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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Is It Worth It?

Americans want their news fast, accurate, and accessible but are we thinking about the reporters who go out of their way to deliver this such news? There are many brave reporters who go through high risks to get a story, but where are the boundaries? Through out history, there have been incidents reported where this risk taking reporters have been abused, beaten, captured, sexually assaulted and killed while attempting to shoot a great story.

My question is, is it worth it?

February 11th, the Egyptian President stepped down and reporter, Lara Logan was covering the story. In the mist of the celebration in the streets of Cairo, Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten. A group of women and 20 Egyptian soldiers finally got to her and rushed her to a hospital.

Logan is known for taking risks and shooting good stories but this risk has turned into a tragedy.

Little Soldier

My little brother has joined the army. He is nineteen and he leaves for training on April 26th...I'm not happy. I've been in countless debates about whether the army is a good or bad choice. For some, it may be but not for my little brother. I never been for the war. I don't understand why we feel the need to fight for something that isn't ours to began with. Really, what example are we setting for future generations?

Heartbroken, I sat in silence as my little brother announced to the family that he was going to the army. This was four months ago. I try to be opened mined at the thought of my little brother going off to God knows what country to fight for people who are best at fighting themselves. Am I wrong to feel this way?

Just last week my little brother told me that he didn't want to go. Of course that just made my thoughts about the entire situation worse. I love him and I don't know if it's fear making this subject so touchy for me but as a older sister, it's hard to see my little brother grow up into a man.

What are your outlooks on the Army? Do you worry about what your relative or friend is going through?

(When I mention my brother, I describe him as my little brother because that is what I always wanted to see him as: my little brother. Now years have passed and I have to see him as my little soldier).

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

It's History, My History!

I know Valentine's Day is coming up and couples get to celebrate their love and all that good stuff, but what happened to Black History Month? "Today marks the first day of Black History Month, when African American history is celebrated in the classroom, on television and in daily life." This was a lead to a particular article on AOL news posted on February 1st. Honestly, I must have not gotten the memo because I didn't know we celebrated this month in silence.Valentine's Day seems to get more recognition and it's just one day.

Well I thirst for knowledge so I started looking for history for my own satisfaction.
Carter G. Woodson created Black History Month. Haiti defeated the French to become the first independent Black nation from slavery. African Americans have taken part in upholding history, inventions, and records. It is so much that people don't know about their history.

I don't want to spoil all the fun facts you could learn so I encourage you to research these things yourself! We use the Internet for many things so why not use it for a celebration of African American History, OUR history! As an African American woman, Black History is important every day for me!

I leave you with a quote: "Our nation is a rainbow-red, yellow, brown, black & white- and we're all precious in God's sight." -Jessie Jackson

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Who Will Win Super Bowl XLV (45)?

The commercials I am watching are hilarious so far. The dog and the Doritos commercial was a knee slapper! I hope every commercial lives up to its expense, which is probably 1 million dollars each.

My favorite commercials are the Doritos commercial they are so funny....Okay so let's get down to business. Who do you want to win, Packers or Steeler? I'm actually going for the Steelers because I have been a fan since I was little so no I didn't just jump on the bandwagon.

Either way I will be entertained with the commercials. Go Steelers! :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What if Men Could Menstrate? Yuck

In my Gender Roles class we talked about an article by Gloria Steinem titled "If Men Could Menstrate." The article was very hilarious. Steinem discussed how men would go on to be the superior sex and women would be the weak sex. In reality women menstruate and still men are considered the strongest. Why is that?

The article proceeds with the theory that Congress would fund a national day to overcome the discomforts of menstruation and sanitary supplies would be free. If that isn't unusual enough, the article goes on to list how the media would change if this were to happen to men. The newspaper would read: "SHARK SCARE THREATENS MENSTRUATING MEN."

Funny comments like "I'm on the rag," or "I'm a three pad man," were some of the commits Steinem feels men would say. The process of menstruation would be looked at as an all out bragging event. They would brag about how much or how long.

So where do women come in in all of this? Steinem concluded that women would be consider unclean and therefore weak. In reality, what does this say about our society?