Life as a woman

Hi guys, as many of you may know, I usually use my blog as a place to share the fun moments I have during my daily life to keep a record of the great events that happen in my life. However, today I want to talk about something else. Today I would like to talk about one of the bravest and righteous woman in the world, Hillary Clinton. As all of you probably already know, she is one of the candidates for the next president on the United States. As I was looking through social media and reading about random articles on politics, I came over this one article that honestly, came to my nerves. It was about a man called Michael Savage referring to Hillary as a “old nag” that “may not make it to the finish line” which he was implying of the presidency of Hillary. The word “nag”,in my opinion, is very offensive and also partially sexist, in how it is usually only used to refer to annoying woman. Also, he mentioned how she “looked awful” which again, was completely unnecessary but you know, when you diss a woman you have to diss their appearance don’t you. This Savage guy has nothing to do with politics, and clearly does not understand how hard Hillary is trying, and how he is just being an complete a******.

 

I also came over another article that was under the ‘related articles’ section which again, was about Hillary and on that article, she was referred as being an “ice queen”. There’s two problems with this phrase. 1. A ice queen is usually an arrogant, cold and mean woman which is nothing close to what Hillary is. 2. Again, a sexist and gender biased way of calling a woman. Of course in America we respect the First Amendment which includes freedom of speech to everyone. However, this kind of absurd and false language should not be tolerated in our community. It was probably written by another hidden trump supporter, which is disgusting and horrendous in how some people think that that man is sane and actually has a functioning brain.

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The photo on the side popped up on my twitter account, and I ‘love’ how they have to comment on her appearance. Again. Fat thighs and small breasts are nothing to be ashamed or shy about, because it does not affect who you are. It definitely does not affect one’s leadership or personality. Whoever created this just had to comment on Hillary’s appearance because of course, appearance is everything for women and all books should be judged by their covers right.

As we speak of this topic, I always wanted to mention to the world how sexism is so naturally blended into our community and daily lives, that some people do not notice how rude and offensive they are being. What I always notice is the use of gender-biased and stereotyping words towards woman. This includes words such as “Fireman” “mankind” “policeman”. These are only one of the millions of words that everyone uses that is obviously more favoured towards men for no reason. Also, through looking at gender-biased words, there are these words such as “dramatic” and “bi****” which are words that people use only to describe woman, and have no male equivalent words for. Without noticing, this kind of sexual violence happens all the time around us, and only some people realise how it has blended into our culture. This has to stop. There are problems such as gender wage gaps, discrimination of women and lack of authority for women, which are the big obstacles that we have to come over in the future. However, I think that we have to start with the small problems and problems first, and gradually build these small efforts up to the point where it starts making a difference. For me this was to tell people when they were using gender-specific or gender-biassed words for women and men, to get rid of the inequality between the genders

Going back to the original topic, the reason that I support Hillary is because of her charisma and dream of empowering women within our country. There has never been a female president in the history of the United States, and people do not believe in her to be the next leader of the country. This is why I support her. She is a real life representation of feminism;not believed nor fully supported, but can definitely lead to many people feeling more safe and equal within our community.

This post ended up being much longer and serious than I expected, and I thank all of you that sticked with my arguments and kept reading this post to this point. I know that I’ve already repeatedly mentioned this throughout this post, but women’s rights have to be more seriously considered, and we have to start eradicating the small forms of sexism that happen around us without notice. Please give it a thought especially if you’re a man, because we are suffering much more than you expect.

To what extent do you “care whether your beliefs are true”

“We see the world, not as it is but as we are”, is a quote from the Talmud, the holy book of Judaism. This quote can be explained using the ways of knowing, which include emotion, faith, intuition, imagination, memory, language, reason and sense perception. I believe that this quote is saying that the way we interpret events and something completely depends of the WOK, and how it affects our perspective.

As and example for this quote, I will be looking at Art, which is one of the AOK’s (Areas of Knowledge). Abstract art is a form of visual art, which is somewhat known to look simple and easy to create. However, from an artists point of view it may look like the most sophisticated piece of art they have ever seen. This depends on the way we perceive and understand what we see, which goes under sense perception, and imagination and possibly emotion. Sense perception is relevant when the person is physically looking at the piece of art, and examining its features and also imagining what it may be trying to convey. Emotions could also be triggered if the viewer is looking at the art and feels some sort of emotional connection. This type of analysis may be easy for a trained and experienced artist, however, from the perspective of a person that has no interest or passion within the subject.

In other words, our perception of the world is inherently objective. To reiterate the statement in TOK terms, when we form knowledge using our ways of knowing, it is less an accurate understanding of objective reality and more of a reflection of our personal lens or perspectives.  While there are a lot of examples that could be used to demonstrate this, the abstract art example is an especially good example for showing how the same objective reality, which is a piece of art in this case, can lead people to completely different opinions based on their personal lens. Based on this reasoning, I agree with the statement that we see the world as we are.

TOK : “We see the world, not as it is but as we are.”

In TOK, language, sense perception, emotion, reason, imagination, faith, intuition, memory are identified as the Ways of Knowing, and is used to specify how we know, and understand things. This heavily relates to the quote “We see the world, not as it is but as we are”, and I believe that this quote is legitimate.

My definition for this quote is we see things only in our perspective, rather than in a much more overall perspective. This is where the Ways of Knowing comes in, where are thoughts and the way we see things are heavily influenced by the WOK. Everyone has different WOK, and different experiences, that influence our perspective and how we perceive the world.

If we were to see the world as it is, rather than what we think we see, everyone in the would have to completely encounter the exact same WOK, and be raised and live in the exact nature and nurture. This would be mean everyone in the world has to be the same, which is clearly impossible. It may be possible to have a relatively similar perspective as someone else on certain aspects (e.g what food you like), but there would never be two people who see things the exact same way.

A real life example that I can heavily relate to, is my daily life. I’ve been sophisticatedly educated, and I go to a great school and I live a luxurious life compared to many people in the world. In addition, I do not always enjoy education (homework) and I almost never re-think how fortunate I am. However, there are people around the world that are my age, that have never even thought of education, that have to work to get payed, or go to war to save their country. From their perspective, my world would be extraordinary and is probably something that they would really want. My world is going to school everyday, meeting my friends, coming home and doing my homework, which does not sound enthusiastic at all. But this is how I see my ordinary life, and it is something that I take for granted.
This shows how anything can be seen so differently simply by perceiving things in a much broader view. This also relates to the six blind men and the elephant, in how it’s important to see things from different perspectives, rather than just what you think you see.

In conclusion, I agree to the quote “We see the world, not as it is but as we are” in how everyone has different perceptions on the world, and it is greatly influenced by our WOK. Despite how I agree to this quote, I wonder if it is really possible to create a world where everyone has the exact perspective on the world, and how that would look like.

English Media Fair 2015

On June 2015, YIS hosted a media fair, featuring posters made by Grade 10 students. All of the posters focused on a certain topic, and investigated it through different types of media. Throughout the fair, we looked at each others posters, and these were the three that I found most interesting.

Yongwon’s Poster:

Yongwon’s poster focused on Climate change, and investigated on how some people believe that we are responsible for global warming, and some do not. He looked at a News Report, Political Cartoon, TV Advertisement, Graph and Article. It was very interesting how many people believe that humans are not responsible for global warming, since I believe that humans are fully responsible for global warming.

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Kento’s Poster:

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Kento’s poster focussed on time travel. It was very interesting how he looked through time travel, since almost everyone focused on a product that existed. He’s type of media were a Documentary, Movie, Youtube Video, an Anime Series and a Song. The most interesting media that he investigated, was the National Geographic Documentary – Time Travel THE TRUTH. This video talked about evidence that could prove that time travel exists, and how if we were able to time travel, we would have a huge impact on history.

Giulio’s Poster:

Giulio focussed on KFC, and how the reputation of the company is heavily influenced by media. His 5 sources of media were, Street Art, TV Advertisement, Poster, Video and News Article. Many of the media portrayed KFC as a negative image was against the company. The most interesting and surprising source was a video on youtube sent to a journalist, which was a video of KFC employees throwing the chicken on the ground, and washing it with a hose. This video was very powerful and changed my perspective on KFC.

 

INS Synopsis – The Foods that Make Billions

The Food that Makes Billions, talks about how bottled water has become a large part of food industries, and how it has evolved. The largest revolution was when Perrier was introduced in the early 1970s, and the world realised how water could be a potential product that could have a huge impact on the economy. In the beginning, many people wondered why you would buy water, when you could simply drink it from your tap. However, as time passed, people started to realise how ‘pure’ water seems much better than tap water, and with the establishment of water privatisation, the bottled water industry erupted, and earned its place in the food industry.

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New Criteria

Criteria A : 

For criteria A, we have to develop a design brief, and also construct a research plan, which states and prioritizes the primary and secondary research need to develop a solution to the problem independently. We also have to explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem

Challenges for criteria A  : Compared to last year the research process is different, so I think I will struggle a little bit on that.

 

Criteria B : 

For criteria B, we have to create a Design Specification to explain what our ideal product is. We have to create various designs, and eventually select one design and explain why you chose the design.

Challenges for criteria B : Criteria B hasn’t changed that much since the previous ones, so I think I will not struggle.

 

Criteria C : 

For criteria C, we have to create our final product. We have to  justify all modifications made to our products, and we should demonstrate excellent technical skills

Challenges for criteria C : Criteria C has always been challenging and I think it will be in the future as well.

 

Criteria D : 

For criteria D, we test if our product was successful by comparing it to the design specifications. Then we reflect on how we could improve our product, and also explain what kind of impact our product has towards the audience.

Challenges for criteria D : I think criteria D is not that much of a challenge to me.

 

Unit 2: How important is language in the use or abuse of power?

Our learning target, was “How important is language in the use or abuse of power?”
Throughout the unit, we learned about how language actually could have a totally different meaning from the way you say it.

We read the book animal farm, and made speeches to understand this question. While reading animal farm, we concentrated on finding small techniques that the author used, such as rhetoric and repetition. Animal farm, was a allegory for the russian revolution. In the story, there was a lot of scenes where the animals were tricked by the way the pigs were using their language. They used various types of techniques to persuade the animals to work, which actually happened during the russian revolution.

I really learned how the use of language can even change the meaning. At the end of the unit, we watched this video which really changed my perspective on how language works.The example was:

“John beat Mary.

Mary was beaten by John.

Mary was beaten.

Mary was battered.

Mary is a battered woman.

In this example, you can see how John is fully excluded from the story, and it sounds like Mary is enjoying being battered. This example proves how language can have a different meaning, and a different perspective only by changing a few of the words. I also think that the video concluded our unit very well, how it basically answerd our unit question.

This unit was very interesting and deep, how language could have huge impact to people, from the way you use it.

9 PE – Unit 1 Fitness TSC

  • Criterion A – what do you need to do to get a high mark?  What attributes or skills will you need to work on for success?
I think to achieve a high mark in criterion A, there is 2 things you have to do. One of the skills are to actually  learn the skills. For example, to find out which muscle the work out trains, is what can help you choose which work outs we should do. The second one, is to use the time in class, most efficient as possible. This is about how much I can work out my body during class. It’s a very good opportunity, since there is a supervisor, and all of the equipments.
  • Criterion D – what are you doing already in class (and what mark do you think you are currently getting based on your work?) and what goal/s could you set now for further success (or to maintain success?) and how will you show this over the second half of our unit?

I am always trying to answer questions when I can, so I can contribute to the conversations. My goal is to volunteer to do things, such as present to the class as the team represent, because I usually don’t like to do it.