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This 3 page Study Guide was uploaded by AlexisParsells on Tuesday January 12, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to CHM030 at Lehigh University taught by Andy Ho, Denise Beautreau, Rebecca Miller in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 36 views. For similar materials see INTRO TO CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES in Chemistry at Lehigh University.
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Date Created: 01/12/16
Parsells 1 Alexis Parsells Dr. Rita Jones WGSS-001-010-FL15 December 1, 2015 Take Class Outside: FeministAlliance Attending a FeministAlliance meeting was definitely a positive experience in which I was able to engage in conversation with other driven and insightful minds. It was particularly refreshing given the culture of Lehigh that I had been thrown into as a first year student. Although I understand that there are spaces focused on the empowerment of women such as these meetings, the Women’s Center, and the gender studies courses, my observation of the party scene highlights the necessity of these spaces.After witnessing countless rejections of males at parties, people have made the conclusion that it is much better to be a girl in college. However, I believe that this notion just reenforces that the only value of women is sex or physicality. This “ratio” concept is not about girls having the power. In actuality, it is objectifying. I don’t see what is so privileged about being escorted in multiples by a man and waiting to see if our presence is worthy enough to grant him access into the door. Because of these new troubling thoughts scattered in my brain, I was happy to find that the FeministAlliance meetings are the perfect outlet for such feelings. The meetings stimulate this type of conversation by starting out with videos, articles, ads, and other media relevant to each week’s topic. When I sat down, the leaders played a video called “One Word: Be a Man” which shows men from all age groups giving their perspectives about what this means.As soon as the people in the room started to respond, I immediately Parsells 2 thought back to our class discussion about masculinity and its narrow definition. Many of the men featured in the video gave answers such as being tough, showing dominance and little emotion. We came to the conclusion that the answers can slightly vary person to person but have overall limitations. Society’s interpretation of what a man is forces gender roles and more detrimentally, stresses the fact that boys are not to cross into femininity. I took notice that this was a point our text includes on page 43 when it states, “masculinity is defined as whatever isn’t womanly”. We realized that this is because the positive attributes are associated with the word masculinity and weaknesses represent what it is to be female. The men in the video expressed the feeling of living up to a standard, a feeling that all women can relate to. However, the men have the more privileged “better standard”, which is why women can cross into the opposite gender’s traits where as men would be shamed for doing so. The viewing of this Youtube video and the discussion that followed led us to then talk about masculinity at Lehigh, which is where my thoughts on the party scene came into play. The alliance members were talking about the narrow definition of Lehigh masculinity and came up with the factors of being in a fraternity and being sexually active or “upping the body count”. This resulted in how gender functions at the frat parties, which is pretty concerning in my eyes. Freshman girls may seem to have all the privilege but as the guys advance, they soon will be enforcing the ratio on the new freshman boys and using the young girls that do get into the parties to up their body count in order to confirm their own power and masculinity. At this meeting, I felt comfortable enough to share my views and hear what other’s had to say back. It was interesting to see what common themes regarding gender confinements come up Parsells 2 in both our class and this separate club’s meeting. In the future, I hope to discover the other spaces on campus where this mergence occurs as well.
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