While exploring www.pbs.org/peoplelikeus and http://cwcs.ysu.edu/, I noticed many feminist issues from an economic point of view. One that really stood out was the fact that the only time women had any kind of status or money, it was when she was tied to a man. All the stories dealt with women's struggles within societies problems within the social classes. Also, no woman or women in the articles or stories or GAMES held a middle or high class position unless she married into the family or was a child from money. Check out this video in economic inequity.
In one story, Karen the Army brat, moves from one place to another because of her dad's committment to the armed forces. She's of wealthy class in many places but it suddenly changes when they get stationed at the Pentagon, where colonels are a dime a dozen as they say. She starts resenting and taking her frustration out on her dad because she's not considered one of the cool and wealthy classes where she was once before. In today's society material things are a must to determine social status. It creates your friends and your personality, for better or for worse. It's not just girls but also for boys as well. As a substitute teacher, I see it everyday and it can literally destroy a student's self-esteem if he or she isn't accepted into the cool group. It's all about the latest fashion, electronics, etc... This story about Karen really stood out to me because the blame falls onto the parents and it's not their fault. Children usually think their parents are punishing for something they haven't even done by not buying the most expensive clothes, the latest Jordans, and the latest touchscreen phone. It's absolutely ridiculous. I can go on all day because I see it all the time. There was another story about Ginny, whose oldest daughter made fun of her OWN mother because of her "trashy" ways. I couldn't believe it, her own flesh making fun of her because she couldn't provide anything better. I didn't hear her daughter asking "Where's Dad"? "Is he helping out with child support?" I bet her daughter doesn't understand the whole economic inequity issue. How women don't get paid like men. Jose said it best on his blog, when there was $30,000 difference in salary between men and women with the SAME education. Absolutely ridiculous! I heard it from my mom and dad, "Oh you kids have it so easy these days, blah, blah. And they were right but the children in elementary schools that I see today, Wow. The parents spoil them so much that these other children compare themselves to their "rich" classmates, and view their parents as failures. And that's sad. They don't realize mom and dad are trying or that mommy gets underpaid because she's a WOMAN.
My brothers and sisters were very lucky to be raised by both parents. Ones that were always were involved from PTA meetings, sports functions, band, graduation etc.... I couldn't imagine not having one without the other. I feel very fortunate when I hear about single parent families and the struggles they have especially single women. I believe Jean brought up the point of being a single parent annnnd pregnant. I don't see men having to face what pregnant women have to face by themselves after the husband or boyfriend leaves them. I couldn't even imagine trying to live that life, working or even trying to apply for a job nonetheless. Woman are permanet fixtures in the lower class because of the lack of opportunities and the problems in societies social classes. Jean said it best when "Being a single mother can become a vicious cycle that keeps the woman perpetually within the lower class. "
I, like Mike, headed straight for the games. I don't know if anyone noticed , but in Chintz or Shag, there was blond headed gentleman who was of high class, and then there was an African-American gentleman who was of middle-class. And then there was the red-neck grandma who was of the lower-income class. I was not suprised since the topic of our blogs is economic inequity, a feminist issue? Well it definately is, and it's not RIGHT! I agree with Jose when he states, that economic inequity is a feminist issue dealing with stereotypes, statistics, dependency, and social class.
In today's time, do you think people discriminate more based on social class or race? Would your parents be more upset if you brought someone of a different race or socio-economic status? Would they even care? Do you think that answer would change depending upon who you're asking? For example, If you came from old money, would your parents be more accepting of someone of a different race as long as they were equally rich? Versus middle class parents who may be more interested in race? Those are some examples.
Here are some movies based on race, social class, and stereotypes. Also just to let you know in general, all of Tyler Perry's movies portray very important issues concerning alot of the topics we cover in class. He's a very powerful director who brings sensitive issues to light.