Since when did it become bad to do something “like a girl”?

While it is true that we have come a long way with equal rights and such, there is absolutely no denying the fact that gender stereotypes still exist today. I see stereotypes of all kinds every day, but I think, as a woman, where I fall victim the most is gender stereotyping. This can be represented in a variety of ways. It isn’t always the typical “women belong in the kitchen” or “men are doctors; women are secretaries”. The majority of women experience gender stereotyping through sexism every day. I watched a Ted Talks by a woman named Laura Bates from the UK. She threw out a lot of statistics to prove that, in reality, women are not as equal to men as society would have you to believe. So often girls ignore these things because we are told that they are “normal” or that we’re making a bigger deal out of something than it really is. I mean, how many times have you heard the phrase “boys will be boys” or “you ___ like a girl”? We hear these things so much that we start to think certain behaviors are okay when they really aren’t. Laura was no different. She talks about how she didn’t really think anything of the issue until this one incident on the bus. But even after the incident, when she would talk to people about it, they would make it seem like it was her fault or that she was overreacting. She eventually realized that that wasn’t true and that somebody needed  to stand up and speak out, so she created a site, which she talked about in the video, where men and women around the world could share their personal experiences.

In my research, I wanted to look at gender stereotyping in relationships. Specifically, why is it so hard for society to believe that a male and female can be just friends? And also how stereotypes affect relationships. In an article by Stephan Labossiere, he wrote, “America is the place for freedom, liberty, and equality…unless we are talking women, sex, and relationships”. I have experienced relationship double standards personally, so I know first hand how it feels. I’ve noticed that most of the time the double standards are not in the woman’s favor, and I’m having a hard time understanding why. Is it because men are immature, and don’t understand when they are being unfair in their assumptions? Are men more self conscious than women? There are many factors that could contribute to said double standards. As I continue my research I plan to look further into how this stereotyping affects relationships.


Sept. 10, 2015

  • We need to transition writing styles instead of bring old, pre-TV writing styles into writing today
  • We like to place blame
    • were blaming new technology and youth for ruining writing today when they were blaming TV and radio not too long ago
    • other examples of things the next generation “ruins”
      • clothing, music
    • Pinker is saying we’re not ruining the language by texting or whatever, it’s just new
  • I usually fall back on what I’ve been told to do just because I don’t feel comfortable enough in certain writing to venture out of my comfort zone
  • “sometimes doing the right thing makes us stick out”
  • Most writers said writing came to them naturally
    • Pinker thinks that it had to come to them somehow. Probably from reading.
    • Brings up another interesting point that its easy for people to say ‘I’m such a bad writer or reader’
  • Be aware of whats working and how/why it’s working or not working

What does your style say about you?

In “The Sense of Style”, the author, Pinker talks about how writing is way more complex than a lot of people seem to think it is these days. He seems to think that technology; such as texting, facebooking, tweeting, etc. have started to take over in recent years, and that it may be affecting younger generations’ writing abilities. I would have to agree with this to some extent. I definitely agree that technology is taking over. It’s not only taking over our social lives, but it’s taking over our academic lives as well. The difference between the two, though, is the language and syntax we use. While it may be okay to use improper grammar and say things like “where r u?” or “lol” in a text or on twitter, It’s certainly not the most academic style. There is a line, and I think that as long as internet and smartphone users can recognize when certain writing styles are appropriate and where they’re not, we should be fine. But that is something we had to be taught, and future generations will also have to be taught. If we, as writers, cannot recognize the difference, or are not taught the difference, it will affect us in the long run. Pinker mentions, in the reading, that “style earns trust”. This is exactly what I’m talking about when I say that we will be affected in the long run. I say ‘we’ referring to my generation and future generations because we are at an age right now where our ability to impress people with our writing is critical. Not only in the classroom, but outside in the real world. Once we graduate, whether it’s from high school or from college, we are going to go on to get jobs. Maybe even go to graduate school, med school, etc. Wherever we decide to go, we have to , first, impress our interviewer with our writing. If we are applying for a job or a school, and our application is filled with improper grammar, incomplete sentences, and really just doesn’t make much sense, what is that going to make us look like? It’s definitely not going to make the “judge” feel like we’re capable of doing the work. We have to earn their trust through our writing. We have to make them believe that we want the job, or that we can do the work, and they only way to do that, is to sound like you know what you’re talking about.
“I won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar”

Mini Reflection
I’m not the best writer, so right off the bat, I go into writing classes thinking the worst. Usually, they end up being better than I expected. I was pretty intimidated by this reading and probably all of the other ones simply because of it’s length. I went in thinking ‘there’s no way I can read all of this and remember enough to blog about it’, but I did. When I find something dry and boring, I have a hard time remembering two sentences back, let alone 10 pages back. I just have to give myself more credit and maybe a little more time to work on things like this.

Dr. Cruela de Vil

Every day, scientists and researchers come up with ideas for new drugs and cosmetic products. Before they can make these ideas come to life, and put them to use, they have to make sure that they are safe. They need to know how they are going to or could possible effect the human body. I don’t know many people that would agree to putting something into their bodies, not knowing what could possibly happen to them; so the next best alternative is animals.
Growing up, I had quite a few animals. One thing I do know is that animals cannot speak for themselves. They can’t tell you when they don’t like something or if they’re hurting. They don’t have a say. There’s a thin line that needs to be better distinguished. Most people would agree that animals should have rights, but where it gets a little blurry is what rights should they have/ shouldn’t they have?
What makes humans so “special”? We use animals for testing because they are “most similar to humans”, but if they’re so similar to humans, we should consider their feeling. Do animals experience pain the same as humans? Do some animals experience pain more than others? Do animals have emotions/Can they tell what’s happening to them? All of these things should be considered.
This brings up the issue of animal testing for medical use. If the research will save human lives. Again, that’s suggesting that human lives are more important than animal lives. Are they? Or is it different when it comes to medical uses (as opposed to cosmetic)? If animals are harmed, but in the end, a drug is produced that will save thousands of people, will it be worth it?
Animals aren’t the only option, though. There are other resources out there. It’s just a matter of if it’s worth it. Other resources could cost more money, and give less accurate results.
Recently, more and more people are speaking up about animal cruelty. We need to decide if animal testing is considered “animal cruelty” or if it’s necessary. Do animals have rights and where do we draw the line?

Sept. 3, 2015

  • Blog: any online publication
  • powerful statement
    • “It begins online, but ends offline”
      • controversy
      • consequentalness
      • lives are ruined
  • People were on twitter and FB to get the most up-to-date info on the Pope, when they were really the first to know and the first to report it
  • For some reason we all just feel the need to know things in the media
    • We feel comfortable when we know things, and we feel like it’s not okay to not know
    • We’re all a part of the “monster”


  • 5 paragraph essay
    • thesis-were “trained” to know where we’re going with it

Sept. 1, 2015

  • Inquiry is difficult for “closed-minded” people
  • Started out in sciences and is used now throughout all subjects
  • Academic writing
    • graded
    • read/revised
    • academic purpose
  • Rhetoric-puroseful choices
  • conventions
    • twitter character count- you can get away with abbreviations and such

Inquiry Based Learning

According to Wikipedia, Inquiry based learning “starts by posing questions, problems, or scenarios” as opposed to “simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge”.

Based on my research, it looks like IBL is used in most subjects in school, particularly math and science courses, and they seem to agree on the basic definition. Both math and science courses use IBL to get a better understanding of why things are they are instead of just learning how to get the answer (if that makes sense). I didn’t see any disagreement.

To me, “context” basically means environment. Environment not being literal.Academic writing is any writing meant for an academic purpose.

Rethorical Knowledge

Im most familiar with this phrase from my AP English class in high school. I think it basically means knowing and understanding how to write and get your point across, while forming logical sentences and phrases.

Critical Reading

I’m familiar with this phrase from previous English classes and it means to analyze and understand a reading.

Composing process

I’m familiar with this term from any of my classes that I had to write a paper or an essay in. It’s just the process of writing the paper, so brainstorming, maybe research, planning, editing, peer editing, etc.

Knowledge of conventions

I am not familiar with this term. From what it says online, I think that it means knowing how to differentiate between genres in both reading and writing.

Critical Reflection

I have hears this before in previous English classes. It is the ability to understand and explain why you made certain choices in your writing.