#2 What Gets Under My Skin

EQUALITY…..

What I know:

  • Important for the success/stability of our society
    • Equalizing authoritative positions between “genders” (for lack of an umbrella term for all identities, non-binary and binary)
    • Understanding of human identities to reduce conflict in everyday life
    • Equal pay for all employees (Minimum wage = living wage/discrimination against “genders”)
    • Fairness between all humans
  • Feminism- the fight against the patriarchy of societal beliefs/understanding of oppression of females in comparison to males
    • Feminist icons :
      • Halsey
      • Beyoncé
      • Emma Watson
      • Rosa Parks
      • Susan B. Anthony
      • Harriet Tubman
      • Christine Hallquist
      • Maya Angelou
      • Oprah Winfrey
      • Hillary Clinton
      • Malala Yousafzai
      • Angelina Jolie
    • “The advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes”
    • Females having the same privileges/rights as males
    • Women’s March
    • Advocacy for sexual assault victims/education about consent
    • Intersectional feminism-> feministic ideals focused on all races
  • Racism- prejudice against another human for their race
    • “Black Lives Matter”
    • Advocacy for Native American
    • Protected class
    • White supremacy

What I want to know:

  • How does intersectional feminism affect our approach to change?
  • How can society educate about equality?
    • Starting at a young age?
    • What is a good age to introduce the idea of equality? (Until a certain age there is no understanding of inequality….race, gender, sexual orientation)
    • Parenting styles?
    • How do we educate older generations? (opinionated/narrow-minded based on generational views on equal rights)
  • Will change start with authoritative figures or the average human?
    • Will someone in a position of power initiate a big change? (Influence)
  • What are the biggest influences when educating people?
    • Who are the biggest influencers?
  • What countries have the best economic systems?
    • Is there a correlation with the “genders” in power to the soundness of their economy?
    • Are wages equal?
  • Would the exposure of a male feminist create a stronger influence?
    • What can males do to show that they are feministic?
  • How does media affect equality?
    • Are displays of equal rights in the media a grounds for change?
  • With a balance of “genders” in authoritative positions, would there be such a large amount of extremely violent acts?
    • Sexual assault
    • War
    • School Shootings
    • Etc.
    • Males can’t express emotions? (No outlet for emotions to express fears, sadness, unhappiness, etc. )
  • Does propaganda perpetuate the sexual objectification of women?
    • Advertisements of women who fit the “Model-type” mold… affecting females because of beauty standards, affecting males because women are “supposed to look a certain way”
    • Judgemental actions
  • Does sharing personal stories about experiences with traumatic events, involving male oppression, influence beliefs of bystanders?
  • Does the white male have the most power in the changes of our society?
  • How do you implement the appreciation of someone’s beauty without objectifying them?
  • Does living in an undiversified region cause prejudice against differences from oneself?
    • Race
    • Identity
    • Sexual-orientation
  • How would society change if being straight was not the default sexuality?
    • coming out as straight, gay, bi, etc.
  • Does being apart of a minority change your view on equality?
    • What need to be changed?
    • What are the biggest issues in society?
  • When is enough, enough???
    • How many sexual assaults?
    • How many school shootings?
    • How many suicides?
    • How many tears shed?
Katelyn Brown

7 Responses to “#2 What Gets Under My Skin

  • This is really good, you have many good questions you asked in your piece, along with very true statements!

  • Rebecca Holcombe
    3 years ago

    Katelyn,

    I look forward to seeing where you take this project next!

    You have so many powerful investigations here, all related, and each worthy of study on its own; the challenge may just be deciding where to start.

    Given your strong interest in intersectionality, I wonder if two additional authors/”icons” who write about intersectionality might interest you are:

    1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who wrote “We Should All Be Feminists.” See also this TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc

    2. Roxane Gay, who wrote “Bad Feminist.” See also this TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/roxane_gay_confessions_of_a_bad_feminist?language=en

    Because I assume you plan to be leading in future years in one arena or another, I wonder if you might also be interested in how gender shapes engagement in political life, and how gendered symbolism is used to shape the outcomes and leadership of democratic institutions. For example, political campaigns, which are driven by millions of dollars, are a fertile place to look at this. Here is one study on the topic:
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11109-017-9423-7
    Among other things, the study suggests: “…that female candidates are particularly vulnerable to trait based attacks that challenge stereotypically feminine strengths. Both male and female candidates proved vulnerable to attacks on policy issues stereotypically associated with their party and gender, but the negative effects of all forms of stereotype-based attacks were especially large for democratic women.”

    Here is an example of an ad that is widely perceived as effective that was run two years ago by a national PAC interested in the VT governor’s race:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8ZWoAWEUPY

    What do you think?

    Thank you for letting me learn from you.

    Best to you,

    R.

    • Hi again!

      I am beginning to brainstorm about my project and I really would like to base it around the injustice in my school and standing up for what I believe needs to be changed/bettered. I really appreciate the materials that are providing me with because I am so excited to learn about so many different topics. I am very passionate about feminism and learning about other’s journeys and views.

      Thank you for letting me learn from you! It really is an honor! 🙂

  • Katelyn,
    This blog post addresses so many important issues, all of which would be great to explore. You also bring up really good questions that started to get me thinking about these issues and how they affect my everyday life. It’s really great that you such a vast knowledge of social issues and that you are willing to explore them.
    -Grace

  • Katelyn
    This blog post addresses so many important issues, all of which would be great to explore. You also bring up really good questions that started to get me thinking about these issues and how they affect my everyday life. It’s really great that you such a vast knowledge of social issues and that you are willing to explore them.
    Grace

  • Abigail Bartell
    3 years ago

    Ah Katelyn,

    So many questions! So much to think about!

    I see how you are pulled in many different directions with social activism, and I am excited to see which direction you ultimately pursue with this project.

    I’m really interested in your question about parenting and teaching equality…As a parent (and teacher) I struggle with how explicitly to guide my kids (and students) while allowing them to discover, make mistakes, and learn on their own. You say, “Until a certain age there is no understanding of inequality….race, gender, sexual orientation”, and I wonder how studies of this statement might guide your work with our club, and with our community.

    Keep asking questions!

    -Abigail

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