A pensive reflection to a great semester
As I reflect over the past semester I am relieved and saddened that the year is almost over. Relieved, that summer is year and I can finally do nothing for three whole months! Saddened, that this class is over and I will have to actively look for new ways to educate myself about feminism and topics pertaining to feminism. When I first registered for this class, I had made an unofficial goal of answering my question: â€śWhy do I want to minor in GWSS?â€? Now that it is the end of the semester, I really donâ€™t have a concrete answer. Perhaps, it is merely that I am more educated on issues of reproductive rights, or that I learned how to be a better ally to the GLBT community, or maybe I am more on the up-and-up on feminism in the news, or I have thought of new and different ways race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability affect feminism and me. Maybe it is just a mix of all of those thingsâ€¦yes, thatâ€™s it. I have honestly, challenged myself and how I â€śdo sexualityâ€? and process sexuality as a socially constructed identity.
One thing I would suggest for the class: Improve or create a closer classroom by forming groups, and encouraging students to interact and get to know each other more. I left our class not really knowing more than five people very closely and less than ten names of my classmates. The blog really helped me to connect with other classmates, but I did not really read my friendâ€™s posts, because their posts just got lost amongst the numerous other blog posts from everyone else.
Overall, I loved this class and I really enjoyed reading the articles in our textbook Feminist Frontiers, and I feel that the discussions we have had online and in-class have challenged my thought process and encouraged me to ponder feminism in new light and by using different lenses of analysis. I also have increased my blogging ability tremendously, which is way cool and I think that I will continue to add to my media journal for my own benefit of keeping track of interesting things I come across in the media and record what my opinions and thoughts are about them. Loved the class! Looking forward to taking more GWSS classes next year!