Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Compulsion heterosexuality" and "Lesbian existence"

I am sorry, but this article was a really hard to read and understand. I do not know if everyone got it, but I will try to something about it.
From what I understood the author was making a comparison between the norms of heterosexuality women and the place of lesbians in the society.
She said that even though homosexuality among women existed for a long time, many scholars were not willing to talk or to write about it. Even when they were studying the "lesbian phenomena," they (scholar men) were more focus on making that image of a women as a home care lesbian were badly treated or tortured by the medical profession in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Adrienne Rich wrote: "Women have become the consumer victims of various cures, therapies, and normative judgments in differences period (including the prescription to middle-class women to embody and preserve the sacredness of the home-the 'scientific' romanticization of the home itself ). That for me put women in a box. She continues by adding information about the old time: "The ironic title For Her Own Good might have referred first and foremost the economic imperative heterosexuality and marriage and to the sanctions imposed against single women and widows-both of whom have been and still are viewed as deviant. Yet in this often enlightening Marxist feminist overview of male prescriptions for female sanity and health the economics of prescriptive heterosexuality." For a long period of time, women had no power over their own money or properties. A women was suppose to be married and everything was on her husband name which made it difficult for single women and widows...they had no power. Now a day, with the work of many suffrage and feminist movement, women have a place in this society. Women in general (heterosexual and homosexual) are placed in powerful offices and they have the power/opportunity to move opinion around. We this economical freedom for women in general, especially for lesbian who were persecuted for not being in to the society "norm," were able to be as free as they are today. Again it is about people you know.      

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


                                                        Fist Event: Visit to the Youth Pride
  •                                                       743 Westminster Street Providence, RI 02903                                               
  •                                                                  401.421.5626                                                                            

1. Describe the event(s) in detail. Your post should be no fewer than 750 word but may be much longer if needed.
    * I was welcome for a tour at the Youth Pride building by Saron Vongsavanj, one of the HIV prevention      
       help educator and staff member. He helps a lot with the tours, organisation, information such as  
       organizing health education session especially on safe sex; changing condoms in bathrooms so everyone
       can have new ones.

* He talked about support group for the everyone, but he specifically said that members are between the age of 13 to 23. He said that they want to offer a safe and welcoming place for everyone. They want them to feel free to express their identity honestly and the support group usually help to break the ice so young can feel better about themselves and with others.                                                                                                    
*I asked him if the Youth Pride help their member with school payment, he said they contact people for scholarship opportunities and make them available for the member to see and apply. They have support from around the world and many local companies.
 *The events (cooking lesson, HIV programs, YPI DOL,) calendar for the month and the year. Saron said they are very organized in what have to be done and when is it going to be done.  

*And they have the food Pantry sponsored mostly by RI food bank. It is a place where people in need can came and take food for a certain amount of time (for a week, or four days, or three days). Saron said that it only by appointment and the keep track of the food donation. It is done one a week and it is done by volunteers (mostly members and students).  



2) Make connections to three course readings and themes to help you analyze the events. What does this event have to do with feminism as we have discussed it in class?
     *The Youth Pride remind me of the suffrage's fight for the women's right. Now they are fighting for the right for  
       marriage and the right to be who they are. They have made a major step forward, it least today they have places to 
       go and feel free to express themselves the way they want. Women today can vote and they opinion matter 
       immensely during election time, it was not easy to get there and we (women) still have a long way to go the same 
       way the gays, lesbians, transgender...have.

3) Include pictures and links to at least three external web resources to help explain the meaning of this event.

     743 Westminster Street Providence, RI 02903

*Outside sources to see how others are doing it.
   Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Life at Emory University
The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
The CHRIS Rainbow Program
Project South
Project South seeks to eliminate oppression by education and action.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I used to live in a cloud: "Economic inequity a feminist issue?"

We like to think that we are all equal or if we "fight" for it we will all be one day. I don't believe in total equality in this world: people to people, men and women, rich and poor etc. I believe there will always be a CEO, who makes more money then the cleaning (man or lady) who clean the office at night. There will always be that idea of men have to make more money that women. There will never be 100% of the population becoming rich.    
I am not septic, I am realistic, there will always be one person who have less then the other. But I do believe in RESPECT. No matter how much or how little someone has, respect from one another will always be the key to advancement. I think, poverty in any aspect; economic, educational, mental etc, takes away respect for yourself and from others. 
So the question is; "Is Economic inequity a feminist issue?" YES, it is. Because we, as human being, always want to  have more then others, we sometimes tend to even walk over others to get what we want "Money." As we all know money equal Power and for most people in power looking down and abusing their power on those who have less is usually common. They always fine a way to take even the fewer the less privilege receive. As I am starting to understand, one of the aspect of  feminism is to fight against injustice and I believe, PEOPLE LIKE US exposing this unfairness to the world to see is a good step. With the CENTER FOR WORKING- CLASS STUDIES school people can at list find in information on how to fight injustice and regain their respect.  

Nancy M.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Something to think about

Thank God we are all different and have different mind & point of view. Which brings me to the speech the ex-president of the United States, Bill Clinton, gave on September 05, 2012 at the Democratic National Convention, he said:" `We're all in this together' is a far better philosophy than `You're on your own.'---It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics. Why? Because poverty,discrimination, and ignorance restrict growth. When you stifle human potential, when you don't invest in new ideas, it doesn't just cut off the people who are affected.It hurts us all." 

Those works were so profound to me because I did not took/understood it only for the economical advancement in this country, but also as unification of the people. 

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

I do not understand this logic

After watching the movie about the role the suffragists had in the United States, I was surprised to see how women had to fight so hard for their right to vote...I did not know it took so many years. It made me proud to see how women could organised and accomplished such an important mission, but my joy was short because among the suffragists, they were many who did not included the other race such as "colored" women (as they were calling them). I was chocked that the African american women were able to vote in 1920,but  because of the price poll taxes the did not vote.