating, reappearing to the public eye more obviously every once in a while.
When I was in primary school, we were supposed to have sex-ed in class (there was supposed to be a unit in health class for it) from the age 11 until we graduate, and then it continues on in High School, if you continue to take a physical education class. Emphasis, in the first sentence, on *supposed* to. The problem was that it is not an enforced unit to teach, so it is the lowest of (most) of the teachers priority. Luckily, in my last year of primary, we had a new health teacher and she dedicated a large portion of our health classes so that we had at least the base knowledge.
Most teachers, do not care. Most education systems, do not find it important enough, so leave out the unit completely. Unfortunately, there are also some parents who either simply do not speak to their children about the subject (either they believe it is taught in school or maybe they just believe their child will figure out on their own) or they do not believe in it. Which, when you combine all of these factors, leaves the students fairly confused and not prepared. At. All.
There are a few different beliefs that arise when the topic comes up. Some believe that it should not be taught in school, that it should be solely the parents job. Some believe that it should be partially taught in school, but heavier subjects should be left for the parents. Some believe that it should all be taught in school. Then there are those who believe that it should be faith based education.
No matter which the government decides, there will still be people who are angered by the decision.
Personally, I believe it should all be taught in school. I think that sexual education, starting right before they start puberty (so probably starting to learn the basics around age ten) will be so greatly beneficial. As a teen, growing up is already hard enough, so by teaching the basics first in school, it will minimize the “is this normal” teen anxiety.
As they grow older, safe sex – in my eyes – is a must to teach. Most parents truly want to believe that their child will not have sex until they are the right age (the problem with this is, there is no set age, it all depends on the parents). They believe this so much, that they regret to inform their children about safe sex, possibly until it is too late. The outcome will be the same if the school teaches it based on religion (which, in most if not all cases, means waiting until marriage). In both situations, the “safe sex” talk is completely neglected.
Without discussing birth control, or safe sex at all, pregnancies, STD’s and so much more might happen, which could and should have been prevented. How many people actually know that to be safe you should most likely use more than one birth control? How many people knew that no birth control is 100% guarantee? Who knew that the birth control pill does so much more than just prevent pregnancy?
There are so many questions left lingering on students’ minds which could easily be avoided. So many situations occur which could have been avoidable if the conversations were had.
I have shared my beliefs and opinions on the situation, so what are yours?
Just because it is my first post, I thought I would say hi! I am Sydney and I am the newest feminista so you will be hearing from me ever other Wednesday! I am always open for feed back, questions, concerns, so please feel free to speak up! My main blog is Love Sydney if you would like to see more of my posts/just creep me (Hahaha we all do it, just admit it). This session was free, so I decided to talk about the importance of sex ed in schools because it is subject so largely debated in our modern day world I thought I would share my thoughts and maybe you could share yours as well?