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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Please Fill Out This Survey!



Hey kittens,

As mentioned in one of my recent posts, I am starting an online campaign to stop Sanrio from making girl-harming products. I love Hello Kitty, but I find some of her recent products to be harmful to girls. The "I am as heavy as three apples!" collection may convince girls to discuss their weights with each other, and the "Head of the Class" make-up collection ad teaches girls that beauty is more important than brains.

These products upset me, so I have decided to start an online petition to ask Sanrio to stop making girl-harming products. Before I make the petition though, I would like to see if anyone agrees that these products are harmful.

I would really appreciate it if you kitties would answer this survey. It would make my day!

The url is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/59BCXX3

Another great survey:




~Corinne

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Focusing On The Positive From The Olympics


When it comes to evaluating the Olympics from a feminist standpoint, I am not going to focus on the negative. I'm not even going to look at the positive and the negative. I am only going to look at the positive.

The London games marked the first time in history that every country brought women. Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia made this possible. One of my favorite moments from the games was watching Wojdan Shaherkani, the first female Olympian from Saudi Arabia, compete in judo.



Female firsts happened for the US as well. For the first time in history, the US brought more women to the games then men. And majority ruled. US Women won 29 out of 46 gold medals.

Here's a list of my other favorite feminist moments from the games:


1. Kayla Harrison became the first person from the US to win gold in judo.



2. Jessica Ennis wins gold for the home team in heptathalon.



3. Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings three-peat their gold in beach volleyball.



4. The US Women's basketball team wins gold for the fifth time in a row. Another first!



5. Gabby Douglas becomes the first person of color to win gold in gymnastics Individual All-Around.



6. In addition to bringing female athletes for the first time, Qatar has one of their fiercest women, Bahya Mansour Al Hamad, hold the flag for the opening ceremony.



7. US women win the first water polo gold in history for the US.



8. The first US gold in women's gymnastics floor exercise goes to Aly Raisman.



9. Serena and Venus win gold in tennis doubles, and then Serena wins gold in singles. With these wins, Serena and Venus became the first tennis players in history to win four Olympic medals.



10. Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt win gold in world record time in swimming's 4x100 meter medley relay.



11. Also in world record time, Carmelita Jeter, Allyson Felix, Tianna Madison and Bianca Knight win first women's gold in 4x100 meter sprint relay since 1996.



12. Kristin Armstrong shares her gold medal in women's individual cycling with her son.



13. And last but certainly not least, the Fab Five wins gold in women's team gymnastics for the first time since 1996.



So let's celebrate the huge advances for female athletes in the 2012 London Games. What a perfect way to honor the 40th anniversary of Title IX!

~Corinne



And let's not forget the great feats of the 2012 Cat Olympics!!



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sanrio: Enough with the Girl-Harming Products


As many of you already know, I am a social action representative for Miss Representation. My newest social rep project is to start an online campaign that works to end sexist media. I have decided to take on Sanrio and their sexist Hello Kitty products. I think that this campaign is perfect for The Feminist Feline because it urges one of the world's favorite felines to stop its girl-harming products.

I recently wrote a post about Hello Kitty's "I am as heavy as three apples!" collection. In the post I discussed about how the collection promotes unhealthy weight aspirations for young girls:


Whether or not Sanrio meant to inform consumers of Hello Kitty's slim physique, this product teaches girls that it's okay to discuss weight with one another. I'm not trying to say that weight is a taboo topic, but one's weight is personal. When we start discussing it with our friends, we get competitive. It's inevitable. And it's this weight competition that perpetuates society's obsession with being skinny. - The Feminist Feline, July 12, 2012

 I came across another sexist Hello Kitty collection while browsing through the Miss Representation twitter page.



Mubnii said it perfectly. The Hello Kitty "Head of the Class" make-up collection teaches girls that looking pretty is more important than being smart. We need to stop telling girls that beauty trumps brains.

These two offensive Hello Kitty collections have inspired me to start an online petition on change.org. I'm going to try to get some more friends on board before I make it. Stay tuned for the petition!


KITTY VIDEO TIME!!


This kitty values brains over beauty!

~Corinne