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  • One of my favorite topics from this class is culture and how culture has an influence on basically every sociological topic. After completing this week’s module, I really wanted to focus on how culture […]

    • It really is interesting how different the “norms” for women are between India and the United States. Its awesome that you acknowledge both cultures and understand that there is not specifically one way a women should live (be a house wife vs. becoming successful). Once again, great detailed post!

    • American society does not allow gender role to coexist, because of the demand and pressure of the working culture, men and women work and become home makers so as a result it is difficult to continue the traditional norms that most of as are use to, but at the same time men should still be chivalrous and women need to be polite like you mentioned, there shouldn’t be any compromise.

    • It sounds like you went through quite a conflict growing up. At the same time, i think it’s cool that you noticed your family start leaning towards a different culture over time.

  • To apply the ideas of gender roles to my life, I looked at gender stereotypes and common gender roles of ballet dancers. In the age of romantic and classical ballet, women were the stars and men were there to […]

    • Hey,
      Your blog really made me rethink gender roles. I never really thought about how gender roles effect dance. I always thought about men as being the strength and muscle that carried, twirled, and lifted women in the air. After reading your blog I now realize that I have a very stereotypical perspective on gender roles in ballet.

      This makes me wonder how much gender roles and other sociological traditions effect our everyday lives without us knowing.

      After reading your blog I realize that these gender roles can really inhibit each gender from achieving their full potential! For example, if men stayed conformed to the role social dictates we may never know how beautifully graceful, elegant, or feminine their dance could potentially be.

    • Gotta say that this post seems to be very near and dear to you. I like how you explained the long time view of males in ballet and how it was mainly viewed as a feminine sport. As time has evolved I agree that more and more people are beginning to eliminate gender stereotypes from this sport and are looking a both men and women as athletes performing a beautiful art. Great use of outside articles to help support your stance. Great Post!

    • I’m always intrigued and glued to the story behind the extraordinary movement in every ballet show I have ever watched, I think its such a beautiful thing and gender bias has no place in this art!

  • As you think about all the many types of public/social programs there are out there (literacy, teen pregnancy prevention, delinquency prevention, wellness, etc.), which ones do you know have actually undergone […]

    • Here, I’m keying in on your first link. The identification of “effective” interventions involves summative/outcome evaluation. Understandably, this can be a threatening process to program administrators and other employees. It’s better to continuously evaluate social interventions, starting, for example, with needs assessment, application of the logic model, intervention monitoring – formative evaluation, in other words. Involving stakeholders and evaluating outcomes continuously would produce a much less contentious process. Ideal though, right?

  • Strategy

    In order to comprehend the strategy behind Hezbollah’s actions, it is important to fully understand the underpinning of Hezbollah’s position on the world stage. Hezbollah has positioned itself as a […]

  • Our guest speaker, Jennie Hammer, suggested that we should limit the amount of “stuff” we display in the classroom in order to prevent sensory overload for the children.  Does this advice conflict with the […]

    • “All items displayed should be functional, related to where they are posted and simple and neat.” Very good point! Thanks for elaborating on this and providing great examples on how to do enrich the literacy environment, without overwhelming!

    • I also think that it is important to have items displayed in the area to which they are related. In addition to your great points, the items should also be at the child’s eye so that they can actually see the letters or words. It is very disappointing to walk into a classroom and to be overwhelmed as an adult and to not even understand the things that are displayed. If I am overwhelmed, then I can only imagine how the children feel.

  • Feminism is a topic that I am very passionate about.  I grew up in a very patriarchal household where my dad’s word is law, and this made feminism very prevalent in our household.   We have come a long way in […]