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.

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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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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For what are we responsible?

The film “The Business of Being Born” allowed me to realize that a woman is responsible for how she treats her own body. The increased dependence on doctors, hospitals and Cesarean sections has caused birthing to be a medical emergency.  … Continue reading

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Marx and Housekeepers

In 2009, the movement of gender equality logged another milestone with the signing of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. However, while it advances the rights of women with male counterparts in their profession, it says little about those who … Continue reading

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What is free choice ?

The bio-social movement of Eugenics proned the idea that some inherent features to our society such as poverty, alcoholism,.. were transmitted by hereditary means and so the way of improving the human race would be to prevent some human beings … Continue reading

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What is Freedom?

In relation to Angela Davis’s Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights and The Business of Being Born, are women truly free from being considered just baby makers? Women who fight to control their own birthing process are few in the United … Continue reading

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