There has been a trend in the past few decades…or, you know, forever, to see women as nothing more than sexual objects. It does not matter who the woman is, how smart she is, where she came from, what she does, if she is married, has children, is Jewish, is Catholic, worships the devil, those things do not matter if she is “sexy”. Emily Heist Moss wrote A Letter To The Guy Who Harassed Me Outside the Bar as a way of describing how many women feel on a daily basis. Is it fair that women are talked to, looked at, and described in this way?
A friend of mine is a major writer. She writes about all types of characters, some that resemble her and some that do not. She is also a blogger and her recent post, Writing Fat Characters was rather inspiring. Her stories have always been rather out there but in a good way.
Her basic theory is that the “fat character” is usually only portrayed one way.She questioned this in her blog post. I just wanted others to read her thoughts.
A license to marry: It’s official! was written and published this morning at about 1:30 am. It is about Washington state allowing Lesbians and Gay couples to legally be married. I really enjoyed reading about how excited everyone was, especially the couples who were getting married. Washington is one of seven states that allows same sex marriage. I for one am looking forward to seeing the progress that same sex couples have made. How far do you think that they will be able to go? Possibly making same sex marriage nationally recognized?
This article was written about a young girl who wanted her younger brother to cook with out the stigma of gender. He believed that since only girls were in the commercials then only girls can cook and play with the toy. In some of the presentations in class there has been talk of gender roles and being persuaded one way or the other based on gender. I think that this is something that is not often talked about and viewed as “normal”. What more can be done to help beat the gender stereotypes?
I would relate the reading with the activity in class by claiming that the lesbians where the people who were out in the hallway. The people who were in the hallway did not know what was going on in the room. The two groups that were still in the room, even though they were doing separate activities, both groups were together.
That whatever was considered “proper” or “real” is what the king or whoever was in charge deemed was “proper” or “real”. Since the king did not think that lesbians were “real”, they did not exist. During our activity on Monday it was rather easy to pretend that the group in the hall way did not exist. It was easy to remember the other group when they are in the same room.
I think that the purpose of the activity in class was to teach us that there are some groups who are still considered outsiders today. These people are not really seen as existing or they are not really considered important. More towards the end of the activity my group and another group got to talk a little bit without the group in the hallway.
Another part of the reading that ties in with the activity is knowing that you can be seen. We had to stand up on a table with a spot light on us; we knew we could be seen. Another group watched us, and we forgot about the group that was not in our sight. It is about how we are perceived and how we perceive ourselves.
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I thought that it would be good to share. The War On Men written by Suzanne Venker for FoxNews.Com is basically claiming that women are the reason that men do not want to get married. Because women want to have careers and have equal rights, they are causing men to feel inadequate.
This article was written by a woman no less and claims that feminism has hindered the one thing that all women want: to get married. Since women let men sleep with them whenever they want and live with them with out being married, men do not see the point in getting married.
Personally I think that this is a load of codswallop but what does everyone else think? Does this go against what we have learned in class? Or does it just reaffirm how the media perceives women?
A judge has decreed that Hobby Lobby must provide the morning after pill as a part of its employee insurance plan. In this article provided by abcnews.go,com it is stated that Hobby Lobby is not a religious organization, so it must provide the morning after pill to it’s employees. The owners are religious and are fighting the new health care law. Where do you think the line should be drawn? Should employers have the right to pick and choose what insurance should be covered?