Category Archives: Big Question Reflection

100-300 words, exclusive of citations, source attributions, and links. Take one of the “big questions” (What is inequity? What is justice? What is freedom? Is there such a thing as free choice? What is fairness? What is oppression? What is privilege? What is discrimination? For what are you responsible? For/To what will you or must you re/act?) and tailor your answer to it in relation to the specific issues, concerns, and themes that we have been learning about and grappling with thus far in the semester. Your answer should include a text response but it does not need to be limited to this; indeed, you may want to use a particular event or story to frame your response by including and referencing a link to an external site or page that gives us more information about it. Alternatively, you may want to share a song or other audio file that frames your textual response to one of the “big questions.” Cite any sources used.

Free Choice?

“William Wants a Doll. Can He Have One?” resonated with a particular family experience of mine. The “Stalled Revolution” of child rearing that Martin describes is definitely apparent in families today (Martin 458). Martin’s argument is that this stalling of … Continue reading

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What is Free Choice?

After reading Lisa Belkin’s “When Mom and Dad Split it all,” I began wondering: even as families try to reconstruct gender norms in parenting roles, is there such a thing has having free choice or we ultimately weighed down on some … Continue reading

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For What Are We, Future Health Care Providers, Responsible?

Viewing “Diagnosing Gender” and “The Business of Being Born” enhanced my awareness about what the medical profession has perceived as being their responsibility when providing care for women and transsexual individuals. According to the films, healthcare providers have assumed the … Continue reading

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Is there a such thing as free choice?

Free choice is correlated to privilege. Some people are afforded more choice than others; however, everyone is constrained in some way by social and cultural norms or stereotypes and prejudices. One example of this is demonstrated in the documentary, The … Continue reading

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What is inequity?

The article on Swedish parental leave shows just how restricted the dialogue on work and family life in the US is.  People are constantly debating how women can “have it all”, if that is even possible.  What is missing from this picture is … Continue reading

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What is Privilege?

I found Sheila Jeffrey’s article, Keeping Women Down and Out, disturbing for it’s content and knowing the truth in it. I was an employee at Morgan Stanley for nearly 14 years. I saw firsthand how strippers enter the workplace and … Continue reading

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Is there such thing as free choice?

There is no such thing as free choice when it comes to giving birth in a hospital. Once a woman agrees to give birth to her child in a hospital, she is automatically succumbing herself to a series of tricks … Continue reading

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For/To what will you or must you re/act?

“The Business of Being Born” and “Diagnosing Differences” both focused on how the medical profession has a very narrow view on pregnancy and transsexuals respectively. While some physicians may hold these views due to monetary or other selfish reasons, other … Continue reading

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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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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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