Monthly Archives: November 2012

Is there such a thing as free choice?

“The Business of Being Born” and “Diagnosing Difference” focus on the negative interactions between patients and medical institutions regarding the issue of free choice when it comes to reproductive and sexual health in general.  I feel that these films strongly … Continue reading

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Miss Representation

One of the central claims made in “Miss Representation” was that because the society tells women that the only thing that is important about them is their bodies. This focus causes women to self-objectify, and thus have lower political efficacy—the … Continue reading

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Help or Oppression?

I like to think that I can spot oppression when I see it. Sometimes it is so blatant that it is actually nearly impossible to miss. However, I consider the most dangerous form of oppression is that, which is so … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as free choice?

The documentaries “The Business of Being Born” and “Diagnosing Difference” show that medical professionals and the medical industry give patients such as pregnant women and transgender people an illusion of free choice.  Yet both groups of people suffer from standardized … Continue reading

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What is oppression?

Women’s oppression seems to be explicitly tied to women’s status as child bearers and society’s attempt to control female reproduction. This is abundantly clear both in the readings and the documentaries that we have seen throughout this course. A common … Continue reading

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Big Question: What is Free Choice?

Free choice is complicated, especially as it relates to subjects of this class. On one hand, we’re all human beings and we make our own decisions, both short- and long-term. That’s what makes us human. However, I think it’s impossible … Continue reading

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What is free choice?

Choices made about a woman’s pregnancy are intended to be personal. Each individual has the right to his or her own body and to decide what happens to it. However, these choices regarding pregnancy procedures are more often now made … Continue reading

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What is Privilege?

Watching The Business of Being Born brought up for me the question of what it means to be privileged. I have always thought of our birthing process as a privilege — women are allowed to give birth in a clean, safe, … Continue reading

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What is Oppression?

Oppression: imposing power over others in unjust, discriminatory ways.  Oppression: forcing compliance with certain societal standards, or otherwise imposing unfair treatment, judgments, and limitations.  Oppression: being forced to identify as female or male.  According to marriage or drivers’ licenses, even … Continue reading

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What is empowering?

Female empowerment is a major theme in “The Business of Being Born,” and it is one of the primary focuses of the natural birth movement. Throughout the movie, various women discuss how there is nothing else in the world that … Continue reading

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