December 12, 2007


Usually, in the artistic world, your culture and race determine what kind of art you present. For example, the black race has developed Hip Hop from their roots of the beat and from the oppression they have faced. Hip Hop holds roots in the traditional storytelling and has taken form as a way to express the oppression they have faced in America. Also, Hip Hop has transcended through the United States to countries in Europe and in Latin America.
Taking Hip Hop as an exampke, it is easy to see how gender and sexuality play out. To be included and taken seriously women have to make themselves more masculine and be able to prove themselves on that male level. The other option is to sexualize themselves completely as sexy women that rap. Usually the poor, blackfolks make up the Hip Hop world in their struggle for equality ad respect.


The relationship between global violence and domestic violence is clear. As wars are waged and citizens become slaves to their government, men need to retain a feeling of dominance and in turn take it out on their women at home. They cannot hold more dominance and power than what is presented to them at home, so they take that power to the extreme and it turns into violence. When men see that they are losing power in their wholistic realities --in the work place or among other men, they turn to their female counterparts at home. Also, abuse faced as children will come thorugh in a repetative pattern as adults. If men are abused as children they will inturn abuse as adults.

December 5, 2007

disscussion questions

What are the double standard for men and women? Which ones are good or bad for women and men? Why do men get the freedom to be sexual while women can not have that freedom?

December 4, 2007

Week 14

Just like the media, in what other areas is gender and sexuality visible? What effects do they have in the society?

discussion question-December 5

Pretend that you were walking down the street and noticed that a woman your age was wearing a revealing out fit. How would you feel towards that?
What if you were that woman?

December 3, 2007

Discussion Question for 12/5/07

Is a woman's sexuality and gender more visible in the media in a negative or more positive sense?

Why is it that more women are exploited visibly in movies versus the men?

November 29, 2007

Blog #5

Gender, race, class, and sexuality play important roles in all forms of art in past and present societies. In United States history, typically only white people were considered credible artists. For example, in the times of American slavery, traditional African modes of expression were not considered to be forms of art, even though spoken word, oral tradition, and African dances are crucial components of that culture. The slave owners tried to suppress the artistic expressions of their slaves, and would punish them for singing or dancing. In this case, racial prejudices prevented these artistic people from being considered “artists.�
The sexual objectification of women in art is one of the biggest cultural stereotypes that exist in our society. In current male music videos, for example, women wearing very little clothing surround the singer, eyeing him coyly and smiling seductively. In the videos of some of today’s most popular songs, women merely lay in seductive positions, allowing themselves to be the “object� and not the “subject.� In hip hop, in particular, female artists have struggled with the balance of their image as a singer: are they too girly to get their message across or too masculine to be taken seriously as a woman? Even though society accepts female artists now, women still face, and will probably always face, difficulties with being taken seriously.

November 28, 2007

Art Q x2!!

1) Does art influence people? Why?
2) What problems are posed for women in the industry?

November 21, 2007

AIDS- ethics, drugs, testing

Do you think it is unethical to conduct experiments when you know that some of the participants will not be receiving the life-saving drug? What about the vaccine experiments, ethical or unethical?
How can we stop big drug companies from monopolizing the distrubution of life-saving drugs? Are they making it impossible for the poor countries to receive drugs?

November 20, 2007

Discussion question

What makes AIDS victims feel that they are entitled to the vaccination or AZT ?
Who are going to be a sponser for the vaccination in poorest countries? On the otherhand, is it right for anyone, who has resources, not share the knowledge? Shouldn't we as human being help them?

Aids and Women

Do you think women from all around the world deserve equal access to the same and best medical treatments?
Do you think different research and conducting of medicine should be different for women of different cultures based on traditions, or should it all be conducted in the same way? Is it fair that women with AIDS in Africa aren't given the same opportunities to medicine as a women in the U.S.? What can be done to change that situation and make medicine available for all who need it?

November 14, 2007

Week 11 Discussion Questions-sorry for the delay!

1. Why is violence against children taken more seriously than violence against women in our society?
2. What are the social implications for why violence against women is somewhat tolerated in our society? Why does domestic violence get overlooked more often than not?
3. Why is it almost always men beating up or abusing women instead of the other way around? Does this have anything to do with biology or is it merely because of the social conceptions of masculinity and dominance?

Violence Against Women

With all of the progress in women's rights and support systems, why do many women accept domestic violence and not immediately escape it? In other countries, women are still greatly dependent on men for income. With decreased dependence on men in the United States, why is violence against women still overlooked?

Violence Against Women

Does anyone have any personal experiences with violence against women? Why do you think women stay in abusive situations and relationships?

November 11, 2007

Week 11 Discussion Questions

1. What are some things we, as citizens and not government officials, can do to stop both public and private violence against women?
2. What are some reasons behind private violence against wome, especially sexual violence, are somewhat culturally accepted, and what can we do to stop this?