Inspirational Quotes

Friday, December 7, 2012

Movie Event Post

"Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying and Battering"
I attended the movie shown by Gender studies film series.  This movie was about men and wrestling and how woman are portrayed to be mistreated.  I attended this event with Jessica and she say "the world of professional wrestling creates a culture of men being dominant. It’s about violence and power and more. Young men watch these shows and are influenced by it. Shows like WWF, RAW and Smackdown are some of the most popular shows on cable TV."  This clearly explains that young men look up to mistreating one another and are growing up violent.  The film explained that the wrestling was fake and is just for entertainment that men enjoy seeing.  This film was very disturbing to watch first of all I don't like to see people get hurt and "entertainment" really that's just a stupid way of showing inspiration.  This film was broken down into several parts: Divas, Gender violence,   and "Its only entertainment".  
I have taken some notes and here is what was being taught to me through this film:

  • If they decide to be a man than they should be treated a man.  This quote all shows the scenario of what is expected to happen in the film.  
  • The toys of WWE- they have action figures for little boys that shows that WWE is showing a strong and tough man figure in a child's life as kids own the figures and look up to them.  
  • "Is it real or fake" they sated that its all FAKE and their just putting on a show.  I think that its crazy to know that their creating a violent atmosphere for viewers and young men.
  • They had described WWE to be like a soap opera for guys.
  • Its a conversion of masculinity, and resembles a bullying behavior.
  • Resembles in school how boys bully and get intimidated.  Also how real men show being bullied/s.
  • It was a fact that a child is bullied every 7 minutes on the playground.  Those facts were hard to believe as a viewer but it happens and its hard to prevent.
  • It shows women getting implants to look better and it compares them with looking good on the WWE show as they are "fighting".  
Gender Violence:
  • Men killing domestic partners which then leads to media news.
  • The violence is between both men and women.
  • Another fact was brought up in the film it stated " a woman is raped every 90 seconds in the U.S." Also "a woman is battered every 15 seconds.
  • The audiences reactions is the most important part to the WWE wrestlers. 
  • There was a lot of trash talking also in the film and it was said that " woman deserved it because shes a slut" and its only for entertainment.
  • The viewers just laugh and look at the images of people like women being abused too.
This movie relates to "What Little Boys are Made of" it shows the characteristics of young boys being involved in bullying and violence.  They are in violence already and the wrestling just provokes it for the boys as they are inspired by it then they start acting tough and they ruin their image of being a nice guy.  The wrestling show is just shows the kids how to be more violent.  In the film it was stated that its like a mans cartoon just like women have their soap operas, wrestling is like their cartoon and even though its a fake fighting act they make it seem real, which is the weird part.  So do they really get hurt, do the injuries happen accidently, is a question to ask? This film also relates to Cinderella Ate my Daughter, that story had pinks involved and how it is to be a girl well its the opposite for boys.  Wrestling and violence is the opposite of the short read.  The films shows the resemblance of how boys are into violence and girls are into being polite and respectful.  That is how I see both sides of the spectrum for this situation.  

Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression" - Ayvazian, Combatting Intentional Bigotry and Inadvertently Racist Acts"- Blanchard

Ayvazian- "Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression"
So to start off I noticed that the author is or must be Armenian because of his "ian" name ending, so this is something to relate too.  As I was reading I came across  three quotes.

  1. An ally is a member of a dominant group in our society who works to dismantle any form of oppression from which she or he receives the benefit. 
    • So its saying in order to be an ally you have to be apart of a "dominant group" to make a difference in something. So its basically saying to support someones ideas and be apart of the group promoting/supporting the fact?
  2.  In the second quote I chose its mentioned that "it is difficult for young people to grow up and become something they have never heard of.  It is hard for a girl to grow up and become a commercial airline pilot if it has never occurred to her that women can and do fly jet planes.  Similarly, it is hard for young people to grow up and fight racism if they have never met anyone it describe who does".  
    • WOW that was a powerful quote. It is really true that if you don't grow up around something specific for instance like mentioned being a pilot, one may not know the choices out in the real world.  Also that if you learn something you grow up and know your expectations more that way because your goal may be to succeed in something that you have been taught.  
  3. Lastly, "the best we can hope for is to strive each day to be our strongest and clearest selves, transforming the world one individual at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time.  May we summon the wisdom to be devoted allies today.  May we walk the walk, living as though equality, justice and freedom for all have already arrived".
    • I chose this quote because it describes everything clearly.  That everything is willing to change if there is power and knowledge involved, everything or anyone can be strengthened by learning. Everyday holds something different occurring in society whether its rights or equality there are many ways to sort things out and learn how to overcome any obstacles.
So after reading the article I thought that Ayvazian had a lot to say about everything.  I learned what an ally is by reading this article which was a big help for class and I learned to question myself to see if I am an ally.  All of my questions were answered whether it was clarifying something or just struggling to have background information.  But overall this article was a good read.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Random post

This is just a random post I wanted to put up after seeing it on aol.  This connects back to the topics that we were raising in class about raising a boy or a girl and choosing whether you want to raise the child as a different gender.  This mother in the video raised her daughter as a male and refused to show the female characteristics of her.  Heres the video.

Monday, November 12, 2012

"Media and Ideology"- Croteau

Hyperlink/ Quotes
To begin this blog post I had to complete more google searching in what ideology means.  This article created confusion for me as I felt like there was no real definition for what this word means.  Although I had read this article I'm still confused as to what the whole meaning and sense of this article is.  I did some researching and I found out that ideology means a set of ideas, goals and actions. "Ideologies are systems of abstract thought applied to public matters and thus make this concept central to politics.  Every political or economic tendencey entails an ideology whether or not it is an explicit system of thought".
So basically ideology revovles around the media and politics.  While reading the article I found a few quotes that some what clarifies the meaning.
1. "Virtually all forms of mass media- radio, television, movies, music, and the internet are standard targets, attacked by politicians from different political perspectives who have t=little doubt that the media are ideological, selling certain messages and worldviews" (161).
2. " Media sell both products and ideas both personalities and worldviews" (161).
3. " The ideological work lies in the patterns within the media texts.  Ideas and attitudes that are routinely included in media become part of the legitimate public debate about issues". (163).
These quotes somewhat clarify my confusion.

After reading the whole article I'm still confused as what ideology means.  I would like to learn more about it and how it comes in place in the media and politically.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Event Post

Just wanted to say that Friday I was working and I was in the BabyGap section and a mother and her probably 5 year old daughter were looking at the toddler clothes and I was walking around offering customer service.  When I overheard this mother and daughter talking and the daughter said "Mommy there's no princess like clothes here" just with that comment I was hooked to see what the mother would say and I was shocked thinking oh good is this really happening.  So the mom turned around to the daughter looking at me saying "yeah there is no princess clothes here, lets go to the other section (kids) to see if we can find something for you to wear that's more Princessy"  I just was shocked that the little girl was saying that and the mother just went along with it.  We do sell pink clothes and we have pink tutus but I'm so confused as for why that would happen.  In my head I was thinking about this class as this was taking place in my work place.  Really!??!! Just another day at work with little kids categorizing themselves already from a young age.
This event relates to the article we read in class called Cinderella Ate my Daughter.   As it talks about girls and how society is revolving certain colors for genders.  It mentions pink and then I connected this to my day at work as it was unbelievable of how this girl was acting and how her mother was promoting it.  This article has made a difference of how I look at things.  Although when I gift wrap the customers bought gift I use the baby blue string to go around the box and then we have three types of sticker; a green owl, a blue whale and a pink elephant.  Its ironic that the company sends us just those certain types of colors for supply.  Usually I ask the customer what color sticker they would like and sometimes people say its fine anything is good so normally I put the gender color of what gender there buying for.  I question myself now should I give them a choice or should I just supply it on the box?  This situation also refers to "What about the Boys" as it shows what is occurring for the boys point of view and how society is categorizing .

"And the winner is....."-Election 2012

Reflection, Connection
So this was the first time I actually got involved in this Election Year.  I usually watch the election on TV when I'm flipping through the channels just to see whos in the lead.  But I never really "Watched it". I think I was more involved in this year election because it was a project and I wanted to see who would be leading the rest of the four years as I am going to be in college.  So the good news is that question three was passed yeah to a new Fogarty Life Science Building.  Besides watching the election on TV, I didn't vote this year but I am still glad to see the end results.  I am a supporter of Obama, (Sorry) but I don't think that Mitt Romney is real he sounds fake and I just don't think he would have been a good president.  (Sorry to offend anybody otherwise).  I was still involved in the election day because at my work place we had 30%off an entire purchase when you present your "I Voted" sticker, which I thought that was a nice thing to offer to the customers.  So I watched the election on Abc6 and Nbc10 too, the results were neck to neck, I took a couple notes, and here's what I found: (Obama =78  Romney = 76) And Romney won in Tennessee, this was @ 8:30p.m.  Channel 10s results (Obama = 57% Romney = 41%) at 8:42.  Then at 8:50 (Obama = 78   Romney=82).  At 9:12 (Obama = 123  Romney = 153).  Then at 9:48 (Obama = 153  Romney = 153) it was a tie and they need 270.  When I was watching the election I kept an eye out for Jill Stein which was the third opponent that my group chose to look at in this 2012 election year.  I had seen that at 8:42, Jill had 1% vote.  I connected this election to the group project as I watched the election.  This election was connected to the two readings that we had read in class regarding Obama and Romneys speeches of their wives explaining their husband.  We analyzed the aspects of their speech to the language and word choice that they were saying towards one another.  We had wrote on the board the comparisons about the first lady speeches.  This election relates to my academic stance as we analyzed both political parties as they gave their speeches.
Along with the election project I felt as though I was involved more in this years election than others as we looked at every aspect made t-charts in comparison and how we were assigned to watch the election.  I never would watch the election but this year this class made me feel more involved in the political sense and what is going to be going on in the next four years.  Hopefully Obama keeps his word and helps the economy and the crisis that we are having.

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Sex Positive"

Sex Positive
Hyperlinks and more
So reading the two articles, on Wikipedia and on 8 ways to be positive you're sex positive by Rachel Rabbit White, on being sex positive, I thought of a few songs that talk about love and affection.  The first clip is What is love by Haddaway.
The next song is by Lil Wayne called How to Love.

 The image to the left is Dr. Ruth that has appeared on the Doctor Show, shes a sex expert.  
Read these two articles I think that society is part of the issue, reality TV has come a long way and teens have been playing a major role of being young parents.  I think that it all comes down to if your ready and if you feel comfortable with yourself and expressing your emotions and affections.  Sex plays a role in men and woman's lives but there's more than having fun it comes with consequences.
I agree with how White explains that for some people it can be easy and for others it varies.  I don't think that people consider the fact that they share their body with anyone else.  

I think that in class we should talk about the fact that society has corrupt some of the teens in high school.  There is other issues to focus on rather than talking in general.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"Cinderella Ate My Daughter"- Orenstein

Hyperlinks/ Connections
This is a random thing now to post but I found it to be so amazing.  Check this story out.

So Moving on to my original blog post "Cinderella Ate My Daughter".  I love princesses and Disney so me and this article were both alike ... on some points.  I do think that little girls look up to princesses as an inspiration in their childhood, but I also think the big portion of it is society.  I do still have my princess toys and dolls and I do love pink.  As a little girl we didn't know the rights and wrongs about the "Disney Princess Life", I think Disney has come a long way but kids just fall into their traps of becoming a "Princess".  Really though who wouldn't want to be treated like royalty, I know I would, but it's going to far when parents talk take total control of what girls and boys need to have or look up too.  It's all just a Disney mess and Society too.  I swear this class is getting to me as everything we go over in class shows up someway or somehow in my life the next day.  Here I am watching 'Dancing with the Stars' and Sabrina Bryan & Louis dance as Cinderella and the Prince.  Really this is nuts.  This is the video that was aired on tv October 23, 2012.  
Something else to mention Sophia Grace and Rosie showed up on Ellen's TV show and they LOVE pink and tiaras and tutus.  This is a good example of what kids are like now.  They go to Disneyland, sing Niki Minajs song, they wear pink and have all the princess accessories.  There too cute though but to much pink. All of theses videos relate to the article that I read as it shows how kids these days are too dramatic and overlook a little girls life by the society and Disney.
So overall, kids these days are evolving around Disney, princesses and being categorized.  The point that is questioned is do little girls understand that life is not always pink, flowers and tiaras.  Kids don't understand and think that life is perfect is they are princesses.  In the end, its not all about the prince coming to save you.  Come on lets get with reality.

Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up (feat. Eminem)

Romney vs. Obama Romney please stand up.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"What About the Boys"- Kimmel

This author Kimmel argues about other authors comments on boys vs. girls.  Reading the article I noticed that FEMINISM = Key BOYS VS. GIRLS.  The article mentions that Feminism is the reason why boys are being overruled by education, behavior, etc.  "Because of feminism America is so focused on girls that we've forgotten about the boys".  She states that quote and I kind of agree with it because girls are more in publicity, reality TV shows, known as shoppers.  Whereas guys get higher pay jobs, a higher population of men in the business field, tech savvy, create different genre music.  Some genders are better in subjects like math, science, history, or even being into cars and fashion.  I think that society does focus more on females than males, and that's where feminism comes to play, yet I disagree too that boys are not forgotten.  It has become a more socially and society oriented world that men and woman are being characterized and categorized.  The article argues that an essential part of every boys life consists of "a graduation day, bar mitzvah, military boot camp".  I disagree that boys go through certain categories, "everyone is different" and yes everyone has a graduation, there are certain cultures that have special occasions in life to honor someone but not everyone is exposed to the military.  This video is just a short film of boys vs. girls (military style).
Throughout reading the whole article I think that the main idea of the author is to show that boys and girls are being picked on in certain cases and are being categorized as Feminism.

Something for the end.  "Boys are four to five times more likely to kill themselves than girls, four times more likely to be diagnosed as emotionally disturbed, three times more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, and 15 times more likely to be victims of violent crime".  This quote just stuck out to me as I was reading the article, I was confused how they would know that.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness"- Anzaldua

Extended Comments:
This article was a much easier read than the article on "Compulsory Heterosexuality".  Gloria is trying to explain what Mestiza is. 
This link shows the definition of a Mestiza,
A quote that was mentioned in the article was "la mestiza is a product of the transfer of the cultural and spiritual values of one group to another", this explains what the life of a Mestiza is and what it consists of.  It explains the meaning of one to be of different races.  As mentioned on Celine's Blog as well, "she talks of the Mestiza as not belonging to a single category, but many---these many categories intertwine.  Basically, a Mestiza has no definitive place to call home.  As a Mestiza she is trying to figure out who she is and where exactly she can call home" (Celine).  I do agree with Celine because she is trying to figure out who she really is, as she is stuck between races.  The text also notes that its as though being "cradled in one culture, sandwich between two cultures, straddling all three cultures and their value systems, la mestiza undergoes a struggle of flesh, a struggle of borders, an inner war".  On Celine's blog I commented "will this ever stop"?

Understanding where Gloria was coming from I understood the meaning of Mestiza and how shes stuck between different races.  That already sounds confusing to me so I can only imagine what she feels like and is going through.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Live Debate Notes on Education- October 3

O:  community colleges want to form job training by federal support to have training in college. 60 bill dollars to student loan program but taking billion dollars out of system they cut back, lowered interest rates on loans, Romney tells students to borrow money from there parents as they attend college.  

R: Not about cutting education funding, but continuing to grow, 90 billion dollars in green jobs, Romney says he could have hired 2 million teachers instead, the government grades school by test to rate them so that parents know that the school their child is going to attend is a well known and high standard school due to testing.  He wants to make it more efficient because he has been there he says in Massachusetts as he grew up “he cares about education”.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Compulsory"- Rich

This reading is harder than I thought.  Dr.Bogad and Chris you were both write.  I thought it would be easier just to type my notes out on my blog rather than printing it out and scribling all over the pages (would get me confused).  

Okay so first off I would like to describe the meaning of: 
Compulsory Heterosexuality: In Rich's article he describes heterosexuality is a society issue.  Compulsory means required by law and forced.  Heterosexuality means feelings that one feels as a person.  
As I am still so confused on this topic, I found this article to be hard as was reading it and trying to make sense of it.

Lesbian Eistance:  In Rich's article she describes it as a persons lifestyle of choice. 

This whole article was so confusing and hope that I understand it more in class. I think my description is wrong but I gave it a shot and hope to get a clearer understanding of it in class. I will try to make another posting after class on what it really means.  This website helps clear things up. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Exploring on Feminist equality

Argument, Hyperlinks, Connections
As I started exploring I started off by playing Chintz or Shag, this allowed me to create a living room of my dream.  It was interesting how in the end it showed an explaination of what objects you chose to place in your style room.  I think it was weird how if would pinpoint what your personality is just by choosing objects to be placed in your living room.  Even though some of the things were not my taste they did not really have any female design objects to place in the room.  Yet everything was categorized to a certain point and it showed that there was not to many options for being a female while all of the objects were unisex.  I believe that people should not be categorized just by the options they choose its about what the person is like in the inside and not to be judged.

Later I explored one the first page I noticed it said "Wage Theft Resources and Where To Go For Help".  I noticed the people were holding the sign...
Wage Theft Resources and Where To Go For Help feature image
As I read along it mentioned "Employers have taken advantage of the current economic conditions. High unemployment, deregulation and lack of enforcement efforts have led many employers to cheat their employees. In an effort to help abused employees, the Center for Working-Class Studies has developed a list of wage thefts and where employees might go to get some assistance from government agencies". I found it to be hard for the employers to have pay cuts and how the employee would have to cut down on pay due to the economic crisis, as these workers still have families to take care of and most of them support them on one paycheck.

I think that economic inequality is a feminist issue because women that work at a high paying job still do not make as much as men do.  They may be getting paid more than women for the same job category.  I think that gender is an issue in the workplace due to different paying jobs.  Women  and men should have the same pay as they have the same job nobody should be paid more or less than one another, there should be a equal pay. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Taxes and the Economy- Election 2012

Obama and the Tax Issues- 2012

The following article is related to Obama and his tax issues and how the economy can be fixed.  This article demonstrates that Obama wants to fix the $14 trillion debt in the government.  "Obama is seeking to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making under $250,000, but has said repeatedly he is committed to ending the tax cuts for the wealthy."  As I was reading the article Obama stated that "he does not want to raise taxes on the middle class, but would raise taxes on the wealthy. The Buffet Rule, named for billionaire Warren Buffet that says millionaires and billionaires shouldn’t pay a lower tax rate than middle income earners, encapsulates much of Obama’s approach to taxes."  Obama mentioned that he would cut taxes if they earn less than $200,000 individually and $250,000 if married.  In comparrison Romney said that it would hurt small bussiness owners if they have a $250,000 income.  Obama stated on CNN, "What drags our entire economy down is when ... the gap between those at the very, very top and everybody else keeps growing wider and wider"
-- President Obama, April 2012

The following website shows the pros and cons of Obama and Romneys issues on taxes and the economy.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Oppression"- Frye

I'd like you to take a moment and watch this video as it explains what oppression is, if you're unclear and if it's fair.  So go on and watch it. Heres the link:
So you saw it, I suppose.  This is a little summary of what just took part in the video.
      Its title "Have women ever been oppressed in the United States?" shows what to expect watching the video. 
It explains Discrimination:   vs.    Men stereotyped as:
                             - Workplace               - Providers
                             - Education                 - Protectors 
                             - Finances                   - Nurturers
Men and women have both faced discrimination.  So what does Oppression really mean; as the video showed it stands for death, starvation, problems, people chained, starved, beaten, genocide and overall BIG PROBLEMS. So... Discrimination is not the same thing as Oppression!  Women Studies classes have been the one that have studied this most; they are stretching the truth so far that it breaks.  In the end the editor says "we've held women up as we've torn our men down.  Hold both women and men in highest standard".  The ending also showed men being negatively labeled.  So I hope that cleared up the confusion of Oppression. 

The article "Oppression" by Marilyn Frye resembles the YouTube video I mentioned.  How does this connect to the video, well they both have to deal with Oppression and how its mostly focused on women and men equal explained in this article. Frye gave examples of the bird cage.  Where if you focus on one wire you can't see the one behind it.  This signifies that people look at things one by one almost microscopically.  "living in one's life is confined and shaped by forces and barriers which are not accidental or occasional and hence avoidable, but are systematically related to each other in such a way as to catch one between and among them and restrict or penalize motion in any direction... being caged" (Frye 176). Oppression is hard to recognize and see in many cases.  Another example was when a man opens a door for the women to walk through, and then the man walks through.  That is a true example to show that women are incapable as Fry stated and that men are courteous to women. They act like servants and women take advantage of it.  I believe that sometimes some people may take advantage of it and some may unintentially do so as thinking of having some common courtesy. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"The F-Word"- Finkbeier & "Fear of Feminism"-Hogeland

Quotes from "The F-Word"

1. "It's easy to take the past for granted as we go busily through our days working, going to school, spending time in the car and on the bus, attending meetings, taking care of kids, doing homework, wrestling cell phones, building careers, and creating lives.  Yet for young women, especially, to ignore the achievements of the past is to underestimate the relative fragility of women's contemporary status.  So before moving forward, we should work to understand our beginnings" (20).
      To me this quote made me realize that I sometimes take things for granted when I don't take a minute to think about everything that I have or need.  As I have learned in my previous years to sort out what my needs and wants are, as this quote also reflects on a women's everyday actions and how sometimes we forget to think things through.  "It's easy to take the past for granted as we go busily through our days..." this reflects my thoughts exactly about our daily lives.  It also states how young women in the current generation take most things for granted and don't think about the background information of how things came about.

2. "Getting the right to vote was the first step...women had the right to vote at the end of the first wave of feminism" (25). 
      Noting that the first wave consisted of women fighting for the right to vote was a struggle for them all just to prove to congress that women also have a voice and believe to be equal as so are males.  This quote mentions the first wave and also talks about how they struggled to have equal voting rights.

3. "Women of color were an integral part of the movement from the very beginning, yet women of color and white women often worked for change alongside one another, instead of as part of the same overall movement" (27).
      Basically I beleive that whether your white or colored, I still STRONGLY believe that no matter the gender or race men and women should all have equal rights on voting and for anything else.  No-one should be specifically picked on; they should note that everyone is to be treated the same way (The way one would want to be treated).

Quotes from "Fear of Feminism"

1. "Some people may argue that young women have far less to lose by becoming feminists than do older women: they have a smaller stake in the system and fewer ties to it" (1).
      What!? I know that young women have fear in themselves but why do we have "far less to loose by becoming feminists" (1), I'm so confused; do we not believe in ourselves that we can actually control our feelings and make decisions on our own by actually thinking things through. This is very confusing now!

2. "Our culture allows women so little scope for development, for exploration, for testing the boundaries of what they can do and who they can be (2).
     The culture in the present day has changed where so people move accordingly with the way government allows us.  So thinking about the development of the women has come a long way both through voting and how culture has changed now.  I think that this quotes means the women like to seek new things and find ways to solve a situation.  They like to see what they can make a change with and to development new ideas; in doing so women can represent themselves in a new way. 

3. "Think harder, act more carefully; feminism requires that you enter a world supersaturated with meaning, with implications... fear of feminism is also fear of complexity, fear of thinking, fear of ideas" (3).  
      As Hogeland states this almost so called 'fact', it gets my mind wondering is this really right or am I over thinking this?  No, women do think hard and think in a different way of if this happens what will the result be in the end, or if I do this is it going to be good or bad in the end.  Whether it's cooking, cleaning, managing a family, or anything else us women do "think harder, and act more carefully" as Hogeland stated.  But going back to the feminism portion it does require us to think hard about our decision as women and then to understand the meaning of being a feminist or being against it.  In the end it does require allot of analyzing and we do think about our actions before stating our answer.

These few quotes from both "The F-Word" and "Fear of Feminism" that I have specifically selected had me thinking hard and asking myself some questions.  From taking things for granted and really just thinking about the struggles that some people went through, for example having the right to vote.  Women fought so hard to have the right to vote and how some people choose to vote or not to vote.  Then how women think hard about the decisions they make, rather than just making them.  Lastly, no matter what race or gender someone is everybody should be treated equally no matter what.