Monday, September 26, 2011

People like us/ The center for working class studies: Talking points #4: Reflection

I thought this website was really cool how all the choices somehow can be related to what class you are in. I got the hardworking class, but it said that I confused them because like things from other classes too. Examples are the persian rug, and the labrador. Either way I found this pretty interesting.

How is economic inequity a feminist issue?

I think economic inequity is a feminist issue because it is still dealing with oppression. Instead of being oppressed because of your gender, you are going to be oppressed because of your social class or financial situation. There are a lot of people struggling to just get by and the "help" that is provided either medical assistance, or whatever help one particular person or family may need is sometimes hard to get or even though it is needed, the family doesn't qualify for it, and that can lead to further struggles.

I also found this chart interesting. I copied and pasted it from Center for working-class studies

I found it both interesting and troubling that the lack of jobs and the increase in population is leaving some people to rely on government programs, Social security, etc, where they are still struggling to make ends meet.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Oral History- Talking points #3: Reflection

Oral history is defined by Merriam Webster as  "tape-recorded historical information obtained in interviews concerning personal experiences and recollections." I found Oral History for the Qualitative Researcher written by Valerie J. Janesick interesting and helpful in order to prepare my interview. According to Janesick, "Oral history is a vehicle for the outsiders and the forgotten to tell their stories." Janesick defines Oral History on page two as, "Oral history is the collection of stories and reminiscences of a person or persons who have firsthand knowledge of any number of experiences."

There are two different types of oral history discussed: stand-alone individual oral histories, which relies on one person's story, "often in a type of stream-of-consciousness narrative, may be analyzed or not, and may be in a tape format or printed as hard text." The second type of oral history is known as collective oral history, which is described as finding "many individual stories around a particular theme or stories in which all people share a particular experience," one example of that in the text was Hurricane Katrina victims.

Also, three eras of oral history was discussed. These eras are known as Traditionalist era, Reconceptualist era, and postmodernist era. As time goes on and we have more and more technological advances we can do more things with oral history, for example, instead of just a written interview, we can do digital stories and co-researching, as well as many others listed on page nine.

Another interesting part of this text was the four types of truth. This will be helpful when analyzing the interview.

"1. Factual and forensic truth, that is the actual evidence of what occurred, such as a number of beatings, murders, and violent crimes and where they took place. "

"2. Personal or narrative truth, that is the person's story and narrative of how something occurred, as well as what occurred and the effect that had on the individual and the family."

"3. Social or cultural truth, that is basically, the social context and history of what occurred."

"4. Healing or restorative truth, that is what is needed to heal the wounds uncovered by the engagement with the three previously listed types of truth."

Another part I found interesting and helpful was the types of interview questions listed on page forty-six. I was nervous on preparing my interview questions, and this part helped me understand at least a little bit on what I should try to ask. The six types of interview questions are known as, basic descriptive questions, structural/paradigmatic questions, follow-up questions, experience questions, comparison/contrast questions, and closing questions.

Providence Slutwalk

According to the Providence Slutwalk Facebook page, and also the Libertalia Autonomous Space which is located at 280 Broadway in Providence, there was a march from Kennedy plaza, to the Libertalia Autonomous Space where workshops and other events would take place. I showed up at 280 Broadway around 5:30pm, and the woman who organized the event saw me and told me that they moved everything up to about 3pm because people were getting antsy. So by the time I got there at 5:30, everything was already over.  I'm disappointed that it was a little disorganized and they didn't update their website or anything saying that everything got moved up.

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Privilege, Power, and Difference," Oppression- Talking points #2: Quotes

"For women, such accusation is particularly intimidating, since sensitivity is one of the few virtues that has been assigned to us. If we are found insensitive, we may fear we have no redeeming traits at all and perhaps are not real women."

"On the other hand, if she refrains from heterosexual activity, she is fairly constantly harassed by men who try to persuade her into it and pressure her to 'relax' and 'let her hair down', she is threatened with labels like 'frigid,' 'uptight,' 'manhater,' 'bitch,' and 'cocktease.'"

"If a woman is raped, then if she has been heterosexually active she is subject to the presumption that she liked it (since her activity is presumed to show that she likes sex), and if she has not been heterosexually active, she is subject to the presumption that she liked it (since she is supposedly "repressed and frustrated"). Both heterosexual activity and heterosexual nonactivity are likely to be taken as proof that you wanted to be raped, and hence, of course, you weren't really raped at all."

It never really occurred to me how much oppression is really in everyday life. The three quotes I listed above really stood out to me. The first quote really stood out because I can definitely understand where Marilyn Frye is coming from. As women, we have the idea we are supposed to be nice, gentle, quiet, patient, and all these other sensitive qualities, however, some women are not like that, and because of that, does that mean we are not "women" enough? This quote is so important to the introduction of Oppression because you don't really think how much oppression threatens us until you think about it and how it may or may not threaten your own womanhood. Men are pressured to be masculine and women are pressured to be feminine. But if we step outside of what we are expected to be, we shouldn't feel as though we are not masculine or feminine enough.

The second quote is definitely relatable as well, which is why I found it so important. Girls, and women, have these unrealistic expectations. I definitely noticed a lot of this in high school. The girls who weren't having sex were prudes, and were made fun of for being too uptight. But the girls who were having sex were known as sluts, or easy. No matter what decision you make, its not the right one, and you didn't do it in the right way.

The third quote was really upsetting to me. Just because a woman is heterosexual, and is sexually active, that doesn't mean at all that it is not considered rape if a man rapes her. Just because she has had sex before doesn't mean she wants to have sex at that exact moment. The fact that people actually think like that angers me. Its awful that there are two pressures, that are totally opposite, and somehow no matter what you've done in your past, you are stuck.

It really stuck out to me that in the text it mentions how parents worry about their daughters when it comes to sexual activity. If girls are sexually active, they worry about what their peers will say, like calling them a whore, etc, but if they aren't sexually active their parents worry that something is wrong because they should be having sex, it is normal to be having sex, but IF they were having sex, they wouldn't approve.

MISC. POST NUMBER ONE: 'Toddlers and Tiaras' Mom Defends Dressing Tot as Prostitute for Pageant - ABC News

Misc post number 1...

'Toddlers and Tiaras' Mom Defends Dressing Tot as Prostitute for Pageant - ABC News

I honestly couldn't believe this when I saw it on the news! I think this relates to what we talk about in class. For example, how girls are taught by society that we are supposed to be feminine, delicate, and we are supposed to be dressing sexy. Even though I find the standards that we women are supposed to live up to by society completely ridiculous. I find it even more ridiculous when a mom, a mom who is supposed to protect their children from harm in ANY way, is the one who is putting their child in danger. This mom is dressing her very young daughter in a very revealing outfit (a hooker outfit from the movie Pretty Woman) and I think this is another example that society is teaching girls, even young girls that we are supposed to dress in a revealing way. But I am disgusted that this woman dressed her daughter like that knowing that the world we live in can be a crazy one and there are pedophiles out there and she is putting her daughter on display like that is disgusting.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


The F-word: Talking points #1: Reflection

While reading The F-word Feminism in Jeopardy Women, Politics, and the Future I really learned a lot. I was always pretty ignorant to what exactly "feminism" meant. According to Merriam Webster, feminism is defined as "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes," and/or "organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests." Like I previously mentioned, women's rights is not something I ever really learned a lot about. I always thought feminism was more about women hating men, etc, but I learned it is fighting for equality. Not that women think they are better than men, they just want to be equal to them. One quote stuck out to me on page 30, "I grew up in a time when my mom and her friends were housewives, and for me feminism was like, 'Oh thank God, I dont have to be a  nurse or a secretary.'"

It really amazes me how hard women fought to even get to vote... It is so unbelievable to me that if it wasn't for the hard work and determination of the many women many years ago we wouldn't be where we are today where women can do anything they want to. Women are lawyers or lawyers, not just school teachers or whatever job they feel they should do just because they are women. Like stated on page 31, ". . . there are many ways to be a woman."

Another important quote was on page 30, "'Second wavers were operating in a time when there were very restricted ideas about what a woman could be, and I think they tended to see a liberated woman as the opposite of that: if women weren't allowed in the workforce, then a liberated woman was in the workforce; if a woman was expected to take care of children and the home, then a liberated woman wouldn't do that; if women were expected to wear makeup and bras and make themselves look pretty, then  a liberated woman wouldn't want to do that. They based their ideal of what women should become on what men were, and I don't blame them for having that idea at the time, but thirty years down the line, you have to revise the thinking and say, 'Well, wait a minute, actually there are some problems with that logic.'"  That is basically how I viewed feminism- women rebelling against men, which is definitely not what feminism is. After reading this article and really thinking about it- it makes me grateful that I was born into a generation of women where I can make my own decisions about what I want to do, regardless if it is considered to be a "man" job or a "woman" job, and I'm also grateful for the road to equality that those strong and determined women started to pave.

Introduction! :)

Hi, I'm Amanda, I'm 20 years old and I'm the mother to my one year old son, named Holden. I'm a psychology major. This is my first semester back to school after taking a little over a year off after having my son, so I'm a little nervous! I'm taking this class because feminism is something I've always known very little about and have been pretty ignorant to and as a woman and a y oung mom I am definitely interested in becoming more educated in this field.