Friday, January 30, 2009

I do what I want


Talking about gender and roles this week in class got me thinking about my own role as a girl in society. Growing up, I wasn't the typical girl. I didn't like to play with dolls or Barbie's. I didn't like to play "dress up" or wear bows in my hair. Instead I liked to play sports. I liked swords, guns, Ninja Turtles, Legos and GI Joe's. My best friend was a boy. I still played with girls, but I had less in common with them as far as interests go. When it comes to the portrayal of girls in the media, I was not acting according to my gender role.  

I was labeled as a "tom boy," which I really hated. I didn't understand why I would be considered a "tom boy" just because I liked playing sports and playing with Lego's. The only reason I was called this is because I wasn't doing "girly" things. At the time, I didn't know what I was doing was out of the ordinary, according to society. All I knew was that I liked certain things more than others. 

Today, I have broken out of the "tom boy" label and would be considered an "ordinary" girl. But that doesn't mean that I still don't love sports. Gender roles are stupid, enough with this "Tough Guise" crap. I think if a guy wants to wear pink, he should wear pink. And if I want to play swords, then I'll freakin' play swords. 

Friday, January 23, 2009

Congratulations President Barack Obama.

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This past Tuesday, January 20, 2009 we inaugurated our 44th president into office. But as we all know, it was more than just an inauguration, it was history in the making. I don't know about all of you but I maybe even got goose-bumps as I was watching our FIRST African-American President being sworn in. 

On the night of the election, after Obama had secured his victory, I wrote something so I could remember that night and how I felt. Here is what I wrote:

"I now politics are a touchy subject. Believe me, I know. I live in Provo, Utah of all places. Living in such a conservative state, I try to avoid any talk of politics. But today I feel inclined to say a little something regarding today's election results. 

Today Senator Barack Obama was elected to be President of the United States. Regardless of political parties, it was an historic day for America. Today we elected our first African-American President, a major breakthrough in U.S. history. Although it has been a tumultuous few years, I still feel so proud to be an American. Today was a big stepping stone toward equality. America was able to put race aside and elect the person they felt most suited for the job. When just decades ago people of other races didn't have the right to vote. We have come a long way. I sincerely hope the next four years will be better than the last. "

I'm glad I took the time to sit down that night and write how I felt. It gives me the opportunity to look back, 20 years down the road, and tell my kids what that day meant to me, and America. 

Although I think that President Obama has his work cut out for him in the next four years, I do believe that he will do a great job and bring this country out of our current recession. Change has come to America, that is for sure. 

Friday, January 16, 2009

You Don't Know Me!!

Stereotypes are everywhere. I've stereotyped people. You've stereotyped people (c'mon don't lie). It happens. Sometimes you're right on, but most of the time you're not, or you haven't even scratched the surface of who that person is. 

Yes, someone might be a jock, but that's not the only thing they are. Someone might be a blonde, but that doesn't mean they're not smart too. I might like to play Nintendo but that doesn't mean I'm a nerd. Trying to place someone into one stereotype is like trying to push a square block through a round peg. It totally doesn't work, because it doesn't totally fit. 

I've been stereotyped as a jock because I played sports. I've been stereotyped as stuck-up because I was shy. We all have been placed into one stereotype or another. The thing I try to remember when I begin to stereotype people is that this isn't the only thing to this person. Or what I see is not necessarily what I'll get. I personally like to surprise people. After I know they've put a label on me, as quiet or sporty or whatever, I slowly begin to show them who I really am. I can be funny. I can be sarcastic. I can be a little dramatic. I can talk about and enjoy things outside of sports. Who knew?! 

The great thing about stereotypes is that we can't prevent them from happening, but we can prove them wrong. Not only that we can break out of those stereotypes and show people that we are way too awesome and complex to be summed up in just one word. HOLLA IF YA HEAR ME!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

#1

"One word, would I smoke dope? Nope!" --Zack Morris

"Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm a schizophrenic, and so am I." --Bob Wiley