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Girl on Fire

3 Dec

Alicia Keys sure knows how to make a song so memorable and empowering. She is definately are girl (woman) on fire and she doesn’t look like shes about to slow down anytime soon. Enjoy

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Air Force Outstanding Airmen 2012

3 Dec

This weekend I visited the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. In a hallway leading to an exhibit there was a display of the Air Force Outstanding Airmen of 2012 so I decided to stop and look. Of the 12 recipients, 3 were women. A small number I’ll admit but at least women have been recognized for their accomplishments in the Air Force. These three women are helping pave the way for military women to accomplish great things.

Bryenna

Bryenna L Brooks is an aerospace medical services technician who provided medical support at a medical clinic in Afghanistan.

Sandra

Sandra L Plentzas is a chapel operations superintendent who helped extend the Luke Air Force Base’s ministry to over 2,000 airmen.

laura

Laura A Callaway is a physical medical/emergency department support who lead the Air Force’s largest physical medicine and emergency departments.

 

Politics of Reality & Class Activity

3 Dec

The Politics of Reality makes a clear argument for the power of words on society. Our society’s definition of sex does not allow for the legitimacy of the lesbian relationship.

I paralleled this article to our class activity in the positions the three groups were placed in. While I was on the desk illuminated by the projector light, I was less talkative and at ease. When the roles were reversed and I was on ground level observing others on the desk, I realized I was in a position where I could scrutinize what the others wore and how they acted. After reading the article, I’m most struck by the separation the three groups felt simply by space.

As Lugones noted in her article Loving Perception (handed out in class), there was more room for arrogance instead of togetherness. Maria Lugones argues for our perception of each other to extend and towards one of love. She quotes Frye that asserts that the loving eye is “the eye of ones who knows that to know the seen one must consult something beyond one’s  own will, interests, fears, and imaginations. She defines love as a profound dependence on others without having to be subordinate, their slave, or their servant. The point that struck me the most was the juxtaposition between love and arrogance, and how we view minorities with more of the latter than the former. 

Politics of Reality: Response

3 Dec

The author discusses how the definition of lesbian does not exist and how that shows the oppression of women in the world. She talks about how this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it allows a group of women to define themselves regardless of what the definition may be. Men have the ability to show dominance over women and use that to keep women in oppression. The in class activity relates to the article because we were able to see from different perspectives what it is like to be the outsider, the oppressed and the oppressor.  When we were outside, we were cut off from the rest of the world, our classroom, and had to fend for ourselves. Obviously in a classroom setting it is far less scary than in the real world but it represents those women who are not able to act on their own to better themselves. The article discusses empowerment and how women should feel empowered to stand up for themselves as to not be ignored or swept under the rug. Being outside the classroom, we were in a position to stand up for ourselves and not be ignored by those in power, or those in the classroom. On the table, we were the oppressed. We weren’t able to stand up for ourselves and it was a bit like being on display. We weren’t people with thoughts and feelings, we were objects being scrutinized. The author discusses how women are the oppressed and just go through day by day doing what needs to get done. At the back of the room, we were the oppressors. We had the ability to open the door and let outsiders in, but we didn’t. We had the power to turn off the light, but we didn’t. Those little things symbolized how much power we had over our classmates and the power men have over women.

Reality In Politics

3 Dec

The activity made me look at how I am viewed by others. The most impacting part was standing on the table in the light. While sitting down I didn’t understand why the others were up there but when it was my turn I understood that the light represented the public eye. It showed us that sometimes it might be uncomfortable to be in the limelight with everyone watching at all times. Reading the article the author feels that all women go through this feeling at some point in their life. They will feel like they are being watched and judged and there’s nothing they can do about the situation. She talks about how women shouldn’t let society name them or classify them, they should define themselves.  I felt as if she was trying to say that no matter how much women try to fight our way out of oppression there would always be something left to fight for.  This relates to the activity because from each point in the activity there was some form of confusion, because its still not a social norm for women voices to be heard. They are still supposed to sit back and watch even if they have comments or question. There were so many things I wanted to ask while doing the activity but I knew I couldn’t. Even though the article was mostly about lesbians I believe that much of the things that were addressed can be applied to all women. But of course women will continue to fight.