How much can she take: Sexism in the workplace is not improving by C.C

Her name means much more, although these chefs don’t care.  They scream at the top of their lungs and curse her out.  All because she wouldn’t bring them cooking supplies.  They would give her more crap, and use amazing hand gestures.  These old, fat, hairy man were so called chiefs, in her eyes the were scums.

Although it was the dishwasher’s job, she still did it.  Picking up heavy pots, taking them, bring them back and washing them.  She was forced into working two jobs, seven hours a day.  She would get paid three dollars for every hour, five days a week.  This happen to her daily, throughout the first six months.  Her job was to clean the kitchen floor.

As for the Dishwasher who doesn’t do his job.  He grow a routine.  During rush hour he would hide, eat his lunch or smoke a pack of cigarettes.  He love taking his sweet ass time.  He truly didn’t care if he lost his job.  He was born here and could find one in no time.

As for the women, Her name is Carolta Herrera Hernandez.  She is a mother of two, a wife and in her mid-twenties.  After her seven hour shift, her day wasn’t over.  She would take two bus to go home.  Her shoes would fleck of, when opening the door.   Only to rest for ten minutes, then go to the kitchen.

Her abuse, alcoholic and loving husband expected a fresh homemade plate, evernight.  When  prepare her family meal, she would talk to herself.  On how much she loves her jobs, loves her kids education, loves her home and loves being in America.

How much can she take, In my eyes she’s  can take any challenge in life.  Then overcome it for her kids. How would you feel or react.  If you are told, you much work a man’s jobs and get paid less.  Or how would you feel if another person would take your credit.   

With the help of society’s values “Sexism in the the workplace is not improving”.  Not to mentions Women are asked to do more, get paid less and Men take credit for their work.  This topic isn’t new, if anything it’s been spreaded through the world over the centuries.  Effecting the role of gender, in society’s view and how much created can one take.

Society Has Changed Skinny by C.B

Seventeen year old males were given a side by side photo of a girl dressed in tiny underwear, on the left showing visible bones and appearing vaguely unhealthy on the right visibly larger, but still skinny. All of them prefered the girl shown on the right. Seventeen year old girls were asked the same questions and most of them said the girl on the right as well, then I manipulated the question to which body they aspired to have. Many girls pointed knowingly at the right photo, almost offended I would ask the question, every skinny girl I asked hesitated. The “skinny” girls would pause, then I would interject with the phrase, be honest, most the skinny girls would then point solemnly to the photo on the left. I simply displayed a photo out of curiosity, eager to see if I could find patterns within answers and the reactions people had to the photos, my findings were shocking.

While searching for a distinct preference of the skinny girl verse the healthier girl I was pleased to witness most people in disgust of the skinny girl. When asked what was wrong with the girl having a skinnier body they said she appeared happier when she was bigger sized she looked washed out, faded and wasted as a person on the left.  When the older generation was showed the same photo not a single person favored the skinner girl, most asked what disorder she had, commented on never wanting to appear like her, or with worried eyes, asked if she was malnurited. The Daily Camera stated Boulder, Colorado as the No.2 in overall well-being, No. 4 in healthy behaviors, No. 7 in physical health, No. 10 in access to basic needs for a healthy life and No. 27 in emotional health. My findings resulted in a few Fairview girls liking the skinnier girls, only one boy (who is skinny in stature) who liked it, implying boulder is healthy and nothing about being skinny enough to show bones is attractive. When a community strives for health within physicality along with mental state the beauty of acknowledging beauty is in all sizes comes forth.

“Every student revolves themselves around social media, I can’t help but think if we lived without social media people would be happier. That’s the point though, right? Social media is supposed to connect people to each other… I don’t look like a model, I can’t connect with someone who I would need daily surgeries to look remotely similar to.” Senior girl at Fairview was asked what it’s like to see a model’s photo on social media. “Everytime I open my instagram feed I feel awful about myself…They (models) talk about how thankful they are for what God has given them, they starve themselves, have surgeries to appear how they look, they even have people come to their house everyday to do their hair and makeup, I don’t see how they’re really all that thankful if they take such strides to change themselves.” Senior Fairview girl asked what upsets her about seeing models on instagram. “I’m not buff enough, I don’t have that jaw line thing, It’s kind of difficult to want something when in order to accomplish it you have to reconfigure your bone structure.” Senior Fairview boy asked about what media has told him is wrong with his appearance.

The way people view themselves is a growing epidemic encouraged each day with a new article and new photos uploaded every millisecond on the internet. I got curious, I googled women. Without any restrictions on, google image women. Would you want to show this to your mother? Would you feel ashamed to show Mother Teresa what comes across your computer? I would. The photos verging on pornagraphic are what teenagers compare themselves to and aspire to become each moment. Now google image girl. It’s different, these girls while slightly more clothed show maybe a more diverse and accurate set of women. Now google, perfect woman. If what came up did not make you sick to your stomach you are lying. These girls are plastic barbies that are not real, no child should look up to any of the women on this page and hope to look like them. One cannot aspire to look like someone who is a surgeons experiment and thousands of dollars of yearly maintenance to a body that was never theirs.

While researching for motivational self esteem quotes I came across a Dove campaign stating, Only 4% of Women Worldwide Consider Themselves Beautiful. The color from my face fled when I remembered the world we live in. My mother stares at the bathroom each morning and comments about being too fat, having white hairs, having stretch marks. No one looks in the mirror and has gratitude that they have enough to eat and can show it with their slight stomach the morning after. No one looks at the white hairs growing from their scalp and marvels at the wonderful life they lived and how one day they’ll be covered by and entire head full of the reminder of a fulfilled life. No one looks at the stretch marks lined across their stomach and smiles because their child was the cause of this mark and they will forever have the memory of life giving abilities stroked like paint on their skin written by God himself.

The average Boulder teenager has Snapchat and Instagram on their Iphone. They all scream the same outlandish word, vanity. The purpose of snapchat is to carry on conversations no longer than one line across your phone with the purpose of directing the attention to one’s face and superficiality made possible by doggy ears, flower crowns, and a filter that enhances the skinniness of one’s face and enlarges their eyes to appear “beautiful”. Instagram has thousands of ways to enhance photo quality up to the whiteness of a person’s teeth to the definition of someone’s abs as the show off their super fun, superposed day at the beach. The Iphone literally is about “I” about me, about a better selfie camera and easier hook up to new apps like Snapchat and Instagram both Iphone friendly and advised apps.

Throughout history the appearance of a person has determined their status in society. In the 20’s girls strived for lat breasts so as not to disturb their hanging pearls. In ancient times the pigmentation of your skin depicted the amount of time you spent outside doing labor and the amount of roundness your figure showed would correlate with the amount of food you had at your dinner table. Therefore appearing pale and soft in face would put you at a higher class than that of a skinny tan person. In the 21st century people’s views have strayed from the old fashioned ideals but led to a much scarier one. Our bodies have become a main point of interest. When people are asked what they look for most in a significant other if one responded personality their believed to be lying, joking, or they themselves are not viewed as “beautiful” to today’s standards.

Natural. No makeup. Fit. Healthy. Muscular. These were the repeating words people of all ethnicities, genders, and ages responded to when asked what “Boulder Beauty” meant to them. Media floods the ideas that everyone hates their body, media is also a source of where the unhealthy ideas are being provided. Boulder is an outlier. When given the photo of the skinny and slightly more average girl and asked which one is more beautiful one especially skinny girl looked at me and said, “Well, this one looks more like me” and looked unhappy to point to the left photo.

In an attempt to prove whether or not a certain body type is more beautiful than another I realized the models do exist, the large people do exist. Media shows us one thing, then society responds by giving it the most attention, the skinny girls are the kool-aid in the scheme of it all.  In reality they are people, people who just happen to be featured most frequently and used in magazines to make society think everyone is a walking filter or photoshop. Though media may be promoting one standard of beauty the fact of the matter is no one liked the skinny girl, they preferred the right girl. A larger girl wasn’t featured in any of the surveys because I wanted to see how skinny was too skinny. The older generation is correct, she looks malnutritioned, the seniors were correct in noticing no girl from Fairview has society’s idea of a perfect body, but the kindergartners were right on the mark. When shown the photo and told which one they wanted to look like, they ate my phone.  

Feminism by M.W

Feminism

 

Equality

That is what feminism means

It doesn’t mean that they praise women by diminishing men

It doesn’t give us the right to think that women are better than men

That is not what it means to be a feminist

Feminists fight for equal power

We fight for women to have EQUAL opportunities as men

To be allowed on the same sports teams

To be paid the same

To be treated with the same respect

To wear our hair short and have baggy shorts without being called out for it

We deserve to dress and act the way we want

We don’t have to follow the perfect picture that society paints of us

Tall but not to tall

Skinny but not too skinny

Wear makeup but not too much

Have a gracious attitude and cater to other people’s every needs

Have long hair and tan skin

I say why should we?

We should be allowed to wear our hair in messy bun

To wear the amount of makeup we choose

To be so short that have to look up when having a conversation or so tall that you can never wear heels

We should be allowed to have curves

We should be allowed to love ourselves without everyone saying that we are overconfident

Girls

Love your body

And love yourself

Abuse by J.R.

Domestic violence and abuse is a leading cause of homelessness of women and children in america. Statistically Abuse causes 90% of homelessness for women. 1 in 4 American women become the victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Because of the need for escape many women’s only hope is to become homeless. No one wants to become homeless but many times it can be the light at the end of a dark tunnel.

Due to many landlords adopting zero tolerance policies for crime, women can be evicted even when they are the victims of abuse. These same women can also be evicted by landlord, because of damages caused by the perpetrator. In a michigan study, women currently and formerly receiving welfare, who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse are far more likely to face eviction than other women. Also women living in lower income neighborhoods, are more likely to become victims of abuse, than women living in more affluent areas.  The system does not create a safe and protective space for these women and children who are forced into the streets by abuse. As the system stands now these individuals are being punished for what is acted upon them. By following this current pattern the already broken system is encouraged. The same system that would rather displace homeless out of the general public’s eye that form and give the help necessary to creating better quality life for our fellow citizens.

With 1 in 4 women being and more than 3 million children experiencing abuse every year, the current system in the U.S brings those in need of protection, and safety into a life of homelessness. Abuse causes more than just bruises and scars it affects the way of life mentally and emotionally while also taking away the ability to live in a home.

 

Works Cited

“Domestic Violence: Statistics & Facts.” Safe Horizon. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2016. <http://www.safehorizon.org/page/domestic-violence-statistics–facts-52.html>.

“Domestic Violence and Homelessness.” Practically Speaking (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 4 Jan. 2016. < https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/dvhomelessness032106.pdf >