Intro to Women's Studies 2010

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Half the Sky

Watching Half the Sky allowed me to witness the struggles women face in third world countries and how truly fortunate I am to be born a free woman who is able to make her own autonomous decisions. Edna’s midwifery and women’s hospital was amazing. She was able to help many women who could not afford healthcare, deliver their newborn babies, and become cured from life threatening conditions or illness. Especially those from being abused my village men, female vaginal mutilation and its effects on childbirth.  In Africa, women were beginning to demand respect in their community and establish their own businesses and way of life. African women are tired of being mistreated my their spouses and partners. Their main goals are to provide for their children and continue to put them through school. Lastly, women in India are mostly born into prostitution especially those living in the Red Light District.  By allowing their children to attend New Light they are able ensure a better future for their daughters and sons. Although some women are reluctant to this change in their environment it is overall a positive turn around in their family history.

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half the sky

LaShon White

Half the Sky

19 February 2013

TR 12:45-2:05

Women’s Studies

R. Tolley-Stokes

Half the Sky was very inspirational. I had no ideal that stuff was going on in the world. I thought prostitution was only in America. I also thought it was sad that the girls in Somaliland got circumcised. After watching this it made me have a lot of respect for Edna Adan. I have heard of her before, but I had no ideal what she did. She is a strong and trustworthy woman. She is always trying to make the women around her happy and healthy. She was the first to receive a scholarship in Somaliland. She also was the first midwifery. She said that more women in Africa die from child birth. They were asking a lady why do she circumcise little girls and her response was its how she get paid so they asked if she would quit if somebody paid the same amount that she make and she said yes. I didn’t really like the fact that the girls were circumcised because for one they wait until the little girl is already walking and stuff instead of doing it at birth. After the girls are circumcised they have to just lay in a hut for about two weeks to recover. I know this has to be very painful. I don’t really like talking about this because it kind of make me emotional. I just cant see how they would want to hurt a poor innocent little girl. The little girls just sit and scream out while its happening. The little girls were raped and put out for prostitution. Some how if a girl was raped it was considered her fault and sometimes their families wouldn’t want anything to do with them. This is ridiculous and after seeing this it just makes me want to help out more when it comes to women’s health. I have a personal experience with but I had no ideal it happened all over the world. I recommend this story to everyone. Men and women. This should be told all over the world so more people will be aware of this. I know im all over the place with this but I just cant gather thoughts in order about this.


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Half The Sky

Watching the movie Half The Sky truly opened my eyes to the extreme abuses and mistreatment of women around the world. It broke my heart to see that their could ever be a society in which rape was not only habitual offense, but one that is accepted, overlooked, and barely even addressed. Young innocent girls, as young as three years old, are having their purity robbed from them before their even able to understand the concept of sex. And the saddest part is the rapist is the one who is easily forgiven and accepted back into society, while the young girl is scorned, rejected, and branded a usless whore for the rest of their lives. Their is no forgiveness for these children and the authorities are doing absolutly nothing to put a stop to these tragedies. I thank God for the few safe havens provided for these girls in the form of shelter, consuling, and medical treatment, but its far from a solution. These childrens lives are being snatched away from them by selfish disrespectuful men who are suffering no reprecussions. Its tragic…truly tragic


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Half The Sky

In this film is was like nothing I have ever seen. Honestly I really didn’t know what Female Genital Mutilation was until I viewed this movie I had know clue that it existed in other countries. It was beyond sad what was going on to thousands of woman being cut, abused, and forced into prostitution was very hard to look at because some of the woman I saw in the film were my age or even younger. The things that they have to go thought on a daily basis is terrible. Children as young as five being cut is total unnecessary they should be giving the choice if they want that done to them. It is very unclean because they use the same knife on every girl disease and infection can destroy them from even having children of their own. Young girls going into prostitution just to make money for their family my minds still cant grasp it because prostitution of any age should be looked down upon.


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Half the Sky

Watching Half the Sky broke my heart and really caught my attention. I had no idea that women were going through such a horrible thing. After watching it, it made me realize how lucky I am to have the privileges that I do. I think it is so unfair that women are being raped and beaten by their husbands and other men. I respect the women in Umoja. They have a lot of courage. 130 million are circumcised and during the operation their legs are tied os the woman doesn’t kick. They leave a tiny hole so the woman can urinate. The genital mutation leaves scar tissue, it rips and tears, and damages the women’s organs. If the woman is pregnant they have to cut her open to get the baby out. In my opinion no woman should ever have to go through that. My favorite quote from this movie was from Etnia, she said “Before you learn to do it with your hands. you have to learn to do it with your heart.” I really wish more people could help these women, because they deserve help and they do not deserve to get beaten or raped.


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Half the sky

I think half the sky was a very eye opening experience. It shows women in American just how privileged we are. The numbers involved in the video such as 130 women being involved in FGM are astonishing. We need to have more people involved in helping out for a cause because bringing light to situations is how they get resolved. It is very disturbing to think that husbands and other men in the community can get away with rape and beating their wives. Such as the guy in the 2nd half of Half the sky that got away with raping the young girl and got out of jail. And then her dad kicked her out of the house because he said he was ashamed of her. It is just amazing to me to think about how uneducated men in 3rd world countries and how they can be so disrespectful to women in their communities.  


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Half The Sky

I am so grateful that Half the Sky was shown to our class. The movie introduced controversial issues that globally need to be recognized and addressed. The first segment that focused on female genital mutilation hit me the hardest. The fact that 130 million women have been circumcised, breaks my heart and infuriates me at the same time! The rational for female genital mutilation is in no way strong enough to support this painful and dangerous act. According to the movie, the Somalians perform FGM because it is a very important tradition. If a women isn’t circumcised, she is considered disposible.In my eyes, A tradition that causes excruciating pain, birthing difficulty, and vaginal problems was never worth implementing in the first place. The tradition was set (by men) because the Somalians wanted to keep their women from becoming loose, and to lower sex drive. However, FGM is performed when the girl is 5-8 year old. WHAT 5-8 YEAR OLD IS GOING AROUND TRYING TO HAVE SEX?!?!. There is no logic in this explanation. I believe the men implemented this tradition to find another way to be dominant over women. This movie made me thankful for the society in which I live, and to also speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.