Sunday, February 24, 2013

“From knowledgeable to knowledge-able”

 Extended comment….
From knowledgeable to knowledge-able by Wesch was a very powerful presentation. And I completely with what he is saying. Society has set up these institutions called school which a lot of these institutions are mostly created for students to sit and “learn” This type of environment is not necessarily the proper way or the most effective way to learn. “If students learn what they do…what are they doing sitting here?” “here” meaning in  the class room. I find that so true, As I stated in the comment that I left on Noelle’s page, I am a student that needs to be interested in what I am being taught, if I’m not it becomes a big problem, I no longer want anything to do with what I am attempting to learn. I am the type that will not go to class if my interest is lost, and most of the time I have to buckle down to do what I have  to do to pass my class. But I am the type of student that loves learning hands on, the best way for me to learn is to actually get out there and apply myself. There is a time and a place for the classroom but I believe all our time shouldn't be spent there. I don’t think that we should spend our time and money on the majority of professor who don’t even care whether we pass or fail the class, professor who don’t even show interest in us student, and even professor/teachers that want to stick with the old way of teaching. Don’t get me wrong there are professors who care and and are willing to take that step and make their class interactive and applicable but there’s only a few out there. Not only getting out there and doing but also bringing in things like technology to interest students more. We are a media and technology driven people so it only makes sense that these type of things get brought in to help teach. That’s why I really enjoy professors Bogads class. She understands this and has brought in media and other things that are relevant to help us understand what she is trying to teach us. Not only is she involving technology in her lessons but she gives us an opportunity to speak out minds freely on the subjects of the class. She doesn't stand and lecture for 2 hours but she engages her students. It’s time we stop using and looking at media so negatively and tap into the positive.  We can start this in the school system, instead of trying to resist something that has become so dominant that it’s taking over, lets fight to turn this into something beneficial and not to mention FUN!  

Monday, February 18, 2013


So I went to go and see the vagina monologue on Saturday and I just want to say that it was really good this year. I went last year and I wasn't expecting to hear what I heard so this year I was more comfortable because I knew a little bit more on what it was about. I must say that everyone did VERY well!!!  As I was at the show the price on disclosure kept popping in my head. It was so crazy how these women at first spoke so low of their vagina  they were all thought that it was a spot that was so bad to look at, touch and even think about, their vagina's were forbidden!  I was raised to think this as well. I'm mean when you’re a child your parent tell you things to protect you and it and I understand that, but is there a way that we as mothers and mothers to be can change how we talk about it? We should attempt to not make it sound shameful.  As teens most females grow into having self-esteem issues and body because of the media’s ideologies which some never grow out of, can we make it so that girls know that their vagina's are for the time being not access able but it is still beautiful?
Now, to the pieces that I really enjoyed. “The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could  The girl who performed it brought it to life. I read this piece before and I knew what it was about but there was something about her, it seem like see took on this person...she felt her pain when she was hurt and felt her pleasure when she was pleased. 
Next is “The angry Vagina”. It made me laugh so hard because that is exactly how I feel every month and every time I have to go to the obgyn. It's like my vagina gets so mad at me because I'm doing all this extra stuff to it  because society says that we have to, it made me think  and I was happy that I could relate to this on EVERY level.
Then we had The fun fact about  the vagina, again it made me think about disclosure. Finally we have positive disclosure that doesn't frown upon a woman’s body. It is something that takes a female part and instead of putting it down lifts it up! I was proud to say I had a vagina..haha..oh yeah!!
Lastly I want to address the One billion rising video. That video was so empowering!!! To see all these women from difference cultures and backgrounds go threw horrible situations which happen everyday and is over looked was crazy!! To see them in the end stand up and fight back really touched my heart, it was like we are finally fighting for us, fighting for our rights!!  After watching that I got excited that we are taking back our power and it made me want to get out there and be apart of this fight as well.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Talking poitnt # 5(hyperlinks)

This reading makes me think of course assumption number two Youth is a culturally constructed category. Teens evolve over time but they are the same person when they become adults. Most adults forget or try to makes it seem like they forgot who their "past teen was" when really they are still a teen inside a more grown mature looking body. Personally I am a firm believer of this, I am the same person who I was at 16 than I am now. Some experiences that I went through helped me grow but never really changed who I really am thoday. I am still that loving caring, shy at times,crazy once comfortable, love to dance and have fun type of girl. I'm my culture adults are very important, they think the know everything because they were once "teens" not realizing that they are still who they were before. A lot of them look at teens as rude, cant speak for themselves,wild, crazy, rebels who cant get along with adults.Adolescence and Adults: why working together seems impossible is a site that condones all these negative thought about teens. The article speaks as if adults and teens are from two totally different planets. People need to realize that teenagers are not some alien life form. Here is another article that separates teens and adults,Why do adults hold teenagers and children in such low self-esteem. They speak ask if teens and adults are so different. It blows my mind that I can't find anything that talk about teens and adults being the same person but just more mature. That makes me think, what is an adults? what are the qualities that adults have to have to fit in that bracket? is it just age that makes a person an adult?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Tangle of discourses: Girl Negotiating Adolescence” by Raby

While reading, so much was coming to my mind because there was so much information that was being read but “A Tangle of discourses: Girl Negotiating Adolescence” by Raby , kept bring me back to guiding assumptions that was addressed the first few day of class. In particular I thought about the category “Teenagers are not some alien life form”. There is a section in this piece on page 440 that talks about teens being stereotyped as being moody, emotional or going through a phase. She actually asks one of the girls (Jess) that she interviews what she thinks of that stereotype and the girl actually agreed with that statement. In all actuality I can say that being moody does not depend on you being a teenager it depends on what kind of personality you have in general and also what kind of things you are going through. I am 24 years old and I find myself moody all the time. I passed that stage of being a teenager a very long time ago so what will that make me? She talks about being in a bad mood like that's a mood that only teens go through, in don't think that a person would ever grow out of being moody or being in a bad mood. Some might experience these emotions more than others a but it's always there. I will say when I was teen I was never moody, I was always in a a good mood (well unless someone pissed me off ). I can say that now I have more emotions running through me than ever before and that I believe is because I’m going through a lot personally. Everyone has this preconceived notion that teens are the worst thing ever, forgetting that they was once a teen before, and that they are still that same person that they were when they were a teen, we all just transformed into a more mature teen if you ask me. I truly believe that media has a great deal to do with this stereotype as well which takes me back to the “Unlearning the myths that Bind Us” piece.  We all know that media is one of the main reason why we do what we do and believe what we believe. Unless we make a change a huge part of the world will continue to flow with the dominate ideologies, but now that I think about it, is it realistically possible? And if it is where do we start?   

“Unlearning the myths that Bind Us” by Linda Christensen

“Unlearning the myths that Bind Us” by Linda Christensen definitely brought up some good points. First off “We” as a people like to think that we are so different and we have our own style and our own way of expressing how we feel through our dress, which in fact is not so true. I don’t really believe that we ever have a mind of our own. We have been influenced someway and somehow since birth. It starts from our parents with influences of what colors boys and girl are “suppose” to wear, to the kinds of toys genders can play with and even down to gender roles such as, females cook and clean. As children we tend to keep what we have learned and put it in the “norm” category. Not blinking an eye to realize that media defined what the “norm” is and has implanted a thought in our parent’s mind which has it trickled down to us. This is a cycle that then continues on and on.
Now the real issue that I would like to address is, children shows and different stereotype of races. When I was a child I watched a lot of children show but I never realized that they were stereotyping different races. This is showed by how a show has a certain person act, to how they dress, and even some of the background music that is played. Where did they even get theses stereotypes from? I never realized that African Americans were always made out to be a servants or not there at all. Now we are made out to be ghetto, have attitudes, tell people off and naturally know how to dance or not educated. Who says that we are all these things? Naomi sims was the first African America super model and was also a business woman and she published two books,Then we have Garrett Morgan who was the inventor of the gas mask and traffic lights and lastly there is Mae Jemison who was a physician and first black woman to travel into space. And wait, let us not forget PRESIDENT OBAMA who made history becoming the first black president. We as a whole should work on killing these stereotypes so that our children won’t have to deal with this crap.