As I grow up I am beginning to notice more and more that the women in my family do just about all household work. This really became visible to me on a trip to my aunt’s house in Virginia for the week of the 4th of July. It was so enjoyable playing games, going to the pool, and I even visited Kings Dominion, a wonderful amusement park. Then one morning my oldest cousin called my two younger cousins and I to get ready go downstairs for an “Adventure”. We’d guessed that we were going for another trip to the pool or to play some games but, once she said we didn’t even need to put on shoes our ideas on the pool and games were shattered. It turned out that we were going to wash dishes, and watch the younger kids. Not that I mind cleaning and looking over a couple of children however, when I looked around all I saw were women cooking and cleaning to get ready for the big family dinner. The men were either playing games, on the computer, or making music. Yes, I do admit that noticing this struck a nerve in me. It seemed a little unfair to me. Not to say that the men in my family are lazy and don’t do anything, they do help out at times and when they have to, they are very caring, and they are down to earth, intelligent guys. I just feel that if they were just as able as we were then they could’ve done the household work with us. Since early times women were expected to be home take care of the kids, cook, and clean all day long. The Christian bible has an extremely large influence over that. Which growing up surrounded by a mainly religious family I sort of understand but not completely. What I really don’t understand is the huge expectation on women to perform household task. I don’t complain too much about it because I know it could be worse, in many other countries it is much worse. Therefore, I do not take what I have for granted and I don’t frequently bring up my thoughts on anything about sexism only when necessary. But, why is it that women have to do so much work? I’m sure we’ve suffered enough. Half of the things women deal with men probably would have a hard time dealing with. To add extra anticipated work on us like we don’t already go through enough physically, mentally and emotionally is slightly outlandish. My confusion led me into to research on other people perspectives and reasoning’s. Searching on the internet I found multiple sources. Which I chose because of the proof and verification it gave about sexism and how it is found everywhere like in the media and our everyday lives past and present. There was an amazing article on the Disney Princess Merida of the movie Brave. It was based on the changing of her physical features to make her svelte, and to give her more sex appeal with gorgeous glowing skin. This was so contradicting to the movie and representation of Merida. There was also an article on unequal pay between women and men who do the same job and how your physical appearance controls what job you get, where men were paid more than women with the exception of the modeling world. Before this I research about sexism I had never known that women made a larger salary in modeling. There were some great pictures from a website of extremely sexist advertisement from the 1950s about the things women she be doing to keep their men satisfied. Even though I was born in 97’ I felt a tinge offended because if my grandmothers were there and faced these issues themselves. They were forced to do certain things and be a specific way. The changing of Merida has concerned many parents and people in general. There were even petitions because of this contradictory change. Merida represents a girl who is more than just pretty but, also a girl, who stands up for herself, is sensible and independent and doesn’t need to be ideal female. This makeover only goes against who she really is. Brave is not just another Cinderella with a glass slipper which magically leads her to her…
It’s No Time for Idle Abuse
Abuse can come in several forms and is never restricted to just being physical; abuse can also affect one’s sexual, mental, and emotional well-being. In both the stories of “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, forced mental idleness becomes a sign of abuse and eventually leads to the women’s mental deterioration and breaking points. Mrs. Wright and the unnamed wife in “The Yellow Wallpaper” both share a common abuser…
19 November 2012
It’s a Process
It is happening right now at this very moment. All of the frustration that was built up within me before these exact words were even placed in the order as you are reading it is slowly fading away. This is what always happens—always. But what is “this” and why is it so frustrating? In this situation, “this” is something that I and apparently some other individuals call “student writer’s block.” A “block” that is the result of papers I am assigned from any subject…
The Pork Industry and It's Issues In Australia
Following years of relentless consumer awareness campaigning by Animals Australia, the Australian pig industry has finally agreed to pursue a phase out of cruel sow stalls.
The decision announced on November 17 at Australian Pork Limited's AGM will see the industry move towards a phase out of the stalls by 2017, more than a decade after the cruel system was banned in the UK. In a press release APL stated that the decision was due to "a growing unrest…
March 11th, 2015
Throughout the presentations seen and the texts discussed on several social justice issues in class, it has been brought to my attention that the issues such as sexism that involve social justice around the world have been major concerns for men and specially women across the world throughout the years that human rights associations and international organizations such as the United Nations have taken action for…
An expensive day at the races
Since each of the members of my elite dating club need a name, but one which will provide a modicum of anonymity, I will share with you a description of a date with a man I’ve dubbed “Hippie Teacher”. It’s not that he teaches hippies, it’s that he happens to be a teacher and a self-described hippie. To make it even easier, I will merely refer to him as HT from this point forward.
For the sake of clarity, I will provide some context for the date I intend to tell you…
affected by the media and the way products are advertised, and how can these forces have the power, to influence our thoughts about ourselves and other in the way they do.
2581275102870 Among the negative images that are often depict by the media, sexism is usually the most common, these stereotypical ideas of social roles based on sex had a lot to do with the way the media had portrayed gender differences over time, which had lead to distorted perceptions of what are considered to be acceptable patterns…
Why did the woman cross the road? I don't know, but what is she doing out of the kitchen? Studies show that when sexism is used in a humorous manner such as one like this, its viewed as socially tolerable and brushed under the rug. However sexism against women is a very big issue in this country. It's shown today in our advertisements, work fields, and everyday life. It cannot be stopped indefinitely but it can be reduced a culture will have to be created. Sexism is a discrimination…
ENG101: Argumentation (Persuasive) Essay (974)
08 April 2013
It’s Just a Plant
“Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica” said U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. There is much to be said about America’s greatest president, but many americans say marijuana is not the evil drug many others we’re raised to believe. The U.S. should legalize marijuana to increase tax revenue, provide medical provisions…
cannot abide by one prepositional misplacement — Where at.
Over the course of this class, I have observed a large number of examples of people using the word at after the word where. When I got to 150 I had to stop counting. I found offenders everywhere. I heard this in stores, restaurants and on the radio.
At church one Saturday night the pastor asked, “Where are your Bibles at?” At the other church I attend that pastor asked, “Where’s my mic at?” Both were cringe- worthy events.
It’s Not Over – The Notebook
April 16, 2012
It’s Not Over – The Notebook
The Notebook is a love story set in the pre and post-World War II era. It was directed by Nick Cassavetes and the main characters are Noah and Allie. They fall madly in love during one summer but Allie was from a wealthy family and her parents would not allow it. They separated from each other for fourteen years and after Noah returned home from a stint in the Army he began restoring an old…