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 http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/globalcenter/partlinks.html.  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

3 comments:

  1. I'm not sure why, but when you mentioned women not wanting a family because they put careers before relationships I thought of Hitch. In the start of the movie he is talking about women are really thinking by saying, "No woman wakes up saying,

    "God, I hope I don't get swept off my feet today!" Now, she might say, "This is a really bad time for me," or something like, "I just need some space," or my personal favorite, "I'm really into my career right now."

    Hitch is saying that women use that line to merely get away from men and their own feelings. I wonder how often that really is the case?

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  2. I'm right with both of you. I was in a relationship where my education was 'getting in the way'. He was done with his degree and had a salaried contract he couldn't out of that is further away but we couldn't work things out. He wanted me to quit school and marry him but I told him I would never do that. It was not a line for me and I felt a lot of pressure from my grandmother to get married but I want my degree. I told him to wait and he wouldn't. I am still shocked about how it became such an issue and ended our relationship but I don't regret choosing to get my degree even though I don't think it was a decision between him or my degree that's what he made it and I chose to stay here.

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  3. I'm glad someone else admitted that they probably would not have recognized many of the biases that occur in daily life. Like we talked about in class about the elections. How many voters decided to cast their ballot for the male over the female. It all comes back to how we are socialized, a lot of the time we don't realize that we have these biases.

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