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Sick of Sociology

I’ve gotten a lot of blogging material from my Sociology class. And yet, again, this particular post will be about Sociology.

In my latest post, I shared with y’all my response paper on “sexist language.” Tonight, I am reading another article that I was planning on writing a response to for extra credit. However, I find myself at a loss for words.

How am I supposed to write a legitimate response when I will just be repeating what I’ve written in previous responses?

This article is on “privilege” and why it is important to “make [this issue] visible in legal doctrine.” It goes on to describe how we categorize (incorrectly it adds) gender as male and female. “A recent scientific article suggested that five genders might be a more accurate characterization of human anatomy, but there is a heavy systemic stake in our image of two genders.”

Five genders, huh? I’m confused on what those other three might be… This article explains that everything in our society is heterosexualized, that heterosexuality holds “privilege.” It gives examples such as “marriage”, “husband”, and “wife.”

And this all makes sense to me now… My sociology professor, on the first day of class, referred to her “partner” in explaining a specific issue. As you may imagine, the whole class was slightly puzzled, including me. I later found out that her partner was actually a man, but more than that. This “partner” was her husband! HER HUSBAND! But she refuses to say husband… it’s spouse or partner. I understand why now. Calling him her husband, I suppose, is part of this whole heterosexual privilege.

My goodness.

How am I supposed to response to this?! What am I supposed to say in response to this stupidity? Everything that I would WANT to say, I couldn’t because it would probably offend her, and seeing as she controls my grade… well, that might not be a great idea.

Keeping along with this theme of “privilege” in our society, in our class friday the issue of all boys colleges came up. Of course, this was a HUGE PROBLEM! How dare men have a university all to themselves and now admit women!! How DARE they leave out women! They must think they are better than us!

And yet, we live in a city with TWO ALL GIRLS UNIVERSITIES!!! Hellllooooooooo! Let’s open our eyes here, people.

There are all men’s colleges. And there are all girls colleges. It’s not sexist. It’s not a privilege thing!

Ugh. In conclusion… I will not be writing this extra credit response. The truth is, I can’t deal with this BS anymore. And yes, that’s exactly what it is. A bunch of complete nonsense. It’s tiring.

I have two papers still to write for this class. Two major papers. I have to be an “investigator” of inequality… So I’ll pretty much be telling her what she wants to hear.

In the last paper (which is my exam grade), I have to identify patterns within my response papers. One of the questions: “How has my sociological perspective developed over the semester?” I’ll let you guys know what creative answer I come up with. Should be interesting.

Night folks!

~Lucy

Sexist Language, huh?

Hey y’all. A few weeks ago I had to read this bogus article about “sexist language” and write a response to it. I wanted to share my response with you. However, before you read it, read the article I was responding to. =) I should also tell you yet again… this was in my sociology class. Scary stuff.

Check it out!!

http://www.alternet.org/story/48856/

Sexist Language, huh?

Ch. 3 Sex: Love’s Got Something to Do With It

Has anyone else noticed how the main topic of many of women’s magazines is sex? Cosmo, Glamour, Women’s Health online has a sex page, Marie Claire. The list goes on. It’s all about recreational sex.

The Pol. Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism makes an interesting observation. “Women lost the sexual revolution.” (pg. 19)

Recreational sexual activity was supposed to put women on the same playing field as men, show men that they have just as much control over their own bodies. Except what they have done instead is show that they’ll have sex whenever and where ever.

As a college student, the temptation of pre-marital sex is everywhere. I often hear “You’re in college; you’re supposed to have sex.” Or “Let’s loose every now and then, Lucy. Have fun!”

Ugh, no. Sex may be a part of the majority of college students lives, but it’s not going to be a part of mine. You can give me grief all you want, you can tell me I’m too uptight, that I’m too conservative. But all that’s going to do is make me stand more firm to my beliefs. It’s going to have the opposite effect on me.

On pg. 21, Lukas explains how this idea of recreation sex doesn’t end with college. “Our pop culture seems to celebrate- even while still sneering at- infamously promiscuous young women.”

I interpret this statement as such: As young college students, as adults, we are supposed to have casual sex, but society looks down at promiscuous women as easy, sluts, etc.

So where is the balance? There is none. It’s an oxymoron. Have lots of sex! But not too much. Give your body to multiple men! But not too many.

My goodness. If anyone thinks this message is just in the popular media, on television shows, in popular magazines, I’m sorry, but you are very mistaken.

In my sociology class, we are talking about gender inequality, and this idea has come up multiple times of having many sex partners and it being an ok thing. Women’s study classes are all about women’s sexual roles. Check out pg. 23 for some quotes from a few textbooks.

“Sexual exploration is a key element of women’s liberation” (pg. 22).

Here’s a question. If casual sex was supposed to liberate women, how come there are still sexual assaults, rapes, sexual harassment against women? I think we have created a monster. Not only are there more risks to STD’s, but abortion rates are higher than ever because women are getting pregnant and killing their unwanted child. It’s disgusting. Not only are they ruining their own lives, but the lives of another.

“Women has adopted the worst characteristics of men.” pg. 25 Haha. So true! The paragraph after this quote is excellent.

The rest of the chapter is about how women are unable to separate love and sex. And I truly believe this. Women are different from men, and I believe that biology has a great deal to do with this, no matter how many times my Sociology prof. tells me I’m wrong. We are just different from men. I’m not sure why our society today is so persistent on making sure that there isn’t love in sexual relationships. “Women are warned against engaging in casual sex with someone in whom they might possible be interested for a real relationship.” (pg. 29) Man, this is sad…

Here’s my take on things. I’m going to present myself with modesty. I’m not going to walk around with a super low-cut shirt, or shorty short shorts. Why? Because I want a guy to respect me for my mind, my spirit, my personality. Not because he thinks he can get some. Oh, Lucy, that’s so cliché! Well, I respect myself too much to throw my body around. I just wish my friends could see things the same way.

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Lucy

“My child, be modest in your self-esteem, and value yourself at your proper worth.” Sirach 10:28

 

Ch.1-Pol. Incorrect Guide: Women, Sex, Feminism

Hi my fellow college conservatives! Hope life is treating you well.

As I mentioned on my Twitter earlier on, I have started reading “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism” written by Carrie L. Lukas. I have finished Ch. 1 and am almost done with Ch. 2. I LOVE IT! I urge all of you to go grab it and read it. I bought it off of Amazon for about a buck… (shipping unfortunately was $5. gross). But 6 dollars still isn’t a lot.

I’ve decided that I am going to blog about it while I read through it. Get some of my ideas on paper, compare it to Sociology, which I have found so far is the complete opposite of what this book is arguing. I hope you all will follow along with me and also include your own thoughts. I would love to hear some of your ideas.

The introduction provides a little bit of background into the feminist movement: its humble beginnings (the “first-wave”), leading into the “second-wave”, which is when feminists began to push more for political and social changes, and now the “third-wave”, feminism spreading across college campuses, influencing public policy and popular culture and misinforming young women. Wrote a few notes in the margins…

Note: This book is exposing the problems and inconsistencies with feminism. Many of my notes are in agreement with what the book is talking about. =)

“…it’s old-fashioned to associate sex with marriage and love.” (pg. x) Um. I wrote a big, fat WRONG. Seriously, people. Is sex not the definition of love and marriage? Obviously not in our culture today, which saddens me extremely. Sex is a gift from God that should be between one man and one woman… Go ahead and blush. It’s the truth. It’s sad love has been turned into a farce. I find that my views on marriage and love, and yes, sex, is snubbed by my “friends.” They don’t understand why I want to wait until marriage, why I have this romantic view of love. But I believe that there is STILL such a thing as undying love today, even in our society of one-night stands and extremely high divorce rates. I pray every night that God blesses me with a great husband. I have faith He will.

“…women’s primary goal should be to work full-time and make money.” (pg. xi) Well, this is all and dandy, if it’s actually what a woman WANTS. But what about all the women out there, such as myself, who want to be mothers? This doesn’t mean they are saying that men have power over them. Feminists have such a misconstrued image of what marriage REALLY is. Maybe they should educate themselves.

Interesting point: The original feminist movement was created to get the rights men had. Well, I think they have succeeded. Don’t you? I can’t think of a law that enables men but prohibits women. If I’m wrong, please correct me. Feminists are just always geared for a fight though. They don’t know when to just stop. They want women and men to be interchangeable. And I hate to bust their bubble, but this will never happen. To be totally honest, I don’t want to be a man. I don’t want to be interchangeable with them either, no offense guys. Men and women are biologically different. There is no changing that, no matter how hard you try.

The idea that behavioral characteristics associated with women and men are constructed by society is one of THE major platforms of sociology. I am currently taking the class now at my university, and sociologists thing that EVERYTHING is constructed by the society we live in. While this may be true of certain things, gender and gender roles and characteristics of genders is NOT one of them. Sorry ’boutcha. I do want to get a good grade in that class, so I don’t outwardly disagree with my professor too much, but I just don’t understand where she gets half of the stuff for our class. It’s a load of hogwash to me. Because, honestly, men and women are just biologically different. It’s biology. Can’t mess with that.

And so we move onto pg. 2…. Yes. Men and women are different. But different does not mean worse! Yes. Women are different than men. Let’s deal with this fact. But just because I don’t look like a man, don’t have the same genetic make-up as a man, don’t have the same hormones as a man doesn’t mean that I am inferior to them! It’s just different. Men have things they are more capable of. Women have things they are more capable of. I told my sociology teacher that I thought women were biologically programmed to be better nurturers than men, and you would have thought I had just told her that I wanted her first born child (if she ever had kids of course). I shall tell you why I believe that women are better nurturers than men… Women are able to bear children. Men are not. Therefore, women (or at least most of them) have this mother thing programmed into them. They are able to feel the child growing inside of them. They are able to form a more intimate bond with the newborn than the fathers because, let’s face it, after spending 9 months pretty much joined at the hip, you better be close. This is not to say that men are not good nurturers. I just feel that women have a leg up on the whole nurturer, mother, parent thing.

Men and women each have their own strengths. Different can be good.

And on it goes. Feminists want a gender free society. Which can be obtained because gender is socially constructed. Uh huh.

They still argue that women still assume lower levels of achievement in business and politics (pg. 6). I don’t see how this can be true. I’m not too educated in the business arena, but I’m sure there are many female CEO’s. I would just have to research that a bit more. Politics I do know, however. What about all the women on Fox news? Megyn Kelly. Martha MacCallum. What about Hilary Clinton? Condoleezza Rice? Goodness, even Michelle Obama. There are many more. Seems like success to me. If women didn’t have equal rights, would I be able to blog about my opinions on the world-wide web? I’d have no say. No women would have any say. To all those radical, liberal feminists, I say back off. You won your fight years and years and years ago. Lay off!

Chapter 2 will be coming soon. Share your thoughts with me!

~Lucy

“The trouble with The Women’s Revolution is that we have not gone far enough because we indulge our fathers, husbands, brothers, sons… We accept the burden of being rational cause we know they’re testosterone-driven.” – Erica Long, a “Feminist Icon” (pg. 2) (This is sooooooo laughable, I can’t even tell you.)

Companies torture rebels?

So I’m sitting in the library, reading Sociology, and I think, “Man. I’m finally agreeing with something in this book.” Until I read this…

“In some places, a person who resists the power of corporate bosses can face job loss, jail, torture, and death.”

Job loss? More than likely.

Jail? Eh. Maybe if you make a raucous.

Torture? Probably not.

Death? Pretty extreme.

Is our society really so bad that we think that big companies torture and kill people who speak out against them? This seems a little extreme to me. I’m not quite sure how to respond to this statement. I’ll let you guys decide for yourself.

~Lucy

“Unbiased” Sociology

Afternoon my conservative collegiates.

I wanted to share with y’all today some interesting tidbits that are in my Sociology textbook.

The first interesting piece of information is that sociologists claim to not be biased. I find this statement false. The study of sociology, in my opinion, seems to be entirely biased. I will provide some examples.

1) Restricting abortion makes it unlikely that women will ever achieve equality with men. What is it with our society and condoning abortion? “Oh, without abortion women are still subjected to the wills of men.” Abortion, no matter how you look at it, is MURDER. It is not the place of anyone, women included, to decide if a human is to live or die. If you don’t want a baby, don’t have sex. Safe sex is no sex. Honestly. In our society today, I think that women just like complaining. They like complaining so much that they can’t see that we HAVE achieved equality in our society. Women and men are EQUAL. You need to just lower your fists, take a deep breath, pause a minute and look around you. Women hold high executive positions. We can vote. We can hold political offices on the city/state/federal levels. We are not property of our husbands. We can own our own house.

2) Females who take the name of their husbands shows their inferiority to men. This habit condones rape of women, sexual assault, sexual harassment, etc. We should reject practices that keep an oppressive past alive in the present. Well this one is just so far-fetched that when I read it, I had to take a minute to compose myself and collect my thoughts. So, let me get this straight. When I get married, if I take my husband’s last name that means that I am giving him the right to rape me? To sexually harass me? Why get married then!? When women take the name of their husband, they are not condoning the mistreatment of women! Marriage is becoming one with your husband or wife! It is a union between one man, one woman, and God! What does our society not get about marriage? In marriage, two become one. That is not to say that you completely lose your personal identity. It’s not like that at all. But two bodies are becoming one with God. You not only have to think about one person, but two. It’s an act of completely and undying love. Not an act of condoning violence against women.

3) Football causes (obviously) authoritarianism, militarism, and sexism.
It is a metaphorical enactment of war. Men struggle with each other for power, a few elite men ordering other men to do the violent dirty work. Women keep out of the way, providing support and decoration (?). And most people, lacking and power themselves, just watch and cheer.
Participating in the spectacle of football reinforces the same values and impulses that underlie war and men’s domination of women. Implies that a struggle for masculine power is fine entertainment.
What kind of pitiful person sits at a desk and thinks of stupidity like this crap? I’m extremely concerned for our society. So now women are decoration? I was under the impression that cheerleading was a sport. I don’t know about you guys, but I couldn’t do half of the things I’ve seen cheerleaders do. I would assume you would have to be in pretty good shape to do flips, throw people in the air, get thrown in the air, etc. I find it this whole explanation of football pitiful.

4) The term “freshman” is sexist because it has man in it. Oh yes, I’m super offended right now. Other words degrading to women are “chairman”, “you guys”, and “mankind”. Hm. Funny because as a woman, these words are not offensive. They’re just general words. Let’s use “you guys” as my example. “Guys” can be used as a general word, speaking to a group of people. When I see a group of girlfriends, I say “Hey Guys!” even though there isn’t one guy in the group. In many languages, if you are talking to a group of men and women, you us the masculine form of the word. It’s not sexist. It just is. It DOESN’T mean anything. But in our society today, we are so committed to finding injustices, that we will use any excuse to “change” something.

5) Going to school teaches students how to do meaningless work. SURPRISE. All that hard work you did in high school, that was a waste of time! I don’t know about all of you, but doing work in school, doing homework, taught me that I had to EARN the grades I got, taught me that I had to do the work to get credit. Guess it was all a waste. I work hard in school. I earn all the grades I get. I know that my work was not meaningless.

6) So I guess that as a woman, I am still living in a misogynistic world, as exhibited by the manners in which men and women sit. Men sprawled out, and women more compact. And here I’ve been thinking I had equality. Maybe I should sue someone.

So, while I was reading all of these, the only thing I could think about was if sociology supposedly isn’t biased, then how come all of these views are ideals of the left, of liberals? None of these are conservative values. If sociology was truly unbiased, was truly based just on fact and not on misconceptions, then I feel like there would be ideas that conservatives would believe in also. I could be wrong…

~Lucy

“The main cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.” Zig Ziglar

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