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Madison Kimrey brings up a very important aspect of feminism in this line of her letter — that women should not judge choices made by other women based on their gender. Within feminism, there is the standard that, as Kimrey puts articulately, “Equality doesn’t mean women will all make the same choice. It means women will be treated the same no matter what choices they make.”

This MSNBC article, entitled “Things That Look Like Feminism But Aren’t attacks a specific series of reactions from prominent opinion columns about the women around Anthony Weiner. The article touches on a similar aspect of what Madison’s letter tries to express.

Says the article:

Things that are not feminism:

  • Asking a question about why women do or want things and answering with why you do or want things, and calling it feminism. (Or, as Julia Wong put it, “My feminism demands that women be allowed to speak for themselves.”)
  • Assuming that a “vibrant young woman” (separate from a “soulfully beautiful and professionally accomplished” one) suffers from false consciousness about her own sexuality, and that she needs your pity and implicit shaming, and calling it feminism.
  • Claiming that you are not judging women’s sexual behavior differently from men’s, and then judging women’s sexual behavior differently from men. And calling it feminism.

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April 22nd, 2014

Should be “equality doesn’t mean women…”

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In a recent interview with Slate, Yellowberry founder Megan Grassell answered a question on why she saw the need for her company:

Last year, when my sister Mary Margaret was 13, we went shopping for her first bra. We scoured the mall and couldn’t find anything that would fit her­—nothing cute or fun, anyway. I thought, “this isn’t right—you’re either being sexualized or stuck in a jogging bra, and there’s no in between.” I just couldn’t let it go. I thought, “Someone should make a better option for girls.” So I did.

Grassell writes additionally on the Yellowberry website of the experience:

She could magically go from bunny hills to mountain peaks in an instant. We came across the same thing at every store: push-up features, underwires, and padding that were all part of the standard to make a girl “grow” two cup sizes. I remember thinking to myself in anger, “What is the hurry to grow-up so fast?”

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Here, the magical is tempered by the routine.

The angel is flying, now, finally able to do something. He finally becomes “imaginary” — participating in a realm beyond him. But why is this “imaginary” status a good thing? Because the angel is “no longer an annoyance” in the Elisenda’s life.

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As emphasized in the beginning of this story and in “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”, the humans seek to connect with creatures. It is not the exoticism of the being that compels them — it is the human connection to it they can strike.

Even though the spider is more fearful and less desirable than a man with wings, the spider’s humanity makes it more popular amongst the townspeople.

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The characters that come in search of health all share a desire for something beyond their earthly reality to save them — the woman has no known device to continue counting, the man cannot control the force of nature with his own ability, the sleepwalker who does not have access to a particular side of himself…

The mythical figure of the angel presents a marriage of two worlds — the human world and the world beyond (heaven).

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In the priest’s interaction with the winged man, Marquez’s use of magical realism becomes more and more apparent. At first, the wings seem to immediately determine the most extreme conclusion — the being is an angel.

But upon the priest’s rational examination, the creature is determined to be far more human than angel. The way in which Marquez writes this section utilizes rational comparison and examination — showing that the wings are not incomprehensible; they do not determine much after all.

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Angels take on a unique and interesting connotation within this story. This angel is at first perceived as an angel of death — not set to bring any of heaven to earth, but to take a piece of earth (the couple’s sick baby) to heaven.

The characterization of angels by the neighbor woman as “fugitive survivors of a celestial conspiracy” removes angels entirely from their standing in many other contexts as a symbol of purity or goodness. Here, they are subjective — operating in response to a conspiracy against them. Their emotional subjectivity renders them dangerous.

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This moment, in which the bizarre and the threatening become familiar, echoes a similar moment in “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”. While at first the discoverers of the creatures are afraid, dismayed, and confused, they soon after find an essence of humanity within the men that draws them closer to them.

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The two elements of the old man seem to battle each other for the couple’s attention: his age and his depleted figure, sucked of its youth, vs. his majestic and magical wings.

The image is not only bizarre for its magical realism element, but for the combination of that with the very real, grounded, and human — old age.

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Sir Walter Raleigh was a British explorer, poet, and aristocrat.

In Marquez’s language he is sure to denote a Walter Raleigh character as not like the village’s own — “they might have been impressed with his gringo accent”, he writes. Marquez makes it clear here that the man’s impact is not his exoticism; it’s the feeling that the villagers have that he is one of their own.

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"I want to find something that fits me and appeals to me, ..." (Madison Kimrey – Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly) | pending

Not sure about the end of this tate — slipping into “we” for annotations feels a little too subjective and personal. Could be rephrased without “we” and have same resonance!

"Equality doesn’t mean women will all make the same choice..." (Madison Kimrey – Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly) | pending

This annotation is worth shouting out for the fact that News has less analytical/close reading analysis compared to Poetry/Rap, partially because to analyze News texts in that way is hard to do while staying both objective and relevant! This tate does a great job of analyzing the article on a syntax level while staying within the News vein.

"As for myself, I shop at Victoria’s Secret. It’s not beca..." (Madison Kimrey – Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly) | pending

This is a bomb annotation! Maybe add a link to an article about their sexy marketing strategy? Could be an interesting counterpoint and falls within realm of letter

"Given the importance of maintaining this capability" (President Barack Obama – Statement on Section 215 Bulk Metadata Program) | accepted

This is a good annotation! But here is my feedback:

  • move away from “I think” and towards facts. a good annotation engages with the text of the piece through providing additional facts, not simply opinions.
  • what is the importance of maintaining this capability? you imply that the American people have a substantial opinion, but you leave it unsaid — why is it not important? why is it an ability that should not exist?

on this note, I really want you to point out any tips or comments you have on MY annotations! they are not all perfect and discussing individual annotations will improve the site overall :)

"Intelligence Committees" (President Barack Obama – Statement on Section 215 Bulk Metadata Program) | accepted

This is a good annotation! But here is my feedback:

  • just a quick note: be more specific in describing Diane Feinstein’s allegations in order to connect the two sentences.

    “News Genius breaks down Chairwoman Diane Fentein’s allegations against the CIA of illegally spying on Senate staffers.”

on this note, I really want you to point out any tips or comments you have on MY annotations! they are not all perfect and discussing individual annotations will improve the site overall :)

"Make this approach workable" (President Barack Obama – Statement on Section 215 Bulk Metadata Program) | accepted

This is a good annotation! But here is my feedback:

  • who is the voice behind this quote? be more specific about the example used.

on this note, I really want you to point out any tips or comments you have on MY annotations! they are not all perfect and discussing individual annotations will improve the site overall :)

"A new approach to match the capabilities and fill gaps th..." (President Barack Obama – Statement on Section 215 Bulk Metadata Program) | accepted

This is a good annotation! But here is my feedback:

  • move away from “I think” and towards facts. a good annotation engages with the text of the piece through providing additional facts, not simply opinions.
  • when delving into the potential consequences of an action, be sure to cite experts — when you say, “I think more people were outraged”, cite an article that discusses that opinion.
  • you mention many different potential consequences — information that could be great in a list/bullet point format!

on this note, I really want you to point out any tips or comments you have on MY annotations! they are not all perfect and discussing individual annotations will improve the site overall :)

"Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers' Club." (News Genius – Live Blogging the Oscars) | pending

"Lil B" (Rap Genius Editors – Teams) | accepted

would v much like to b a part of this rare team #ThankUBasedWorld