Pro/Con: feminism video sparks controversy

Kathleen Isenegger, Alexa Skonieski, Kira Cleer, Jackie Keranen, A&E Editor, Social Media Editor, Staff Writer, Staff Writer,

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Pro: Feminism, the new F-bomb

By A&E Editor: Kathleen Isenegger and Staff Writer: Kira Cleer

On Oct 21, FCKH8.com posted a video of girls aged 6-13 dressed as princesses dropping the f-bomb to raise awareness for pay inequality and rape, amongst other feminist issues.

According to their website, “FCKH8.com is a for-profit T-shirt company with an activist heart and a passionate social change mission: arming thousands of people with pro-LGBT equality, anti-racism and anti-sexism T-shirts that act as “mini-billboards” for change.”

The video has gone viral and caused an uproar among the masses, due to its controversial message and content. While many people argue that little girls using such obscene language is wrong, these viewers are thoroughly missing the point. In today’s society the issue of gender inequality has become so stigmatized that dramatic measures such as this need to be taken in order to make any impact.

“F-Bombs for Feminism” is an ingenious creation. Many people who would not normally educate themselves on feminist issues have watched this video for its comedic value. While they’re giggling at the little girls swearing, they are also being informed of some startling statistics. By spreading this information to the general public, FCKH8.com could very well be changing the way some people percieve feminism.

These potty-mouthed princesses are not the only ones willing to take extreme measures in the name of gender equality. Robblisscreative.com recently made a video where a woman walked around New York City for ten hours wearing a crew neck and jeans. She received more than 100 instances of demeaning verbal harassment by complete strangers. If a 21st century woman can’t walk down the street without being subjected to these inappropriate criticisms, little girls swearing should be the least of our worries.

Most parents wouldn’t encourage their children to use the language that is featured in the FCKH8.com video, and many people would excuse the street harassers in the Robblisscreative.com video, saying ‘boys will be boys’, or that their comments were compliments. The message here is clear. Society is more disturbed by meaningless cuss words than women being objectified and discriminated against.

From FCKH8.com, “Some adults may be uncomfortable with how these little girls are using a bad word for a good cause. It is shocking what they are saying, but the real shock is that women are still paid less than men for the same work in 2014, not the use of the F-word. The big statistic that 1 out of 5 women are sexually assaulted or raped is something society seems to find less offensive than a little four letter word and we love how these girls draw attention to that imbalance,” Video producer Mike Kon says. “Instead of washing these girls’ mouths out with soap, maybe society needs to clean up its act.”

Con: No princess should be a potty-mouth 

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By Social Media Editor: Alexa Skonieski and Staff Writer: Jackie Keranen

On Oct 21, a feminist group released a video on YouTube and their website called “Potty Mouth Princesses”. The campaign is called F bombs for feminism. The video was of several 6-13 year old girls dressed up in princess costumes talking about how women get treated poorly compared to men. The video went viral and has been talked about over several news stations all around the country, discussing how inappropriate the campaign video was.

Think about it, would you as a parent want your young child yelling the f word around your house? Absolutely not. I don’t care how old you are, cursing comes off as trashy. You don’t yell out cuss words at an elementary school, its just something that’s not appropriate around children. If kids learn to cuss at such a young age, what are they going to do in the future when they are at school or at their job? Swear words are not acceptable in professional places. If kids were to watch the feminist campaign video, they would think it’s okay for them to use those words because they are coming from the mouths of other children. It’s extremely inappropriate for children to be using that language.

One of the “princesses” in the video says, “Women are paid 23% less than men for the exact same F***** work.” The message would still be equally as powerful without the crude language. The feminist group brings up great points in our society, but should have been broadcast in a different, more professional way. FCKH8.com is selling T-Shirts for fifteen dollars, five of those dollars will go to charities that work with discrimination. Do you really want your six year old daughter swearing to make her point? Or would you rather she learn how to argue her point without the aggressive language? Personally, I wouldn’t want my kids cursing like they did in the video.

A real princess like Cinderella should be dropping her glass slipper, not F bombs.

 

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