Letter Fits Word Nothing is meant to be caged; so is our foot. Foot binding started in Sui Dynasty, stemming from folklore. One day when Emperor Yang of Sui sightseeing River Dong, one girl was selected to tow a boat for the Emperor. Hoping to end Emperor Yang of Sui’s tyranny, the girl bound a bayonet under her foot, trying to kill the Emperor. As the Emperor approached her, she took off shoes and stabbed at the Emperor, but she failed. Since then, the Emperor ruled that all women should bind their foot as small as no bayonet can be hided. “The American political scientist Gerry Mackie, an expert on social norms, gives the example of a large group of families in a rural area south of Beijing, in which 99 percent of women born before 1890 had bound feet.” In the early 20th century, some people started an against-foot binding campaign in China, committed to liberate women from this painful rule; however, the movement did not run smoothly. From Sui Dynasty to early 10th century, a thousand years have passed, and foot binding, along with the years passed, regardless of its antihuman character, became a major social trend. Women with tiny foot were, to our surprise, welcomed; and those with “normal”-size foot were “monsters”. The tiniest feet — three-inch “golden lotuses,” as they were known — were important as a sign of status for women who could afford not to work in the fields or walk to market; the bound foot was a sign and instrument of chastity too. To those with knowledge and normal aesthetic standard, foot binding was teeming with sickness, rending people sense of low culture. This huge disparity between modern and ingrained way of thinking unmasks us an alarming predicament: as the society marches toward its future, the mainstream social conception is unable to keep pace. In The Art of Social Change, essayist Kwame Anthony Appiah, using the example of foot binding, suggests that no easy change can be made to a “thousand-year-old practice. With the huge progress made by The Industrial Revolution, Western countries, from 17th century, such as England and Germany, started to use steam power in factories, as well as replacing old carriages by trains as a long trip transportation tool. However, Chinese Qing Dynasty, trying to protect itself from being invaded and preserve its ‘culture’, adopted the Seclusion Policy. Foot binding was considered an important ‘culture’. We can see that, even in the era where people started to use technology to better their daily life, people’s conceptual ability still remained in the past. Despite the unimaginable difference between today and thousands years ago, some people are still immersed in the past way of thinking. Against Exercise exposes how the idea of Mark Greif, a 21st century writer, contradicts with present mode of thinking. Effected by ancient Greek culture, Mark Greif concludes that modern exercise, which intends to build exercisers into good shape, changed what nature intended to do on us, and we have deviated from the traditional Greek “box gym” to the more quantitative and obsessive modern form of exercise. Also, he agrees with Ancient Greeks, whose exercises have belonged at home with other processes it resembles: eating, sleeping, grooming, and cleaning. It is true that in the past, humans would not have needed organized exercise, since a hunting or farming lifestyle was strenuous enough to provide adequate physical exertion. However, centuries have passed and we live in a sedentary world nowadays, an era when eating foods promotes weight gain and disease. Letting one’s body function in a “natural state” in this present day and age leads to the disintegration of health. A natural state at this point is not a healthy one. Attempting to exercise at home may be a solution, but many individuals lack the willpower to force themselves into work without external pressure. Going to the gym, in front of other individuals, is like a promise to oneself to maintain health.…
Honors World Lit.
February 20, 2014
Have you ever felt like you are lonely in a place where loneliness does not exist? Or have you felt forced to be somebody that you are not just to fit in? People often feel this way when they move from state to state or country to country. One must struggle with the harsh laws and judgment from the eyes of society. They are identified as immigrants or foreigners. Realizing that they must go through a struggle just to be accepted…
College Student Cover Letters
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I am a senior at the State University interested in interviewing for a job as a Marketing Assistant with ABCD. I believe that ABCD has the ideal culture in which to pursue my goal of becoming an innovative and responsible arts administrator and contributing to the ABCD company's outstanding record as a center for exhibition and discussion of contemporary…
The Scarlet Letter Test
1) Hester must wear the letter “A” on her clothing for the rest of her life. She also has to stand on a scaffold for 3 hours where the entire town can see her.
b. Some women of the town think that the magistrates were too easy on her and that she should’ve been killed, hot branded on her forehead, and another suggested pity.
2) In the first scaffold scene Dimmesdale shares her platform but not Hester’s humiliation.
b. Dimmesdale asks Hester to tell the name of the…
ENC1101 MW 1:00
20 Jan. 2015
Fit Format Essay
Ever since I was little I had thoughts on what I’ve wanted to be when I was older. My mom always talked about how I need to set goals and follow my dreams; which at the age of 10 my dreams were as big as to become an actress or famous singer. As the years passed, and I grew older I came to realize that my true calling was to become a psychologist. Now I am currently on my path to receiving a college education…
“Dad, it won't fit in the pan!" I cry as I shove more pasta into the extra-deep 3.5-inch springform pan we bought to prevent this problem. "I promise you, there is no more room!"
From the clatter and cluttered counters in the kitchen, it is obvious we are making Timballo di Capellini, Seven-Layer Pasta Pie. My dad finishes wiping remnants and juices from our oak cutting board before strolling over to address the problem. (Clean as you cook, he always preaches, so the delay does not strike me as…
‘A Loss for Words’ by Lou Ann Walker, an autobiographical account of her life as the hearing daughter of profoundly deaf parents. (Review first published in Audacity Magazine, June 2006) |
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Walker’s memoir, written from a hearing person’s perspective, explores the dynamics between deaf and hearing culture and the unique role occupied by children of deaf parents, who move between deaf or hearing worlds, often feeling as though they don‘t fully fit into either…
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Reading Guide for The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Summer reading book—11th Grade Honors American Studies
REMINDER: Skip the section called “The Custom House.” Begin with Chapter 1.
Before Reading: Please complete the column labeled “My Belief.” Write “A” if you agree and
“D” if you disagree with each statement. After Reading: Write “A” if you think Puritans in The
Scarlet Letter would agree and “D” if you believe they would disagree. Be prepared…
a. Became known in the late 80s
i. Similar people get selected and kept and choose to stay in an organization…. Schneider’s ASA
II. What are we talking about?
a. There are multiple different ways to think about fit in a job related context:
i. Person-Environment Fit: broadest term; degree to which an individuals’ characteristics match environmental characteristics (organizational features)
ii. Person-Vocation Fit: matching people with careers…
You Fit Into Me
Margaret Atwood writes in a vivid, witty and often sharply discomfiting style in all of her literary works. To call her a feminist author is in a way selling her short as her work, while often centered on issues of gender, has also focused on Canadian national identity, Canada's relations with the United States and Europe, human rights issues, environmental issues, and the Canadian wilderness. The poem that I chose to analyze is a very short poem consisting of only four…