Monday, October 29, 2012

Random Blog 3, Yes this is number 3

So every knows that Robin is Batmans trusty sidekick, right? Well as far as I know he is a boy, am I wrong? So just to put some salt on the wound, my friends mom made this for my friends daughter. Please tell me why a girl can't just dress as a super hero? Freaking gender roles.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sex, yes!

Sex-Positivity, is generally a term that is used to define how one is when it comes to sex. There are different ways on how it is described, like one who is sexually active and one who is not. Both people are sex-positive. White explains how one is sex-positive in multiple ways. Knowing one self is a great way to be sex-positive. White has some really good points in her blog and a lot I can agree with.

Her paragraph "Just because it doesn't turn you on doesn't mean it's wrong" is an excellent bit on life. Pretty much she is preaching to not yuck someones yum. Everyone has different preferences and not everyone is the same. So just because you don't like it doesn't mean everyone has to not like it, or in the reverse situation. White explains a lot in her blog on various way sex-positivity is around us.

Now sex is very important and complicated at the same time. It's exciting and can be very fun. Everyone has their own personal preferences and that is fine. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I agree with White on all of her points. Sex is a wonderful thing but shouldnt be taken lightly.

And this song has been stuck in my head all weekend, figured I'd share the greatness with y'all

Random Blog of Randomness #2

This refers to the topic of discussion that we talked about last week about "What are little boys made of". Recently I've been getting into country music. Now previously I was into some pretty hardcore music, still am to be honest. But what I find interesting is how opposite they are in what they are singing about. They are complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Country music is about beer, ex lovers, whiskey, and fishing. Post-hardcore music is very emotional music.

Country music has a very manly feel to it. I feel more like a man when listening to it. Now with post-hardcore music, I feel manly cause it's heavy and screams but it's very emotional. I'm not bashing on type to the other I just find it interesting how opposite they are on the spectrum and what is sung about in the music.

A Day to Remember - If It Means A Lot To You

Eric Church - Jack Daniels

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cinderella ate what?

Disney princesses are idolized in a manner that they have never been idolized before. This whole princess boom took off relatively quick and it has become such a huge phenomenon. The Disney Princesses have become so popular with little girls that in a section of Downtown Disney, there is a full store dedicated to buying princess apparel. You can even get made up to look like a princess. Now all and all that is a cool concept, I mean who wouldn't want to be a princess for a day. But there are some limitations. Little girls need to realize what the truth is and what is false. But the whole fairy tale prince saves princess theory is great and all but too many girls are waiting for that fairy tale romance that just doesn't always happen.

Here you can fine the Disney Princesses and you can see what Orenstein was talking about on page 13. Where it was stated that in every picture the princesses are in together, they don't make any contact with each other.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Little boys are made of super heroes, race cars, and sports

Before you say anything, yes the title was suppose to be stereotypical.

So right off the back this article has my attention, mainly because, to put it simple, I am a male. Shocker, I know.

"Boyhood is defective"(Kimmel, 157) This quote simply is amazing. I agree with this because the whole idea of boys being boys is slowly dying out. The idea of boyhood and boys being boys is not the same as it was. When I was a child, I remember being obnoxious, loud, rough, and dirty. This was once the social norm, but now it has changed drasitcally.

"If it's all biological, why is the slightest deviation from expected manly behavior so cruelly punished." (Kimmel, 158) So, this is pretty accurate. The idea of a man showing emotion is very frowned upon in society. Not saying that it is a bad thing to show emotion, but it's not socially acceptable to show it. Now, typically I tend not to show emotion in a public setting, like crying and such. Mainly because I was brought up with the notion of not showing emotion and that "real men don't cry".

Now this whole idea of letting a boy be a boy is great. Boys need an outlet and they need to have it when they are younger. With an outlet to let some steam off and get the testosterone flowing, I think boys would then be calmer and more relaxed. I always feel better after a good workout. Society is trying to limit this but it is needed.

A comedy show where someone argues why real men don't cry

Let me know what you ladies, and gentlemen, think about this video

Love this song and it's kind of stereotypical on being a mans man

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Racism in Womans Studies

Now we all know that racism plays a huge part in every day life in one way shape or form. Yes, it has died down a lot but there is a small amount of it living in society.

Barbara Smith writes about racism as a feminist issue in her article cleverly titled Racism and Women's Studies. Smith discusses racism in this article, but mainly talks about how white women take responsibility for their racism. She sees the change in how they, white women, take responsibility because she is a black feminist and sees things in a different perspective than the other women. She does state that racism is a feminist issue and can be explained by the "inherent definition of feminism. Feminism is the political theory and practice that struggles to free all women: women of color, working-class women, poor women, disabled women, lesbians, old women-as well as white, economically privileged, heterosexual women."(Smith, 1). Smith states that racism is not the fact that you can't be civil towards black people, but it is the act of how you act towards them. The fact that you cannot "look them in the eye and laugh with us"(Smith, 2), is a harsh statement. But she has a point. It is one thing to be civil towards someone, but not knowing how to act towards them is a different manner. If you cannot associate yourself with a certain group because you do not know how to act, then that is a bit racist. My thinking is that, if you can't relate to someone because of their race, gender, or sex, then you are being prejudice towards them. Smith makes a good argument.

Now I tend to not think of myself as being racist. I think I tend to give everyone a fair chance at getting to know me. Whether the outcome is that we don't become friends or that we become great friends is a different story. If you are nice to me, I'll be nice back. But if you are an asshole to me, be prepared for me to be an asshole back.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Random Blog Of Randomness!!!!!

So, today we are talking about LGBTQ issues in class. And this topic has always interested me. Not for the fact that I'm curious about myself, but because people in general interest me. The way people think or act and why they do it in that manner. So when talking about the LGBTQ community I'm very curious on how they act. Not in a mean manner, but like what is the difference between a transgender and transexual person, why a man in drag refers to himself as a she when dressed up, and just the terminology in general.

Now I know a few people in the LGBTQ community, specifically my best friend. Now she came out in September 2011 and I questioned her on it, not like "are you sure you're gay?" but more like the "so how did you know?" just because I was curious on how she knew because she dated a man for 2 years prior to coming out. Then she told me she was happy and that's all that mattered to me. So what we are talking about in class has kept me very interested and I enjoy talking about it.