What Color Do You Think Feminism Is?

Are you aware that this “ism” seems to forget about fighting for the majority of what women really need?  Check out how effectively ineffective feminism is at helping the majority women get true status by failing to promote choice. What does feminism really promote?

Next to white men, do you know who the most powerful social class is? If you guessed white women, you are correct. White women tend to enjoy many, although not all, of the privileges of white men, whether through birthright, marriage or working up the social ladder. This reality is not to say that gender inequality does not still exist in the modern world; for instance, proof positive of this is the gender wage gap in the United States. However, what keeps appearing within the scope of the feminist movement is whether or not feminists speak for all women, or simply white women.

So what do women need to know about feminism? Read on and you will get ten things all women should be aware of the next time they run into this very controversial ism.

Intersectionality?

Many accuse feminism of being white egocentric in its scope, and intersectionality emerges from this problem in feminism. Intersectionality means having two social issues of possible discrimination, usually based on race and gender. For instance, an African-American woman would have the problem of intersectionality as she has both race and gender working against her. A white woman would only have gender working against her, and thus no intersectionality. Many argue that feminism started with white women who did not understand this idea, and thus the movement forgot about intersectionality.

Most White Women Fight to Work; Many Minority Women Do Not

From a cultural standpoint, not all women do want to work, or feel that they should leave the home sphere. And that’s all well and good as long as it’s her choice. Many cultures in the minority sphere emphasize the woman as a homemaker, and many women are happy to perform this traditional role. While the emphasis was on the ability of females to go to work when feminism first started, not all women agree with this concept. Most argue that, from a cultural standpoint, feminism’s fight to work is entirely lead by white feminist assumptions that all women should work like men. The problem is that the theory should have emphasized choice, which really is the key to empowerment, not to generalize the idea all women would want to mimic men in the job sphere.

Some women have culture influencing this decision. But of course, that’s not to say that some white women don’t choose to be homemakers—so you can see yet another problem here. There is a section of white women that clearly don’t agree with this approach to life even if it was their white ancestors that pushed this idea.

White Women and Black Women

Many forgot that during slavery, Black women worked just as hard in the fields as black men. The point being, even with the awful conditions and cruel workload, black women were just as equally pushed to do their jobs and they did them as well as the men. So since feminism is about proving women can be equal to men with the workload, you’d think this would be an important point. Let me repeat that; you’d think it, right?

While black women would point this historic fact out, it never aligned well with the white female sense of fragility and was a factor that many ignored in the feminist movement. If it didn’t fit in with a particular image, apparently it didn’t have to matter enough to pay attention to. But let’s not play dumb here. You can’t rewrite the history books by making a choice to ignore historical fact.  So many black women were turned off by this movement for another reason besides intersectionality— plain ignorance and, I have to agree with them here, plain disrespect. So now you know why so few black women see anything positive here—I mean, would you?

White Women Have the Wealth

And as much as feminism has shouted for the equality of women and men especially in work, there’s a huge inconsistency here between cultures that shows a total lack of equality. The reason why white women seem to have the louder voices in society is that they have the wealth. Their housing income is $100,000 higher than that of the average black woman. With money comes power, and that’s the power of white privilege. This notion is another reason why feminism seems to have favored white women and upset pretty much the rest of female society (including some of its own).

Feminism is White-Centric Even with the Wage Gap

While feminism nowadays fights loudly about the wage gap, the statistic we hear is that women make .79 of every dollar a man makes. But guess what? Again, here, there’s inequality between women of different cultures, and white women again have it better.

So what’s even more staggering is the amount a black woman makes in comparison to a white man’s dollar—about .65 cents. The wage gap is even greater for black women, but this fact is usually not pointed out when feminism talks about the wage gap. The statistic you constantly see, and the one that’s very easy to find unless you’re going to do your research is the .79 cent of every dollar factor that applies to white women.

Again, you’d think that if feminism included the .65 cent of every dollar statistic in its gender wage gap argument. I mean, it’s an even worse margin of comparison, and it hits the point of this problem home even more strongly. But guess what… feminism does not. And yes, it honestly does not make much sense to ignore a fact that would make the feminist argument about the wage gap even stronger. But as usual, striking facts that would make a more persuasive point about an ongoing issue for all women gets marginalized completely in the research, proving again that feminism largely focuses on white women.

STDs in Minorities

Another thing feminism rarely mentions the growing STD epidemic in minority women, and a big part of the problem is economic status. Since minorities often unfairly fall into a lower economic sphere, they don’t get the treatment, medicine, or health care they need to prevent it because they can’t afford it. So if feminism wants to fight for the betterment and empowerment of women, the STD issue is a disturbing and depressing social issue a powerful lobby group like this could campaign for to effectively raise large amounts of money to help a large population of these minority women.

But does feminism do this? What do you think? Do you think talking about STDs is something that fits in with their image—something that seems to be more important to them than actually helping the majority population of minority women in this country?

While the STD problem continues to grow, feminism does little to push or discuss this concept. While education and awareness are the keys to solving almost any social problem, feminism seems to ignore issues when they fall outside of the white community.

We all know that ignoring a problem like this doesn’t make it go away, and failing to take action in a case like this, which completely conflicts with feminism’s motto and what it is supposed to stand for just shows where the ethics are here, correct? And by that I mean the ethics aren’t here if feminism is going to continue to tout its motto like it means it. After all, what this demonstrates about feminism is some great acting and a total lack of ethics or action.

Wanting that White Skin

Anybody who has read Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye must realize that many minority women, in their teenage years, wished to be white. After all, adolescence is identity crisis time and media promote a very shameful and stereotypical white view of what’s attractive to people. And for women, the images are overwhelming. The social impression of who is the most beautiful as far as models and celebrities goes usually focuses on white women.

So for some minority women at this point in their lives, this cruel and incorrect depiction of physical attractiveness insults them, but they don’t take it as an insult. They feel they aren’t good enough, and if that feeling is amplified too much. There have been plenty of instances where it has, tragedy can strike for a young person with her whole life ahead of her. And it isn’t to say that this problem doesn’t affect young white women—it does—they just don’t have it quite as bad. But this particular generation of young women has the media influence (with social media’s boom) eyeing their looks more closely than any other group of young women that came before it. Thus, the problem is not only a growing one; it’s totally exploded because of social media.

This self-esteem mutilation is a social issue that both sexualizes and stereotypes women; however, even worse; it leaves casualties in its wake. So since feminism wants to fight for what’s right for women, you’d think they’d campaign or use their influence to educate and emphasize this problem, because most feminists abhor the equalization of women in the media (and honestly they do).

And what do you think they do to address this problem? The jury is still out on it because they’ve done nothing, even with white teenagers being affected. It’s just another one of those things they don’t like talking about because it doesn’t fit their image and it would mean getting their hands dirty with equalization which is something they’d rather not discuss. I guess being prim and proper is more important than using influence to educate, change things, and even save young lives. So, in the end, feminism forgot to promote that beauty can be of any color or race, and instead decided to show to the next generation of young females that both their attitude and beauty is only skin deep.

Psychology of Minority Oppression

Much of the psychology of minority oppression remains in present day society. Because feminism started out as originally voicing the worries of white women, who are in the majority and have the power and the money, it seems to have stayed within that focus. Why there has been no evolution to include other women, since the minorities combined are now in the majority, is beyond me. Obviously, they could have made their causes extremely effective using these deep social issues and pushed a more persuasive campaign about respecting women’s worth and not sexualizing them. But they didn’t.

While feminism claims to speak for all women in society, it seems to selectively forget much about minority women’s problems and needs. This fact only makes it less popular as an “ism” and completely takes away from its potential and effectiveness. Strangely, though, to feminism, that’s what’s important.

So what are your feelings here? I guess that the ignored “something else’s” I just covered are clearly important to address in modern society to you. Are you just as perplexed as I am?

When Will The Gender Wage Gap Close? 20, 30, 40 Years? Go Higher

Feminism is one of those words that people either see in a highly positive or highly negative way. Some view it as the path to female empowerment, while others see it as negative movement that has stereotyped other individuals. No matter how you feel about the word or the movement, the fact is, it exists and its debates are ever-present in the backgrounds of our lives, whether you are a man or a woman.

So, what is it you really need to know about feminism? Offered here are ten things to take into consideration the next time you come across that word. Perhaps you will see feminism in a different light after reading this

What is Feminism?

First, what is feminism? Oxford Dictionary defines it as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” But what, in essence, does that really mean? Feminists stand for equal rights based on gender equality, basically. Most men would probably say nowadays that they can accept equal rights—but the problem is, men and women are still far from equal.

Gender Inequality

Some men may wonder if the gender inequality feminists are suggesting exists does, in fact, still exist. We seem pretty modern nowadays, don’t we? The problem is that the feminist argument is more than just an assumption.

What’s the definition of gender inequality?

Gender inequality is the discrimination of a person based on that individual’s sex. However, gender inequality is not just a biological concept, it is also a socially constructed one—meaning our society has typically had specific roles for men and women that seem predefined, and some of this has resulted in gender inequality.

Women in Leadership

While more and more women are attending college in greater numbers to the point where they outnumber men, they are still not obtaining the leadership roles in professional organizations, no matter how hard they work. Only about ten to twenty percent of women in the United States, in fact, hold leadership positions. College educated or not, it seems that if you are a woman, you are less likely to obtain a leadership position

The Year of Equality is 2085

If the United States keeps progressing in leadership roles at the rate it is now at, women and men will not be equal in leadership positions until 2085. Isn’t that amazing?

The Wage Gap

The wage gap is still incredibly unequal. For every dollar a man earns, a woman earns .79 cents. Not much has happened in recent years to close the gender wage gap.

Women of Color

Unfortunately, the gender wage gap is even worse for women of color in the United States. African American women make .63 for every single dollar an American man makes.

College sexual assault is on the rise

Obviously, this is a bit disturbing. College sexual assault could be rising because of the increase in women going to college. However, it makes many women feel unsafe even in places where they should feel safe.

Girls are often denied and education

Around the world, about 62 million girls are denied an education. In a hope to offset this issue, the Unites States created the Let Girl’s Learn program to try and inspire increased education for women worldwide.

Empowering Women Helps the Economy

While more women work, an increase in economies can be seen. Therefore, it benefits everybody to empower women and to allow them equal status on an equal footing.

 

Start Freelancing Today!

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If you are chomping at the bit to get started with your freelancing, know there are some great places out there where you can start working today. For each of these websites, you must make an account and pay a monthly fee, which can vary based on the type of account you wish to get, and sometimes you must pay for your bids.

These marketplaces can be very competitive but they are an excellent place for new writers to begin. You can find work here if you are patient, and start building up your portfolio while you get your name out there and some of your writing published. You’ll also be able to build up references, and as long as you focus on writing well and providing great customer service, you’ll do fine.

I actually got my start using accounts on these websites and I still occasionally use them. I still have clients I work for that formed relationships with me over these marketplaces, so there is plenty of opportunity out there if you know how to approach it.

It’s All In The Approach

The two most important things you need to know about approaching these websites is how to make your portfolio, resume, and cover letter all effective and eye catching, especially when you are just starting and have no reviews (since you will have to compete with some established people). The second thing is knowing how to talk to your customers and pitch your ideas as well as your approach to writing for them so they will want to hire you. Basically, you have to have a decent plan.

We’ll Cover Client Service and Communication

These two concepts I will be providing pointers and blogs on for you shortly, so hang tight. I’ll let you know how I overcame these boundaries, learned how to make my approach to writing for others with my unique strategy that also focused on treating all my clients individually and effectively. Some of this is about your personality and approach to writing, so you’ll have to develop your own approach to it, but you will get a good example in a few days when I tell you how I did it.

So, what are these marketplaces? The first two, Upwork and Freelancer, have it all, from direct live messaging services to an excellent selection of opportunity. Now, you may have to start small and write for a bit less than you want to build up your reputation at first, but it will pay off later. The last two, Guru and Outsource, are excellent places for projects, but do not have direct messaging, so getting projects can be a bit slower. However, all are worth a try.

Four Marketplaces So You Can Start Freelancing Today!

Freelancer is the largest marketplace in the world for not only freelance writers, but every freelancer imaginable. If you can hangout online and make time to talk to people hiring writers, you’ll have the ability to make a quick impression and get work quickly. Here, you pay a monthly fee for the amount of bids and the type of account you wan.

Upwork also has instant messaging, and you can get work the same day you apply, but things tend to move a little more slowly than Freelancer. Still, it’s worth it to hang out on Upwork or get the app to your phone while you’re online or working so you appear as available for messaging to possible clients–this is going to get you more attention and more projects.  On Upwork, you either pay nothing or $10 monthly, but you do have to pay for each bid, which will cost you around 50 cents to one dollar per bid. So, you want to pick things you not only want to do, but you feel fits what employers expect out of a freelancer.

Guru.com .com has a lot of great freelance writing jobs and is well worth the sign up. You can pay monthly or yearly for an account and your bids, as it does cost each time you bid on a project. However, if you pay for the full year, you get pretty much all the bids you need and save a good deal of money. There is no instant messaging, but you will get messages from clients, and have the ability to bid per project. It’s a fairly decent paying website for freelancers, so it’s worth the wait and the sign up. Another great thing here is that newbies are hired freely without reviews as long as they have good portfolios and resumes.

Outsource.com .com also has some good paying jobs, but lacks an instant messaging/chat feature, and tends to move more slowly for getting projects. Still, it’s worth the sign up, because many of the writing projects pay well. Also, on this marketplace, newbies are welcome. A monthly account fee and per bid fee are both required, and Outsource can run a bit high on that, but when you land the decently paying projects as a newer freelancer, which is very likely here, you’ll be happy

Get Started Freelancing Today!

Which one is the best to begin with? My suggestion is to select at least one between Freelancer and Upwork, as well as one between Guru and Outsource if you cannot afford all of them right away. However, your goal should be to eventually go for all four accounts for self-promotion and also a stronger workload. There will be a lot more writing opportunity out there for you. So, after you’ve started with at least two of the four, your next step is to plan to sign up for the final two you left off your list. And, coming soon, we will cover exactly how to build your writing resume, portfolio, and cover letter, as well as how to effectively approach clients in order to maximize your job offerings.

Now, best of luck to you. Get out there and have some fun freelancing!

(Note this is also posted as a new page in our website so you can find it easily.)

Do You Want Your Dog To Live Longer?

How much do you love your dog? From personal sidekick to your best and most faithful friend, your dog probably fills many roles for you. Who doesn’t want the best for that faithful companion? Certainly, you always want the best for your dog because he or she loves you unconditionally. What pet owner doesn’t his or her dog to live a long, healthy, and happy life?

So how can you ensure that you do this for your dog? There are a few guidelines you can abide by to make sure you are always giving your all to the animal that gives all to you. Read on to learn how you can help your dog to live longer.

Diet

First things first, your dog’s diet is of primary importance. What you feed your dog will dictate how healthy he or she is. Make sure the food you feed your best friend is of the best quality. One way you can ensure that your dog is on the right track with diet is to take simply a good look. Does your dog have a shiny coat, healthy skin, and bright eyes? All of these signs demonstrate a dog that is in great shape. A good diet can strengthen your dog’s immune system, keep him or her sharp, and help maintain strong muscles and joints.

Watch the Weight

Just like overweight people, overweight dogs are more likely to suffer health issues in comparison with dogs that are at a healthy weight. Obesity in a dog, much like in a person, can also shorten a dog’s life. Sadly, this is the leading nutritional disease of most pets, and can be curbed with the correct food.

Don’t Skip on the Vet

Dogs have to see a vet regularly for check ups, even if everything seems fine. If your dog is up to date on shots and acting normal, you need to take your dog to regular physical exams. The typically suggested format is every six months for a physical. Why? If you take your dog in often, and he or she does have a health issue, catching it early is the best insurance for a successful recovery.

Clean Your Dog’s Mouth

Dental disease is a huge issue for many dogs, and can also bring on other health problems. A dog that is having problems in or around his or her mouth may not eat right, and can experience significant pain. One way to prevent this from happening to your dog is to brush his or her teeth regularly. Also, when you take your dog to the vet, make sure the vet also checks your dog’s mouth for any signs of oral and gum issues.

Keep an Eye on Your Pet

As much as your pet may love running around freely and unsupervised, you cannot allow this to become a habit. Letting a dog roam the neighborhood is opening the door to a lot of possible danger. For instance, your dog could get hit by a car or attacked by another dog. Another problem is that people may find your dog a nuisance and call animal control. Obviously, you want others, including your neighbors, to love your dog as much as you do, so don’t let your dog be the wandering neighborhood problem.

Responsible pet parenting is the key to helping your dog live longer. As a dog owner, you probably want nothing more than health and happiness for your dog. By following this list of tips, you can fulfill that goal for your canine friend.

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Facts About Perfumes and The One that Men Can Not Resist

One of the most interesting and not commonly studied beauty tricks is the use of perfume. Did you know women have a stronger sense of smell than men? Did you know that the use of perfume dates back to Egyptian times, and many historical figures were downright obsessed with it? Thousands of years ago, two of the most famous and beautiful Egyptian queens, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, were using perfume. And, you may want to know, what is the best scent to use to attract men? Read on, and I will answer these questions.

Few realize how early the use of perfume had started. Nefertiti predated Cleopatra. But Queens, Egyptians, and women were not the only ones using perfume. One famous ruler, Akbar the Great, in fact, had an entire department of perfumery, making him more fascinated with perfume than most women that use it in modern times. If you had not already guessed it, he was our clearly obsessed reference.

Perhaps the nastiest perfume invented was Habanita, a smell that was based on cigarettes. Most smokers use perfumes to get the aroma of cigarettes off of their clothing nowadays, and as you imagined, it was introduced in 1921. There is probably a reason it is no longer on the market today!

While the history is fascinating, what is even more fascinating is getting beauty tips about how to shop for perfume, and what that most sensual aroma might be, correct? One thing to avoid—if you are out shopping for perfume, trying more than three scents in a row will throw off your ability to correctly smell your perfume. One thing that can reset your sense of smell is using coffee beans, or having a good old-fashioned cup of Joe in your hands to smell in between testing. And remember, different scents can smell differently on different people because everybody has his or her natural scent.

And the last point here, probably the one everybody wants to know: what is the best scent to use to attract men? It’s Jasmine. It possesses a very sensual aroma that is almost drug-like. Its sexual floral aroma comes from the ingredients within the plant, which include indoles and para-cresol. Breaking these two things down, they do not sound all that sexy and exotic. But, remember human beings are animals, and the result of sexual attraction is very primal. Feces as a scent is present in indoles, as well as the smell of decaying animals. Para-cresol, on the other hand, is present in horse sweat. Both of these factors make Jasmine highly intense for males because it hearkens back to our most carnal instincts. Perhaps not as beautiful as the flower sounds? But I can promise it is incredibly efficient. Many famous perfumes embrace the scent, and many famous people wear it.

When you break Jasmine down, it might sound about as non-tantalizing as Habanita, the cigarette inspired perfume, but do not let that breakdown fool you. If you are going on a first date, Jasmine it up, apparently considering you are excited about your date.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Relationship

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Do you think a great relationship develops because it’s an easy, natural thing? How easy is it after you realize baby makes three—and takes a lot of time away from your marriage? If you think things should be easy, especially after having children, you are doomed to failure. Good relationships take work, especially after children come into the mix. So, if you are willing to work at it, here are seven tips for improving your relationship.

Be Responsible

What do you need? What are you feeling? Hone up to it, be honest, and take responsibility for those things. Don’t constantly look to your partner to make you feel secure—really, it’s your job to find your own security. Fall back in love with yourself so you can love somebody else.

Be Compassionate

If you want to be treated by your partner with compassion, you must also treat your partner with compassion—and…

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Experienced WordPress Bloggers: Give Me Your Tips

Help others learn from you by sharing tips and stories!

Greetings WordPress Bloggers!

I’m an experienced blogger who is new to starting my own blog here on WordPress, and part of the goal of my website is to start a freelance writing and blogging community to share tips and stories, spreading the goals of success in writing so that we can all help each other in the freelance writer and blogger community.

I am composing blogs about writing as well as the many other niches I write in, and I would love to know what tips you have for beginners to freelancing, blogging, and running one’s own blog on WordPress (this last one being the category I fall into). I’m happy to give you credit for your tips as well with links or any other citing you’d like, and I would like to use some of these ideas to share with newbie freelancers as I develop my writing community, and as my followers from my other websites start trailing over here.

So, feel free to comment and share any stories or contact me with tips, but I really want to hear from you. And remember I’ll give credit where credit is due, and my goal is really to learn from the best (all of you) but also to teach others how to be successful freelance writers and bloggers. I’ve been a college writing and communications professor for 16 years, and I can tell you, I learned a lot from my students and their own experiences as they grasped how to write, and I feel we all have much to offer here to teach others.

So, since I’m the ever-present teacher, part of my hope was to bring that aspect of myself into my website. I am just starting out with developing content and would love to be able to get some ideas and link back to your articles and blogs as I build my freelance writing community.

Thank you so much, and please feel free to teach this teacher, as I still have much to learn.