The Talk Cast takes out their extensions

April 9th, 2013

During discussion today, someone taked about the talk show hosts that took out their extensions. Here’s the clip from The Talk.

So I wrote this paper…

April 8th, 2013

So, in my English 202 class, Writing about Appalachian Folklore, we were required to do a research paper about a topic related to Appalachia (It’s due tomorrow.). I wrote my paper about folk medicine in Southern Appalachia. As I was doing my research, I came across an interesting tidbit. European descendants inhabiting of this region believed that African American possessed healing power. This is relevant to this class because many believed that the shade of an African American’s skin was associated with their healing power. In Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia, Cavender states:

“The assumption was that the darker the skin, the purer the race, and the purer the race, the greater the healing power Miscegenation apparently diluted that healing power. […] blacks may have promoted and exploited white belief in them as sources of healing power to improve their socially marginal status in racist society. On the other hand, there is also the possibility that they risked accusation of using their power nefariously” (53).

I thought this was interesting because this belief in the healing power of African Americans survived until around the 1940s. Also, some of the practices were a bit strange. For example, if a pregnant woman carried a “kinky” African American hair, she would protect herself from broken bones. Also, many (whites) believed that earaches could be cure be placing a lock of hair (that was usually urinated on) into the ear. What’s the most interesting is the shade or color aspect of healing power. Darker people were supposedly more powerful healers. This color aspect reminded me of the current situation in many African American communities. There is this dichotomy of light and dark with specific stereotypes and characteristics associated with each. It kind of the opposite of what occurred years ago. Some people believe lighter shades are better even though both shades are marginalized (and have been for many years). I haven’t quite unpacked everything that floating around in my head about this topic. I just wanted to spit it out.

Leftovers from the Peace Discussion

April 4th, 2013

I wish we had more time to discuss the subject of disability. On page 339, Peace states that “the human body is continuously evolving via variation and adaptation, but it is society that determine how a given vartion is perceived.”  “Normal” bodies are not the only body capable of great accomplishments. I think the active discussion of disability (in relation to stigma, perceptions, media, law) will help to change how many people view people disabilities. The following clip is a speech by Edward Roberts:

Additionally, I think adaptive sport is a great way to eliviate (some of ) the stigma associated with being visiably disabled. In an interview, one man talks about how physically departing from the wheelchair negates the stigma associated with disability. But who is participating in these sports? Since costs associated with adaptive equiptment are extremely expensive, adaptive sports are only avaliable to those in the middle class. I think there is a racial and class divide associated with the participation in adaptive sports.Also, the institutions that offer adaptive sports lack resources and are understaffed. Here is a clip of adaptive skiing:

Finally, I wanted to share a blog post that Peace wrote. This relates to our discussion about the preceptions of people with disabilities. I found it last night when I was looking for news clips on youtube. It was not what I expected and I bet it won’t be what you expect either. Although I’m not fond of his approach to this blog, I understand why he’s upset.




April 1st, 2013

Here’s an article talking about Karen Braithwaite’s campaign.


Transgender Bathroom Bill Reflection

April 1st, 2013

I just read the article posted by annaholman. How did this bill get passed when there was only one person supporting it during the hearing? Overall, I thin this bill is discriminatory and a silly waste of time and (tax-payer’s) money. Like anaholman, I think that this bill will expose trans* people to potentially dangerous situations. I’m also saddened by the fact that it’s 2013 and the institutions that we are supposed to trust (and take pride in as Americans)  are actively marginalizing people who are not normal. Lastly, I wondered how this bill was going to be enforced.

Fallon Fox

April 1st, 2013

Fallon Fox is the first transgender MMA fighter. After going through surgery to become a woman, she trained to become a professional MMA fighter. So far, she has won her first few fights and plans to enter into more. Many people are opposed to her fighting women because she they believe that she has an unfair advantage. I thought the comments from an article on Fox from the CNN Newsroom were interesting for a few reasons. First, both supporters and non-supporters of Fox used biology (mostly epidemiology and genetics) to argue their points. It also made me want to find out more about the process of changing one’s sex in order to determine the “truth.” Would a closer look at the sex change process show that Fox has an unfair advantage? What would happen to her career as a MMA figher if it’s determined that she has an unfair advantage?



Beauty and the Nose

March 11th, 2013

Before reading Gilman’s article, I’ve never really thought about the nose from a sociological perspective. In realty, I never really think about my nose unless I’ve got a cold.

Overall, I thought this article gave a good overview of the nose’s social history.

The following YouTube videos a examples of the ways in which some people modify or “fix” their noses in order to feel more attractive.

This video was one of many that demonstrated how to “fix” the nose so it appears to be smaller without surgery.

This video shows the process of Rhinoplasty. I thought this video was some what depressing because the lady felt that she had to “fix” her nose in order to live a better life.


“Good Hair” Reflection

March 7th, 2013

To me, “good hair” has always meant healthy hair. It didn’t matter if it was thick, thin, curly, or straight.

Overall, I thought the “Good Hair” documentary was very interesting and informative. The most interesting part of this movie was when Chris Rock explored the “weave culture”.  I enjoyed learning about how human hair is processed into weave. I didn’t realize that most of the Indian human hair came from women that were participating in a religious ceremony. I also didn’t realize that weave was such a profitable enterprise.

This movie also made me think about some of the contradictory choices I make regarding my body. For example, in the last post, I stated that I wouldn’t get Botox because its the neurotoxin of Botulism. Although I’ve rejected Botox, I don’t see any problem relaxing my hair every eight weeks (and I don’t see myself stopping).





Body Project: Lunchtime Cosmetic Procedures

February 28th, 2013

Yesterday, I happened to be channel surfing when I came across The Wendy Williams Show. I don’t usually watch this show but her “Live Like a Star” promotion caught my attention. In yesterday’s episode, she was talking about lunchtime cosmetic procedures (includes Botox and laser treatments) with  Dr. Jeanine Downie. Around the 1:10 mark of this clip Dr. Downie says that according to her patients, Botox is “like breathing. If you can afford it, you need to get it done.” When I heard her say this, I instantly thought about media’s portrayal of the body as fixable or a project. I also thought about how the media, doctors, and regular people influence how we perceive our bodies. I  found this comment to be highly annoying.  I felt that it wasn’t necessary. What business does she or anyone have telling someone (especially me) that she or he needs to get Botox?  Personally, I don’t like the idea of paralyzing my face with a neurotoxin created by the bacteria (Clostridium botulinum) that causes Botulism.

Dangerous Pests

February 18th, 2013

This video from the Environmental Illness Network is an advertisement against pesticides. It reminded me of two things: our discussion last week on EI and the Entomology class I took last semester.

Since most people choose not to buy produce with worm hole or bites, chemical control of insects is important to the agricultural industry. Although they are very effective and offer fast (and complete) protection against various types of insects, they are detrimental to humans and the environment. Residue problems and incorrect use of pesticides contribute to Environmental Illness and other illnesses associated with the exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Who are the REAL pests? Pesticides or Insects?