Feminist outrage following Volkswagen Superbowl commercial

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Although the surest Superbowl was ‘no’ concerning whether power would go out, a surer bet was ‘yes’ to ‘will feminist outrage follow the Superbowl.’

Although the Denver Broncos were devastated, I enjoyed watching last night’s Superbowl and was thoroughly entertained monitoring the outcomes of several novelty proposition bets surrounding the game including ‘Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform shirtless,’ ‘Will the announcing team mention the word marijuana,’ and ‘How many times will the announcing team mention the phrase 12th man.’

Following some televised commercials, I predicted that there would be feminist outrage after the Superbowl. Volkswagen featured a commercial, echoing a famous line from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, stating that when Volkswagen cars reach 100,000 miles “a German engineer gets his wings.”

The commercial, including a man being slapped in the face (which goes unmentioned by self-professed “feminist crusader” Elizabeth Plank), has drawn the ire of feminists, but hey, feminists are working on men’s issues (see the 40-second mark)!

http://youtu.be/ns-p0BdUB5o

Plank describes the Volkswagon commercial as “horrifyingly sexist” and asserts that the Volkswagen commercial is a transmission of the message that only men [“old white dudes”] can become engineers.

Since, at least according to one feminist organization, the field of engineering is dominated by men [see page 15] it is sensible to portray engineers as men. It also makes sense to portray engineers as men when the statement in the commercial, “…gets his wings” uses the male pronoun. It is likely the case that the male pronoun was preserved to not entirely derive from the famous American movie quote. Regardless of the original movie quote, men dominate the field of engineering, therefore it’s likely that portrayed engineers would be men.

Plank seems to believe that since “horrifyingly sexist” commercials like this exist, women are discouraged from entering the field of engineering…despite the fact that women just don’t seem to be interested in engineering and tend to instead prefer fields like nursing, library science, education, social work, and psychology [read more about this phenomena in a previous piece in which I cast skepticism on the ‘gender wage gap’ – even in European countries which are believed to rate higher than the United States in terms of ‘gender equality’ and even when government agencies financially intervene with aims to increase gender parity in certain fields.

Feminist outrage is the order of the day. Feminists like Plank dig through media, often proclaiming themselves as ‘popular culture critics,’ with preconceived notions of sexism, misogyny, and negative messaging about women…and [not] surprisingly they ‘find’ what they knew they were already looking for.

If women want to break through the so-called ‘gender pay gap’ or the ‘glass ceiling’ [whether or not they exist], women ought to take initiative and actually do something about a state of affairs in which they view as unfavorable rather than complaining about Superbowl commercials and further tarnishing whatever good ideas people have surrounding feminism – the supposed movement for women’s rights and ‘gender equality.’ Take a cue from Ready to Run Northeastern Pennsylvania – a group which recently hosted an event to not only inspire women to become active in politics, but also provided needed tools and knowledge to facilitate a goal.

I could perhaps understand a response to the commercial encouraging a rephrase of the ‘…his wings’ quote and a portrayal of both men and women as engineers, but calling the commercial “horrifyingly sexist” and drawing conclusions that the commercial transmits the message that “only men can be engineers” is simply overboard and unwarranted.

Feminism – the radical notion that Superbowl commercials oppress women and keep them from attaining higher-paying engineering jobs despite the fact that women, as a group, just aren’t interested in engineering.

Jacks or Better Basic Strategy

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Video 7 in my new ReferLocal.com Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs video poker series is now available!

This video series will show you optimal strategies — beyond and at the video poker machines — to break even or get close to it while eating for free at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs through use of deals offered at ReferLocal.com.

This video will discuss basic strategy of Jacks or Better video poker. Stay tuned for more videos in the series.

See other videos in this playlist here.

Learn more about the series in my introductory piece here.

Here’s video #7:

http://youtu.be/w-4lpwhyZ2Y

As always, feel free to leave comments here and on YouTube. I plan to release multiple videos per week. Stay tuned for new, fresh content here, on my YouTube channel, and in the series playlist.

Your first video poker session at Mohegan Sun

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Video 6 in my new ReferLocal.com Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs video poker series is now available!

This video series will show you optimal strategies — beyond and at the video poker machines — to break even or get close to it while eating for free at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs through use of deals offered at ReferLocal.com.

This video will prepare you for your first session of video poker at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Since your first session can be quite intimidating, I do my best to dispel confusion providing valuable tips to maximize your return. Don’t lose money because of ignorance. Stay tuned for example of play with live commentary.

Stay tuned for future videos!

See other videos in this playlist here.

Learn more about the series in my introductory piece here.

Here’s video #6:

http://youtu.be/CFSv4Ff3yWs

As always, feel free to leave comments here and on YouTube. I plan to release multiple videos per week. Stay tuned for new, fresh content here, on my YouTube channel, and in the series playlist.

Video: My online reputation management panel

Online Reputation Management panel at NEPA BlogCon 2013 Photo: Karla Porter
Online Reputation Management panel at NEPA BlogCon 2013
Photo: Karla Porter

Video of the NEPA BlogCon 2013 online reputation management panel discussion I participated in is now available!

I was invited to appear on a panel discussion at NEPA BlogCon 2013 — a Northeastern Pennsylvania conference held at Luzerne County Community College concerning blogging, social media, and technology –about online reputation management. The video was recently released and is now available for the general public.

Appearing alongside Megan Beste (Director of Marketing and Special Projects at Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.) and Lissette Santana (Social Media Manager for PPL Electric), I answered questions from panel moderator Jonathon Knepper (Internet Marketing & Community Consultant) and audience members.

As someone who has received a tremendous amount of criticism and hatred — mainly from Christians and online feminists — I have a good deal of insight into online reputation management. While I may have erred in the past, responding to vitriol impulsively, I believe I have improved – having more patience, staying away from some drama, not taking things so personally, and focusing on ‘positives’ rather than ‘negatives.’ Hopefully readers agree.

Here is a sample of explored topics:

Why is online reputation management important?
What is a troll?
Should people respond to negative criticism and/or trolling? If so, how?
What are some ways you can build a positive image online?
How can one, if they can, proactively prevent trolling?
How can people monitor what is being said about them online?

I extend thanks to co-panelists Megan Beste and Lissette Santana; moderator Johnathon Knepper; NEPA BlogCon attendees including those who asked questions in this session; and ‘Fearsome Foursome’ conference organizers Karla Porter, Michelle Davies, Mandy Boyle, and Leslie Stewart.

I look forward to attending NEPA BlogCon 2014 and would be honored to present once again at what is becoming, or already is, a great annual tradition!

Enjoy.

Video description:

One tweet, one status update, or one post can make or break your online reputation. In this session, this panel of professionals will present advice for bloggers, businesses, internet personalities, and users of social media on building trust and a strong online reputation, including covering topics like handling positive and negative feedback, managing your internet image, and how to respond to criticism through various approaches. Attendees will leave the session with realistic and positive approaches to building a positive online reputation.

As always, feel free to comment and share. If you are commenting on specific points in the video, please indicate a timestamp. Please comment here because I may not notice YouTube comments.

What are your thoughts on online reputation management?

I value feedback from readers. Consider attending NEPA BlogCon 2014. I hope to see you there!

Responsible Video Poker Play – video 5

20130822_182540Video 5 in my new ReferLocal.com Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs video poker series is now available!

This video series will show you optimal strategies — beyond and at the video poker machines — to break even or get close to it while eating for free at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs through use of deals offered at ReferLocal.com.

This video will discuss responsible video poker play in addition to a positive mindset one ought to consider having when gambling. Stay tuned to this series for upcoming strategy videos including examples of live play with commentary.

Stay tuned for future videos!

See other videos in this playlist here.

Learn more about the series in my introductory piece here.

Here’s video #5:

http://youtu.be/X8-XO4JDeek

As always, feel free to leave comments here and on YouTube. I plan to release multiple videos per week. Stay tuned for new, fresh content here and on my YouTube channel and the series playlist.