Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

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Women In politics and Hope for the Future.

Women are underrepresented by our government as are ethnic minorities in America. In Class we watched a small portion of the film Miss Representation. The film delivers a provocative look at how women are misrepresented in congress. Women make up over half of our population so why are they not represented by this proportion in Congress? It is time for a change in the leadership of our government. In the coming months Hillary Clinton will begin a more aggressive campaign towards becoming the first female President of the United States. This is an important race and it is my hope that the largest glass ceiling will finally be broken.


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Women in The Military

In class the other day we watch a documentary that discussed the dilemma of women being raped in the military. This documentary was eye opening. I had no idea that amount of women that are endangered during their jobs on a daily basis. A statistic I found states that,  “A 2004 study of women veterans from Vietnam and all wars since, who were seeking help for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), found that 71% said they were sexually assaulted or raped while serving.” This is not acceptable; the military must address this in a manner that results in systemic change. I also feel that harsher deterrents must be set for the heinous crime.

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Fish Out of Water

No one should be told that they can’t love someone, whether that person is another race, another religion, or of the same sex. I believe that being gay/lesbian is not a sin, but even if it was, what makes that sin different from any other? Why must society tell lesbians or gays that they are wrong for being who they are when God made them that way? Homosexual people should have equal rights and should be able to get married and adopt kids like everyone else. Loving someone of the same sex is not hurting anyone in any way. People in America like to go off of what the bible says, but the bible does not actually say that homosexuality is a sin. But there are many others that Americans do everyday. So why is one sin worse than the other??

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Women in the Military

A big part of living in the United States and being a “free” country is because of the military. Without the military we would not be where we are today. Many of my family members have been in the military including my dad. He was in the Desert Storm. Now that I am college I have been trying to figure out what to do for the rest of my life and my dad has mentioned going into the military. Being in the military has tons of benefits, but the only way he was even going to consider me going into the military was if I became an officer. As a woman in the military being sexually assualted is very common, especially if they are enlisted. This is why it was better to become an officer over enlisted. Although, I have decided not to go into the military, but not because there is a chance I can be sexually assaulted. I just feel like I can serve my country just as well here. If women want to go into the military I say go for it but just be aware of what could happen, and if they could become an officer they are better off anyway. Plus as an officer they make a lot more money and when they retire they are promised a job.

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The Polyamory Society

The Polyamory Society is when someone is in multiple romantic relationships. This could mean that you are open to having sexual relationships with different people while you are dating each other. They would be okay if their girlfriend or boyfriend goes out and kisses another person. This would take a lot of trust and honesty within the relationship and absolutley no jealously. It would not be a polyamory relationship if jealousy was a part of it. I do not believe in this kind of relationship. They want their partner to be happy so they allow each other to have other partners. I believe that polyamory is totally wrong, and it should be between a man and a woman. Although, if they want to have a relationship like this they can. They just need to know that not many people will accept what they are doing. But the world is changing so who knows anymore.