What is Feminism?

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Feminism, as it is legitimately defined, is a movement towards equality for every person regardless of what gender they align with; men, women and everyone in between would be on—at the very least—similar standing were feminism to prevail on a relatively large social scale.

Feminism, as it is often interpreted, is an intensely radical movement that encourages people—namely women—to hate men unconditionally, put all women on a pedestal and reject all aspects of traditional femininity. A common argument against feminism are people accusing feminists of giving female criminals a pass on their crimes—however heinous—simply because they are women. An example of female feminists rejecting femininity would be burning one’s set of bras as an attack on what they consider to be “female normality.”

If feminism were supposed to advocate gender equality, it would seem rather ridiculous that anyone would be against it so vehemently. Where did this hate come from? Where does the fault for its misinterpretation lie? Perhaps the blame should go to feminism’s more radical activists.

They say “the loudest bird is the one that’s heard.” This could easily be applied to feminism. Unfortunately, the loudest voices of feminism tend to be the ones that perpetuate its negative connotations. It’s these kind of extreme radical feminists that create blogging sites like “ihatemen.org,” a website where users post various experiences that have led them to, or provide examples of, why they hate anyone with an XY chromosome in their coding.

It’s easy to see the impact of these loud and pervasive voices unknowingly making a bad case for such a good cause.

In response to fitness supplement distributor Protein World’s controversial ads featuring a bikini-clad model posing beside the words “Are You Beach Body Ready?”, local feminists defaced the ads with permanent marker scribbles over the model alongside the words “NOT OKAY.” In response to this protest, Brendan O’Neill of UK magazine “The Spectator” decried their efforts. In an online editorial, O’Neill equated these feminist protests to Islamism, comparing these acts to Muslims in Birmingham defacing H&M bikini model ads after being “offended by [their] flesh.” Whether or not O’Neill understood the meaning of the protests, it was clear that his current interpretation of feminism is not only deeply ingrained, but very far off from its actual meaning.

What the majority of people fail to realize is that feminism represents so much more than something that’s good for only women. Feminism means respecting the choices that a woman makes; whether she’s desperate for a man or never wants to have kids, no one would have a problem either way. Feminism means a man not having to be judged for liking “Project Runway” more than he likes playing football; his interests would be his own and just because he likes something doesn’t mean he’s one thing or another. Feminism means not having to be defined by your body image; with disregard for current standards of beauty, no one would have to feel bad for not falling in line with such “qualifications.” Just because “fem” is in the word doesn’t mean that only females can benefit from feminism. As a movement for equality, feminism is something for everyone. It’s certainly controversial, but it is not something to be feared. If more people knew what feminism were fighting for, I’m sure they’d be more open to embrace it.

What is Feminism?- Teaser

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Feminism tends to be a touchy subject for some people? But should it be? Why do people not agree with it? Why should people do so?

Gaming by the Numbers

http://fortune.com/2015/04/20/esports-billion-dollar-industry/

eSports–or competitive video gaming–has been on the rise as a legitimate sports event for many years now. But exactly how large has this rise been, both socially and economically? To find out, one simply needs to look at the numbers.

Fortune.com does well to display eSports’ increasing popularity through various statistics. Of course, it’s easy to say that games are more popular just by looking around at how many people are desperate to beat their high scores on “Candy Crush” or “Fruit Ninja” on the train, but writer John Gaudiosi uses data journalist tactics to delve into the expansive eSports environment and calculate its growth.

Gaudiosi uses results from Newzoo and Repucom, sources dedicated to the games industry and sports, to support the growth of gaming. According to his research, eSports has a global audience of at least 335 million fans, with 145 million fans being active participants themselves. With this audience, the eSports scene is projected to generate over $451 million in revenue in 2017. These numbers make the popularity of eSports comparable to the popularity of regular sports.

This story wouldn’t have nearly as much depth without this kind of data. A simple and otherwise bland story is reinvigorated and contextualized by statistical information, literally measuring the subject matter and calculating exactly how much impact it can, has, and will make in the future.

Luna Vasquez- A Developing Practice of Expression

Coming out as transgender comes with a lot of struggle. Those who may not understand who they are confuse your identity in harmful ways. Even society is readily prepared to accommodate individuals who may not line up with the gender they were born with.

However, perhaps an even greater struggle comes from not being true to one’s self and how one feels in their heart. This is what Luna Vasquez deals with as she transitions from boy to girl.

Although an outward society may not see things her way just yet, she finds the freedom to be herself more important than that.

A Trip into New Tech City

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With technology advancing ever further with fancy phones and computers on one’s wrist, companies are constantly changing the way people compute and keep in touch. There has been surprisingly little critical thought, however, as to how this changes the way people work as people, instead of just gadget consumers. That’s where Manoush Zomorodi comes in.

As the host and managing editor of the tech-centered podcast, “New Tech City,” Zomorodi presents insightful reporting–in collaboration with fellow journalists–about how technology “[changes] our lives for better and for worse.” With these reports come fresh new perspectives of social and personal subjects in a modern and tech-based era.

I chose this podcast to listen to because of that broad coverage on technology in our world. It’s simple enough to report on a new gadget and what it does, but Zomordi takes it another step further by examining the social implications of new products.

The episodes I listened to were quite compelling. I started with the most recent episode, “Is Braille Obsolete?” I was surprised by the level of friendliness portrayed through Zomorodi’s voice and her very words.

http://www.wnyc.org/story/braille-obsolete/

She began by interacting with the listeners, asking them to fiddle with their iPhone if they had one to turn on the text-reader function which would read things like text messages to its user. I liked this approach as it spread a layer of immersion into the story, giving me listeners a little taste of what the visually-impaired may go through when using their own phones, which would be the topic of the podcast. Aesthetically pleasing music was sprinkled throughout bits of information regarding text-reading technology replacing braille and its pros (cheap, convenient, easier) and cons (risk of illiteracy, no hands-on work with grammar), making sure that the voices of strangers doesn’t get dull after a half-hour of listening. Nat sound was also key, as it captured the feel of the classroom in which visually impaired students had their classes.

The second episode I gave a listen was called “The Case for Boredom.” I may be a little biased in saying that this one was far more interesting to listen, but it truly was. This podcast discussed the decrease of boredom that comes with constant accessibility to phones and how the constant occupation can hamper creative thinking. In other words, being bored could potentially make people more creative! Nat sound was truly a key element in this, capturing the many noises a cell phone can produce. Mixed together in an almost overwhelming cacophony of noise, this served almost as an illustration to the use of portable technology consuming one’s life. In the end, Zomordi even presented listeners with a boredom challenge that NTC thought of (retaining that layer of immersion). I might have been inclined to participate had the week-long event not been issues back in January.

“New Tech City” definitely has something interesting to bring to the table. It looks at people using phones and computers and examine the changes that can occur upon using them, not just the fact that they’re being used. They ease listeners into a subject before getting into the nitty-gritty and provide thoughtful and objective insight. I wouldn’t be surprised if I began to listen to them more often.

Why I Chose Journalism

I’ve been writing for quite some time. From pencil and paper to endless stacks of printer paper littered with text, writing has always been something that helped me pass the time. I wrote stories, opinions and personal essays so often that writing became ingrained into my system.

I remember an assignment in my AP English class in which the class was asked to write an original epic a la “Beowulf” with a three-page minimum and a five-page maximum. As I wrote it, I had to approach my teacher to ask him if I was allowed to go over the limit; the story I was writing and the plot I had in mind literally could not be contained in five pages. He allowed it, leading me to hand in a 20-page story that probably went un-read yet nabbed me 100 points.

I knew that I wanted to something with writing. Journalism seemed like the perfect way to channel that hobby. With a wide variety of journalism to spread my wings, this field seems rather acceptable.

RockYoFace Through All Eyes

Photo by Bridget Downes
Photo by Bridget Downes

Ian Schafer, Jon Winkler and Bridget Downes took a Monday evening on March 2 to report on the RockYoFace Open Mic Night, using the relatable approach of students taking a break from the classrooms and doing something they enjoy.

People of all ages and majors ranging from theatre arts and history to economics gathered to strut their artistic stuff. Even those talents included a wide variety from duet performances to didgeridoo playing to even poetry.

Photo by Jon Winkler
Photo by Jon Winkler
Photo by Ian Schafer
Photo by Ian Schafer

The team even went behind the scenes and showed off a soundboard responsible for making sure each performances was heard and heard well.

Photo by Jon Winkler
Photo by Jon Winkler

They did very well to capture all aspects of the night. Not only did they display the performances and the technical background, but they even captured audience enjoyment to portray the event from all perspectives.

Photo by Jon Winkler
Photo by Jon Winkler

In grabbing these different perspectives, this group did very well to encompass their event in its entirety.

The Faces of the LIRR

The Long Island Railroad sees hundreds of patrons going every which way across the island. Over 50 percent of Stony Brook students commute to the university by this train.

Photo by Neil Feidman

With all manners of people taking the train every day, who has ever stopped to ask anybody where they’re going? Do they like taking the train? Are they satisfied with its service? Where could they be going?

This photo story would attempt to capture these patients on their commute, seeing their moods as they board the early trains and seeing just how far some people have to travel. This story will capture the many stations and locations one must travel to between one destination and Stony Brook, and the people on board could share their own experiences on their travels.

Hear the Music, See the Show

Performances of any kind tend to have a photogenic air around them. Orchestral performances are no different. Take the upcoming University Orchestra Family Concert, for example.

Tuesday, March 3 will see Stony Brook University orchestra members performing a family-friendly show at the Staller Center. The scores to be played range from sweeping classics like “Jupiter” composed by Gustav Holst to highlights from “Frozen”, the popular Disney film. Joining the the Stony Brook Orchestra will be the 2014 Pre-College Concerto Competition winner Yasmine Kocan.

Photo by Kathleen Kocan

Capturing in photographs various scenes like the audience gathering in their seats, the orchestra pumping out their scores, and the performers receiving applause would truly bring a news story to life. Close, tight shots of the conductor leading the music and pictures of the orchestra hard at work to produce their harmonies would illustrate the passion and effort that everyone would pour into each number.