Explain and Evaluate the flaws of Matt Forney’s theory on Self Esteem. 35 Marks.

Please don’t read this response until you have read Forney’s blog first.

Matt Forney’s blog post can be read here: http://mattforney.com/2013/09/16/the-case-against-female-self-esteem/

After reading Matt Forney’s blog post about self-esteem and women, I must say I was more than shocked, I was disgusted, I was flabbergasted and more upset that the comments section was worse than the actual content of the blog post. What worries me is that his twitter page was filled with wailing girls who just said how angry they were reading his post. NO, GIRLS, you need to destroy his back and argue why he was WRONG. Rather than moaning about his faults, why not de-construct the points he made?

However, It can be argued that he has confused his sexual illusions with what is perceived as the truth, his writing appears to be overflowing with errors as he attempts to explain how women should act in society today. Although this argument portrays that it was written by an educated and well informed man, it’s fair to say that this has also been written by a male chauvinist who has discredited the movement several women has been resisting for decades. This essay will assess the poor highlights of Matt Forney’s argument.

Forney begins by rejecting the idea of self-esteem and claims

“women have done nothing to deserve self-esteem”. Continue reading

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God, do you really answer prayers?

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Everyday millions of people take a portion of their time to speak to their God(s) however is it actually worthwhile? Or is it just the unheard pleas of humans trying to find answers for questions which are unreachable? We are going to consider a couple aspects of prayer. What does praying accomplish in reality? Which prayers are listened to? Action versus prayer. Self affirmation and placebo effect. Is there any scientific evidence for prayer? Continue reading

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Is Sexism Worse For Muslim Women Than Western Women? A Bill Maher and Tavis Smiley Debate

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I was watching a video the other day and it inspired me to write this post. The 9 minute clip shows television show host Bill Maher and Tavis Smiley debating the topic of Muslim men and their treatment of women. The discussion then morphed into a “who’s sexism is the worse?” kind of debate, Muslim women being on one side and western women on the other.

Although Maher’s Islamophobia is apparent to any observant listener, his erroneous conception of the women in the Muslim world seems to be a common trend in liberal circles. Orientalist approaches to Muslim women have been most obvious from sexual liberation movement Femen. But what singles Maher out to me? His ability to create levels of sexism.

Bill Maher begins:

MAHER: I think it’s fair to say Muslim men have a bad attitude about women in general, and I would just like to say…

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Miley Cyrus: a combination of ‘twerking’ and racism.

Miley Cyrus’ new image appears to be ‘trendy’ and ‘exciting’ Her performance at the VMA’s gained an international response, especially on twitter where there were more than 300,000+ tweets per minute whilst it was going on. She did a mix of her own song ‘We can’t stop’ into a duet with the misogynistic singer Robin Thicke. This duet consisted of extreme attempts of tongue wagging and ‘twerking’/’groping’. I didn’t watch the performance at the time, instead I killed myself to watch the repeat, and here’s what I have to say about the whole thing.

Sorry Miley, but your new image is neither trendy nor exciting especially when it is clear that you have purposely chosen to exploit a lot of aspects of ‘Black’ culture. What people fail to understand is that Miley has something called WHITE PRIVILEGE, whilst she is praised for twerking, we have artists like Rihanna who is constantly slut shamed by the media and by music artists. We should also realise that in the ‘we can’t stop’ video and the VMA performance her back up dancers were BLACK and ANIMALISED. When I mean Animalised, I’m talking in terms of the costumes they wore to portray themselves. Does anyone else find this problematic? I want to know why these black women participated in this dance, and whether they see themselves objectified through a strong theme of racial hatred. When a white girl twerks, it’s entertaining, cool, young and hip but when a black girl twerks, it’s ghetto and trashy. Yes we have a problem. Continue reading

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Female genital mutilation: This needs to stop.

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I think it is pretty obvious to know what Female Genital Mutilation is just by looking at the name. I’m going to refer this to FGM for short.

FGM is a procedure which involves the cutting of the external female genitalia. This is practiced in 28 countries in the eastern, western, north eastern Africa, and in parts of Asia and the Middle East. It has been estimated that 140 million women and girls around the world has experienced this procedure including 101 million in Africa. FGM is usually carried out during the age of four, and puberty. Although in some extreme cases, this procedure can be conducted on younger infants and adults. This is normally performed without anesthesia by using a knife, razor or scissors.

You now know WHAT happens in this procedure, what about HOW girls feel after this is done? Well once a girl has gone through this procedure she can no longer experience sexual pleasure during intercourse. FGM is a social convention, FGM is an oppressive, backwards, dangerous procedure which should be banned all around the world. Continue reading

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