Friday, October 28, 2016

Kahne & Westheimer Argument

In the article In the Service of What? Kahne & Westheimer spend a decent amount of time arguing the difference between charity and change.
I consider charity to be a short time fix, like what Kozol mentions in his article by saying it's a band-aid on a broken leg. There's nothing wrong with charity when it's all a person can do, but it is nothing compared to change. It's not a bad idea to supply clean needles to a drug ridden community, but it's an even better idea to try and fix the drug problem. Fixing the drug problem would be change vs charity. When working at a soup kitchen why stop there? Why not start a group or program that works to decrease the amount of people in your community who go hungry. Work to fix the minimum wage and make it a working wage. This is a shorter article that gets to the point of the difference between charity and change and address the fact that we need more change to progress in the future socially.
It doesn't take much to change someone's life forever instead of just changing it in the moment. For example, in our service learning projects right now I believe that we are doing "charity" work, not necessarily because the schools and students need us, but because we are changing their lives in the moment. If we do our best to nurture them and teach them the skills needed to thrive in our community, they can take those skills with them and have better futures. Don't just brush this off as an assignment needed to pass the class, look at is as an opportunity to better the lives of children who need role models to look up to.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The 2016 Presidental Election and Gender

There has been a lot of talk about right and wrong in this election, along with blurry lines in what's legal and morally right. This is something we're all aware of, whether it's "Hillary is a crook and liar" or "Hey... Donald Trump is an extremely sexist and racist asshole who should probably be euthanized along with his supporters, or at least banished to the middle of the desert." After reading the two articles by Jill Soloway and Amy Chozick, I realize that this election is the most basic form of sexist, while it's almost also bizarre. I don't think the problem is that Hillary is a women, it's that she's a strong women who knows that in order to be heard, she has to be direct. On Thursday, 10/13 we briefly talked in class about how women tend to end sentences with a raise in pitch of their voice, as if asking a question, and this is because in the history of our country women have always been below men, not allowed to be assertive.

"Even Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor whose 2004 campaign became immortalized by a widely mocked scream, said the criticism of Mrs. Clinton was sexist. “If she were a male and she were making these kinds of speeches, would people be criticizing her?” Mr. Dean said on Fox News" (Chozick).
The answer to Dean's question is a blatant no. If Hillary were a man, like say Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, no one would have a problem with her "shouting" while giving speeches. She would be seen as enthusiastic and strong. 

The struggle with sexism in this country is similar to our struggles with racial equality. Soloway's article made me think back to the arguements in All Lives Matter..
"I remember how there was absolutely a moment in American history where the civil rights movement powered a hard left turn, where white people talking about black people in polite company, where using the once tossed around N word in front of another white person became cause for lawsuit, firing, social suicide, exclusion.
But not so with men talking about women."
As a country we (we being mostly white males) discriminate against women, especially women who don't "belong" to anybody. 

Soloway's article also relates to the most recent article we read by August, about LGBTQ issues in the classroom.
 "White cis able-bodied educated males from the ruling class are at the top, holding nearly all of the power of the planet. You get access to this power if you’re married or related to one of these men. As you head down the pyramid, by daring to be perhaps — an unrelated white woman without a ring or poise, or gosh, a black woman, or a queer person or a trans person or a disabled person, your fall speeds up exponentially."
If we're supposed to be the "land of the free", why aren't people free to be themselves. As a women, I should be able to give a passionate speech, without being stereotyped as a bitch. There is nothing wrong with a women getting excited when talking about extremely important issues. 
In conclusion to what could be considered a personal rant instead of a blog... these two articles teach us that gender in this election is extremely relevant, and shows us that like racism, sexism is something hiding deep within everyone. If Donald Trump were a woman (Thank god he's not, that would be embarrassing), there is no way he would've even gotten the nomination from the republican party. He probably wouldn't even have been a reality star. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Safe Spaces- Extended Comments

While this reading was very engaging, I had trouble condensing it into one post because of the length, so I decided to extend on Derek's post. (Thank you Derek)
I want to extend on Derek's comment about how LGBT issues differ from school and home, because August also mentions how the topic differs between states.
"Utah, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arizona, and Oklahoma are among those states that strictly prohibit affirmation of same-sex relationships. Alabama goes even further: It mandates that students be apprised of the sodomy laws and told that homosexuality is a deviant lifestyle that poses a public health risk"(88).
If students don't feel safe in schools that simply ignore LGBT issues, imagine going to a school that demonizes it. 
I agree that different sexual orientations should be treated similar to different races, everyone is equal no matter what. In any discrimination against someone who is LGBT, replace that quality with their race, and people will notice and have a problem with it. Why are we allowing these individuals to remain invisible to outside protection. Connecting to the All Lives Matter article; if we can stand behind black lives matter and understand why it's such an important movement, why don't we realize the same issues with LGBT. Yes, black individuals are being shot by cops, and there are also gay men women being gunned down in night clubs.
"it’s no wonder why people don’t feel comfortable identifying their sexual orientation especially at younger ages where the concern of judgement from peers is highest"(Derek). 
We need to work hard to help LGBT individuals feel comfortable as themselves. It's not fair when you ask a lion to disguise itself as a sheep.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Look at this Trump Picture

This isn't related to the blog this week but with the debates going on I found it completely necessary to share this.

Christensen- Hyperlinks

I found that the Christensen reading was very important and I enjoyed going through it. Christensen writes about how his students reacted to certain cartoons and that helps to make the article relatable.

I really love Disney so while the embedded racism almost hurts me, its still something that I enjoy analyzing and talking about, so I'm going to extend on Christensen.

When I was a kid I didn't quite realize how racist movies and cartoons were, but here's a list that actually puts 10 of them in order. While there are other stereotyping problems like body type and wealth as Christensen says, I believe that the racism is one of the biggest problems, since it's a topic that no one wants to talk about.

There are 10 movies/cartoons in the list hyperlinked above, but one that isn't mentioned is Mulan. I found another blog about Mulan that discusses not only the race problem but the sexism mentioned. As said in the article, Mulan is seen as a feminist movie, but the beginning of the movie is extremely sexist when dealing with the matchmaker. This was brushed off because it's "chinese culture", but it's over stereotyped and offensive chinese culture. Christensen mentions how the newer disney movies, including Mulan, make it harder to see the problematic themes because hiding racism has become easier, which I believe is because we live in a society that prefers to remain ignorant to racism.

While I did say that racism is the biggest issue with most Disney movies, the body images portrayed by Disney are also horrible and even dangerous. Disney princesses are all made out of the same mold.. beautiful hair with a tiny waistline. Why is it so taboo to have an average sized princess, when this is how it makes us feel. These movies are targeted to young girls who dream of being a princess. It's hard to imagine yourself as a princess when you dress up and don't look anything like the movies.  I guess one reason that princesses are shaped the way they are is because the only attribute their allowed to have is their beauty!