Week in Review – February 6, 2012

Hey all, Anaam checking in with my three top success highlights for the week of February 6, 2012.

Everyone has a favorite prime time show. Whether your favorite character is Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory,” or Manny from “Modern Family,” these shows present a clear level of distinction between male and female characters. Michelle Haimoff in her success “Not so Modern Family: Top sitcoms make for sexist, inaccurate television” discusses an alarming and fascinating theme about primetime television. Surprisingly, all the male characters on the five top rated television shows are professionally accomplished, whereas the women characters are either struggling or hardly making ends meet. Michelle suggests that the next time you tune into your favorite show you should stop and take a look at the roles of the female characters. Michelle explains how the females on top rated sitcoms are not relatable and do a poor job of representing the female population. Michelle’s eye opening analysis was recently featured on Yahoo. Great job, Michelle!

Is chivalry really dead? One of the most talked about op-eds on OEP social media was “Complaint Box | Chivalry” by Piper Hoffman. Piper in her recent success explains how chivalry has become a romanticized notion, which can be awkward and insufficient in many situations. Many OEP’ers expressed their opinion and suggested that feminists need to calm down and not read into small gestures. Is it wrong for a man to hold a door for a woman?

Another great success this week comes from Tey Meadow and  Elizabeth Armstrong in response to Susan G. Komen and their recent actions towards Planned Parenthood. Last week, Susan G. Komen withdrew their funding to Planned Parenthood because of political reasons. As a result, progressive women took action by soliciting donations from friends and family, and expressing their outrage in print and new media. Such actions forced Komen to reinstate their funding to Planned Parenthood, but left many baffled and hurt. Tey Meadow and Elizabeth Armstrong, in their success titled “Public Health, Private Donors,”  present an amazing argument about the bigger picture behind private funding for healthcare initiatives. They argue that private elite donors should not be the ones controlling lifesaving preventative healthcare.

What an exciting week of OEP successes! The year is off to an awesome start. Be sure to tune in next week and look out for my blog post about “What’s Happening at OEP.” Also, I am excited to announce that I am officially now an OEP Junior Fellow. I cannot wait to be inspired by our amazing team.


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