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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 Freedom?: The Importance of Language

Freedom to express one’s identity is an important goal for society, and often one thinks of this freedom in terms of freedom of action- to do what one pleases. However, freedom in action requires freedom in language: creating a language … Continue reading

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Love through Acceptance

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-marra/the-beautiful-daughter-how-my-korean-mother-gave-me-the-courage-to-transition_b_2139956.html#slide=1757383 I would like to share a most touching story.  It is an article about a transgender woman, Andy Marra, coming out to her birth mother.  Andy was adopted by an American family but always wanted to find her Korean … Continue reading

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Disabilities and Identity

Yesterday I was in a crowded elevator going to work in the Student Health building, when the boy next to me (who I would guess was about 16) started talking to himself. His mother who was petting his face turned … Continue reading

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What is Oppression?: How we view ourselves

Oppression is often viewed as the result of an external force holding people down. In Bordo and Hesse-Biber’s discussion of the media and food industries, we see that both have become oppressive forces perpetuating unhealthy body images and lifestyles. However, … Continue reading

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Inequity at its Best: Identity Issue

As I was reading through the texts I was astonished at how aggressive the need is to identify oneself before society, and how one is then judged by which choice is made. Julia Serano stated in “Experimental Gender” that the … Continue reading

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