Saturday, February 4, 2012

I finally remembered to do a post on time...barely!!

I think it's interesting to look a little bit at the third wave of feminism and how it relates in individualism.  We discussed a little bit in class on how difficult it is to draw away all of the individual differences people have today.  The feminist movement nowadays seems to be more a conjoined goal of human rights and individualism rather than specifically women's rights.  There are many groups who work together to achieve their own agenda for equality, but at the same time promote equality for others and allow people to learn about other groups as well.

While I was looking at some of the different groups and how they work together I was drawn to a list of groups listed at  I was a little bit overwhelmed and didn't immediately have time to look at all of the sites, but I read all of their brief descriptions and found a vast array of platforms like equality among different genders, races, religions and even regions. 

It's a little bit hard for me to understand my exact stance, how I feel it best attacking all these different issues at once.  I know, as everyone in the class seems to, that everyone is equal regardless of gender, race, religion etc.  It's hard for me to think of which group deserves the most attention toward equality, because I think everyone who has prejudice against them deserves equality. 

I recently watched the movie "The Help."  I was appalled at different times during the movie to see how people were treated because of their race.  There was another sort of prejudice that I noticed though that I don't think I would have before taking this class.  The main character, who had just graduated college and was looking for work at the local newspaper with plans of moving to New York City as a journalist was looked down upon by a lot of the upper class people she associated with because, as they put it, "she put a career before family."  She was not married and didn't seem interested in pursuing such a relationship and many of the women in her family's circle could not understand why she would chose to live that way.  I am appreciative for the chance I've had to learn things in this class that have helped me notice things that I otherwise may not have, like the other prejudice's shown in this movie

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Introduction - Josh McDonald

My name is Josh McDonald and I'm a Junior at Utah State.  I'm planning on majoring in Speech Communications with a Marketing minor.  I've been going to USU for just over three years now and I love it.  I am from Fairview Heights, Illinois which is an eastern suburb of St. Louis.  Though my family has been in the St. Louis area for almost ten years I have lived all over the country as my dad was in the Air Force when I was younger.  I was born in Florida, moved to Ohio, then to Virginia, then St. George, Utah, and back to Virginia before my family finally settled in Fairview Heights.

I come from a family of five children, me being the second oldest.  My older sister, Megan, lives with her husband, Ryan, and their two children in Belleville, Illinois.  She has a son, Colin who just turned 4 years old, and a daughter Peyton, who is 4 months.  My younger brother, Jason, studies Engineering at the University of Illinois.  My sister Rachel attends BYU-Idaho and my youngest brother Ryan, is a sophomore in high school and just got his driver's license.  On November 19, 2011 I married my wife Joni who will graduate from USU in May with a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement for English as a Second Language.  I am very family oriented and my family means the world to me!

My passion in life has always been sports.  I am currently an intern with Utah State's Athletic Department as part of the Marketing and Promotions team.  I love my internship and it has given me a lot of experience with some behind the scene's action of live sports production.  I would love to work with sports after I graduate from Utah State and I think this class will allow me the opportunity to be a contributing member to the sports world as it is an ever growing industry for women.  Gender relations are very important in such a field as in the past women have had difficulty breaking into the industry.  I am excited to contribute the communications skills that I learn in this class to my every day life, both personally and professionally.