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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.

Condescending World

14 Nov

We discussed THIS in class today and I said I would post it because it was something that hit close to home in a way. I feel like I’m always getting talked down to or having something explained to me in a different “dumbed down” version. I constantly feel like I am sticking up for myself and my ability to have an intellectual conversation without things having to be explained to me.

I was happy to see Tammy Baldwin stand up for herself. When Senator Ron Johnson tried to demean Baldwin, she shot back, “I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House.”

I’m proud to be a Woman…

7 Nov

Hello! I’m Brittany and I am a junior at Ball State University. I am a double major in political science and criminal justice. I am originally from Greenfield, IN and I am 21 years old. I am a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Q: Why are you proud to be a woman?

I am proud to be a woman who is a Democrat! Democrats support women’s rights and equality. I know that my party will protect those rights. I am also proud to be a woman because women are strong! Women can do so many things! We can be business women and mothers. We can be be teachers, lawyers, doctors, etc. Women can do anything! We have come so far in the past century and I am so proud of the strides we have made towards gaining our complete equality! I also see it as an opportunity to influence and inspire others to be independent and leaders. I think that women have so much power to make significant change in the world. It makes me proud to be a woman.

Q: If I could change one thing in the world…

I would change the amount of intolerance in the world. I hate that so many people cannot respect the opinions of others. There is so much hate in the world for people that do not have the sames beliefs and values as others. I think that if we could put this all aside, we would be able to make positive changes to benefit everyone. It shouldn’t matter what your religion, gender, sexual preference, etc is. We should all treat other human beings with respect and dignity.

Q: What are your future goals and aspirations?

After graduating from BSU, I plan on going to law school (not sure where yet!). Eventually I would like to get into entertainment law. I also have goals to possibly serve as a judge and maybe even run for public office someday. I also plan to live in London, England for at least 6 months. I have wanted to do this for as long as I remember because I think it would be a great adventure and I have always been obsessed with English culture. After establishing myself in my career, I hope to have a family and raise them in a town like the one that I grew up in.

More Than Just a Pretty Face

23 Sep

https://i0.wp.com/allthingsd.com/files/2012/09/F10.08.2012.Promo3_-212x285.jpg Fortune Magazine’s October issue highlights women in the business world.
I have included the link to see who made the list. Also, I love the cover of the magazine.

link:  http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/most-powerful-women/2012/snapshots/1.html?iid=F_F500M