Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014


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Half the Sky

The movie Half the Sky gave me insight into the trouble that women are still facing globally today in developing countries. Genital mutilation, social stereotypes, and economic inequalities are among these things. These are Basic human rights that many of us now a days take for granted that these women may never know. Genital mutilation is not only harmful to a woman’s health and retards their reproductive capabilities, it is often done without the consent of the girl that it is administered onto. This is an atrocity that needs to be done away with, and the best way would be through changing the way the people perceive this tradition. Often, they feel as though this is required and to not do would be a sin of sorts. Next, the women are expected to be second class citizens to men. Men can rape, beat, and kill a woman without so much as a second thought in some parts of the world. The logic behind this is flawed and needs to be changed. Economic equality seems to be a way to move beyond this. If they have a means of survival dependent from any man, then men will have a harder time belittling them. These three things must change if conditions are to ever improve for women living in these parts of the world.


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Half the Sky

“Half the Sky” was a very inspirational and eye-opening documentary.  Before watching this video, I had never heard of genital mutilation, or many of the other trials these women face throughout their daily lives.  It broke my heart to learn that many of them have just accepted the way they are treated.  They welcome genital mutilation and choose to live with abuse. I am so glad that someone took initiative to tell the stories of these amazing women, as well as the stories of ladies like Edna. These women are truly making a difference.  It really inspired me to know more about what’s going on outside of my own world, and it also inspired me to do something that really matters with my life.  I am currently pursuing a nursing career, and after watching “Half the Sky,” I would love the opportunity to volunteer with them at some point in the future.


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Half the Sky

Before watching Half the Sky, I already knew that many women were being treated terribly around the world, just by watching the news.  However, I did not realize to what extent.  The part of the movie that had the biggest impact on me, was the female genital mutilation (FGM).  I had heard of this before, but I never really learned enough about it, because it infuriated and made me sick to even think about it.  It breaks my heart to know that the women in this society consider this a tradition and that it is alright.  Most of the girls in the film were looking forward to the day that they get circumcised, because it is praised and celebrated in their communities.  This “tradition” is ridiculous, and they even said that their religion does not require it.  Ultimately, They do this to lower their sex drive, keep their chastity, and to keep them under control. 130 million women have experienced FGM around the world, and 3 million girls are at risk for FGM every year.  This number blows my mind.  There was a woman who was interviewed and she was known as “the cutter,” because she was the one that would go around hacking of the children’s private parts.  She said that she performed “10-12” of these circumcisions everyday.  FGM causes so many problems for women, problems that should never even exist.