Monthly Archives: September 2012

What is inequity?

Inequity is the hallmark of a gendered society.  Our society divides people into only two rigid sexes with distinct roles based on social status.  The concept of gender highlights the biased classification system that divides women and men by status … Continue reading

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In the end… we’re all fruit

One excellent film that perhaps could be the basis for some gender and society discussions is My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  At the end of the film, after the Wedding, the father of the bride describes the rationalization that allowed … Continue reading

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What is Oppression?

Oppression is often the use of authority in an unjust or cruel fashion that results in the oppressed feeling physically and/or mentally burdened. Last week’s readings focused heavily on the mistreatment of intersexed and transgendered persons. These persons systematically experience … Continue reading

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Is Equality Possible?

In class, we talked about how people are capable of making distinctions without placing a value judgement on them. For example, we are able to distinguish apples from oranges without saying that apples are superior to oranges. However, would this … Continue reading

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Is Chivalry an Affront to Feminism?

I have always considered myself to be a strong, independent woman, a feminist of sorts. Rarely do I ever hesitate in voicing my opinions amongst friends/family or in a classroom setting, no matter how controversial. However, I strongly hesitate to … Continue reading

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“My mind is telling me that you are a great guy… but my chemistry is telling me that you’re a loser.”

To what will or must you react? In Louie C.K.’s television program Louie, the episode “Bully” features an exchange between two males in the presence of a female, which acts as a messy examination of the mixed expectations that men … Continue reading

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What is freedom?

Usually, when someone asks this question, the answer given is “it means being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want”, “free will” or other comments along those lines.  In theory at least, freedom could be that– you could … Continue reading

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Sexiness is Power .. or is it Oppression?

My sister and I often have talks about whether or not it’s self-destructive for women to use their looks and sex appeal to get what they want from men. This can pertain to using cleavage to get into a restaurant … Continue reading

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What is privilege?

In class last week, we discussed how men hold the privilege in society over women, who are the ‘other’.  I think that this idea has interesting implications in Fausto-Sterling’s article “Should There Only Be Two Sexes?”.  Fausto-Sterling described how many hermaphrodites had gender reconstructive surgery to become … Continue reading

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A response to “Down and Out”

“Down and out: Ethical treatment of War Related PTSD in LGBT Veterans,” Professor Jennifer Terry (Respondent: Professor Beth Linker) Professor Terry’s presentation “Down and Out” focused on the sociopolitical forces that influence the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in … Continue reading

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