Monday, November 26, 2012

interrupting the cycle of oppression: the role of allies as agents of change


while reading this article, a lot of loose ends were tied together for me. i feel as though that Ayvazian made this an easy read and made her points clear.  
my favorite part of the article is the section where "what is an ally?" is talked about.  this is a word i have heard in the course many times and never truly understood the meaning.  by the first sentence i felt more at ease with this word.  ( not that it wasnt explained in class, i just enjoyed the way that Ayvazian stated ALLIES) Ayvazian also used to word oppression to explain allies, which was another factor which made it easier for me to understand.  something i found mesmerizing was the last sentence of the third paragraph (pg. 116) "Even a white, able-bodied, heterosexual, Christian male will literally grow out of his total dominance if he reaches old age."  i found this so funny because it basically mocked the male race.. and the idea of women being more in control than a man.  i literally laughed out loud when this sentence was read.  
another section i was enjoyed reading would be the "providing positive role models" section.  i found it to be an awesome couple of paragraphs because it was encourgaing.  and let the article end on a good note.  it enforced the fact that much more is possible when you have someone to be your mentor, someone to look up to, someone to aspire to be like. 

questions for the class:
does anyone have a changed opinion on becoming/being an ally now?
does anyone have a role model? someone theyd love to be like?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ideology and media - croteau -- connections

reading this article made me think more on the textbook side.. along with it being a repeat of a lot of things already read and talked about in class.  other than this article being kind of a repeat, i thought it was kind of a hard read, since it differed so greatly from the articles we have been reading lately. 

for my first connection to the text I chose Cinderella Ate my Daughter.
both of these articles had lots to do with the media, and depiction of certain things.  and as for the ideology, both articles talked about the "norm" or life.  the things that are always seen, and recognized so quickly because of the media in the world.  although, Cinderella Ate My Daughter pertains to mostly young girls, ideology and media focuses on both of the sexes.  this is something that we talked about in class.  in the text, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, the author spoke of the problems her daughter may come about as she grows, and in Ideology and Media, the problems of both female and male were brushed upon. 

for my second connection, i chose the movie we watched in class: (sorry i forgot the name)
just like Cinderella Ate My Daughter, this movie was also about young females.  as i was watched the movie,  i thought of BOTH Cinderella Ate My Daughter, and Ideology and MEdia.  these three presentations of information are so close knit.  once again, the only difference is that Ideology and Media talked about the male race.. while the others didn't. what i liked in the movie was the interview of high school girls, talking about being bullied and peer pressured.  actually hearing truthful stories is different then reading them in the text.  in ideology and media, stories about the future and being bullied were only talked about. 

overall, all three of these types of "texts" have opened my eyes to the cruel world we live in.  if everyone was nice and could mind their own business the world could be a happier place.  growing up is extremely hard.. and i honestly could not even tell you which gender growing up is HARDER for.  i hope the best for my kids, (when i have them) and i pray that their wont be bullies.  while watching the movie, i could totally understand how these little girls felt.  i believe that everyone has been bullied in their past, its just sometimes kept deeper into the memory in some people than others.
as for media, media can be the biggest bully of all. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

presidential election night !

FIRST TIME EVER VOTING TODAY FOR THE PRESIDENT. very exciting. love having rights ;)


so, walking in from the movies (i just saw paranormal activity 4!), i almost crapped my pants to see that my 15 year old sister watching the presidential election night! she not only made me feel like a proud mom because she actually cares about whats going on in this country, and reminded me that i needed to to do this homework assignment. LOL

unfortunately i had to watch this by myself cus i have a project to do..

when i first turned on channel 10, Sehldon Whitehouse was speaking.  and all i could think about is "did you pay your daughter to look at you like that and have that stupid smile on is she just dumb?"
next i see that david cicilline in the lead and will most likely win, so i text my mom and say "that douche you did not want to win is winning," her reply is "yeah i could have saw that coming. hes such a liar"
it made me think... arent they all liars? obviously im against Romney, but Obamas a liar too! they all say what you want to hear, and do nothing that they say.

AHAHAHAH julie tremmel just staring at the camera for a good 2 mins not saying anything... awkward...

elizabeth warren is winning, and projected to win..all i can think about is the commericals shes in.

honestly, watching this is making me mad and anxious.. i want to turn it off.

lincoln gambling is gonna be passed! YAY, sorry newport :(

well my two hours is up.. looks like Obama has more electoral votes.. just have to wait and see!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

8 ways to be positive you're sex positive & wiki article - reflection

This was a fun read for me.  As I heard other people saying in class, “I am not afraid to talk about sex,”  I agree with this completely.  Ask me anything.. im not going to lie, sugarcoat, withhold.  Sex is a thing that is everywhere around us, most of the time good, sometimes bad.  I can say that I am sex positive.  And to back this up I can bring out one main point in the 8 ways to be positive that you are sex positive article.  Number 4 “know thyself.”  Ms. White says that she is sex positive and is okay with verbalizing what she lieks and dislikes with her parteners.  I am only 19, but I do have a good idea of what I like and do not.  I am not at all saying that there isn’t a lot more things to accomplish, try, challenge, and experience.  But this was the point that stuck out to me the most.  White asks some questions in this “know thyself” section, that got me to think myself. 
i believe sex is an important topic in life, and i regret that fact that it was never spoken about in my family.  i was on my own for sex ED, which was a good and bad thing.  i believe this is one of the main reasons i lost my virginity at an older age then some of my friends.  i didnt know how to ask about it, talk about it, or BE about it.  i know how i can help my younger sister now, and i know sex isnt wrong. 

This article is really awesome and I enjoyed reading, agreeing, and questioning myself. 

While White’s blog was a younger spin on the whole subject and brought me down to earth, the Wiki article was more informational.  Thank God I decided to read the blog first HA!
On Wiki it explains the different types of sex –positive and the different types of feminist that are or are not sex-positive.  My question was answered… do you need to be a feminist to be sex-positive?  I say no! and reading other blogs from my classmates I say they agree.  Wiki also talks about the word “Sex-Freedom,” which I enjoyed a lot.