Today, I read about a campaign that celebrities are making for charity and thought I would share. In a project organized by singer Alicia Keys on behalf of her charity Keep a Child Alive, many celebrities will sign off of Twitter and Facebook. This is part of a million dollar fundraiser for World AIDS Day on December 1st. Until the charity raises their goal of a million dollars, the celebs will be silent on these social media outlets.
What I find very interesting is that the celebrities will be seen in videos, or as they are being called “last tweet and testament” videos in which they are lying in coffins. This is supposed to represent their “digital deaths.” According to Keyes, often we care more about the death of one celebrity as opposed to the millions of people dying in the world every day. I think it’s great that celebrities will actually be taking time away from promoting themselves on these sites to raise money. I’m sure they will be back on in no times because I don’t think their fans will want them to be off these sites for that long.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to go back to days where girls were shipped off and damn near forced to give babies up for adoption, but is society laying the ground work for girls to think it is ok to get pregnant as minors and teenagers? The more teens see it in their face the more acceptable it becomes. Plants the seed so to say. “Oh all these teens are okay and they had sex and became parents, It wont be a big deal if I do too.” I feel like these shows have good intentions and were meant to show teens why they shouldn’t get pregnant so young, but I think they missed the point. When these mothers are with their children, we rarely ever see them unhappy. I think that a lot of young girls would look at these teen moms and wonder if having a baby themselves would make their lives better or make them happier. When I watch these shows I always find myself ranting about how adorable the babies are. I am no teenager, but I am sure when young girl watch this show they do the same. I can understand watching these shows and wanting to have my own baby.
I was unsure of what to write about this week. However, while I was walking through the mall with some friends, I saw a woman walking with her child on a leash. I found this to be absolutely absurd. Women are putting their dogs in strollers and children are being walked on leashes? What kind of world are we living in?
It is understandable that mothers want to teach their children how to behave well. Personally, I think that if a child is wandering around, it is up to you to keep your eye on them, run after them, and teach them not to do those things. These are the basic skills of parenting. When you treat a kid like an animal, chances are they will behave like one. Manufacturers of these child harnesses have begun to attach backpacks to the leashes that have stuffed animals on them. Is this trying to make the child feel like less of a pet and more like a child?
37-year-old Melissa Catherine Smith-Means caused an uproar on the internet when she dragged her child on a leash through a Verizon store, and someone caught it on tape. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/03/woman-drags-child-on-leas_n_250033.html?page=5
While leashes are accepted worldwide as a means of restraining animals, should we allow them to be used on humans? And to add to the craziness, I often find myself going up to a stroller to see what the baby looks like and finding myself staring at a dog. I use to find it cute when I would see a woman walking around with a small dog in her bag, but a stroller is getting a little out of hand. Aren’t dogs supposed to be walking on all fours and getting their exercise? I can’t help but think about what our world is coming to. Children are not pets and pets are not children.
Women in the media are often seen in a sexual and passive outlook. Women are expected to have the perfect skin, hair, and body with a specified emphasis on being sexy. This sends a message out to girls that they are valued by their bodies.
In our culture, women are portrayed as sexy, skinny, and tall, making the average woman feel horrible about themselves. Often, when women are portrayed as objects, they are subject to violence against them, because their feelings no longer seem as important. Eating disorders and a negative self image also stem from this objectification. The enormous pressure that young girls and women feel to live up to an unrealistic image is fueled by images that suggest the importance of being a beautiful object. This also puts a pressure on teens and young women to dress and behave more sexually. Look at today’s teenagers in the media. For example, Miley Cyrus has been scrutinized time and time again because of the way that she dresses and acts. However, she is probably a teenager looking up to her role models and other women in her field of work who dress and act the same way. It is sad to see that many young people only have role models who are skinny to the point it is unhealthy, dressing in little to no clothes, and objectifying themselves in order to make money.
In an interview with the NY Daily News, Hugh Hefner stated ““The notion that Playboy turns women into sex objects is ridiculous. Women are sex objects. If women weren’t sex objects, there wouldn’t be another generation. It’s the attraction between the sexes that makes the world go ’round. That’s why women wear lipstick and short skirts.”
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