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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What is Virginity?

Today in class we watched a short film entitled, “How to lose your virginity.” This film seeks to analyze the concept of virginity. The film raises a number of questions that I had thought very little about like what is “virginity”? While most feel that they can answer this question very easily it becomes more complicated when one starts to analyze the idea of virginity more deeply. For example, when does one lose their virginity? Is it the first time you experiment in a sexual manner with another person or does full-fledged sexual intercourse have to take place. The situation becomes even more complex when different sexual orientations are taken into account. In my opinion, virginity is a concept designed by humans to glorify the act of sex and may also have been used to oppress and control women. Basically, virginity is what we make it if we choose to give it power and life then it exists and if we do not then one day it may be nothing more than an odd concept of the past.