Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

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Deaths that Cry Out – Valdez

This literally brought tears to my eyes. Reading the tragic, horrific rapes and deaths of young girls that seemingly was irrelevant to the Mexican authorities made my stomach turn. The murderer(s) was very skilled. They were able to snatch up these young girls and young women without anything being heard or seen. Turns out several of the murderers were high government officials in Mexico that the police force actually knew about but did nothing to stop. For the first time ever I read the word femicide while viewing this article. apparently it means the killing of women; a gender crime. In fact drug cartels, police, government officials, and even military personnel have all taken part in this mass murder of women in Mexico. They even tortured some men into confessing to the murders as to take the spotlight off of them. This ended with over a dozen men being jailed for murders they did not commit. Those who investigate the murders and try to divulge the truth get threatening calls with horrific background noises. Mexico has forbidden the FBI from investigating directly and even offered compensation to the families of the murdered girls as compensation for their silence. This is sickening. For a country to stand by and let hundreds of its women be brutally raped and slain is a travesty. What happened to human rights in this world? For people to just stand back and allow women to be slain is not right. I bet if this was hundreds of men things would be a little different.


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Women and Leadership – Eagly & Carli

This article by Eagly and Carli is about women’s role in leadership. We live in a “man’s world,” which means it works with man as the structure and foundation and woman only as an aid to the man. Most leaders are men; presidents, principals, officials, military generals… they all have a general manly stereotype associated with them. Women in leadership positions are usually not taken very seriously. This can really put a damper on their willingness to step up in their career. If women feel as though they will be ridiculed for “being a man” by taking a leadership role, they will usually just shy away. This is the sad truth of our workplace.

Eagly and Carli write that “there are many ways to remove barriers to women’s advancement.” The point out that hiring and promoting is not a simple matter; it is a combination of organizational practices interacting with market forces. But some specific policies and practices have a discriminatory impact on women. These discriminations to women should be avoided at all costs. Although stereotypes assume otherwise, women make wonderful well-rounded leaders.

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Deaths That Cry Out – Valdez

“They were killed in various ways: strangled, stabbed, bludgeoned, shot to death.” This brutal sentence describes the murders of 470 girls in the city of Juarez, Mexico. But it wasn’t just that they were killed, they were BRUTALLY mutilated, raped, and killed. Valdez gives examples of some of the victims of this terrible crime: one girl was only twelve years old when she was abducted. Another victim’s right breast was severed and and her left breast mauled by human teeth. All of the crimes involved extreme violence and were overlooked by the government.

Valdez seems to recall this factual information with a sympathetic view toward the women who suffered in this evil crime. She says that Mexico’s government has refused to permit the FBI to investigate the murders directly. They are ignoring such a crime as murdering hundreds of girls and women! This is insane. In 2006, a final report was released regarding the issue of the Juarez women’s murders. It said the crimes were “vastly exaggerated, there were no serial murders, and family violence was the primary cause for them.” Ignoring that a problem exists definitely does not solve it.

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Deaths That Cry Out by Valdez

This article by Diana Valdez  reports on the many brutal murders and rapes that have occurred in Mexico since 1993. Between 1993 and 2005 approximately 470 girls violently died in Juarez, Mexico. The United States even stepped in to investigate the murder cases. It’s never been proven but most think that the murders are all somehow related. Mexico’s government has refused to let the FBI to investigate further or follow up on leads. Though the government claims to have solved the crimes, they have also downplayed the crimes and their brutality and importance, and claimed that the crimes were exaggerated.

This article is ridiculous. It makes the government look like a sketchy joke full of bad cops and two faced officials. How can a country let 420+ girls be brutally murdered and not do anything nor solve the crimes? Whats even worse is the crimes were swept under the rug and prob never thought about. It’s crazy how much power the government has and how much power gangs and drug lords have over the government. Sort of seems like one big dangerous mess.

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If Women Ran Hip Hop-Aya de leon

I really like this poem because of how it shows the green side of  Hip-Hop if society gave women a chance. 85% of Hip Hop incorpartes some kind of violent or sexual behavior that repels music lovers from wanting to even give it a chance. Hip-Hop is supposed to bring communities together with its poetry, not degrade other parts of the town or stating that women are nothing but “Hoes and Bitches”. If man been destroying this art ,well shit, why not give women a chance too. Aya de Leon poem shows that if women had a chance to show their also capable skills “rhyming to the flow”, there would be a tremendous outcome because women do not stress on robbing,killing, or sexing. And if a person were to listen to the females rappers that are making in the industry,they only rap about sexual encounters because the feel like with nothing else being, they would not have a career. Quite frankly, I love hearing a woman rap because it shows that she is holding her head up in this male-dominated art and I love it even more when a woman doesn’t have to rap about her vagina being “the wettest” or “the best around town” but about real things that occur from time to time.

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Pop Culture Gone Wild

This article is good because how true Jessica Valenti “Pop Culture Gone Wild” points out how sex is being dished around like samples at Target.In today’s times we can not watch a simple video with out some implication of sex,Nicki Minaj’s “Superbass” displaying her girating on a man’s lap or Ciara’s “Ride it” which implies her freaking off her partner and how she is the best at, and all guiding the young girls in  wrong direction.At least Brittany Spears threw off the idea of a virgin because ,nowadays, it can barley be found unless it’s on Nick jr, which is complete innocence, or from Oprah, which you lost your innocence, but learning on how to be strong about it. I love the idea of a woman being sexy, but there is nothing more beautiful than a woman that can do that and know her worth.

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Maid to Order / Barbara Ehrenreich

   In her article, Ehrenreich illustrates to us the business and opinions of housekeeping and those whose days consist of cleaning up after others. The majority of housekeepers are women, hired to work in the homes of others. Ehrenreich makes several strong points to the trouble this growing field is presenting. Many relationships have experienced the arguments pertaining to household duties such as laundry or dishes. Not only does this opinion that women are suited for housework serve a blow to relationships, but it is also teaching children and teens that they don’t need to clean up after themselves and crippling their futures when they are to live on their own. Maid services only continue to support the skewed opinion that women belong in the home cooking, cleaning, and even scrubbing on their hands and knees.
   This entry, once again, somewhat pissed me off. Not that I disagree! But that I completely agree and feel that more people, men especially, should step up to the plate and clean up after THEMSELVES! Perhaps if there were more opportunities for these women to work in other fields they would not be driven to scrub floors, invisible to the homeowners. I enjoyed Ehrenreich’s point that “Someone who has no qualms about purchasing rugs woven by child slaves in India or coffee picked by impoverished peasants in Guatemala might still hesitate to tell dinner guests that, surprisingly enough, his or her lovely home doubles as a sweatshop during the day”. I also agreed that such assistance or household help should be reserved for those that really need it; including the elderly, disabled, parents of new babies (even though I feel their families should help instead), asthmatics who require an allergen free environment, and the mentally handicapped not capable of doing such activities for themselves. In a perfect world, we would share all chores and occupations equally. BUT, this world is far from perfect.