• I chose to recite a passage from the play Othello. I recited lines from the character Desdemona (1.3.208-218). I learned that it is very difficult to do a recitation of Shakespeare and to have an accurate and

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    A halter pardon him! and hell gnaw his bones!

    Why should he call her whore? who keeps her company?

    What place? what time? what form? what likelihood?

    The Moor’s abused by some most

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  • Kayden, this was a very interesting post to read! I agree that social movements are very important in shaping the way we act and respond as a society. I think social media is a key factor to how these movements are formed and carried out. However, I do think that social media can have a negative effect on these movements as well. Anyone can write…[Read more]

  • Brandon, I love your post. Cats are very inquisitive animals and it’s so sad that they get such a bad reputation sometimes. I have a cat as well and he always drags blankets around the house, and I’ve always wondered why. I think your post really gives me an answer. I also really liked how you took me through your thoughts and vividly described…[Read more]

  • Enrique, this was a really lovely post. It was so fascinating to read about the significance of your name and the different meanings it has to you. I guess I’ve never really thought about how important names are and what they symbolize and represent. I also liked how you talked about nicknames, and the significance they hold as well. The different…[Read more]

  • Averi, I really enjoyed reading your post. It has really vivid imagery that completely captured my attention. I really liked how you incorporated what Megan’s quotes. I would love to have more background on Megan as well. Was she always spiritual? Did this experience make her a more spiritual person? Here is an article I think you’ll find…[Read more]

  • In recent years we have seen a change in the way society views equality, specifically gender equality. This is often times a touchy subject. Many people argue that women and men are treated equally in America,

    • Tess, it seems like if gender equality hasn’t really changed in the past thousand years it will never change. I find this somewhat upsetting, but we have made major progress over the past few decades. I did not know that there was a specific name for the idea of the hegemonic myth and this is something that has not seemed to change very much over the past few decades. Overcoming stereotypes is very difficult. I am very curious to know if you chose to write about this because you have a twin brother and you have been raised slightly differently than him? I must admit that I succumb to the myth and I do let males take dominance in just about every aspect of my life. I think a big reason I am a part of this myth is because I am involved in a sport in which males are much more skilled than most women, so I have naturally let that idea creep into my life. I have been raised in a family with four girls and one guy, so you would think that this would not have been the case with me. Well, I guess not… I found some information as to why men are more dominant, mainly focusing on the differences between the male brain and the female brain, and I think it would be great if you included this information in your research essay. Thank you for this interesting research, and good luck with your paper!

    • Tess, this was a really interesting article. I knew that sexism has been internalized in us from an early age, I just wasn’t sure exactly why. The studies and data that you showed was really surprising, but sad. It would be interesting to hear from you what parents can do to instill equality into their children from a young age. It would also be interesting to hear what you think about gender roles, and how this affects people.

    • Tess,
      this is a great article to highlight the gender inequality gap. I really don’t like when people limit “the gender gap” to differences in wages, because it shows just how much of a blind eye we turn to other societal problems. My question is, where do you think this comes from? Why, even hundreds of thousands of years after the creation of humans, are women still disadvantaged in society? Additionally, I like the way you use “hegemonic,” since I feel like that word is typically reserved for foreign policy and nations. In this case, the relationship between men and women is not much unlike the relationship between a nation and one that is “inferior.” Given the chance, that nation wouldn’t be inferior at all, but there is such an inherent early advantage to the bigger nation that there is seemingly always a “gap.” Anyway, thank you for writing this article, and I am excited to see where this paper goes.

    • Tess, I love your article. I think it’s so important you are discussing this topic and trying to understand why there is gender inequality. It’s interesting that you found some evidence of parents starting this gender inequality at home and that Moms have learned to underestimate their daughters and not their sons. I also believe this has something to do with education. In my lifetime I was never taught about gender inequality in school and never taught how to deal with it. The other day my brother was saying how their teacher is a strong feminist and has started having the young girls write “womyn” instead of “woman” to rid of the word man in the female gender. I think this is the wrong way to teach youth about feminism and women’s rights. It’s important that our youth and upcoming generations learn to support both genders and work towards no inequality. In this sense it seems schools are teaching girls to rather hate our male counterparts and despise everything our country was built upon. Women have been fighting a long time for their rights and adolescence should be taught that fight. I think it’s so important you are addressing this topic. We need to help our youth learn about man and woman the right way. I also think sex education is an important topic to be discussed in every school and would eliminate much of our problems with sexualizing a woman and rape. I found this article on how to teach your kid gender equality. I think it will help your article because you can give ways to help change this inequality in our society! (https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/26/health/gender-equality-teaching-children-parenting/index.html) Keep writing!!

    • Tess,
      this was an excellent article and very well written. This is a very important topic and I cannot thank you enough for sharing. The myth about these so called gender roles has been very prevalent and domineering for so long now, that nobody even knows why or how they originated in the first place. As a society, we are slowly seeing a change in this regard, and I cannot wait to see where the future takes us! Well done!

  • Gender related stereotypes are still a huge problem in today’s society. Movements like the Women’s March have successfully tried to combat these social norms, yet women are still being held back. Women only mak

  • Joseph, I love your poem. It depicts such a clear and vivid image of where you are from. I think it was a very personal poem and I loved how raw and authentic it was. I also really liked the language you used in your poem. I would really love to read more about where your from and how your home has shaped who you are and what you love. Overall,…[Read more]

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  • Ellie, I really enjoyed reading your post and I think, sadly, that it is a very relevant topic in todays society. I really liked when you said, “Social media shows the ‘perfect’ aspect of one’s life, however, what is never seen/shared is the real part.” I think you were really honest in your post and I think you highlighted facts that people often…[Read more]

  • McCamey,
    I found this article to be so relevant to our world today. I agree that these monuments are just reminders of the horrifying and despicable past that our country had. They represent the oppression and unjust treatment of African Americans. I think these statues should be relocated or completely destroyed. I do understand that these…[Read more]

  • Tess commented on the post, #MeToo 2 years, 3 months ago

    I really liked your post and I am so glad you decided to write about it. I feel like so many people try to avoid this topic and act like sexual harassment isn’t a problem. This movement has really brought to light how severe of a problem it really is. I think the movement should open itself up more to men who have suffered from sexual…[Read more]

  • Hi Tyler, I was really fascinated with your post. It was very informative and highlighted a lot of important details involving concussions and the impact it has on ones brain and overall life. I think it is a very relevant topic to discuss considering how large and influential football and other contact sports are. I think your essay was really…[Read more]

  • In recent years people have really started to fight for the rights of women. Eliminating the wage gap, speaking up about sexual harassment, encouraging body positivity, and countless other things are being fought

    • Tess,
      This is really interesting and I didn’t know there was a study on this pattern. The language we use with children always amazed me, but I never realized how deep-rooted the ideas of fundamental gender differences were. The fact that fathers elicit different reactions based on the expressions on their sons and daughters faces really threw me off. Although psychology is not the most exact science, I look forward to any further research you find on this topic.

    • Dear Tess,
      I enthusiastically read your post because, as a father, I often think about what messages I unconsciously send to my child when I interact with him.

      I was particularly interested in your last sentence, “If we begin to understand where gender stereotypes are being taught we can start to eliminate them.” I want to ask, to what extent you believe gender stereotypes need to be eliminated? Would it be better to eliminate all socially-constructed gender differences, or work to reduce their impact?

  • Olga, I really liked your post about 1984, and as a student who just finished this novel I think you highlighted some very good points. Your concluding setence was wonderful and I think it summed up your article very well. I alos think it makes a great point, there are always going to be corrupt governments, and I think that sadly to a large…[Read more]

  • Tyler, this was a really shocking video that really changed my perspective on gun violence in Philadelphia and in America as a whole. Personally I believe that fire arms should be illegal and that we need to implement stricter gun laws. Gun violence is consuming America and it needs to be addressed. Crimes involving gun violence are being…[Read more]

  • Hi Lindsay! I really enjoyed reading your post and I think you highlighted very important issues. The security of our elections is crucial, therefore we need to have some sort of voter ID laws. However, these laws can lead to discrimination resulting in an unfair election. As many of us will be voting soon it is imperative that we make sure we…[Read more]

  • On March 23, 2010 President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, giving health care to millions of young adults, benefiting millions of seniors, women, children, and young adults. This act is

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