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Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Valor of Women

'Rosie the Riveter'
I recently bought a cardigan with this emblem made popular in the USA during the 1940’s. It was suppose to give hope and courage to the women left at home whilst men were overseas fighting a war, to do their part and to keep the country buoyant. It was designed to encourage women to buck up and be active, it was not supposed to make women think that they were superior to men.

However, in this day and age, this image has been used in many different ways—to make women feel that the male population is beneath them, using slogans like, 'Women who strive to be equal to men lack ambition'. I find this kind of slogan offensive not only because I value my male friends, but also because it breeds superiority and inferiority complexes that lead to outrage, and then backlashes putting us further behind than where we started. To clarify, I am all for women being empowered and for equality, but putting someone else down for my own gain would not be to anyone’s benefit.

I think that females should stop hiding behind a feminist guise whilst spouting such ‘hilariously’ sexist things such as, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” especially as it is usually these females who would jump down the throat of any man who rebuffed them with a different sexist quote. It does not justify the situation. So, I beg you girls, please stop to think what you value as empowering and don't distort such images as 'Rosie the Riveter' to suit purposes other than giving hope and strength to others.

-Natalie Moyanah
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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