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UNSPOKEN Volume 1 Issue 1


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What do Santa Girls Think About Feminism


The FWord


Pretty Vs Beautiful






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Hey everyone, Welcome the first edition of Unspoken, the new school magazine. Our idea is to each issue, talk about and give information and insight on a new topical, relevant and upcoming social issue, so to start things off we’ve taken a look Feminism and the way is perceived and applicable in society today. Feel free to comment or write back to us, we’d love to hear from you! Happy reading, Clare Giugni, Christina Buda and Julia Racheha 3

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Volume 1 issue 1 What do Santa Girls think about the ‘f-word’?

On the 28th of November, we created a survey on feminism today and what girls today think about feminism and feminists. We were surprised by some of the answers and shocked because there were so many people who described feminists as women who take their beliefs too far or have overthe-top opinions and try to enforce them on others. It is fair to say that these stereotypes have been perpetuated (whether directly or indirectly) through the media. Generally, I think women reject the feminist movement, because they think it doesn’t apply to them. Many people believe that equality has been achieved because we have gotten the vote and can go to work or own property. To these people, feminism is obsolete, simply because, in terms of the law, men and women are equal. However, they fail to see how far feminism still has to go. Stereotypes and negative connotations of feminist appear to have come from the portrayal of feminist women by the media, as opinionated, shorthaired lesbians. These ideas about feminism are reflected in the survey results, which demonstrate the negativity associated with feminism that is clearly evident in society. By providing another source of information about feminism, we can challenge these misconceptions and stereotypes of feminists in our community. We are acting on a local scale to address a global issue. CHRISTINA BUDA


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What comes to mind when you hear the word feminist? “Women who push their opinion on you and try to force you in the same direction. It should be about equality but it doesn't feel like that anymore.”

“Women with short haircuts”

“Sexist” “Tony Abbott”

“Opinionated” 6/41 have a negative tone associated with the word feminist, they also seem them as opinionated rather than expressing their views in a passionate and strong way. This is a contrast to the positive tone as they see them as strong.

“Annoying” “Sexist towards women”

“Bias” 5

35/41 have a positive tone associated with the word feminist, and they don’t see it as a degrading term. The general consensus was that when they think of a feminist they think of a woman fighting for women’s rights and the inequality between men and women. They also mention that these women are strong minded, and passionate about their views which is a contrast to the negative tone where they say that the women are opinionated rather than passionate.

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Define Feminism in your own words Santa girls say: “Discrimination against females.” “A girl/Woman who does things for themselves and doesn't need to rely on anybody.” “A person that is against women rights and treats them like animals” “Feminism is being bias towards the female gender.” “A woman being stripped of her rights because of her gender.”

“When a girl acts like a lady, not a butch. has self respect and respect for others.” “I have no idea what it is.” “When a girl acts like a lady, not a butch. Has selfrespect and respect for others…Things that are girly or women-like”


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4. How do Santa girls describe feminists?

“Sexist” “Disgraceful”

“Cruel” “For a woman, it is a female who feels empowered, strong and confident in her gender and is willing to stand for her rights as a woman as well as feel comfortable in her own gender to live and think independently so that she is not bound to typical gender conventions.”

“Feminists shouldn't be stereotyped as "butch" or "lesbian" because I think that's stupid, any woman that thirsts for justice concerning her gender is feminist, regardless of their appearance, age, race, religion or sexual orientation. I also think that while men may not necessarily be feminists themselves, they can still play a role in feminism by supporting the equality of both genders.”

“Strong and opinioned” “A woman who stands up for her own rights and will not listen to what society thinks of her role as a woman. Someone who stands up for what they believe and don't give a f*** about the consequence!!” 7


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The “F- Word”?

Feminism is a dirty word. Connoting hairy, lesbian man-haters who are no longer fighting for gender equality, but power for women over men. Bra burning witches who have taken political correctness too far. It is no wonder then, that public selfidentification as a feminist triggers eye-rolls, smirks, and pained expressions, because no one who calls the self a feminist can be taken seriously. Perhaps to avoid this pigeon-holing, a vast majority of young women today, are rejecting feminism.

with the way women were represented by the Miss America pageant. The feminists in question had concerns that resonate clearly with the young women of today: the degradation of women, and the excessive value beauty pageants place on appearance. This is a common issue for today’s youth who feel that the media sets unrealistic standards of beauty which women feel they must attain. And so, women who have been depicted for decades as crazy, destructive animals share our frustration at the unattainable standards of beauty set for us by the magazines and advertisements, which are constantly bombarding us. We are always being told that feminism is some crazy ideology that is as stupid as it is obsolete, but in reality it is something that hits close to home. In reality, every time you go to school, to work, vote, and stand up for yourself and protest society’s “one idea of beauty”, you are supporting the centuries of feminism that precede you. In reality, feminism isn’t something that unnecessary or irrelevant to us, but something we must identify with.

But where did this disastrously negative stereotype of feminists and feminism itself begin? What on earth is so horrible about standing up for yourself? And how has feminism become manhating? Bra burning, in day-to-day conversation is used to show the extreme measures taken by feminists if the 1960s and 70s. The origin of this so-called phenomenon was a protest outside the Miss America pageant of 1968, where there were in fact no bras burnt. It was simply a large gathering of women, expressing their discontent

It’s time to remove the stigma from feminism. It’s time to stand up for ourselves.




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Pretty Vs Beautiful “When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, “What will I be? Will I be pretty?”

called beautiful. Being called hot, sexy, pretty gives us the reassurance that we look good, that we’re meeting the criteria for the affirmation of worth we hold so dearly.

But then one would have to question what it means to be pretty, to be eligible for the prestigious title that bestows worth and value onto a woman. Too simple to understand, pretty would mean having a fortunate set of features picked at random by the spinning wheel that is genetics. Nothing more. Yet, in a world where using the word beautiful can come across as a ‘cop-out’, pretty is everything, or so it seems. Then, if pretty is regarded as almost being in the likes of a virtue, what is it?

But beautiful encompasses a person’s inner self and the goodness within and how it radiates from within them to make them genuine. It gives a sense of self; it throws away the notion that looks are everything. To be beautiful is to be you, to be alive, to love and to live. Surely beautiful should be more valued than pretty. Its more authentic by nature, so why is it that as young women we are so infatuated with the concept of looking good?

Pretty is the size that the fashion industry says fits the look this season. Pretty walks down the catwalk. Pretty is sick and malnourished. Pretty is the digitally enhanced photo on the cover of the latest Cosmopolitan. Pretty is who visually alters today’s most beautiful women because Pretty thinks that they just aren’t quite good enough. However, Pretty looks good solely because she says so. But more so, Pretty is a set of criteria. Unfortunately for us, to earn oneself the title a girl must conform and religiously follow this list all because Pretty does what Pretty must.

Following human nature, we’ll play the blame game. Too often I’ve found myself in body image class or presentation at school where the main argument has been that the media has shaped our perception of beauty to something unrealistic or how it is society that has made the exterior more important than the interior. None of it is ever our fault, of course. We are the victims here. Aren’t we? More often than not we blame society for any issues faced and more so have appointed the media to be the main perpetrator of any problems. I’d just like to throw an idea out there: say, maybe we are all missing the fundamental problem here, ourselves.

As a teenage girl who is being educated on the ways of the media, I’ve been taught that today’s expectation and standard of being pretty is unrealistic and false. I and the other girls in my classes have been told by our teachers in empowering speeches that we are beautiful, that we have so much more to offer than the images of pretty thrown at us day in and day out. But for some reason it isn’t quite good enough. We don’t always want to be

I’m not going to sit here and say that I’m entirely innocent, because I’m not. Quite happily today I stood in front of a camera and listed everything I hated 9


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about my body for a friend’s project. I ended it saying I hated everything. Everything meaning there was not one part of my body that I felt comfortable with. I wasn’t the only one who said this, the other girls who were with me all followed my lead as if hating yourself was a cult that had infected the classroom.

change starts with us every time we look in the mirror. Tell yourself you’re valued; give the two words a power shift in your own mind. Imagine if everyone played their own part in this and took the responsibility we could actually make a difference. Give yourself the worth you deserve and people will begin to follow, and then if we all play the blame game for why beautiful is more valued than pretty and your name comes up, I don’t know about me but maybe it’s not such a bad thing to be blamed for.

I think I must’ve had an epiphany because it was then I realized I was partly the culprit for the way girls and women obsess over being pretty. Why do I hate everything about my body? I’m not exactly skinny or anything like the girls in magazines but why should I sit there and feel depressed about the way I look.


Because the media tells me to? No, because I tell myself I should. Bingo, we’ve found the problem. Business works of demand, fashion and the media are businesses. They give us what we want. We don’t need to give them anything. It is us who chooses the body trends because we buy those magazines we keep the industry going, we try to look like that, we value what they tell us. We are the ones who stand in front of our own mirrors telling ourselves we want to be someone other than what we are. All on our own accord. Pretty is a business that feeds off the insecurities we instill in ourselves. I would like to say I’m a strong young woman emerging with a positive selfesteem and honestly if that’s who I want to become it’s up to me. I can’t blame the media or society because I am a member of society. Each and every one of us makes up society. If you want to make a change, make it within yourself first. If we want to make beautiful more important than pretty the

Watch Katie Makkai’s protest poem against the notion of being superficially ‘pretty’. ch?v=f7TS2Z6lAI4



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Do advertisements today objectify women?

The Objectification of Women

What’s being advertised here?

Men’s shoes & Vodka?

 “I guess I am supposed to say something about how unfairly women are portrayed in these ads. I cannot do that because Sex sells and obviously these ads work. The only women who really get upset about these kinds of ads are fat ugly ones who never really got attention growing up. In addition to, lesbians who fit the previously mentioned category also find these ads repulsive. Oh well, there is always truth in jest and even more truth in ads. That's why they work!”

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We will NOT accept beliefs and statements such as these which degrade women who stand up for their dignity.


a school newsletter, focusing on relevant social issues. this issue focuses on feminism today


a school newsletter, focusing on relevant social issues. this issue focuses on feminism today