Saturday, July 17, 2010
Lost in Translation (Communication and Language)
The Women and Leadership course is certainly interesting, to say the least.
I am actually learning something, which is nice, but a lot of the reading we have to do, and assignments get incredibly repetitive. I feel like this class is engineered for people who aren’t comfortable leading, and I am.
It’s hard to speak my mind in that class, because as a natural leader and “assertive expresser of my opinions,” I am supposed to step back and let other people have a chance.
How does this give me a chance to express and discuss my thoughts?
Also, while of course I believe in feminism, and I know that in certain countries, it’s important to improve the status of women there, but in the United States, I feel like women have it really well. Why can’t we focus on these countries that, due to religious affiliation, socio-economical status, or for other reasons, do not give women equal rights?
Many of the readings and assignments relate to the status of women here. I have no problems being a woman here. I am not objectified, people do not try and dissuade me from leading, and I have not come across any problem to make me think, “Hey. Things need to change here.”
For example, the other day we watched a film on the objectification of women in the media and advertising world. Many of these ads we saw, I had no problem with. What’s wrong with a simple picture of a girl in a white dress?
And underweight models? Girls with self-esteem issues? I realize that’s a real problem, but measures are already being taken to prevent things like that from continuing to happen.
I don’t see a problem in a lot of the things we discuss in class. While I enjoy the Action Plan project, many other assignments seem almost pointless. Not that it’s not informative and eye-opening, I just feel that for me in particular, a lot of these issues don’t apply or motivate me to try and change things.
Women in the United States are fine right now. We need to focus on women elsewhere before we make problems that don’t actually exist here, and set back the progress women have made.
Those are my truthful musings on the class so far.
And of course my instructor is incredibly intelligent, as are the girls in the class with me. I’m continuously impressed by everyone, and it’s a good feeling.
I went with these impressive, smart girls to the beach today, and then we went to the dance, which was so much fun. It was actually very similar to dances back home—except the fact that every other person spoke another language.