Ellen Amundson

Minneapolis, MN, United States

About Ellen

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English, Norwegian

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Ellen Amundson
Posted over 2 years ago
Do you think feminism is becoming a sexist anti-men movement?
Scott, Your whole post is about an issue I only mentioned indirectly and didn't really offer an opinion on (my point was that transvaginal ultrasounds are an unnecessary invasion of privacy), so I'm unsure why my comment prompted such a lengthy response on the topic. Nevertheless, you make a logical case against abortion as an equal rights issue. I'm still on the fence about the ethics of abortion myself. A few responses: 1) "Condoms are the most effective" at doing what? Preventing STDs, yes, but not preventing pregnancy. Hormone-based methods of birth control are much more effective (99+% when used properly.) Basically, I'm just confused about the point you're making here. 2) Roe v. Wade conspiracy theory? I'm pretty skeptical. Then again, I wasn't alive back then. 3) I didn't compare the funding of abortion to viagra, I compared the funding of birth control (contraception) to viagra. Are you not making a distinction here between abortion and hormone-based contraception? Because preventing pregnancy (for which I believe funding should be mandatory) is very different than terminating pregnancy, yes?
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Ellen Amundson
Posted over 2 years ago
Do you think feminism is becoming a sexist anti-men movement?
While men and women in America enjoy pretty much the same rights legally, to call feminism a "moot point" is very simplistic. As a young woman, what I hope to see improve in my lifetime is attitudes toward women and portrayal of women in the media. I could list pages of examples of persistent sexist attitudes, but I'll just choose a few instead: 1) Movies are generally sexist. The Bechdel test offers a simple formula for determining this. In order to pass, the film must a) have at least one named female character b) talking to a second named female character about c) something other than a man. This may sound easy, but a majority of films don't pass. I just saw the Avengers this evening, and it only meets the first requirement. 2) Conservative politicians are trying (and in some states, succeeding) to force women to get a transvaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion. So much for "hands-off my healthcare." And why are we the only developed country in the world that doesn't require employers to cover birth control under insurance? Nobody's putting up a fight about Viagra, and that's sure covered. 4) Female politicians are routinely scrutinized based on their appearance in a way their male counterparts will never be. 3) Personal experience: As one of the few women working at a boy scout camp last summer, men I'd never met before would call me sweetheart, touch me inappropriately, tell me to make them a sandwich, etc. Not what I want when I'm trying to act professional and you know, just do my job. I'm not saying I have a rough life, because I definitely don't, but sexist attitudes are still very much alive today. It's very easy for you to overlook your advantages as men. You've probably seen this checklist before, but it's so relevant. http://www.amptoons.com/blog/the-male-privilege-checklist/
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Ellen Amundson
Posted over 2 years ago
Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out
To reiterate what I said earlier, it's not a competition. Yes, women still have problems that need to be resolved, and men do, too. Women's problems are men's problems, and the reverse is true as well because the goal of feminism is equality and mutual respect, not separatism. To point fingers at the other gender is so frustratingly pointless because no one moves forward! Feminists want to lift other women up, not bring men down. I want women to feel happy and healthy and comfortable in their own skin, and I want men to feel the same way. The my-gender's-problems-are-bigger-than-your-gender's-problems game is so unproductive, so please, just cut it out.
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Ellen Amundson
Posted over 2 years ago
Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out
You're right that the number of women in higher education has began to surpass the number of men, but your comment is also pretty far off-topic. Gevinson is calling for a better understanding of what it means to be an empowered woman in the media, not expressing concern about women's opportunities or achievements in education. That being said, the issue I take with your comment is actually the last bit, "now here comes the flak from feminists." Within the rhetoric of this short sentence, you've attempted to preemptively trivialize any opposition to your comment as shrewish or irrational, which isn't really fair play. Feminism has become such a dirty word these days, and I suspect most of the backlash against it comes from people (men and women) who believe pro-feminism to be inherently anti-male. This is such a fallacy. Feminism is about breaking down the persistent and pervasive cultural stereotypes about gender so everyone can live more authentically and encouraging men and women to build positive, healthy relationships with one another based on respect and empathy. Like Gevinson said, it's an ongoing conversation. This is a great talk. What a precocious young woman.