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By Tatiana McKinney on February 18, 2011

Black History Month is usually a time to celebrate some of the most important figures in African-American Culture. Many Facebook and Twitter statuses have been dedicated to the life and work of some of the most important figures in History. The sad part of Black History Month is not that it celebrates African-American leaders, but that is also warns the opinions of some of the worlds "not-so-friendly" citizens; who could care less about African-Americans and their contributions to such a complex country.

Recently, the NAACP honored the Real Housewives of Atlanta for an Image Award. While most African-Americans enjoy the guilty pleasure of the rants and ravings of the African-Americans women depicted on the show, many do not believe they deserved an award for the obvious stereotypes displayed. Why should African-American women fighting and degrading themselves be deserving of such a historical honor? Hmmm...many are still trying to wrap their heads around it. Well, According to Colorlines, "The women from Elite Delta Force 3, a Los Angeles based all-black-female sketch comedy group, got together to give their own spin to Bravo’s hit “Real Housewives” series." In the parody-comedy sketch, The Elite Delta Force 3 feature Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Betty Shabazz, Marilyn Monroe, Maya Angelou and Winnie Mandela.

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By Tatiana McKinney on February 8, 2011

Superbowl Sunday had it's highs and lows, especially for those of us who were rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers (better luck next time boys), but through the entire phenomenon of commercials, the most controversial one comes from Pepsi. I was sure while watching this commercial that many black women were going to *roll their eyes* and immediately grab a computer to vent and complain to Pepsi for the subliminal lack of respect for black women.

If you don't remember the commercial, here is a little synopsis (the commercial is below for your viewing pleasure.. or whatever)

Well there is this African American women (of very few words) that commits to following her African-American husband (assumingly) around to reprimand him for things she doesn't approve. She kicks him at the restaurant when he orders fries instead of of a fruit cup, she dunks his head in a pie, puts soap in his mouth when he wants a hamburger, and here is the kicker... she gets seriously angry at him when he sees a beautiful "Caucasian-women" and tries to hit her man with the Pepsi can, but ends up hitting the girl instead.
So, after I saw this commercial I wasn't sure whether to vent to my roommate as we both looked flabbergasted at the TV or to just write a long complaint to Pepsi on the stereotypical images of black women that they just decided to glorify to the world. I figured blogging my frustration was one way to get off some steam.

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By Tatiana McKinney on January 24, 2011

At a military training camp in Seoul, many of the reserve office training corps cadets prepare for another day. With their K-2 assault rifles, they prepare for battle by attacking their imaginary enemy with passion and weapons. If you take a closer look, you will realize that many of these cadets are not men, but women taking a large step for women's rights by putting pressure on a glass ceiling that obviously exits. While reading this article, I was upset by the comments section below. Many male military/civilians believed that this was not a stepping stone, but an upset and a stupid move on the military. Their complains, this is too much work for women, allow them to do the soft things, and let the man handle the "hard" "excruciating pain" of fighting for their country.

According to the Korean Herald, one of the women had a lot to say about her new entry into the Reserve Office training corps, citing "changing people's perception" as a goal in her military career, ""I applied to the ROTC to show that not only men but women also have the same opportunities because we are the same people. Through joining, my goal is to change people's perception and open the door for women a little wider," said Park Gi-eun, a student at Sookmyung Women's University."

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By Tatiana McKinney on January 20, 2011

Hello, Readers. Sorry I have been MIA (Missing in Action), graduate school has really been kicking me hard, with the increase in papers and the tons of research for my prospective thesis, blogging has been put on the back-burner. But, I have a little free-time so I am going to be trying to post at least one-two blogs a day, or a week; give-or-take my schedule. Glad to be back.

Today, while perusing the internet I came across a startling article from PressTV about the recent increase of violence against Argentian women. According to PressTV, "a recent study by the non-governmental organization La Casa del Encuentro, 260 cases of crime against women were committed in Argentina in 2010, almost five per week, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday."

What's so shocking in this article is the reports are claiming that in the study many of the attacks reported are by the de-facto spouse or by the victim's husband.

According to PressTV, "a survey published by the National Women's Council, one in three Argentinean women suffer from physical, psychological, sexual or economic abuse in her home."

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By Tatiana McKinney on August 2, 2010

When most people hear the name "Hugh Hefner" nobody really associates him with Women's rights, let alone civil rights. But, According to Celebrity Cafe, "Brigitte Berman’s new documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, explores a part of Hefner’s life most people are not familiar with, according to Fox News."

As a child, Hugh Hefner was raised in a "strict" Methodist household, where he was a democrat in a conservative republican home.

Hefner said Playboy was part of the sexual revolution that benefited women. He said the revolution gave both sexes more freedom in the bedroom and everywhere else. It helped change the situation of women being beholden to men.

Hugh Hefner, not everyone's favorite person, but a women's rights advocate none the less, created a organization that made sure women had the right to choose, but many people do not know of his foundations efforts.

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By Tatiana McKinney on June 2, 2010

According to the Market Wire, "The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced support for women's and girls' rights through funding to the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). "

"Protecting the rights of women and girls is an essential part of Canada's international development approach," Minister Oda said. "Without their basic rights, women and girls can never realize their full potential and fully participate in society."

With the recent support of Canada for the women's rights and girls, maybe other countries will follow suit and realize the importance of not only support, but encouragement for those groups.

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By Tatiana McKinney on May 27, 2010

Pro-choice. Keep Your Hands off My Body. My Body, My Choice. Does this apply to men as well?

According to, " In a complicated, fascinating and refreshingly balanced story for the June issue of Elle called "The Parent Trap," writer Stephanie Fairyington explores the case of Greg Bruell, a divorced, stay-at-home father of two who, when confronted with an unwanted pregnancy, just said no. Bruell and his girlfriend had already gone through one abortion when, just months later, she found herself pregnant again. He says they'd agreed ahead of time that if she conceived again, "she'd abort without waffling." Instead, she not only had the baby, she sued him for child support. What may have been a messy private situation for a man, a woman and a child soon became a golden opportunity for the National Center for Men, an advocacy group devoted to "assertively addressing all legitimate men's concerns."

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By Tatiana McKinney on May 27, 2010

According to, "There is My Single Ring, which is advertised as a ring for a "single person who is happy with who they are."

It features images of interlocking male and female symbols and is meant to send the message: "I am an intelligent, empowered individual and available to meet the same."

The rings have been created to signify to the general public that I'm happy and independent and I don't need a mate to buy me jewelery, I can do that myself. According to, "Along the same lines, there is the $350 diamond-heavy Ah Ring, which is meant to communicate that the wearer is "available" and "happy."

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By Tatiana McKinney on May 7, 2010

Disturbing reports surfaced today after the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed "female genital cutting." According to, "The American Academy of Pediatrics has suggested a new way to fight female genital mutilation in the United States: Allow doctors to give girls a "nick" down there. In a policy statement titled "Ritual Genital Cutting of Female Minors," the Academy suggests that allowing such a ritual could serve as a way to "build trust" with immigrant families and prevent parents from sending their girls overseas for far more extensive, and potentially life-threatening, procedures. It's a "possible compromise to avoid greater harm," the statement says."

Wow! So, you just mutilate the girls in the United States, so at least they will be safe from the infection and the greater risk later, instead of have them go overseas and get mutilated, all while risking infection, disease, and death. That sounds Sensible? Give me a break!

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By Tatiana McKinney on May 6, 2010

In the new video "Why Don't you Love Me" Beyonce is seen cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, and scrubbing the floor as an unhappy housewife "BB Homemaker". Her retro style is incredible and the lyrical and musical uniqueness of the song is not only enchanting, but catchy. "Why Don't You Love Me" was co-written by Solange Knowles, Beyonce's younger sister whose style and musical choices are always interesting and unique and you can definitely see that in her new video.

The video has recently garnered attention from feminist blog sites such as Jezebel and Feministe, where women have both praised the video and questioned some of the themes hidden inside the lyrics. In the video "BB Homemaker" refuses to let her man make her feel less of a person because she knows she deserves a lot more. Is B a Feminist or a Independent Sister with a Knack for Girl Power? What are your thoughts?

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