On Campus lecture

April 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

I attended an out of class, on-campus lecture April 11.2012 in the BCC. This lecture was on the topic of Sister Citizen. I am not quite sure of the leader of the lecture’s name however she broke a few chapters down of the book and interpreted them in how she understood what was written. After the lecture the floor was open for open discussion to discuss all kinds of topics dealing with race and women.  Some of the things that were said and broken down were how in chapter 2 of the book there was a crooked room for black women. The crooked room was described to be a metaphor to confront race and gender. The task of being in a crooked room is that the woman has to find which way is up. Is she supposed to just lean and go with the flow so that it appears she is standing up straight or does she actually stand up straight against the complex structure of the room? “It can be hard to stand up straight”. It was stated that there are three methods to overcome oppression: conquer, defeated, and choose not to fight. I found that very interesting and true. I also learned that citizenship= public recognition and stereotypes=misrecognition, so members of a stigmatized group lack collective opportunity.

Three stereotypes of the black woman are mammy, sapphire, and jezebel. Mammy is an asexual figure and ever sacrificial. Sapphire is an emasculating figure that stems from anger. Jezebel, which of course we read in class, is the myth of the hypersexual and promiscuous black woman. The speaker also brought up three cases of black women having injustice brought to them and was met with mixed African American responses. These black women were Desiree Washington, Anita Hill, and the R Kelly sex tape minor. It was because black men were being accused that the African American community wanted to sort of take up for them oppressing the rights of these black women who had been wrongly done. Another topic that was just briefly touched on was the myth of the welfare queen, which black women will continue to have children just to get money from the government.

To end the lecture a discussion was held. One of the topics that we spoke about that I found interesting was about black women in the music industry. Of course Nikki Minaj was mentioned and questions were asked that if we don’t support or fellow black musicians wouldn’t we be selling out? So many opinions rose from this question and it basically boiled down to we have to get the Nikki Minajs out of mainstream and put the Erykah Badus in however this will be difficult because technology is needed and is not that readily available for lower class minorities to see the good music out of mainstream. We have spoken about this in class before but this lecture was very interesting and kept me intrigued.

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Race

April 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Because this is a course that deals a lot with race, I wanted to share with the blog something that came up in my Com 318 class. We also went through a section learning about race and the professor showed a really funny but true video from Saturday Night Live. This sketch was on the topic of Jeremy Lin. It is know that Jeremy rose to basketball fame overnight and with that he earned a name, “Linsanity”  The sketch basically pointed out how the media will portray one race as something funny and okay but may be sensitive to other racial slurs. Take a look at the clip and you will see exactly what I mean, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIw3aF0O7Ww 

AMERICA’S DIRTY WORK Migrant Maids and Modern-Day Slavery

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What struck me about this essay is the fact that I was completely oblivious to this kind of thing still occurring. I had no idea that issues such as women working in homes for little pay and not able to see their families had made a way into modern world. Yes I definitely had learned of it in the past but to see it still happening just opened my eyes especially when we were in the BCC and had learned about immigration. To find out the lives that humans had to go through in order to just make a better living for themselves was disheartening. These are the people that do behind the scenes work and make my life more convenient. I definitely notice my little knapsack a little more after reading about the lives of these women, watching it, and even having someone tell me of their own personal experiences. It is so unfortunate what these mothers, sister, wives have to go through in order to provide better for their families.

How safe is America2

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In Essay 60: “How Safe is America?”, Desiree Taylor starts off by saying how she saw some media and it had interviewed this woman that looked to be of middle class on September 11 saying that she no longer felt safe in America. Throughout the essay it is apparent that this struck a nerve for Desiree because she definitely disagreed. The whole story was basically that people in lower social economic classes and in minority races feel unsafe in America everyday. For a woman that Desiree saw as never having to worry about anything to somehow feel unsafe from one attack is a little unfair.

Health Care Reform

April 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

This article is timely for the recent House of Representatives Bill that has just passed the House.  It calls for the extension of low federal student loan interest rates to stay the same.  This sounds great, right?  We are students, so this helps us, or at least anyone who has federal student loans.  However, the funds the House wants to cut in order to fund the extension comes from a fund that helps with preventative care for women.  It helps fund breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV screenings, and children’s immunizations.  And the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, Republican from Ohio, says that these are “slush funds”.  This shows how little women’s health is valued in the political arena.  If the funds were for testicular or colon cancer, which affects men mostly, would we even be considering these budget cuts for preventative care?

I had an interesting argument with a male friend the other day after we talked about the exorbitant costs for women’s healthcare.  He said something to the effect of, well women have children and that costs a lot of money, so why shouldn’t they pay more?  My argument was that the most common way a child is conceived is by the intercourse of a man and a woman, so why shouldn’t the cost be shared between both people?  I told him that if he had a mother, a sister, or a wife/partner, wouldn’t he want them to have access to birth control, cancer screenings, and pre and post natal healthcare?  He said he had never thought of it that way because everyone in his family always had healthcare, but yes, or course that’s what he would want for women.  I think in order to have the things DeLorey points out in her essay as essential to women’s health, we have to get people to think about issues that are outside of their realities or comfort zones.  Had I never had that conversation, he may have gone on thinking that it wasn’t a matter of concern for him, because all the women in his family are covered.  But women’s health is important to everyone, it just takes some people more convincing than others to understand this point of view.

Jezebel Media Article

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This article came up in my Twitter feed so I thought I would share it with the class. People did a spread on the most beautiful women issue of many different celebrities embracing their beauty without makeup. However, Beyonce is said to be one of the beautiful women and is on the cover,…with tons of makeup on. Check it out.

http://jezebel.com/mag-hag/

Women’s Health Care

April 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

I don’t think many people realize how bad our health care system really is. The essay “Health Care Reform-A Woman’s Issue” by Catherine DeLory really opened my eyes to a system that I was very (unfortunately) unfamiliar with. Women make up 52% of the population in the United States. Also, women are the major consumers of health care services.. In return, women have higher health care expenses as well at $2,453. Men pay about $2,316. Women also spend more out of pocket at about 19% and men at 16% (pg 603).

The book offers many solutions to women’s health care such as universal access to quality health care, comprehensive health benefits for all women (employed or not), access to health services from a variety of providers, access to health services provided a variety of settings, systems accountable to women and other consumers, and complete information for women to use to make their own health care decisions (pg 605).

As a woman myself, I know that I go to the doctor whenever I begin to feel ill. The last few times I went, my co pay was $20. My fee just for going was over $100. I have pretty good health insurance through my dad’s union, and yet I’m paying ridiculous amounts to just pick up some amoxicillin for a sore throat. Like we talked about in class, women tend to utilize the doctor much more than men do. Women ultimately pay more than men just because they are women. In my opinion, women should be rewarded for actually going to the doctor instead of being penalized. If that is not possible, then there are other solutions to this problem. Firstly, I think it would be reasonable to even out the payments. Men should have to pay just as much as women. This does not necessarily mean that insurance companies will lose money. The fee’s can just be even dispersed between the two. Or an even better plan would be to just make insurance more affordable. They are ridiculously high and usually just for profit. We should not have to pay so much money for health care.

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