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Overlooking Discrimination

 

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“Accusations of workplace discrimination — which workers file with the commission when they think they have been unfairly treated based on their race, sex or other so-called protected categories”

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I found this article to be very interesting in the fact that when cases are filed for discrimination in the work place especially being that it is becoming more relavant now they are calling it due to layoffs that they were already preparing to do later on so that is not the reason for firing the employees. But when you see the trend that the majority of the people being layed off are those that fit the category of being either pregnant, overweight, or for race, and women…its obviouis that discrimination takes place in the work place and is an issue that is being overlooked.

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Hard Workers

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Bobbretta has worked as a volunteer in the community for more than 40 years and has dedicated herself to improving the lives of children and families who are disconnected from mainstream society. Her work has crossed ethnic, religious and political divides, always seeking to improve the lives of those disenfranchised and left behind”

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I found this informatin to be a good and empowering. To see so many women who have dedicated thier lives to serving and helping others. Not because they wanted recognition for it but becasue they are passionate about their work for. Dr. Bobbretta Brewton is someone I can look up to. Seeing powerful black women doing what they can and love to do to help communities passing a racial and religious barrier. She see’s the real issue and addresses it which is helping children and families in need. Her summer program with reaching out to families who are looking to help their children academic wise and giving the tools they need to succeed not only for school but life.

Seven Deadly Stereotype of Motherhood

 

“Stay-at-home moms don’t do anything all day but watch TV and eat bon bons.
Stay-at-home moms are loving and nurturing but their brains are mush.”

“Though stereotyping can be positive or negative, there are probably more dangers in stereotyping than we realize. I believe it looks past the uniqueness of an individual and categorizes them in groups for an easy and quick assumption about them. In a way it reminds me of the BMI Chart, if you know what I mean. We as women come in all different shapes, colors, sizes, personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. And this is a good thing.”

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Stereotypes of mothers or stay-at-home mothers are thought of as being lazy because you dont necessarily hold a job out side the home bringing in a check.  I found it interesting that these stereotypes are actual peoples feelings about it and that of course it is  a general conclusion of a population who believe that mothers, in particular housewives,  are only to take care of everyone and everything other than themselves. So many women who choose working at home for their family enjoy the duty but that doesnt mean that they shouldnt take care of themselves and care about other things outside the home.  Example, if the mother did not take care of her self and became sick who would then do the things she has been doing?

Lesbian Kicked off Military Duty?

 

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A lesbian British solder says she was unfairly kicked off active duty in Afghanistan in December 2009 for, well, being a lesbian person who has romantic interests.  According to one staff sergeant, It was “wholly inappropriate for a mature woman and a commissioned officer to behave like a love struck teenager.

According to the article Karen Tait was kicked off of active duty because another fellow officer spotted her putting sun tan lotion on another enlisted female officer. Its funny to see how men would disapprove of lesbianism in public but in their own homes they would watch films maybe hours of porn with girls or lesbians doing the exact same thing. I dont see why people are quick to judge. The situation or their relationship has nothing to do with you so why bother to bother them?

Battered Women

 

 

 

“More than 3 million children are at risk of exposure to parental violence each year, according statistics provided by womensissues.com, and the violence knows no boundaries. Why men beat up their wives, and why a woman would stay in such a situation is subject to speculation more than science”

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One out of 3 women are abused.  Abuse isnt just physical but emotionally and  mentally as well. Not all men are the abusers but more than likely it is that way. It is one thing to abuse a woman but when there is a family involved it effects the children as well. Woman stay in relationships mostly because they are either scared, have no place to go or feels as if no one will believe their story. They are battered and believe that is their fault. Brain washing is a tactic used to break down the victim. Study and reseach shows that men who are insecure with themselves are usually the ones who abuse their women. There needs to be a better way to reach women who are victimized by their husbands or significant other.

Women That Love Too Hard

 

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“The main premise of the book deals with relationship addiction, and describes loving too much as a pattern of thought and behavior which certain women develop as a response to problems from childhood. The author views these women as destructive as heroin users jabbing needles in their arms.”

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So the author of Women Love Too Hard does not in any way help women. The negative characters have such dramatic backgrounds that sends a negative message that if a couple was to be together and show affection strongly and deeply the partner man or woman could be linked to having issues that she did not overcome in her childhood…thats why she is so passionate about her companion. It makes me a little upset to see this. Although it is a book I see it as just being happy with the person you are attached to emotionally. Why does the woman have to have issues regarding her childhood and becoming a heroine addict?

You Think You Look Good Huh? YOU do!!

 

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 “Because they are representations, this means therefore that characters and people on TV and film are branded, shaped, dressed and shown as they are on screen by the producers. In studying these representations, we are decoding them and then drawing on a range of meanings- be it fictional or real; implicit or explicit. By viewing media representations of certain characters and people, we then decide afterwards whether these representations either challenge notions of identity and how certain social and minority groups in society behave, talk and act in real life… or whether they seek to highlight and reflect those cultures, lifestyles and trends.

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Becasue media plays such a huge role in how people, particularly women, determine what is best for them or how they should be it causes a shift and change in self-esteem. It seems that we are fine before we see things that aren’t like us but once someone picks out someting as a flaw we question our identity. Looks like the media only causes us to be more and more unhappy the more ”they” determine what is beauty or not .

How Gross is Your Period?

 

“If this guy even remotely had a clue about the benefits (for both) of sex on the rag instead of being so pig-headed that the previous night’s sex was “icky” and “gross” because of a little extra lube when he probably couldn’t even remember it to begin with, he might take a bit of a different stance. He claims that female suggestion of learning to like the natural lubrication falls on deaf ears; in fact, Hochs threw up in his mouth a little bit at the mere thought.”

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I feel it is extremely immature to discuss a womans period and how disgusting it was. There are two issues here. How woman are preceived to be just as clean as ever and be the pleasure that a guy wants her to be. How about the man should see that if he did not take advantage of the woman being drunk and calling it an escapade then maybe the whole night would not have existed. The double standard still remains. There is no winning here. Women we have the power to change the thoughts and ideas of men and ourselves that what and who were are is “gross” if it weren’t for our menstural cycles we wouldn’t be here. Its time for a change.

Look at You?!

 

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“Images of female bodies are everywhere. Women—and their body parts—sell everything from food to cars. Popular film and television actresses are becoming younger, taller and thinner. Some have even been known to faint on the set from lack of food. Women’s magazines are full of articles urging that if they can just lose those last twenty pounds, they’ll have it all—the perfect marriage, loving children, great sex, and a rewarding career.”

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Why are standards of beauty being imposed on women, the majority of whom are naturally larger and more mature than any of the models? By presenting an idea difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet product industries are assured of growth and profits. And it’s no accident that youth is increasingly promoted, along with thinness, as an essential criterion of beauty.

It hurts to see that we are not accepted of what we really are. Being too dark or not having long enough hair or the “right shape” is presenting to us that the norm is only that and thats it. Nothing else matters. 

Who’s Who?

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“Lead author Eric Lindsey of Penn State Berks and colleagues first observed that the verbal dynamics shifted depending on whether the parent was care giving or playing with his or her toddler. When feeding their child, the focus of communication was parent-centered, they noted, with children accepting that the parent was in control. But when playing, interactions were more equal and the child was more involved in directing the interaction.”

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It is interesting to see how and why people (parent) take such drastic measures to prove  a point. In this particular article gender roles being put into place. The parents are using their child to see how the child reacts to its parent mother who cares and comforts them and the father who plays with them. The baby is determining the role of a father, male, and distinguishing it between the mother who is warm and affectionate at such an early age.