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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Generation M

Generation M
Thomas Keith
                 This video was about women empowerment, doll wars, idealized beauty, the pink and blue dichotomy, and misogyny and double standards. With women empowerment it talks about how women think that they have a power by sexually attracting men and men tend to think that most women have that power because of the way they look, dress and act. Doll wars was about how young women are targeted with adult messages through dolls and media. Does messages give the young women and women courage to do certain things just to look a specific way that is marketed on dolls and media. Idealized beauty was about how young women and women see all of these famous females who look a certain way that provokes men's attention in a sexual way.
                  This causes young women and women to changed their appearance because it makes them feel uncomfortable about themselves. The pink and blue dichotomy was about how some artists brands and institutions are trying to show young women the preciousness of true beauty by songs about how women are capable of doing different things and showing confidence in themselves without exhibiting themselves in a bad way.  Misogyny and double standards was about how certain rappers decide to make songs talking about a very rude way to talk and to act towards women and disrespecting them. Male rappers rather talk offensively about women instead of offending the black race because is easier to offend women and getting away with it.
This is a video that talks about how women are strong and how they have to do many things and work hard and still do things that men day they cant do. This songs s very powerful it shows how women can be strong.
When I saw this video I do agree with everything that it says. I do agree that the media has a big effect in women and how women try to change themselves physically to look like the women on the media. My question would be why are women on media always represented as skinny and perfect if no women is perfect? Also, why are women no respected as much as men are?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Privilege, Power, and Difference By: Allan G. Johnson

Privilege, Power, and Difference
 By: Allan G. Johnson
"Men dominate virtually every major organization and institution, from corporations to government to organized sport and religion, and for all the hype about "new father," men rarely feel as responsible for domestic work and child care as their female partners do."
When I read this quote I understood that in this quote it basically says that men take care of all the hard work and that men do not feel responsible to take as much care of a child as much as a women. This is relevant to the text because in the text it talks a lot about men and women and how their rights are not equal and by reading this quote it shows that it not equal.
"Whites don't want to look at racism, more men at sexism, nor heterosexuals at heterosexism, especially of they have worked hard to improve their class position. People don't want to look because they don't want to know what it has to do with them and how doing something about it might change not only the world, but themselves."
When I read this quote I understood that white people are afraid of other cultures improving their class position because they are afraid of how the world will change. This quote is relevant to the text because in the text it does talk a lot about racism and how white people do not like talking about racism and how others are afraid to express their selves.
"The first is based on what she calls unearned entitlements, which are the things that all people should have, such as feeling safe in public places and working in a place were they feel they belong and are valued for what they can contribute."
This quote means that their is always that one group that dominates just because of the social category that people relate you to. It also means that you can get a working position without being asked were you are from or your sexual orientation. This quote is relevant to the text because its mostly true the fact that white males are more likely to get a better treatment than another race r gender. 
This video talks about Privilege, Power, and Difference. After I seen this video it did help me understand it more. She explains it in a way that I understand it easier.
My question would be why do white people have a problem talking about the racism that is going on? if that's what is really going on what is the fear? Also there is a part in the article that talks about how the author is with his black friend and he thinks about how he is white and he gets treated so much different than how they treat her. Doesn't matter how she stresses if she's polite or not they always treat her different because of her skin color. That bothers me because everyone should be equal.

Oppression By: Marilyn Frye

 By: Marilyn Frye
"The root of the word "oppression" is the element "press." The press of the crowd; pressed into military service; to press a pair of pants, printing press; press the button. Presses are used to mold things or flatten them or reduce them in bulk, sometimes to reduce them by squeezing out the gases or liquids in them. Something pressed is something caught between or among forces and barriers which are so related to each other that jointly they restrain, restrict or prevent the thing's motion or mobility. Mold. Immobilize. Reduce."
When I read this quote I understood that oppression means when women or men are forced to act or be a kind of way because of fear to get judged. For example If a women is sad but she does that show her true feelings in public because of fear of what others will think about her that makes her part of it. Also a person who is afraid to express their real sexuality but know that they will not get accepted by the family that I consider oppression as well. This is relevant to the text because the text its about oppression and I feel that this helps us understand oppression a little more.
"It is common in the United States that women, especially younger women, are in a bind where neither sexual activity nor sexual inactivity is all right. If she is heterosexually active, a woman is open to censure and punishment for being loose, unprincipled or a whore. The "punishment" come in the form of criticism, snide and embarrassing remarks, being treated as an easy lay by men, scom from her more restrained female friends. She may have to lie and hide her behavior from her parents. She must juggle the risks of unwanted pregnancy and dangerous contraceptives."
When I read this quote I understood from this quote that younger women especially that if they were heterosexually active they would get punished. Which means if the young women is wants to be with the opposite gender for intimate purposes. Basically they were treated as if the young women or women were whores just because they were heterosexually active and they would have to hide their actions from their parents. This is relevant to the text because I feel that in the text it does talk a lot about how women and young women have to be very careful of everything because they will easily get judged or punished.
"If one dresses one way, one is subject to the assumption that one is advertising ones sexual availability; if one dresses another way, one appears to "not care about oneself" or to be "unfeminine." If one uses "strong language," one invites categorization as a whore or slut; if one does not, one invites categorization as a "lady" - one too delicately constituted to cope with robust speech or the realities to which it presumably refers."
When I read this quote I understood that one is judged by the way that you dress and talks. It seems that one cant express their self through speaking or dressing because they don't know if one will be judged and get called something that they are not. This quote is relevant to the text because in the text it talks a lot about how people get judged quickly. Even if the other person does that know about each others life judgment is always key in the problem.    
I feel that this article about oppression of women is perfect to understand a little more about oppression. It talks about the origins of women oppressions, oppression through history, Material Basis of Women’s Oppression and the Reproduction of Labour Power, and Women and Socialism. When I read this article it really help me understand oppression more. I was a little confused about oppression but this article did make it clear for me to understand it a little more.
One thing that I would like to ask would be what do you guys think oppression is? Also I would like to talk a little about how in the article it talks about how people are getting judged because of the way that they dress and talk. Sincerely I think that everyone has different lives. Just because of the way that you dress or talk doesn't mean that you should be judged just because of that. But unfortunately even today that still happened. What do you guys think? Do you think that's fair?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fear of Feminism By: Lisa Maria Hogeland

Fear of Feminism
By: Lisa Maria Hogeland
"Older women may see the blacklash as temporary and changeable; younger women may see it as how things are."
                           Since young women were raised in the society we live today, most of them think that the only thing they know is the way things are suppose to be. This quote is relevant to the text because it shows one of the ways that women are scared or afraid about becoming a feminist because that's only what they know.
"Young women may believe that a feminist identity puts them out of the pool for many men."
                          Most young women are very insecure and they think that if they decide to better them selves men will not be attracted to them because men will inferior to them. This quote is relevant to the text because in the text it talks about how young women do not want to be part of the feminist movement because they're afraid of being judged.

"Allying across differences is difficult work and its often thwarted by homophobia by fears both of lesbian and being named a lesbian by associations. Feminism requires that we confront that homophobia constantly."
                        Some women are afraid to be part of the feminist movement because of homophobia, they are afraid to defend feminist simply because they don't want to be criticized or to be called lesbians in front of people because they are very insecure about them selves and they don't want people to judge them.
                      This video is about women insecurities, it relates to the text because in the text most of the young women are very insecure with them selves. They feel that they need to fix their insecurities because they don't like being judge, criticized, humiliated, or discriminated in front of people. This video explains how young women might have many insecurities but they should notice that not everyone's perfect and that they should accept their selves how they are.
                      I feel that in the article it talks a lot about how young women fear to join the feminist movement. Most of the young women don't join the feminist movement because they haven't gone through what the older women went through. But what I don't understand is the fact that young women would be scared to be judged. I feel that young women should express their selves and not be afraid of the comments others make because no one is perfect. Do you think young women should have to worry about what others think just because they are afraid to get judged and criticized? I think young women need to  recognize that not everyone is going to agree in the world.

[The "F" Word] By:Kristin Rowen-Finkbeiner

BY: Kristin Rowen-Finkbeiner
"Abigail Adams famously requested that her husband, John Adams, "Remember the ladies," while he was drafting the declaration of Independence in 1776."
                            Declaration of Independence 1776, men had no consideration in such an important document there for women had no rights which meant that the first wave had to fight for women's rights such as voting. This quote is relevant  to the text because it states the beginning of a long fight for women's rights and appreciation.
"I don't think any movement has ever worked harder to include women of color then the women's movement in the 60's, 70's, and 80's."
                            The second wave was leaded in majority by white women, not because they excluded black women but because black women had a lot to deal with in the 60's, 70's, and early 80's. This quote relevant to the text because in the 60's, 70's, and 80's the civil right movement was trending in the same period of time there for black women didn't participate as much in the women's movement.

"The third wave brings together the seconds waves fight for women to have professional career opportunities and the idea that traditional gender roles and actions don't need to be thrown out the window."
                            This wave explains the way that modern young women think and feel about voting and gender equality. This quote relevant to the text because not every young women agrees to the fact that voting and gender equality are a concern to the feminist movement.
                      In this video its showing a group of men and a group of women dancing with a background song named , "This is a mans world," by James Brown which explains how the men worked hard and did many things in the world but that the world would be nothing without a women or a girl. I decided to put this video with the men and the women dancing because it makes you understand more what the songs is about. This video is very relevant to the content because in the article it talks about how women had no equality and how they struggled through feminism.

                       Lots of young women don't have the same drive about the feminism movement because they didn't go through the struggles of the women in the first wave which was fighting for the rights for voting. I feel that young women should have the right to decide what ever they want to do and to decided how they want to approach all of this. They shouldn't have to go through what the women went through just so they can have the right to vote.  I believe every young women has there own opinion in things and women should listen to what they think about what's going on. How is it fair that young women have to go through the same struggles that the women went through in the 1800's and early 1900's to become able to vote? 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

About Me!! :)

                     My name is Jesenia Fajardo, I was born in New York Manhattan and moves to Rhode Island when I was 2 years old. I'm majoring in Graphic Design and I have my Associates in Arts. Over the summer I went to Dominican Republic to meet my boyfriends mother and part of his family. I also spent a lot of time with my friends and most of the time working. I'm taking this class because I would like to know more about whats going on around the world and just learn something new. When I'm not in class most of the time I am either at home or working. I text with friends, spend time with my boyfriend, visit my parents, or just basically do something that will entertain me.