August 2, 2005
Ashwak and I were in a history of Germany class together that emphasized the role of women in the public sphere around the first and second world wars, and since I wrote my final research paper on women in Germany from 1700 to WW2, I thought that I knew a lot about opinions on the matter, but Ashwak's article is really interesting because of the different views that it expresses and explains on the theories of Rosie the Riveter and women working in 'men only' jobs at the time. I have always found it fascinating how a culture can be ok with women doing a job only when it seems necessary, and completely condemn it as soon as the necessity disipates.
Juan's article on the penguin was a funny story, but the first part especially made me realize how little I really know on this topic. This article referenced so many places and people and events that I couldn't place contextually in any history in my brain, it made me feel not a little ashamed! I am really looking forward to Juan's presentation so that maybe I can contextualize this issue better in my brain.
I have to admit that towards the middle of Lara's article I started to scan. It was a lot of lawyer jargon, but the story of the intense racial and class discrimination that took place (oops.. and still does!) is really disgusting!! It is really interesting to me how the white community sued, saying that the plan for development in their area was a form of racial discrimination. Also, how the non-racial destruction was so well put, as if the fact of their being mixed races is a form of societal destruction in itself is so telling of the mentality of the people writing these laws and heading these boards and committees. Really, class and racial discrimination on this grand of a scale is utterly depressing.
Posted by wich0033 at August 2, 2005 10:55 PM
I would like to comment on "On Campus, Rethinking Biology 101." Reading this article seemd to be a raylight for the future of transgender people. I found it interesting that some colleges and universities are opening their eyes to the reality that surrounds their students daily. I would like to hear about more colleges across the country and world providing an opportunity like this for their students. I am also surprised that more liberal colleges still have not yet recognized or addressed this issue. Another interesting point was that the women's college changed it's documents to refer to the student instead of she and her.
"On Campus, Rethinking Biology 101" was a refreshing article to read. Thank you Lora. It is great to hear that there are colleges out there who give a damn about transgender people. I applaud them. Dr. Mallon's speech on how the transgender community is becoming more vocal and more visible was one of the highlights of the article for me. It is progressing to be like the gay movement was 10 to 15 years ago he stated. And I believe that to be the truth. It does start in the little places like the bathroom where change will slowly begin. I hope that other colleges will begin to do the same thing. It only makes sense.
I want a penguin/chicken pet. The ending of that article made me smile. As for the girl who became a woman after experiencing all of that life, it was bittersweet to read. I look forward to Juan's presentation to learn more about what militant femininity.
"Colorblind Segregation" was intersting, but I as well found myself mostly scanning it. I look forward to the presentation because I think it will clear some stuff up for me.
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