Jennifer Rener Blog 5

Jennifer Rener Blog 5

I really like this picture because it directly relates to what we were talking about this past week. There’s a constant power struggle between the rich white elite and everyone else in the world creating further social class inequality. We claim to have equality throughout the country but do we really? Even though American Dad is a parody of the United States, a lot of what is says and jokes about actually goes on. There are people who, not directly, say this. People against affirmative action, equal opportunities, etc. Those top percent want to keep as the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The excuse that many CEO and businessmen use to explain the way they handle things is by saying that they’re providing jobs, that it’s because of them that these people aren’t homeless and that the economy is still running somewhat smoothly. They give themselves more credit than what they actually deserve and don’t acknowledge the people they step on in order to have the nice fancy things they have. http://anticap.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/growing-gap.jpg

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Pro-life or pro-choice who decides?

Women face many different inequalities all around the world. They tend to face it everywhere, from certain states to even cities. But when it comes to abortion, the question of choice therefore becomes controversial in terms of the mother and the States? There has been an ongoing disagreement on abortion whether if it’s morally wrong, legal or illegal? But in the end, who makes the decision and why?

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Currently in Texas, a bill has passed to prohibit abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy. One might ask why a woman would want to have an abortion so late in her pregnancy, but should there be a time limit? If there isn’t a time restriction for aborting, how will an individual decide when it’s not okay to have one? Each individual might have different reasons to why they might need or want to have an abortion. Reasons can vary from either getting rape or “it isn’t the right time”. In the article “XOJane”, a fourteen year old from Texas took a stand in order to make statement. She made a controversial poster, which resulted in receiving several individuals’ attention. Many got offended, upset, and some even resulted in calling her a “whore”. She felt disappointed that people would call her a whore at such a young age, especially by adults. She doesn’t understand why people would even call her that, because is she’s virgin and is not planning on having sex right now. She says it’s scary to have a woman’s right taken away and restricted from obtaining access to having a safe abortion. Her poster said “Jesus isn’t a dick so keep him out of my vagina” although she is being called a whore this will not stop her from continuing to fight for “woman’s right to choose and the separation of church and state in my home state of Texas”. (http://www.xojane.com/issues/billy-cain-tuesday-cain-jesus-isnt-a-dick-so-keep-him-out-of-my-vagina)

Are individuals aware of what it means to be twenty weeks pregnant? Shown below is an image of a diagram, which displays the development of a fetus. One can get an idea of the growth and decide how they feel about abortion after twenty weeks. A woman should have the right to decide what they want to do with their bodies. Women tend to be affected more than men when it comes to this matter. Overall, allowing women to control their own bodies should be a choice.

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Sonia Vera- Blog#5

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/07/texas_abortion_ban_after_20_weeks_prenatal_testing_reveals_birth_defects.html

Kathleen Tiet, Blog 5

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There was an article that discussed the closing gap between inequality and poverty. In Tleyanpur Village, Nepal, many of the people are participating in work, and the work is done by all gender. Many of the work that are done equally by both gender. They have helped poverty by connecting their resources they have with others. The farm workers are finding more markets they are able to sell their resources too. They find solutions that help both the farmers and the markets. They mainly go by “accountability, sharing and caring, improving the environment, gender equity and the like” to help the society to improve for the better. Families are being more responsible and involved, by making sure their children are being educated and are doing well in school.

The photo above is a women standing by the words “gender and focus family”, this society focuses a lot on both, and are slowly improving their inequality and poverty.

Their society is slowly improving, however, the article only discusses about the farm workers, and does not include any other work that might be included in their town. It is good that they are able to focus on gender equality, and their children improvement. They can make noticeable wonderful changes because they are still a small developing country.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pierre-ferrari/we-must-close-gaps-in-ine_b_3599334.html?utm_hp_ref=income-inequality

Mireya Cano Blog #5

Breast Cancer Disproportionately Affecting Black Women Most

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http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-breast-cancer-racial-disparities-20130723,0,671462.story

More and more African American women are being affected by cancer today. These women are being diagnosed with cancer at a higher rate than white women. Breast cancer can be inherited, but there is one cause that I believe plays a larger role in the reason why this disease is more prevalent among this ethnic community. This article states that the reason why is because more black women have preexisting illnesses such as Diabetes. I agree, the main reason I believe this is true is because of the disparities among the community. Black minorities, especially women live in poor neighborhoods, in poor living conditions, and many times unsafe environments. 

Many minorities are of the poor/working class. They do not have sufficient amount of money to purchase healthy, and may I say very expensive, food at the grocery store. Purchasing a “Happy Meal” at a fast food restaurant is easy, inexpensive, and convenient. Easy and convenient because many times these women are single mothers that work very long hours and do not have the time or strength to get home and cook a meal. This can lead to health issues like obesity for example, that we see most prevalent in ethnic minorities. 

Many of these women do not have access to health care and thus, do not see doctors regularly to check for any medical discrepancies or abnormalities. They try to maintain a good health so they are not forced to see a doctor and pay a large amount of money on medical bills. 

Lastly, many black women among other minority women, live in communities were power plants are located. These power plants are polluting the air that essentially, the low-income, color community breathes. It is no wonder why so many of them are ill. In general, white women live in nicer and better neighborhoods where you do not see a power plant remotely near it. In general, many white women live a comfortable middle class lifestyle. have access to health care, and have enough money to purchase healthy groceries. The stresses and reality of white women is completely different from that of black women. 

It is a great disparity. We can definitely see how Class Inequality goes far beyond the economics, it affects health and livelihood as well. 

I chose this image to show the importance of getting a Mammogram done to screen for Breast Cancer.

Texan Regulation of Women’s Reproductive Rights

Lorena Martinez – Blog #5

Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently signed a bill into law that would require abortion clinics to adhere to stricter safety regulations that most clinics would not be able to afford. These regulations would hold abortion clinics to surgery center standards, including requiring clinics to have a certain width for hallways, a certain size for janitorial closets, the number of parking spaces available, the installation of hospital-grade ventilation systems, and transfer agreements with hospitals in case of emergency during surgery, although “fewer than one-half of 1 percent of patients have a complication that requires hospitalization” (Lohr, 2013). Some of these new regulations are near impossible for certain clinics to achieve due to the inordinate amount of money it would take to either upgrade their offices or move to other buildings. Several clinics in a few states have already closed because of these strict regulations.

Dr. Howard Novick says new abortion restrictions in Texas could force him to close the Houston clinic he opened in 1980. He says he doesn't have the more than $1 million required to convert his office into a surgical center with wide corridors and sophisticated airflow systems.

Dr. Howard Novick says new abortion restrictions in Texas could force him to close the Houston clinic he opened in 1980. He says he doesn’t have the more than $1 million required to convert his office into a surgical center with wide corridors and sophisticated airflow systems.

Additionally, the Texas law would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, critics say that the law is causing headaches for both women and their doctors because the way the law measures 20 weeks of pregnancy differs than how doctors measure pregnancy (Rovner 2013). The law would measure 20 weeks of pregnancy from the point of fertilization, however doctors measure pregnancry from the date of the woman’s last normal menstrual period (Rovner 2013).

Such strict regulations on abortion clinics would have a great impact on both the economy and women, namely those in the lower classes. Women in the lower classes would presumably have less access to health care than their middle and upper class counterparts, and if abortion clinics are being closed because they cannot meet the new high standards, these women might be essentially forced to go through with an unwanted pregnancy because they have limited or no access to health care facilities that would be able to provide them with an abortion. These women would have to subject their bodies to pregnancy and if they opt out of giving the child up for adoption, would have to raise the child when they may not have the financial means to do so, especially if they are single mothers. This affects the economy not only through the loss of profits to doctors operating abortion clinics, but also through (lower-class single) mothers that would perhaps turn toward social welfare programs funded by the government in order to be able to afford the financial burden that comes with raising a child. Additionally, even if the mother places the child up for adoption, it would still cost the government money in order to care for the child within the adoption agency and foster homes.

It would be logical for Texas and other states that are signing such bills into law that impose increasingly strict regulations on abortion clinics that have been operating safely and successfully throughout the years, to make birth control more readily available for women so that they may be able to avoid unwanted pregnancy, especially for those that may not be able to afford (another) pregnancy or child.

Additionally, this law contributes not only to economic inequalities, but to gender inequalities also. The regulation of pregnancy essentially regulates a woman’s reproductive decisions. and rights However, there are no such laws for the reproductive rights of men, whom are the ones in power signing such bills into law.

 

Becca Besaw of Austin, Texas, and Christopher Robertson of Fort Worth, Texas, protest the state's new law restricting access to abortion at a rally in Dallas on July 15. Photo Credit: Tony Gutierrez/AP

Becca Besaw of Austin, Texas, and Christopher Robertson of Fort Worth, Texas, protest the state’s new law restricting access to abortion at a rally in Dallas on July 15.
Photo Credit: Tony Gutierrez/AP

Lohr, Kathy. “Laws Tightening Abortion Rules Gain Traction In States.” NPR. NPR, 23 July 2013. Web. 24 July 2013. <http://www.npr.org/2013/07/23/204868525/laws-tightening-abortion-regulations-gain-traction-in-states?utm_source=NPR>.

Rovner, Julie. “State Laws Limiting Abortion May Face Challenges On 20-Week Limit.”NPR. NPR, 22 July 2013. Web. 24 July 2013. <http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/19/203729609/state-laws-limiting-abortion-may-face-challenges-on-20-week-limit>.

Poor students in College.

In the article, “For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall.” talks about the problems many poor students have to face when going to college. It is a miracle enough that a poor person would be devoted to their studies enough to land them at a University. Going to college is known to improve economic mobility overall; however, unfortunately for these humble hard working students, they still face obstacles when entering college. In particularly, they focus on Angelica Gonzales who is a first generation valedictorian living with a struggling immigrant mom. Unfortunately, many poor students have a hard time keeping up with the demands of college work because they have not been as properly educated from their schools as a rich person would from a rich school district. The case study follows a couple of Mexican students with poor working class immigrant parents. Most of them have not successfully earned a degree, and Angelica who did graduate, owed around $60,000 in debt and had to work as a clerk in a furniture store. Although each of these people showed ability to excel and persevere through college, money often became an issue for them, they often feel alienated from their non college friends, family, or lovers. It has been shown that poor students performed more poorly than affluent students. Now the gap is growing bigger and bigger between economic classes in school. Though education supposedly helps people become more economically mobile, it seems lately though education has been counterintuitive. The cause for this disparity is because low income kids typically come from low income schools that do not have the same resources or experiences an affluent district would. So once in college, they are already behind college standards, despite doing well in their own district. There are a couple of graphs in
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/12/22/education/Affluent-Students-Have-an-Advantage-and-the-Gap-Is-Widening.html?ref=incomeinequality
that shows the disparity between rich and poor college students. There is clearly a trend. The richer you are, the more likely you are to graduate college and perform above average. It is very rare for poor people to excel ahead of rich people. Also those who do not complete college end up having a lot of debt yet do not have the economic mobility a college graduate would. Basically, the ones who don’t graduate end up hurting for than gaining. A lot poor students have to drop out due to having poor grades. This is like the economic mobility article that states it is getting harder for poor people to move up economically because of a lot of their restrictions from their economic class. Clearly it is unfair because they could not help being born into a poor family. It supports the argument that it nearly impossible to advance financially.

Sequoia Shirley Blog 5

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22/media-kids-racial-stereotypes_n_3624740.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Two different children of two different races from two different backgrounds, but who committed the same crime.
Children are taught race at a young age. This article demonstrates how different aspects of race and social class can determine how two incidents are perceived. Both of these 7-yr-old boys took their parent/guardian’s car for a joyride, looking to have fun and run from the police. The white child states that he does not really know why he took the car, he just did. The black child states that he wanted to act like the people he knew as “hoodrats” and thought it would be fun to take the car. However, both children were punished very differently, and their perception of commmitting this crime by other people was very different.

The argument may be that the African American boy was more dangerous because he did some damage to some property, but couldn’t the Caucasian child have done the same? It could be said that the African American boy took more responsibility for his actions, rather than the Caucasian boy.

This article represents how perception of incidents committed by two different races and classes are unequal. It also denotes how race is taught at an early age, and how racial views are acted out by children. One child’s bad act was seen as a joke and a shock, while the other child’s bad act was seen as typical and dangerous. These examples of different racial and class views can affect these children’s perceptions of themselves as they get older. Both children’s bad actions should be viewed the same regardless of race or class because both children committed a crime, and should be punished in the same way. Crime has no color; the same crimes should be punished in the same manner.