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In the media today there seems to be a discrepancy on how commercials portray women. We know that commercials are trying to get people to buy a certain product, but are commercials using women just to get people to buy a product by how they portray them, or are some companies trying to put out a more dignified portrayal of women? There are several commercials that came out this year that portray women in a way that makes people want to buy a product. In one T-Mobile commercial Kim Kardashian appears and shares a heart felt monologue for the loss of people’s phone data. The commercial catches peoples’ attention because of Kim Kardashian’s fame and heartfelt statement, but she is nonetheless being used to get people’s attention. Her reasons for her sorrow are for t... Read more
tim+anne evans
We recently saw the movie Selma. In the comfort of our theater seats we observed what we can only imagine African Americans endured—and in many ways continue to endure. As followers of Christ who believe in the egalitarian[i] principle of full functional equality for men and women, we watched Selma and noticed similarities between many churches view of functional equality for women, and the treatment of African Americans before they were considered equals. Review history, for centuries church leaders interpreted literally and absolutized a handful of Bible passages they believed fully supported slavery. For example; “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything…”[ii] “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear…just as you would obey... Read more
Paul Hjellming
You would think after all that was made (most of it justified) of the inequities of this year’s Oscar nominations that last night would have been more of the same. And to a certain extent it was. A lot of white men got up to accept awards, reflecting the Academy’s key demographic. But more than who was or was not nominated, the night was marked by people speaking out for what the causes they believe in. From Graham Moore encouraging us all to “stay weird, stay different” to Julianne Moore highlighting Alzheimer’s disease in her acceptance speech for Still Alice, from Alejandro González Iñárritu becoming the second ever Hispanic person to win the Oscar for Best Director to John Legend and Common’s stirring performance and win for... Read more

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