Motherhood

The TIME magazine cover “Are you Mom Enough?”, shows a women breastfeeding a child. This does not depict breastfeeding in the typical way. The women is standing with her hands on her hips and the child is a boy, probably around four years old, standing on a stool to reach his mother’s breast. In my opinion this is a negative representation of women. The mother is not breast feeding in a nurturing way she is exposing most of her chest and the child she is breast feeding is old enough to walk, which in my opinion means he is old enough to eat on his own. Dr. Sears could be anti-feminist but I am not sure this ad was meant to depict her as being anti-feminist. I do not think you are a better mother if you practice attached parenting, what makes someone a good mother is the way they treat their child, I don’t think it has to do with whether or not that child was breast fed. I think the main thing that is not being said is that mother’s “should” practice attached parenting and that they would be “better” mothers if they did.

Menstruation

Menstruation and periods is something that really doesn’t bother me at all to talk about today but when I was younger it freaked me out. I feel like I have always known about periods and can’t really remember the first time I heard about them. I became a competitive dancer when I was nine years old and our team was like a family, the older girls would talk about their periods all the time so it was normal for the younger girls to hear about. Even though I heard people talking about their periods all the time I was still scared to get mine because I was my dad’s little girl and didn’t what to grow up (but mostly because I thought my dad couldn’t handle it).

 Because I was very active it affected my period, I first got mine in eighth grade and it was never regular. For the first two years I had my period, it was terrible. I suffered from migraines previously, which only got worse the week of my period. I also would get terrible pains; I had cramps, back pain, even pain down my legs. For a while I just would deal with the pain, usually staying home from school and just laying around on the worst days, but eventually I told my mother about the leg pain I was experiencing and the excruciating cramps and she took me to a doctor. I had blood work done and it turned out I had a blood deficiency called, Von Willebrands Disease that was adding to the pain I was experiencing. This disease is a common hereditary disease and affects a factor in blood. The factor that’s missing does not allow your blood to clot properly and causes excessive bleeding. Both men and women can have this deficiency but women often experience more symptoms from it because of their periods. Once I found out what the problem was I was put on two medications, one for the disease to try and help the blood factor and birth control to help regulate my period. Today I am still on those medications and they have helped 100%. The pain I used to get reduced so much that I sometimes do not even get cramps at all, usually the only reason I know I’m going to be getting my period is because my emotions are off the wall. Sometimes I catch myself getting overly sensitive or angry at something for absolutely no reason but I guess that just comes with being a girl.

Gay Rights

For as long as I can remember I have been a supporter of gay rights. I have an aunt would is a lesbian and I also have a few friends that are gay. I see absolutely nothing wrong with gay people being able to get married. The only difference between homosexuals and heterosexuals is the type of person they are attracted to. I do not think that anyone has the right to tell someone who they should or should not be allowed to marry.

The material we viewed and discussed in class opened my eyes to all the different types of sexualities there can be, like bisexual and transsexual. Also the material we looked at in class made me realize that there really are a lot of people who support gay rights and aren’t necessarily gay themselves.

I do believe that in the future gay rights will be granted across the globe to all citizens. With all the support there is for it today i don’t see how eventually gay rights will be granted. However there might always be hate and intolerance to some extent, mostly because of what people’s views were in the past and how those views carry through generations.