FEM

The definition of a feminist is someone who advocates for political, economic, social, and personal equality of BOTH genders. Or at least that’s the textbook definition for feminism. More recently it would be considered to be someone who believes that all women should be given more rights on the basis of achieving equality. At least, these are the political definitions.

I personally would not consider myself to be a feminist. And you would ask:

Well, Celeste, don’t you believe that everyone should have equal rights and opportunities?

Of course, but I believe that feminism has really evolved from equal everything for all people to just more rights for women while pushing the blame to the male gender.

My definition of a true feminist would be someone who not only advocates for women’s rights but also advocates for men’s rights as well. I think that modern ideas of feminism are rather extreme-that to give rights to women we need to take rights away from men-and while most people don’t believe that (I hope), the more outspoken feminists talk about male privilege and how society, government, whatever it is-has to take away these privileges so that women can gain equal footing.

It can be hypocritical to expect to gain rights based on genders and many actually become disillusioned by what they see feminists are actually advocating for. This exaggerated oppression that women seem to face isn’t as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. Yes, wage inequality exists-that is a something worth fighting. Yes, rape culture exists to some extent-but not all victims are female. And yes, women in general are discriminated against-but isn’t feminism (currently) a pretty name for the sexist treatment of men?

If the cause didn’t seem so self-righteous, I might label myself lightly as a feminist in that broad spectrum, as someone who does believe in equal opportunities for both genders. But the main problem I see, is that there is a deviation from feminism’s original aims-and while the official definition remains the same and the unofficial but popular message has become somewhat hypocritical-I cannot in good conscience bash another gender and promote my own because of what society has decided to do in terms of these genders-all based on circumstances of birth.

So. no I would not consider myself a feminist until such a time its aims return to what it once was.

Hmm.. I feel like I restated a few points a couple times-but oh well, all the better to emphasize it.

MUSE

By the time this post goes up, I’ll most likely be on a plane to or already at Hawaii, specifically Maui.

Also, all of you can probably tell by the progressively shorter posts that I am running out of things to talk about.

So, this post’s topic is inspiration. Specifically, how I find inspiration for this blog-topics to talk about and all that.

I find most of my inspiration in my experiences (wow that made me sound old) ones that could be grouped together as having a similar moral or lesson.

Experiences where I make mistakes that I later regret but at the same time don’t regret. I regret because I wish I hadn’t done it in the first place, but at the same time I wouldn’t change what happened because I learned better and know not to make the same mistakes (well, obviously, isn’t attempting the same thing multiple times and expecting different results the very definition of insanity?).

I also like to find topics where I can just share an opinion on them.

I think its important to clearly define your own opinion on specific topics because you not only learn things about yourself but you also have to learn from multiple sides of the spectrum to make informed decisions. This reminds me of that one show on Youtube, its called Middle Ground, and its really fascinating because it’s a debate style show, where people from different backgrounds, genders, odd circumstances come together and have a debate on a specific topic, (e.g. pro-life or pro-choice) and there is no winner in the end, but the watchers and the debaters leave more informed about the other sides’ opinions and various views on a topic because there isn’t always going to be just two opinions.

Maybe I’ll do a post on my views on abortion or feminism. Something to think about-personally, I think these are particularly volatile topics but they are quite interesting, no?

I also find that I just like to ramble on about random things. If you hadn’t noticed, I do talk a lot.

But suffice to say that, in the end, I’ll be satisfied with a post if I have at least a hundred words written down and I more or less stay on topic (because I do like to go off on tangents). Also, if you notice grammar mistakes, it’s because I don’t actually proofread anything that I post-its more of hoping that I typed all of this without making mistakes.

And, that’s a wrap-see you next time!

MUSic

So… hmm… it is always such a difficulty deciding on what to write haha.

okay so! music!

I love music-I think that it’s a wonderful form of self-expression and it says a lot about who we are as people. Obviously different genres of music will appeal to different people and it can say a lot about them specifically. I like the music that you can sing along to. I’m no amazing singer but I can carry a tune (at least in my head I can :D) and I listen to music for hours and hours and -thankfully- I’m not deaf yet haha. Music speaks to us in different ways and it’s a very important part of any culture to have. It is a language everyone can understand and that connects us all (sappy much?). .

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What’s your favorite genre? contact me! I’d love to hear what you have to say!

STEREOHEARTS

Hey guys!

So, I need a better intro into these posts…

Anyways, stereotyping.

My thoughts: Its convenient for generalized descriptions of others and these stereotypes exist for a reason-much like clichés exist for a reason. Obviously, we shouldn’t be basing all of our judgements on perceived stereotypes but in all honesty, it is done quite a bit-for first impressions on strangers. To withhold judgement on others is difficult, by nature we judge others (are they threats to us-evaluating their worth to us, etc.) and stereotypes make it easier to make quick judgements but the problem with these quick judgements is that not everyone will fit into that mold and there is always going to be exceptions.

I think that all of us promote stereotyping, as a way to conform to society. To fit in, we change the way others see us so that we can fit in to already formed groups of “like-minded” people.

Stereotyping has such a bad reputation because of the few that don’t like to be labeled that are more outspoken and that’s okay. A lot of are recognized as being different because we choose not to conform and that’s a personal choice. But the crux of the matter is this: stereotyping does have a large effect of how people behave. Whether or not people conform or not is what is being affected.

TEACH

HULLO FRIENDS

So, as you know, I am full-time student-the fact that I am going to graduate soon has no bearing on that fact- and so, I’m always looking forward to seeing what teaching styles our future teachers will implement and whether or not these teachers are able to teach each and every student the concepts they need to know. Its really important for teachers to be able to adapt to different types of students’ learning paces in addition to teaching in a way that implements different types of learning (e.g. visual or hands-on learning).

I find that in general, really good teachers will use (in their lesson plans), a mashup of different activities each designed for different types of learning so that the point comes across for students. And, I feel that it is one of the more important traits of a teacher: the ability to adapt and work with students.

I remember being assigned a project for economics and we (my group and I) were assigned to describe what we considered should be the criteria for any staff member working at a 21st century high school. As we were working on this project, I noticed that while qualifications (e.g. education, experience, etc.) was important-what was really being emphasized was that the teachers really needed to be passionate about what they were teaching and be competent at conveying the information to different types of students-which is mostly borne of experience. But some new teachers are naturally charismatic and can keep their students on task, so it would be unfair to say that only experienced teachers are competent because sometimes the opposite is true-where more experienced teachers become lazy or complacent.

You know you have a good teacher when:

-you are able to recall a majority of whatever topic they’re lecturing about

-you are able to participate in discussions

-you are willing to be engaged in whatever activity the teacher assigns

-you actually do the work assigned

-you’re willing to respect the teacher and his/her rules

-you feel confident enough to share opinions and expect no judgement in return

Being a teacher isn’t easy- they have to know their subject but they also have to be able command respect through the way they teach and through their interactions with students. Respect is important, if students don’t respect the teacher in any form-they won’t be learning anything-no fault to the teacher or the student because it can be either one-but mutual respect is something that is necessary for a working classroom environment.

But yeah, I thought we needed a change of pace from relationships to something more mellow.

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