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Politics of Reality Response

2 Dec

The author starts her piece by claiming that the word lesbian does not actually exist. There is not an accurate definition for a lesbian in many reliable sources. They don’t exist to some and are oppressed in society.  She goes further to infer that Women do not exist in today’s society to an extent. “Woman” was a word that was meant to describe that we are the female of the species. However, there is some sexism involved in this because the species is termed man. She goes on to explain the different forms of oppression that lesbians and women in general have received throughout time. She tries to explain that she feels women will always be oppressed in some way. She feels that women are not valued for their individuality, character, and accomplishments. They do not receive credit for the things that they accomplish. She believes that women will always be perceived as inferior to men to an extent because men have the need to exert dominance. Women are always subjected to negative attention and ridicule in the media and by society. She claims that men believe that they cannot understand women and therefor only seem to recognize their physical existence. However, the author wants women to empower themselves and stand up for themselves. She believes they should fight the oppression.

The activity performed in class reflects many of the aspects of the article. Those who were made to wait outside the room were oppressed (possibly the lesbians). They do not have voice that is taken seriously and they remain effectively unseen. They are not properly represented and are ignored. Those at the table represented those who are constantly scrutinized and the observers were the ones who sit back and watch this oppression happening and could possibly create controversy about the others. I think that women do fill these roles in everyday life. There are some women who do not empower themselves and have no voice. They let others dominate them and do not reach their full potential. There are also some women that are constantly under a spotlight and are critiqued. They feel pressure from others to be a certain way. They can sometimes have low self-esteem because of what others say about them. Some women also play the role of the observer. Women are very critical of other women. Women can sometimes be the ones to create the controversy about women.  I think that these types of behaviors must stop in order to cease the oppression of women. If women do not ally together and respect each other, how can we expect men to respect us? Working together to empower women and stop this negative imagery of women is the only way to advance the position of women in society.

Politics of Reality Response

2 Dec

The Politics of Reality starts by explaining that lesbians do not technically exist. Sarah Hoagland explains that the insulting decision to not define lesbians should be seen as liberating. These women can define themselves.

This may be an optimistic take, but the fact remains that lesbians were so excluded that they were denied a definition. The article goes on to explain that those who would willfully exclude a definition of lesbians lose the right to define them because of their apparent bias.

Oppression is controlled by whoever is in power. The article explains that the roots of reality lie in power; the very word reality is rooted from ‘regal’. Whatever those in power acknowledged or saw was reality. Whatever those in power hose not to see does not exist.

That was the activity in class last Monday. Our groups consisted of the outsiders, the observers, and those in the spotlight. We demonstrated this by either standing in the hallway, watching those on the table, or standing on the table with a bright light on our faces.

As the outsiders in the hallways, we represented an oppressed group, like the lesbians. As observers we represented the rest of accepted society. The focal point for the observers was the group on the table, it was hard to pay attention to anything else. As the group on the table, we represented those in power. With the light in our faces, we could not see the observers at all, and we knew that the oppressed were not even in the room.

It was an interesting experiment, reading the article helped me understand it more.

Politics of Reality: Response

2 Dec


I feel as though the author was trying to convey how women no matter what status they portray are always oppressed and to some extent will continue to be oppressed. Women aren’t looked as individuals and always seem to be subject of man. It is like you have a man, and then oh there is the woman. Men are the “dominant reality”. Women are just going through the motions. Everything pretty much caters to man. Women are slowly being removed from society. We see this everyday with the constant demoralizing of women in the media, constant ridicule from peers and outsiders. The author also states one of the obvious conclusions to this phenomenon. She states that many men find women “unintelligible” to them. “I imagine men are like people who for some reason can see everything but automobiles and are constantly and painfully perplexed by blast and roars, thumps and bumps, which they cannot avoid, control or explain…for such men do seem to recognize our physical existence, or at least the existence to some of our parts. What they do not see is our souls” (165). Men do have the ability to oppress the situation and not giving women the credit where it is due.

The in class activity reflected a lot of this what this article had acclaimed. The people outside the room were the oppressed and left out individuals. They aren’t seen and they have no voice. So when they speak no word is taken seriously. The ones on the table signified the ones constantly in the spotlight, constantly under some pressure, open to all types of subjectivity. Their voices are overshadowed by their spotlight. The observers represented the ones who sit back and watch. They represent the ones who probably stir up the controversy about the other two groups. They kind of hold the power. I do feel that women today do fill these roles. As bad as it might seem, we could be one of the reasons why we are being somewhat eliminated, it’s because of what we do to each other. I feel as though until we come together and squash the individual agendas then we are moving in the right direction in to repairing the stage set forth and made for us women positively.

To see and be seen: Politics of Reality Response

2 Dec

“To be and be seen: The Politics of Reality”, begins by stating that lesbians do not exist and explaining why this can be argued as the truth. Since there is no definition that can be found that explains what this term means, the author explains that men have made sure this term does not describe a real characteristic.

This article applies to the activity in multiple ways. On the one hand, I think it would be easy to argue that the men were the group in the spotlight and the women in the shadows. This would leave lesbians as the group out in the hall and therefore counted as “out of the group”. However, I looked at it a little differently. I think that the men represent the group in the hall. They are oblivious, or at least ignoring, the existence of the other groups. Out in the hall, whatever they believed to be going on could be made to be the truth. Since that group had little knowledge of what was actually taking place. Women as a whole would represent the group in the spotlight at least in this context. The article discusses the lesbian group “looking” at the group of women and thus proving their ability to be seen. This would leave the lesbian group to be the one in the shadows which is still an accurate depiction of the group. They are the onlookers, hoping to be seen by the other groups, but at the same time, helping women as a whole to be empowered and gain the knowledge that they are actually being seen.

Our Voice Shoul Be Heard

2 Dec

post_full_1276122550women-politicsAs the red, white and blue flyers begin to be recycled and the repetitive politician commercials conclude American women can still feel victorious about the results of the 2012 Election.

The 113th Congress will acquire multiple firsts for women. The New York Times confirms that New Hampshire was the first state to send all women delegates to Congress. There will be 20 female senators, which, is the most in U.S. history. The first out lesbian woman and the first disabled woman will serve in the House of Representatives. Unfortunately women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population, yet in politics they are the minority.

Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, is quoted in the film Miss Representation, explaining that countries known for rejecting women’s rights had more women in their government compared to the United States. Newsom said, “If people knew that Cuba, China, Iraq and Afghanistan have more women in government than the United States of America, that would get some people upset.”

According to New York Times female congress members only hold 20 percent of the majority rule in Congress. However, even though women hold less than a fourth of the voice, they still do not speak as frequently on the floor compared to men. Female congress members use only 60 percent of the time on the providing their perspective compared to a male representative.

Americans continue to witness misrepresentation repeatedly in the American government. Women were granted the right to vote almost over a century ago, but if women continue at this consistent rate “women may not achieve parity for 500 years” reported by Miss Representation.

Politics of Reality Reaction

2 Dec

Carolyn Shafer introduces her piece by explaining a lesbian does not exist. There is not definition for this type of woman. The author resorts to looking up the word lesbian in multiple sources even well known dictionaries yet they define a lesbian inaccurately. She takes a small example of how even the Webster dictionary cannot define a lesbian and stands back to take a glimpse at the larger picture. Women do not exist. “The word ‘woman’ was supposed to mean female of species, but the name of the species is ‘Man’.

Shafer goes into detail of the different ways and tactics lesbians and women have been oppressed but in the conclusion she grants hope for them. She wants women to understand there is power in defining who you are and there is power in oppression.

The conclusion of the piece relates back to the activity performed in class.  The Politics of Reality states, “The woman, feeling herself seen, may learn that she can be seen; she may also be able to know that a woman can see, that is, can author perception (p 172).”

As our class was broken up in groups we were arranged in different environments: the stage, the outsider and the observer. As women we fulfill all these roles. We were placed on the stage and we felt ourselves being on the spot light. We also were oppressed when we were placed outside of the classroom. But once we were moved back into the room as observers we felt empowered. Shafer wants women to know when women are seen (on stage) they have authority and oppression actually benefits women because it eventually leads to liberation.

Texting the Teenage Patient

2 Dec

How would you like for your doctor to send you messages regarding your health. In the article Texting the Teenage Patient, the physicians do just that. I would have killed for my doctors to every once in a while remind me of healthy living styles and other medical importance type information. There of course like a lot of controversial topics, are disadvantages and advantages. The doctors in these cases are using social media to reach out to their patients and clients. On behalf of the physicians social media is a better way for them to communicated with those teenagers who are shy and embarrassed to ask question concerning their health. It is also a faster way to inform them giving that today’s generation is so fixated on what is at their fingertips. Then you have the ones who feel this might add to the question of patient-doctor boundaries. Should there be rules over content, hours, privacy etc? This is just a little overview. The article itself explains a lot more. Let me know what you guys think.

Its that time of the year again…

2 Dec

I was just wondering, given the season, what are great gifts for your girlfriends? I’m completely lost on what to get my bestfriend. We usually have a phone conversation dedicated on pressuring each other to pick something so we can beat the last minute shopper crowds. This year she mentioned a gift that I know I gave her like two years ago. I’m the type of person that I don’t like to repeat. What do you guys think I should do? I’ve done jewerly, shoes, handbags etc. I need something creative this year. We have been bestfriends since middle school. I was thinking that I should give her a gift that represents the years we have been friends. I really need some help from my fellow classmates!!! All ideas are welcomed!