Friday, 21 March 2014

Use your body to master your environment

I watched this TED talk a few nights ago and a comment that Caroline Heldman made stood out for me.
We raise our little boys to view their bodies as tools to master their environments; we raise our little girls to view their bodies as projects to constantly be improved.
What if women started to view their bodies as tools to master their environment? As tools to get you from one place to the next? As these amazing vehicles for moving through the World in a new way?
Caroline Heldman, Chair of the Politics department at Occidental College

About Caroline Heldman
A leading advocate for spotlighting how the mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, Caroline Heldman offers straight talk and an often-startling look at the objectification of women in our society. She illustrates how it has escalated, how we have become inured to its damaging effects and what we can do individually and collectively to demolish the paradigms that keep us from a better world.

 Chair of the politics department of Occidential College in Los Angeles, Dr. Heldman appeared in the acclaimed documentary, Miss Representation and is co-editor of "Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?" She is a frequent commentator on radio and television and a regular contributor to Ms. Magazine.

Here's a 'fun' piece on The Guardian - posted today. It may make you smile or giggle; but it isn't funny. True, but not funny.

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