Category Archives: Psychology of Women

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.

Informed From ALL Sides Before Childbirth, Do Docs Take it Too Far?

The support group will try to inform women of the risks associated with any form of medical intervention during birth such as epidural, induction or C-section delivery.

“We are not anti-hospital or anti-medical,” Epsteen said. “We want women to be educated about their choices in birth.”

Jones-Smith delivered her daughter, Eden Smith, about four months ago.

“I figured if I did everything right and did all my research I would not end up with (a C-section),” the 29-year-old said.

But she did. She’s co-leading the local ICAN group to help educate but also to help heal, she said. “It was partially for my own healing,” said Jones-Smith, who lives in Lafayette. “I felt like this would be a way of helping myself heal and getting the message out there.””

Similar to the Ricki Lake film we watched in class, this is a support group with aims to inform mothers about their options in the delivery room and to help them from being “scared into” surgery. Personally, I never noticed the issue in this situation until after we watched the film in class. I have noticed that many people I know have had a c-section because something “may” have been damaging to the baby, but I bet that most of them could have given birth naturally just fine.  I do like this group because I do think that women should be informed from all sides before giving birth, because like the film said: A woman will NEVER forget until the day that she dies the experience she had when giving birth. And that is so true, it is one of the most (probably THE most) powerful experience in your life if you have children. However, I personally have not had this kind of experience with OB/GYNs I felt that they were very respectful of my choices and can not imagine them pressuring me into a medical intervention I was not comfortable with. I think that any doctors who are doing this to mothers should probably be re-evaluated because that just doesn’t seem right to me.

VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

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The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that sought to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States. The passage of VAWA in 1994, and its reauthorization in 2000 and 2005, has changed the landscape for victims who once suffered in silence. Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking have been able to access services, and a new generation of families and justice system professionals has come to understand that domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are crimes that our society will not tolerate. VAWA is currently scheduled for reauthorization in 2010. Hearings and briefings were underway in mid-2009 for the reauthorization effort which falls under Commerce, Justice and Science, and Labor, Health and Human Services and Education committees. – Citation

I was not aware that such legislation existed, so I thought it worthy of sharing with my classmates. In my research, I found a you tube posting (if interested – please view) which covers a story of a mother living in the United States without citizenship.  Her spouse was abusive, however, due to fear of deportation, she stayed in the relationship.  The segment goes onto say that this is not the practice. In fact, if you are an illegal immigrant and are being abused, you have options and can seek assistance from law enforcement. You will be granted immediate citizenship, and allowed to move beyond the situation. This is very encouraging to me and I am quiet thankful to have the information to share with anyone whom might benefit from learning that they have a choice to get out of the abusive situation.

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
Eleanor Roosevelt

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Education is a fundamental human right according to the United Nations; however, sixty million girls worldwide are denied an education, and millions more receive an inferior education as compared to boys. The reasons for the lack of education for women are sexist cultural norms, poverty, poor health, and safety issues. The lack of education effects economic advancement, health and family planning, and the uneducated women’s woman is uneducated, their options and rights for equal employment, political participation, financial independence, and informed family planning are extremely limited or non-existent. Internationally, women continue to be exploited and caught in poverty with their children’s lives compromised as well. Uneducated women are more likely to live in poverty, be infected with HIV/AIDS, or die in childbirth. Their children are also more likely to die of malnutrition. Citation

The conditions for women in international areas make the United States look ADVANCED in terms of equality.  Not to mention, it makes you thankful for having some opportunity at equality and some choices.  Education truly is a fundamental human right. In fact, the advancement and knowledge that one gains throughout their life time is something that can never be taken away.  To deny anyone: woman, man, child an opportunity at education is to take away a FUNDAMENTAL human right.  I recently spent fourteen days in Nicaragua, where women who live in poverty conditions continue to have 6 – 10 children. There is an educational component that is missing here. The cycle is being perpetuated for there is a lack of education in these locations, which means that until an effort is made to educate these women, more children will be born into conditions of poverty.  The great news in Nicaragua, they did not spend to much time trying to keep young girls out of the class room. There was an equal proportion of girls and boys.  The school has a dress code and the fact that many of the parents cannot afford to purchase a uniform for their child limits their access to education.  I pray that conditions in other parts of the world begin to change this perception that women are less than men and therefore do not deserve a shot at education. Perhaps this will become my life’s work.

Teen Statistics In 2 Hours


This video was made back in 2008 to inform the world of the direction our youth are going. The video provides information from emotional pain, STI’s, drugs, and physical abuse, all the way to murders that are taking the lives of our youth as they walk down the streets in their neighborhoods. Regardless of the video being almost 3 years old, I know these are problems that our youth are still facing and will continue to face. I thought it would be a great idea to show statistics from years ago and to image how they have risen.  In our recent discussions and videos we have watched, discussed and observed teens, sex, and violence. I thought the video was a great fit.

Cervical Cancer Campaign Controversy

“Imagine the beach scenes!”


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This article talks about a “Julyna” campaign, in Canada, which is meant to bring awareness and raise money for cervical cancer research by encouraging women to shave their pubic hair into creative designs. In the past there was a campaign called “Movember” in which in the month of November men grew mustaches in exchange for donations for prostate cancer research.  But is this cervical cancer campagin approach taking it too far and “sexing up cancer?”  How many people do you know that would be willing to show off that part of their body anyways?

“…health experts are warning the campaign risks everything from objectifying woman to sending the wrong information about prevention of the disease.”

“The use of lighthearted messages and sexual innuendo creates a muted version of awareness, exploits women’s bodies and ignores the devastating impact cancer has on individuals and their families,” Dr. Sulik told the Globe and Mail.

Read the full article HERE

I think this idea is bizarre. Although I appreciate people who come up with campaigns to raise awareness and raise money, I feel that this idea just isn’t the best one. I do not think it is right to present this as a way of raising money because women who may not feel comfortable with such exposure, may still feel pressured to do so, since it is for such a great cause. I do not think it is the same concept as the men growing out mustache. That seems a lot more effortless and less offending than encouraging women to shave designs close to their private parts. I think it does objectify women and I also believe it takes away from the importance of the cause.

What do you think? Is this idea creative and fun? Or do you give this idea two thumbs down?

Black Women Less Attractive??

“Yesterday, the website of Psychology Today allowed an evolutionary psychologist named Satoshi Kanazawa to post a set of bar graphs meant to prove how black women are “objectively and subjectively” uglier than white, Asian and Native American women. “

“I’m confused about how these data are objective. Did some bias-free robots from the utopian ether descend upon each testing site to perform this portion of the evaluation? Or were the interviewers human beings, subject to the same racism, sexism, ablelism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, fat phobia and whateverthehellelsephobia that undergirds beauty standards?”

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I am outraged that Psychology Today would have ever allowed this article to have been posted.  But not only did they post it, they tried to change the name of the article in an attempt to make it sound less racist with little regard for its blatant sexism.  In the video above it is suggested that Psychology Today is a well-respected magazine, well I just lost all of my respect for them!   By allowing although this article to be published at all, there is potential for serious damage to the psyche of young women, especially young Black women who internalize information such as this despite it being completely untrue. And although Psychology Today is a pop psychology magazine I  feel that articles like this do harm in regards to the profession of psychology as a whole.


Teen Recounts Horror of Abduction Into Sex Slavery

For someone who’s only 18, Shauna Newell is remarkably composed as she describes being kidnapped, drugged, gang-raped and savagely beaten.

It is only when she talks about seeing one of the men who sexually assaulted her — free and unafraid of being prosecuted — that she starts to break down.

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This story is truly disturbing. At 16 years old, Shauna was drugged, repeatedly rapped, beaten, and sold for $3000 on the internet. After much convincing from her daughter, Shauna’s mother agreed into allowing Shauna to stay the night with a friend. This friend was the one that lead Shauna into this dangerous situation that almost cost Shauna’s life.

These horrific incidents that Shauna experienced at such a young age, has negatively affected this young girl. The video illustrates the pain and psychological problems, she continues to experience.

That’s Not Cool


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That’s Not Cool

I found a couple of great websites to help teenagers deal with abusive relationships. With all the technology available today girls are getting bullied in multiple ways. They can be constantly monitored by text messages and many do not realize the effects of sending nude pictures to their boyfriends.

For information about abuse in teenage relationships view this website.

View That’s Not Cool Website here



Whoever talked back, I salute you!