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We all use the internet on a daily basis, especially for me, it has become something that I do every day. Now when I go on the net I barely pay attention to whether women or men are more prevalent. After doing some research I found that women’s voices are less prevalent than those of men.

To start my research I first went on to the Washington post website. I figured I could see if there were articles written by more men or women. I was so shocked at what I found. When I typed in politics in the Washington post, I came to find many articles, but every single one of these articles was written by a man. There was not a single article by a woman. The link to this site is http://www.washingtontimes.com/opinion/. It was so interesting to me to find this and I did not expect it. It seems as if women do not have a voice in politics even on the internet.

When I get on the internet the first thing I do is usually visit my facebook. Today I paid close attention to the some of the advertisements. Majority of the advertisements had women in them..but what were they talking about?? Some had pictures of women saying they are ready to date and things like that! Is that really the voice women want to have on the internet? I felt like women were being used for attracting attention rather than getting their voices heard. I found a really interesting website, the link is http://www.connected.org/women/christine.html. This is an interview of a lady named Christine Maxwell who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society. She had organized a breakfast meeting for women to have their voices heard over the internet. In this interview she says that she thinks women’s voices are heard less over the internet because they have less access to the internet. While this may not be true in the U.S, it is true in other countries. For example, in India women usually don’t even know how to access the internet so how are they going to know that they can have their voices heard through it or not. This is true about many countries. I also think it is very interesting that Christine is the only woman on her board. In The New York Times, there was an article called “Where are the women in Wikipedia”, it has been found that there are very few women who contribute to Wikipedia. It is so interesting to think about this because I use Wikipedia a lot but I never realized that the information on there had a majority contribution from men.

I think it is really important for there to be a balance in voices heard for men and women. We should always be able to see a man’s perspective on issues along side of that of a woman’s. There are many women out there who want to be heard but just do not have a chance to be and I think the internet is a great way to get started. If women are not allowed to come on TV, let’s use Islam as an example, some women have to always have their face covered, in this instance the internet would be a great place for a woman to have her voice heard. We all need to be more proactive like Christine Maxwell in trying to help women get their voices heard through the internet.

 

Lakoffs Article

According to Lakoffs article a liberal is a person that values liberty and equality whereas a conservative would value family values and fatherhood. After reading this article I would stick to seeing myself as a liberal. I think living in America we all should value equality the most and that’s what liberals do. Lakoff discussed many hot button issues but the one that is most commonly discussed is the topic of abortion. Being a liberal I believe that abortion is okay under certain circumstances. Lakoff says that conservatives are highly against abortion because they want to save the lives of unborn fetuses but yet they don’t want to provide adequate parenting programs and like he says that is very contradicting. I think that a woman should have a right to chose because she is the one carrying the baby. If a woman gets raped and ends up pregnant how is it her fault? What if she is only 16? Now if someone wants to get an abortion for no legit reason I could see it being wrong but if a 16 year old has a baby not only is she suffering but so will the baby because how can a 16 year old take care of another life? So not only is one life being ruined but two are. Another issue lakoff talked about is welfare. I am completely pro welfare. I think we should do everything we can to help fellow Americans who are in need. There are many less fortunate individuals in our country that need help and need education so why is it wrong for our government to provide welfare to help them? Providing welfare and education can help to increase the standard of living in our county. The last hot button issue in this article that stuck out to me was the fact that conservatives think that liberals are promoting AIDS. That is just ridiculous! Why would anyone want to promote AIDS? Liberals are in favor for researching to prevent AIDS. By passing out condoms liberals are not trying to promote teenage sex but instead are trying to caution them and telling them that if they do choose to be active then they should be safe so things like AIDS and STDS can be prevented. We cannot control what people do, if a teenager chooses to be sexually active it is their decision but it is our responsibility to caution them. Although I am a liberal I would like to say that I grew up in a very conservative household. According to Lakoff the Strict Father Model for conservatives is what I see my household to be like. My father is the working one and my mother is the stay at home mom who looks after the kids.  I think its interesting that I grew up in a conservative house yet I am still a liberal.

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