Jezebel Media Article

April 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

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.

On Campus lecture

April 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Purdue LGBTQ hosted a film festival that displayed different films on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered people and their different challenges they face. There were many popular movies that were available for viewing but I chose to watch “Difficult Love” as my on campus lecture. The main character of this film was Zanele Muholi who is an inspirational photographer and visual activist that grew up in Umlazi, KZN. She discusses the difficult challenges of coming out as a lesbian in her life being in an African country that does not accept lesbians. Zanele also visits different lesbian friends and people she has met through out her journey and shows their perspective of being a lesbian in a country that does not accept them. Zanele is very brave about her sexuality and wants to show the world that it is not a bad thing, but the people in her country do not approve.

Zanele Muholi grew up in a normal setting with friends and family who had regular lives, but the society looks at her now as having a distorted life because this is going against the African tradition of a woman and man being together. Muholi is a photographer that creates radical images that are not of the social norm to society. Many of her pictures are of lesbians or gay men posing how usually a man and woman would pose. In one scene of the film, Muholi goes out into public with some of her photographs of the women or men to see the reaction the community has. One woman stated that, “This is not right and that it is a virginity tester.” She also stated that being a lesbian was for the white culture and it is tainting the african american culture. Seeing two women posing together in a sexual position is what was displayed in Zanele’s pictures and what rattled the South African social norms. 

One part of the film that was very interesting to me was when one of the scholars talks about Muholi’s photograph of two african american men posing in women’s clothing. This was a controversy for the society because it broke their social norm. The scholar also stated that people say lesbian or gays choose to be gay, but when did the heterosexual people choose to be heterosexual. I believe this a valid point because the society thinks people choose to become something that is not of the norm, but in reality this is the way they are and we can not change that. 

Some of the other lesbians displayed in the film are very comfortable with their sexuality. Viola May is very outspoken and is photographed by Zanele. She talks about having a baby and that the process is lonely but wants to experience the birth of a child in her life. Another set of women in the movie are people who were kicked out of a homeless shelter for being lesbians. Zanele visits them from time to time and in the film we see how they are happy together and do not need any one but each other in order to be happy. The government can not hurt these people any more and as the film starts to develop more, Zanele starts to become more vulnerable to the topic because she can not believe how people treat others who believe in a different sexuality. 

The people of South Africa who were interviewed through out this film believe that being gay or lesbian is evil and not the right thing to do. They say that someone can kill you because it is not the African tradition to be a lesbian. One woman in the film was raped by a man because she was a lesbian. They believe that if a woman is a lesbian and a man has sex with her that will change them to be heterosexual. The men think the  lesbian women will take their girlfriends away from them and feel as though they are mocking their patriarchy,

Zanele Muholi is displaying the lesbian community as a positive thing through her art work. South Africa has a very strong opinion that a man and a woman need to be together. The people of South Africa need to accept that people do not feel the same and should not be punished for what they feel. This film was inspirational for me being Zanele is trying to show what she believes is normal and should not be looked down upon. 

Claiming Jezebel

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I found this essay very interesting in the fact that I really enjoy rap and hip hop music, and I never really looked at it that closely.. well at the least the music video’s, nor did I listen to the lyrics.  I always told my self that the lyrics were not about me, but sadly these lyrics effect women and how men treat women.  In a lot of these music videos women are treated as objects or throw away toys all you see is their bodies, and a lot of times their faces are not ever shown.  In a lot of hip hop and rap videos the women in the videos are African American which is extremely demeaning and can cause issues for African American women and women of other races as well.  I thought it was interesting to think about how the rappers would feel if it was their daughters in the videos, or their daughters listening to the lyrics.  And a point was brought to my attention that the rapper Jay-Z was not going to the “B” word in his lyrics anymore after having his daughter.  I thought that although that it is great that he is going to stop, what about all the other women and their daughters who grew up listening to his music and hearing that word.. do they not matter?

Just Walk On By

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I thought that this essay, was very interesting and a unique way for a man to try and come up with a way to seem less intimidating.  I think that although Bent Staples address his issues of walking in the dark behind women, and having to whistle is a creative way to put women at ease, I think the bigger question is why is it that he has to whistle some classical music typically composed by a white person.  I think that with any challenge people will come up with some way to get over the hurdle and I think that this really helped him as an athletic black man walking at night put women at ease that everything was going to be fine and he was not somebody that they needed to worry about.  I really enjoyed this essay and his approach to the problems he faced in his day to day life.  I think that it was interesting to see some issues that men faced, and seeing a different side and being able to walk in his shoes to see some of the challenges he faced.

Growing Up Hidden

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

What really struck me in this essay was that the author at such a young age was feeling like she was not going to be accepted by society and that she was going to have to hide and try to be someone she was not in order to try and “fit in” to societies rules.  It struck me as well that at summer camp not only herself but a young boy as well knew about each other and pretended to be together in order to not have any questions asked about what they were thinking.  This type of awareness and planning at such a young age is troubling, because kids are so expressive and free and to be trying to hide yourself from the world can have serious issues for the child as they get older.  It was extremely sad to me that while reading books at such a young age, and reading stuff that her sexuality was compared to those who had sex with chickens, just is really sad and is hard to process for a child at such a young age.  I keep on mentioning age, but as a parent I think the importance of educating your child on gender roles, and treating others how you would like to be treated is key into making the world a less harsh place to live, whether you are gay, or straight, there are many things that society teaches children that could harm them in the future.  This essay was eye opening and I think important to read.

How Safe Is America?

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I think that this is a very interesting essay but the author makes me question her when she starts addressing the woman in the photo coming out of the world trade center on September 11th.  She says that this woman is part of the comfortable class in the United States and that she has not faced the same issues as the lower classes in the US.  I found this interesting as the lower paying jobs in most buildings are closer to the ground floor, and as you work your way up people are paid more.  The author has no idea from the photo what class the woman was coming from, and is making judgements just on her skin color and what she was wearing, which is something that she herself I am sure would not want to be judged on.  That is simply judging a book by its cover and is not digging deeper to find out who this woman really is.  I also think that although she does make some interesting and intriguing points in her essay speaking about September 11th and trying to relate it to her points was a little off, and I didn’t think that a lot of the points had anything to do with each other.