The Women I Aspire to be
The latest example is the one and only, Nicki Minaj, who joined the mainstream rap game less than 5 years ago, and has already become a whole new person (or if you let her tell it, she’s 5 other people). Maybe my frustration stems from the fact that I’m a singer and rapper my self, or maybe it’s just because I’m a true music lover. However, besides the fact that her butt is 60 pounds heaver than it should be because of her butt job, she acts as if she has no intelligence, and this the new role model for many young girls around the world.
A few days ago my facebook newsfeed was bombarded with angry military men (friends of mine) stating that there was no way they would go into combat with a woman. These concerns were expressed due to a recent pentagon decision to lift the ban on women in combat. My first thought was “military men, of course they would feel this way, they are surrounded by sexism!”, but as I thought about the subject matter more, and researched some of the actions that will be taken by the military I realized, there is a pros and cons list that one must consider.
How I see it: As long as one is able to perform the duties required for a given position, gender is irrelevant. As long as the military is not lowering its current standards and is instead requiring women to reach those standards, lifting the ban on women in combat is a great idea. Based on this proposal, the military will not be lowering its standards; it will be increasing opportunity for both women and the military system as a whole.
Pros: Women who are in better shape than men can be sent into combat. In modern day combat, more than just physical strength is required and valuable technical expertise and skills can be provided by both women and men. Women are more successful than men in different aspects of military operations. Women in combat can diversify the talent in combat units which can better resolve issues and end conflict. Mixed gender forces keep the military strong by increasing the opportunity gap for applicants. Military forces are less effective when they do not appoint the most capable person for a job, which may be a woman. The opportunity to appoint women to the most capable positions increases military effectiveness. Serving in combat is often a requirement for promotion to senior office position. Making this available to women allows them to reach the higher branches of the military which indirectly helps decrease sexism in the military.
2013 could be one of the most progressive years for LGBT rights in American history. With many states and the Supreme Court considering creating greater equality for Americans, this year will be one of the most decisive and historical in decades, regardless of what decisions are reached.
Confronted with change, sometimes desperate resistance is a natural reaction when one’s inherited values seem threatened. Homophobia, however, is not a natural or logical reply.
Prejudice is not natural, because it is not based on fact but on stereotypes, and stereotypes are not based on genuine understanding but a misunderstanding often produced by a lack of interaction or an abundance of seclusion. These beliefs are also spread by a national media with an affinity for the dramatic.
In response to the coming changes in many countries, not just the United States, Pope Joseph Ratzinger, the leading voice of the Catholic Church, lashed out frantically at the LGBT community and their allies in his Christmas address in December 2012.
“The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization (VAWA) is moving in both the Senate (S.47) with 50 cosponsors and in the House (H.R.11) with 157 cosponsors. The Senate could vote on VAWA as early as this week. ” – Feminist Majority Foundation