I Could Be… a documentary addressing inequity

I Could Be...

And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday.
~ Isaiah 58:10

Steve Denning’s Forbes article, “Roger Martin: How ‘The Talent’ Turned Into Vampires:”

How did America—a country dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal—become one of the most unequal countries on the planet? Why do the nation’s leaders now spend so much of their time feeding at the trough and getting ever more for themselves? Why has public-mindedness in our leaders given way in so many instances to limitless greed?

These questions are being raised, not in some anti-capitalist rag from the extreme Left, but in the staid pro-business pages of the Harvard Business Review, in a seminal article by Roger Martin, the former dean of the Rotman School of Business and the academic director of the Martin Prosperity Institute: “The Rise and (Likely) Fall of the Talent Economy.

One key factor, argues Martin, is a fundamental shift in nature of the economy. Fifty years ago, “72% of the top 50 U.S. companies by market capitalization still owed their positions to the control and exploitation of natural resources.” But in the latter part of the 20th century, a new kind of organization began to emerge: an organization that prospered not by natural resources but through “the control and exploitation of human talent.”

If we are not utilizing over 50% of the population to their full capacity then how can we expect to thrive and prosper nationally or globally?

  • There are currently only 15 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies this is less than 4%.
  • Women make up only 3% of clout executives of media, telecom and e-companies.
  • Women hold 17% of the seats in the House of Representatives.
  • Only 34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men.
  • In 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.
  • Source: http://www.missrepresentation.org/about-us/resources/miss-representation-sources/

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg writes:

Conditions for all will improve when there are more women in leadership roles giving strong and powerful voice to their needs and concerns.

David Tepper

David Tepper

Top hedge manager, David Tepper, earned $1,057,692 an HOUR in 2012 — that’s as much as the average American family makes in 21 years!

Over the last thirty years, the United States has been taken over by an amoral financial oligarchy, and the American dream of opportunity, education, and upward mobility is now largely confined to the top few percent of the population. ~ Predator Nation by Charles H. Ferguson

The economic disaster was driven, Ferguson writes, by a combination of “very low interest rates, pervasive dishonesty through the financial system, massive lending fraud, speculation, demand for high yield securities, and not insignificantly, a squeezed American consumer desperate to maintain living standards, and told by everyone – including George Bush and Alan Greenspan, the brokers and the banks, that home borrowing was the way to do it.”

Charles H. Ferguson won an Academy Award for his documentary Inside Job.

In another blog entry, I quote from a book telling us that knowing a person’s image of God provides us with an opportunity to understand the most intimate moral and introspective conversations they have. And if we know your answer to these two questions:

  1. To what extent does God interact with the world?
  2. To what extent does God judge the world?

Then we have tremendous insight into your entire worldview. So if our societal image of God is patriarchal and white what does this mean in terms of equity for people who are not white men?

From a Bible.org article we learn:

In 1887, Sayce first noted the parallels between Genesis 1 and the Egyptian cosmogony of Hermopolis: “the chaotic deep; the ‘breath’ moving on the waters; the creation of light; the emergence of the hill ‘in the middle of the waters.’” Unfortunately, his work was largely ignored.

In 1933 and 1934, Yahuda identified several similarities between Genesis 1-2 and ancient Egyptian texts. He also identified Egyptian influence throughout the Pentateuch.

In 1982, Cyrus Gordon showed similarities between the Egyptian and Hebrew traditions of the creation of man. He drew several parallels between the creation tradition of Khnum, the potter-god, and Genesis 2:4-25

So we find that the writers of the Bible borrowed religious ideas and imagery from other cultures such as Ancient Egypt, Babylonia, and Assyria. Instead of retaining the more balanced masculine/feminine dynamics of the other cultures, the writers of the Bible made the ideas and imagery patriarchal.

Ms. Jada Pinkett-Smith did an interview on Katie stating “a woman should have complete control over her body.” And “that there is nothing wrong with being beautiful.”

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith ~ http://dontsellbodies.org/

“There is nothing wrong with being beautiful,” yet according to Dove® research only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful.

Taking advantage of the fact that most women do not consider themselves beautiful, the fashion industry, advertising industry and Hollywood have embraced the very difficult to obtain “Thin Ideal,” the concept young girls and women should be unnaturally thin:

A new study shows that approximately 80 percent of all 10-year-old girls have dieted at least once in their lives.

The number one magic wish for young girls age 11-17 is to be thinner.

Rates of depression are the same among boys and girls until puberty, but twice as many women are diagnosed as depressed post-puberty.

In study after study, women consistently underestimate the amount of body fat that men prefer. When asked to predict the figure that men will find most attractive, women consistently choose a skinnier figure than the men actually prefer. The figures women think men prefer are more like fashion models than Playmates… The figures that the men actually prefer are also much closer to the women’s own figures than the skinnier ones women believe that men like. This misreading of men’s desires may encourage some women to mistakenly think they would be more attractive to men if they weighed less.

Advertising is an over $200 billion a year industry. We are each exposed to over 3000 ads a day. Yet, remarkably, most of us believe we are not influenced by advertising. Ads sell a great deal more than products. They sell values, images, and concepts of success and worth, love and sexuality, popularity and normalcy. They tell us who we are and who we should be. Sometimes they sell addictions.

From Douglas Rushkoff‘s Merchants of Cool we learn:

MTV earned Viacom one billion dollars. So what portrait of the American teenage male emerges from MTV? His critics call him the “mook.” And you can find him almost any hour of the day or night somewhere on MTV. He’s crude, loud, obnoxious and in your face.

Viacom doesn’t listen to the young to make them happier. It listens to the young in order to increase corporate profits.

The media machine has spit out a second caricature. Perhaps we can call this stereotype the “midriff.” If the mook is arrested in adolescents, the midriff is prematurely adult. If he doesn’t care what people think of him, she is consumed by appearances. If his thing is crudeness, hers is sex. The midriff is really just a collection of the same old sexual clichés but repackaged as a new kind of sexual empowerment. I am midriff, hear me roar. I am a sexual object but I am proud of it. I will flaunt my sexuality, even if I don’t understand it.


Steubenville: just a couple of mooks having fun with a midriff?

Jessica Laney

Jessica Laney, 16, was found dead after committing suicide.

Rehtaeh Parsons

Rehtaeh Parsons, a Canada teen who hanged herself after being bullied and becoming depressed over an alleged rape by four teenage boys.

Amanda Todd

Amanda Todd committed suicide. Prior to her death, Todd posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell of her experience of being blackmailed, bullied, and physically assaulted.

Audrie Pott

Eight days after allegedly being sexually battered while passed out at a party, and then humiliated by online photos of the assault, 15-year-old Audrie Pott posted on Facebook that her life was ruined, “worst day ever,” and hanged herself.


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