Archive for February, 2013

Body Project: Lunchtime Cosmetic Procedures

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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?

Environmental Illness

Monday, February 18th, 2013

After doing a quick Google search of “environmental illness” I found an Environmental Illness Network on Vimeo. The purpose of this network is to educate viewers about EI and other public health related ages.

The following two videos are examples of what you can find on this network:

This video reminded me of the clip we saw during the discussion. It’s scary to think that people are getting sick from products they use everyday. I think that the change mentioned in this will be difficult to achieve. For example, most of the commodities (i.e. plastics, medications, cosmetics…) sold in the US are manufactured using a certain chemical process. In order to reduce the chemicals we are exposed to, we’d have to change how many goods are processed. This would take both time, money, and interest from corporations. If these new processes are too expensive (time/money), they will not be adopted by most corporations.

This clip shows a doctor explaining why doctors are not knowledgable about how chemicals effect the human body.





Class Discussion 2/5/13

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

“Sorry, but it’s hard to tell who is serious and who is just looking for a good time when a majority of the time we’re made into sexual objects by a stranger.” –Victoria Uwumarogie

Our discussion about sexual violence last Tuesday reminded me of a blog post by Victoria Uwumarogie I came  across a few weeks ago. I thought this post was interesting because it describes how an African American woman responds to being treated as an object by men throughout her life.  Additionally, this article reminded me of most women are socialized to be fearful and thought how to avoid being raped.The most interesting part of this post is the comment section because many women (of different races) describe how they deal with and feel about being hit on aggressively by men.

Some of my favorite comments include:

“It’s not even about them having to try harder. It’s about the creep factor for me. The hollers, the stares, they all make you feel like you have to lock the doors when you get in. The mean face is mostly to hide how creeped out I get when some guy I never met is in my personal space, touching me and acting like he knows me. Please don’t think you should get that close to any woman you just saw on the street. Maybe it’s ok in the club (you can’t even hear unless you’re close there) but never in the street, on the bus, or some other normal public place. I’m serious, I have mace and I will use it.”–C. D.

“I completely agree sunshine….I mean as a young woman I was taught by my mother and grandmother not to walk around smiling at men and strangers….IT might be a southern thing. I don’t know. But Unless you are genuinely interested in a man you see coming up to make conversation and seeing where his head is. I would refrain from smiling and making goo goo eyes at every dude that pay a compliment….that’s just asking for trouble. I hate to be such a worry wort. But that’s just the level of caution i have…I’m not starved for attention from men that I need them all to approach me. Its a safety issue for me. Men y’all can do that cus y’all can fight…But this man smiling at me might have a rope and a knife waiting in his back pocket for me…NAAA IM GOOD.”–Y.

“There is a way to tell a woman she is attractive in a classy way without setting one’s self up to come across as inappropriate. Since this subject has the spotlight on Black men as those making such advances i can say that I’ve seen this accomplished many times. I think that it depends on the upbringing of the man and his relationship with women he is close to in his own life.” B.