In my toy story I used a bulldog, my school mascot, as the subject. The story is that he is flipping through our year book looking for something specific and in the end he finds the Epicurean Club page. Since he
When we were told to contact a photographer, my first thought was my cousin Ashley. She is an international equestrian, lifestyle photographer based out of New York and Wellington. Growing up in Vermont, she was
I chose these two as my important people because they mean so much to me. These two are my favorite Sophomores of all time and are significant to me because they are two of the sweetest girls I have ever met. As a
Dear Malia, I am so happy with your post. I love to learn new things especially if it has to do with art whether it’s photography, music, paintings, etc. I have never heard of Angus McBean but when I went to go look at his work it took me by surprise at how unique and strange his art was. Although it may be a little strange I was intrigued by the beauty that was captured in these portraits. One thing that caught my eye was that he seemed to make the whole picture around was the faces (heads) of the people. This forced me to look and really think of the meanings of his pieces. Another thing I loved is that he took pictures of Audrey Hepburn, who one of my all time favorite actress. Again, great job I really look forward to your next post Malia:)
Angus Mcbean sounds like such an interesting photographer with a unique style. When you mentioned surrealism and altering scenes, I immediately thought of the photography that accompanies Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Have you read it?
I agree with this as confidence really is your motivation. Without confidence you believe you have the power to do nothing. You feel like your not worthy an this brings you into a negative state which can harm you. This is a very helpful article because it brings the people who are negatively charged to get a positively charged person into them.
Hi Malia, I found this article very interesting as I personally don’t have a lot of self confidence. I was bullied at a young age which I believe has affected me greatly. I find it funny how true it is that just wearing materialistic things can make us feel so much more confident. I personally see myself have stronger days of confidence when I dress up for school then just wearing a sweatshirt.
I agree that our childhood affects our confidence greatly, I had a good childhood and I think that helped my confidence a lot. I also agree with your statement of look good feel good because when i wear a suit i feel a lot better then when i’m wearing my normal clothes.
I strongly agree that what has happened back in our childhood affects our confidence levels as other relevant things. Plus I agree that I have the need to look good to feel good, since I care about how I will appear to the others. Also confidence made me have my two tattoos, and I eventually will get 3 more and maybe a nose piercing. MY body, my life , my rules.
This is an interesting topic. I truly didn’t know the reason people got tattoos was to look entirely good or feel confident. I thought it was just for the appearance, i don’t know, but that’s interesting. I also agree that your confidence depends on how much support you get from your parents, peers and the people around you.
Malia, I found it fascinating how much a person’s mood can change after a few small changes to their appearance. But I personally don’t think it’s healthy to modify yourself with piercings or implants. I’m not saying its physically unhealthy, just mentally. If you can learn to love yourself the way you are, I think you’d be much happier than if you love yourself because you spent money on a new tattoo or implant.
Malia, I was very interested in this topic when I saw the title, and I agree that confidence affects our entire outlook on life. I have believed for a while that confidence is arguably the most important aspect of ourselves, as it can change everything in our lives. I also agree on the point that our childhood affects our confidence, because my parents allowed me to be myself and be myself, and that has been everything. In regards to the materialistic aspect, I am apprehensive. I believe there may be some correlation between the two, but I have found that I feel just as good in pajamas as I do in a suit. I think that confidence is almost entirely about outlook and self-esteem that comes from within, not so much from outside. Overall, great work with this post!
Malia, this is a great post! I really believe that confidence and self- esteem are two very important things to be successful life. How you handle life situations (positively or negatively) really changes depending on how you see yourself. From a young age my dad pushed me to have “positive self talk”. This has really helped me through sports and other times where I could be down, but I choose to remain positive. Overall I really had my eyes opened with the tattoo part I had never thought of that and I think this was a great post.
I find it interesting that you added in the point that a parent’s criticism of themselves can affect a child’s self esteem. This is incredibly accurate and I think one of the most underestimated influences on a child’s(particularly young girls) self esteem. Hearing your mother constantly say she is fat when she looks beautiful to you will lead you to believe that you are not good enough as you are either. I believe a parent plays a bigger role in their child’s self esteem than even social media and advertising. Thanks for your insight on this topic.
Genevieve, I really liked the topic you chose. I never knew that coffee could have that many positive outcomes. I was hoping I could blame my small size on the coffee I didn’t actually drink when I was younger, in hopes that I would somehow grow another 3 or 4 inches; however, it was still interesting to find out that most of the “side effects”…[Read more]
Sam, your research is very interesting. It’s crazy to think that a few generations from now we could be living on another planet. If we made it to Mars how do you think we’d find/cultivate the resources we need to survive? It will be interesting to see where your research takes you. Good job!
This is a very interesting topic to pick. I always thought that it would be incredible to be a spy. I didn’t know that there was so much behind what I would define a spy as. It was interesting to read that propaganda was a method of spying and that it all began with Benjamin Tallmadge and George Washington.
I love the topic that you’ve picked. I think that a lot of what Bernie supports can really relate to the younger generations. I am interested in seeing what else you find and if there is any possible way to bridge all the gaps in our society.
Malia, I really like what you have researched, confidence it something that everyone struggles with and it is about time that we all realize that it is in us. Confidence is something that I have constantly struggled with throughout my life. After reading this I have closure with knowing that I have it in me and that I just need to change my ways of thinking by believing in myself and thinking positive thoughts.
Thank you very much for sharing this and I cannot wait to see the further information you get on this topic.
Malia, I like how you researched this topic. I would never have thought of this, but is true that confidence is a basic topic that people feel one might inherit. In this world their are many people who are confidence and I never thought that confidence was considered a choice. Everyone has their insecurities, I know I do. It is hard to be confident in the world in which we live, people are always judging you and looking down upon you. I like this topic and would love to hear more.
This is a very broad and controversial topic to write about. I agree, in some aspects, that trigger warning can be put in place to protect those who are “at risk” or “harmful”. I agree that it helps us ease into society a little slower, however I disagree that they should be in place everywhere. Life is ever changing, things ebb and flow. We…[Read more]
The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. In a 2016 poll on the Washington Post they were given three words and asked whether
Dear Malia, I appreciate your honesty and upbringing of your post because you practically said what has never been spoken before. What a large percentage of the population doesn’t understand is where feminism comes from. The media chooses to portray the angry, men-hating feminists, but not the peaceful protests that actually care for the equality of men and women. I like when you said, “The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” I loved this specific quote because it is so brutally true. Majority of people believe that feminism is this complicated movement that requires so much. In reality, the goal is simple; to no longer be inferior to the male species, but not superior. We just want equality among the people in general. Regards, Shelby
Dear Malia, I am appreciative about your honesty on what what feminism is truly and fundamentally. “The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” This is intelligent because it defends what feminism is. Regards, Noah
Dear Malila, One thing you said thatstands out for me is: “i think that we need to fully educate those aroundus to understand that it doesn’t always turn out to be exterme or angry, all we really want is equality.” I think this is interesting because some people in the world dont know what the actual definition of feminism, they just go by the things they hear. Educating the world will give people more knowledge about this issue and hopefully make a change to it. Regards, Firan.
i am intrigued with your post because you told me a lot of facts. you told me a lot of people’s opinions on feminism. i feel like you should’ve used different word to describe it to other people because majority of them agreed to the bad parts, and of course men are going to agree that they because they’ll say they not .
Dear Malia, I am satisfied with your post because it brings up the issues surrounding feminism, Many people when they hear the word “feminism” they think if the extreme feminist. Not all feminist are this extremist but are just peaceful protesters who want equality for all. One thing that you said that stood out to me is: “These two articles showed that much of the chosen to participate believed that feminism is “extreme” and “angry”. I think it is upsetting that the word feminism and the entire movement have been tainted by the extremist. It is sad to know that all these people could help in the fight are being driven away because of how the media is portraying feminism.
Dear Malia, I am intrigued by your post because of how you used an event to base your decision/own mindset about feminism. The way you used evidence from the polls taken in the past to compare two different types people’s opinion on feminism was helpful. Something that you said that stood out to me was, “Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men or being anti-men and it seems that many people believe these to be true.” This statement stood out to me because I agree with it in the sense that many people believe feminists motive it to get rid of men and hate men, but in reality they just want to be seen as equal to a man.
I am intrigued by your opinion because I’d say feminism does have angry followers but that anger is what fuels feminist to continue to fight for equality. I am angry because whether I’m more or equally as hard working as my male peers I’ll be seen as less because I’m a woman, that pushes me to succeed and prove I’m more. One thing you said that stood out to me was “I think we need to fully educate those around us to understand that it doesn’t always turn out to be extreme or angry, all we really want is equality.” because I agree with you, feminism isn’t an angry movement but it stems from anger, anger of not being seen as equal.
Dear Malia, I am satisfied with your work “it’s a man’s world” because it was very thought out. I liked it because of how much effort was put into it. One thing you said that stands out for me is “The term feminism is defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” I think this is intelligent because it pulled my attention to the essay more than before in a strong way. Thanks for sharing your post. Regards, Malachi Sanchez.
Dear Malia, I am very interested in the topic you’re writing about.We too are writing essays about this topic.
One thing that stands out is when you say,”it was quite divided when asked whether or not the passion was too harsh and many believed that feminists needed to take it down a notch.” I thought this was interesting because people should not be worried about if they’re “too harsh” they should be worried about giving women equal rights.
Thanks for sharing your post.I look forward to reading more things from you.
I am intrigued by your essay because you explained that people do not to change the perspective of how a women should be advertise, some also though feminism is not worth the time. One thing you said for me is: ” The first word used “angry” where 43% agreed that it describe feminism, while 54% felt it did not define it at all.” Society think feminism is just a word for angry women who envy men. This shows that feminism is still a problem to get society to change because people still thinks its male dominated world.
Dear Malia, I am satisfied with your post because you used logos in your argument. The use of polls as evidence strengthens your claim and persuades the audience that feminism has lost its original public interpretation. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men or being anti-men and it seems that many people believe these to be true.” I think that this is significant because you are exposing the true meaning of the feminism movement. You are also clearing up misconceptions that surrounds the word and movement. Thanks for sharing you post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because feminism is sensitive subject in today’s society and I want to see how you approach others’ opinions on it. Also, I want to see you using evidence regard feminism within your posts. Regards, Huong
Dear Malia, I am interested in your post because you used legit polls on feminism to support your claim. It’s good to see men’s opinions too, but maybe a little more on the statistics would help see the difference on the percentages. One thing that you said that stands out for me is, “..much of those chosen to participate believed feminism is “extreme and angry”. I think it’s quite melancholy how that’s how 54% of however many people asked, agreed w that statement., Thank you for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your opinions are argued well with valid reasoning
Dear Malia, I am satisfied with your post because you state facts and have evidence to prove the thinking and opinions that you believe in. One thing you said that stands out to me for me is when you said ” I think that we need to fully educate those around us to understand that it doesn’t always to turn out to be extreme or angry.” I believe this is interesting because some people need to understand that not all “feminist” are angry and take everything to the extreme and out of proportion. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write in the future because you make a very compelling argument and you use factual evidence to make your statements. Regards, Jade
Dear Malia, I was interested in your post because it was cool that you used statistics from a poll.It was also cool to see that people thought of feminism as an angry movement.One thing you said that stood out to was,”Why aren’t you a feminist… They either said they did not believe men and women were equal…” I was confused by this because what makes men and women so different? Men basically wouldn’t survive without women, they depend on them to do the cooking and cleaning. I look forward to seeing what you write next, I like the facts you used, how well written your post was, and how you were able to prove your point.
Dear Malia, I am excited about your post because it talks about what other people think or view feminism. One thing you said that stands out for me is “…’empowering’ where 70% believed it to be a descriptor, while only 26% believed it was not.” I think this is sad because people see feminism is empowering yet they don’t even have that. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you included what other people think, you put polls in which is amazing. Regards, Amanpreet Dhillon
Dear Malia, I am intrigued by your post because the topic of feminism has always been a touchy subject. At times people may say feminism is over excessive. However as you have stated, feminism isn’t about being better than men, it’s about equality. Many often confuse it with being prejudice against the male sex. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ I think that we need to fully educate those around us to understand that it doesn’t always turn out to be extreme or angry, all we really want is equality. Feminism has nothing to do with being better than men or being anti-men and it seems that many people believe these to be true.” I think this is intelligent because it showed and depicted the misconception of feminism, with many people believing that it is simply women being entitled to special treatment. Also based on the polls you’ve found, it further shows the fallacy of the idea of feminism. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was strolling through the internet, when I found an article about the Women’s March. It talked about how the message of the march wasn’t pro-women, but actually, anti-Trump. In this day and age, the views and the meaning of feminism has been on other topics and is distracting from the true topic, equality. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because of your analysis on feminism and the perspective on it. Your writing seems to be very clear as well. I enjoyed reading your post.
This is a brave topic to write about. I think that this is an issue we really need to push out into the open. Women have been treated as submissive and docile for years. It’s sad to think that something in our society still needs to change for people to see that we are just as strong as men. We deserve the same pay for doing the same jobs and we…[Read more]
Anna, I really love the topic you’ve chosen. For me sleep is a big part of my life that I could really use more of. I have read a lot about whether or not to start the school day later and have heard many pros and cons. I know for a fact that one of the schools in my state has early start days every monday. I really wish that teachers and parents…[Read more]
I, without a doubt, 100% agree with this! To define beauty is to define yourself. I believe that when it comes to whether or not an individual is “up to par” with the beauty standards, it should not be left to the media or magazines to define. Truthfully I do see beauty in the women on the covers of magazines or those defined by social media as…[Read more]
For the first eight years of my education I was able to attend public school. With little to no dress code, we were fully able to express who we were shaping up to be. When I got into ninth grade I was stuned by the idea that we were all the same. How can you force an entire community of teenagers, who are learning who they are and who they want…[Read more]
Caleb, I do agree that we have become more sensitive to political correctness but I disagree with the fact that it’s something bad. There are so many opportunities to express who you are and you should be able to do so without the fear of someone pushing you down. For years we have been cautious of others feeling and I believe that now we are just…[Read more]
I am truly sorry you feel this way. There are many women and (not surprisingly) even men that support the idea of feminism. I’m a feminist, in that I believe that women and men should have equal opportunities. Women have been fighting for centuries trying to change the way society treats them, in the US and around the world. We’re not complaining…[Read more]
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