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By George Dungan on December 7, 2009

Where I work we happen to sell a President Obama bobble head doll that speaks when you push the button beneath him. I know you all know what I’m talking about – it’s the kind of thing that you see while you’re waiting in line at a Walgreens and then you make it talk even though you know the 5 people ahead of you already did it and the cashier is most likely going insane. Obviously, working around one of these dolls can get rather obnoxious.

After listening to this Obama bobble head day after day, however, I began to actually think about what I was hearing. Granted, the doll spouts about 6 different quotes (rather impressive actually…the sound quality is crystal clear!) but the one that I hear the most is from the election night speech in Chicago:

“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.”

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By George Dungan on October 7, 2009

I consider myself fairly well immersed in the political world. I read the news constantly, regularly read blogs for up to date opinions and inside information, and am relatively comfortable when it comes to the subject of political history. Because of all of this it is not often that I am legitimately shocked by an occurrence in modern day politics.

Today, however, I was completely floored.

It would seem that in the fight against sexual violence, Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas is on the side of... sexual violence?

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By George Dungan on July 7, 2009

Patriarchy. Regardless of who you are or how you live, your everyday life is saturated with it. If you turn on the TV, you see patriarchy. If you go out to the bars, you see patriarchy. If you read the daily newspaper, you see what? patriarchy! Everything - from the generic usage of the pronoun "he", to the Burger King ads that play off of what it means to be a "man" - seems to be influenced by and continuously reinforce our notion of a male dominated society.

Every time I bring this up with folks, I seem to get the same response: "Well yeah...but that's just the way things are. There's not really anything we can do to change it". While I do see where they're coming from, I kind of think that not only is this an excuse for apathy, but it's also downright wrong.

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By George Dungan on May 11, 2009

In the short time that I have been in Washington DC, America has undergone some drastic changes. Since President Obama was inaugurated, I have seen numerous progressive steps taken on pet issues of mine, such as women's rights. One of the very first bills that President Obama signed, for example, was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 - ensuring a more fair fight for women who felt that they had been discriminated against.

Another issue that has exploded back onto the scene, however, is that of gay marriage.

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By George Dungan on March 26, 2009

While looking through some blogs today, I ran across this piece of garbage.

Take a look at it, and read my thoughts after the jump.

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By George Dungan on March 24, 2009

I'd say that, on average, about 60% of people who meet me for the first time think that I'm gay.

This assumption bothers me, not because I'm homophobic, but because of what it says about our social perceptions of "manhood" and "femininity". It bothers me because it means that a man who is interested in the theatre, has a unique fashion style, and doesn't play sports all that often must be a homosexual.

The public's idea of what it means to be a "true man" or a "real woman" hasn't changed as much as some would like you to believe, and these gender roles represent an even larger issue.

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By George Dungan on March 10, 2009

I just finished reading an article on feministing.com that infuriated me.

Why?

Because in this article, the author not only claims that sexual objectification is an appropriate way to sell things, but goes so far as to say that they are "split" on whether or not the the now infamous "gang rape" ad was something that folks should be upset about.

Let me be clear:

Rape, simulated rape, dramatized rape, or artistically rendered rape are never...never acceptable in advertising.

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By George Dungan on March 9, 2009

For those of you who didn't know, March 8th was International Women's Day. On such an occasion, one might expect major organizations to release statements lauding the accomplishments of women in various fields. The Vatican, however, took this as a chance to let us all know what truly liberated women in the last 100 years.

Was it work outside of the home? No no no...

Was it the further development of contraceptives? Certainly not.

No, by and large the most liberating invention of the last century had to have been the washing machine.

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