Anne of Carversville & Sensuality News do not accept submissions.

Entries in attitudes about women (5)

Saturday
Nov102012

Eve Ensler's 'Emotional Creatures' Celebrates Malala & Fights Patriarchal Arguments About the 'Cult of Womanhood' With Perfect Timing

Thursday
Jul052012

Forbes Shares 7 Ways Parents Hurt Their Daughters | Outsourced Jobs Come Home | Educating American Workers

French Roast News

Anne is reading …

Forbes Woman shares seven ways that parents can be hurting their daughter’s future, with study references and reasons why. They include:

1. You teach her to be polite and quiet.

2. You buy her gender-specific toys.

3. You tell her she’s pretty … to the exclusion of everything else.

4. You indoctrinate her into the princess cult.

5. You give Dad all the physical tasks around the house.

6. You only let her spend time with other girls.

7. You criticize your own body, and/or other women’s bodies.

An earlier study published in Forbes Woman noted that shifts in parents’ prejudices — and particularly mom’s — on gender roles makes a significant difference in “reducing sexism and preventing gender-based violence.” The Spanish researchers also confirmed that boys exhibited higher levels of sexist beliefs than girls.

Sexism in the City

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, as of February 2012 there was a gender wage gap of 17.4 per cent across all sectors – with an average full-time weekly wage of $1,186.90 for women and $1,437.40 for men.

Suzi Finkelstein, executive convenor of Women & Leadership Australia at the Australian School of Applied Management, says disproportionate salaries are an institutional problem, deeply entrenched in the workplace culture of many industries. Once considered less suitable for leadership roles, women can struggle to work their way up the chain and are often passed over for male colleagues irrespective of their ability and performance record.

Outsourced Jobs Come Home

Whether defined as the promise of a better future or as the endless opportunity to work hard and get ahead, fewer people than ever believe that the United States embodies that hope. “The U.S. worked hard to create the American dream of opportunity,” Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote last week in the Financial Times, “but today, that dream is a myth.”

“The U.S. used to think of itself as a middle-class country - but this is no longer true,” he said. “Today, a child’s life chances are more dependent on the income of his or her parents than in Europe, or any other of the advanced industrial countries for which there are data.”

The Daily Beast shares dual perspectives on whether the American Dream is alive.

Teens Learn Manufacturing

American business leaders have a problem with unskilled workers. BloombergBusiness quotes yet another survey of unfilled jobs for line workers, skilled trade workers and engineers. The momentum of businesses striking alliances with educational facilities is working to solve the skilled worker shortage.

In Pennsylvania’s Bucks and Montgomery counties, 50 manufacturing companies are working to partner with two-year colleges and trade school, after forming their own BuxMont Manufacturing Consortium.

Companies in the Pennsylvania consortium typically pay workers $35,000 to $50,000 annually, plus overtime pay, health care, and employer-matching 401(k) accounts.

Read also an earlier BloombergBusiness article about the Reshoring Initiative, a group of companies and trade associations trying to bring factory jobs back to America. An April poll of 259 YS contract manufacturers showed good news for American workers. 40 percent of respondents said they had sourced production in America that was previously done in China.

Monday
Feb202012

Kickstarter: Chelsea Rose's Earth Goddess Body Art & Photography Expedition

In Chelsea Rose’s own words:

My “Earth Goddess” body art photography series expresses the sacred and powerful qualities contained within the female body, mind and spirit and works to expose the powerful relationship between women and Mother Earth. Nowadays women are bombarded by pop culture’s destructive and disfiguring definitions of female beauty, strength, and spirituality. Modern society is quick to discredit the sacredness and power of the earth as well as the female sex and their ties to nature’s cycles. My art series challenges these views and cultural missteps with a series of stark, black and white photographs that elevate women to their true goddess status through the use of intricate body paintings. In these photos, women of all age, body type, and ethnicity stare back at the viewer, clothed only in the spirally woad of my body paint, enmeshed in the infinite wilds of deep forest, craggy sea shore, rock cliffs and more.

With your help I can gather the funds that will allow my models and I to safely explore, travel, lodge and create in remote, wild and amazingly beautiful locations. If my funding goal is met I aim to photograph my hand painted models in the snowy heights of Mount Hood, the primordial rain forests of Washington, the mystical rocky shores of the pacific north west, the soothing sights of the Columbia river gorge, the rocky red deserts of eastern Oregon and much more.

Read on at Kickstarter. AOC has contributed to this project and we urge readers to give a mere $5 to jumpstart this important art initiative and keep it going. Chelsea is asking for a mere $1000 to support the very real expenses of making her art.