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October 29, 2007

Week 9 Discussion Questions

1. How and what factors define and contribute to the multiple identites a person can have as stated in the intersectionality theory? Is this a fair way to define ourselves? WHy?

2. After the intersectionality theory has been applied to a person's identity, is it possible for any of the identities to be changed to different identities or completely emitted from the person's identity list? Why or why not? What could account for the changes in some identities?

October 23, 2007

Week 8 Discussion Questions

Because discrimination of women by employers on the bases of their reproductive roles, what is to be done to solve these ideas?

If discriminatory practices are still prevalent in the workplace in the U.S., what is to be expected of countries where women don’t have the same rights and are thought of as unequal?

Week 8 Discussion Questions

Do you think that gender and race have the same effects on equality in the work force? If not how do they differ and to what extreme?

Secretaries tend to be women, construction workers tend to be males. Why do you think that certain jobs are viewed to be held by females or males?

Why do you think that men are more likely to be in the science and math fields as opposed to women? Have you seen any kind of change in this with in the last couple years? Do you think in the future this will change or remain the same?

Do you think discrimination by race depends on location or is it generally the same no matter where you go with in the US?

October 22, 2007

Week 8 questions:

It is hard for most people to find a job in this society. Why do you think that is so and explain?
Do you think this statement is true that was once made on the Oprah Winfrey Show by Bill Gates: "Thirty-three percent of America's population will be in the workforce by the year 2020. Also, thirty-three percent of students will not be ready for college by the year 2020 and thrity three percent of student will be highschool dropouts." And please explain your opinion.

October 17, 2007

what i learned

I thought the discussion was very interesting today in lecture. I always find it interesting to talk about how different women express art. Whether it is through a family quilt, or story telling, or poetry, women have found ways to express their hereitage despite opression. Many times it is the oppression that sparks the art. However, I always wonder which had more influence on a person's art, the circmumstances that surrounded them like access to books and education or whether pure natural talent and the desire to be heard. Both play an important role and it makes me sad to think of the art that we missed out on because certain women did not have access to allow their art to be shared with the world.

Week 7 Questions

Is the availability of pharmecutical drugs making our country more drug dependent? Are pharmecutical drug ads aimed more towards women than men? Are these drug ads making it easier for people, especially women, to MAKE themselves sick? What do pharmecutical drug ads have to do with the feminization of poverty?

October 16, 2007

question: Women and Poverty

If all the actions mentioned in the UN platform are implemented, there will still be the problem of the oppression put on women by men (i.e. in their homes and families). What can be done in these countries to change the paradigm of the roles men and women have? While keeping in mind the unique culture of each country.

Children are a societies future, should it be the societies responsibility to make sure the children have basic needs, such as food, shelter, and education?

Week 7 Questions

Alice Walker's piece speaks a lot on the idea that women (particularly black women) were once so beaten down that their mindsets became that that was what they deserved. How much do you think this plays into the discrimination against women that still exists today? Are we women our biggest critics?
The article we read on women and poverty mentioned a lot of government programs needing to be in existence to help women who are struggling on their own, or as head's of the household. In "I Stand Here Ironing," it is clear that that is something that would have greatly benefitted her, however, the programs that actually exist nowadays are constantly in jeopardy because of their consistent abuse/lack of funding. Do you think we can ever fully remedy this? If so, how?

week seven questions

There are many challenges that face women in the workforce which leads to increased poverty among women. However, after reading the piece by Alice Walker, how do the problems and challenges that the women discussed in that piece compare with the problems and challenges women of today's society face? Have they changed at all or are we still fighting the same battle a hundred years later?

October 15, 2007

Discussion Questions - Week 7

What are the main issues revolving around women in the workplace today? Have the problems with traditional gender roles, the 'glass ceiling', inequal pay and discrimination gotten any better, or do they still exist? If they do still exist, can any measures be taken to improve conditions in the work force for women? Has anyone experienced any gender issues at a job that they've had?

impact of a recommendation on "I Stand Here Ironing"

recommendation: 58i by governments) Formulate and implement, when necessary, specific economic, social, agricultural and related policies in support of female-headed households.

This impacts Tillie Olsen's short story in how she is a single mother of four and this recommendation would've helped her gain stability during times of struggle.

October 9, 2007

Discussion Questions-Week 6

What do you think is the main factor limiting women from being represented in environmental issues? What is it going to take for women to be equally represented in these issues? Will women ever be represented equally (especially considering the present state of woman vs. man in nearly ALL issues)? Can we "trick" men into thinking about women-related environmental issues by linking it to them?

Week 5 Discussion Reaction

I just wanted to briefly comment on last week's discussion...
I thought it was really interesting to hear everyone's views on the older generation. I thought that a very good point was brought up that our society focuses on the younger generation to come up with new and better things. I couldn't agree more.
It also fascinates me how the United States is so different from other countries in regard to their elders. You don't see a whole lot of nursing homes in Europe. They don't understand why we lock away our older and wiser generation.
I think it might be interesting to really figure out why this is; and where did we start going wrong?

In what ways can women fight environmental degradation?
How can consumers protect the environment?

October 8, 2007

Be prepared


1) Try to brainstorm the ways in which women are related to environment as well as the ways to think about environment.
2) Try to find the definition of eco-feminism in dictionaries or on-line resources.

October 4, 2007

9/26 Discussion and 10/3 Discussion

9/26- Sorry about the lateness of this...but I found this discussion to be helpful as we depicted the various aspects of feminism. I learned that feminism can affect more various groups of people and all at different levels.

10/3- This was by far very interesting to me. I enjoyed hearing the views of other people and how we (young adults) dont relate well to our elders. I learned a major reason for that was due to the fact of how we each grew up and how different it was. To fill this gap between us we need to find things we enjoy that have a common ground.

I learned that...

The last discussion was probably my favorite so far. I really enjoyed learning about what my classmates thought of the treatment elders get from the young and how young people view their parents as old fashioned. I also liked how everyone had a different opinion about the actual reason behind it (such as the media). It was FUN!

October 3, 2007

What I learned

I particularly enjoyed the discussion on how respecting elders differs between cultures. It was interesting to hear other classmates's theories on why westernized culture does not give the same respect to elders as some other cultures. It was nice to be able to learn from everyone's various backgrounds in the class.

10/3 Discussion reaction

i enjoyed our discussion on differences in generations. It brought a lot of good issues to the table. I learned about what brings about these differences, differences in culture, beliefs, etc. It is also helpful when we have class discussions to learn about our classmates and relate to them on other grounds than just being in the same class as them.

What I Learned

I learned that when we think about issues we have to think about the views of all different kinds of feminism because feminism isn't made up of just one wave or one way of thinking.

What I've Learned

Post discussion from Wednesday, I started to see how often discrimination against races other than white as well as discrimination against different genders. I have never thought about the face that gender can be chosen of that white women

can sear and not worry that their race will be judged because of it. Many of our readings have been from different time periods but because many of the issues talked about are still occuring today, we can still relate to them.

October 2, 2007

Discussion Questions

1) According to the article, it says: "Unmarried girls of 21 and 22 are perceived as not conforming to the ideals of Hmong womanhood." If you were put in the same position as the young Hmong girls, would you still follow the old traditions, or would you prefer if you can choose your own spouse? Explain the advantages and disadvantages of both.

2) In the second part of the article, the author talks about how Rabi Das women are sent to work outside the house because of low income they are facing. However, there still is strict control forbidding them from having their absolute freedom even though they are working hard to get money back to their homes. Is there a solution to end such a lifestyle that is not justified according to the women?

Platform for Action--Questions

1) What are the global crises to which the Platform has called our attention?
2) What is your critique of the global framework in terms of gender?
3) How would you evaluate the global framework of family? (See Global Framework No. 29)

More questions to think about

1) Is the category of women stable? Give some examples to support your argument.
2) Is the notion of true womanhood universal? Give some examples to support your argument.
3) What are some of the transnational perspectives on gender you have known of so far?

Discussion Questions

1. "It is important that we do not necessarily privilege gender over other bases of oppression." Before reading the articles in class, did you think of feminism as racist or otherwise biased? Why do you think gender issues often seem to take precedence over others?

2. In Minority Women and the Experiences of Migration arranged marriages are discussed. What are your thoughts on arranged marriages? What positive and negative aspects can you think of compared to our western marriage traditions?

October 1, 2007

Discussion Questions

1) In the article, a young Hmong man in Hobart says: "There is definitely less freedom in Hmong culture..." Even a man admits that. Since everyone in the Hmong community knows that they do not have real freedom, especially women, why don't they work on breaking the clan or make a better living?

2) In the article, in the Rabi Das section, one young man said, “they (elders) are unaware of how the world works today.? Is moving to Australia the effect of the youth saying these negative things about elders, because elders play a very important role in shaping the culture. Or what is the real reason that shapes the youth's belief of their parents as old fashioned and uneducated?

Discussion Questions

1. Taken from the article "Minority Women and the Experiences of Migration," a quote said by a Hmong man :
"Freedom to us is like freedom but in quotes." Is this statement referring to just Hmong men, or both men and women? Is it fair to say Hmong women's freedom is even more in quotes than men's freedom and if yes, why?

2. From the same article, talking about Rabi Das women, they are forced to go into labor for the survival of their families, but when in labor forces, they are ridiculed for being there. How is this working system fair? Why do people of the same culture of Rabi Das allow this behavior to happen to their own people?