UC Berkeley students are diverse in their age, gender, sexuality, race, and religion. As a result, their aspirations for their career and family life can differ on a person-to-person basis. In her study, Gerson interviewed 120 individuals, averaging an age of 24, and found that the majority of both men and women sought an egalitarian relationship. However, as a fallback plan, women turned to a model of self-reliance while men returned to neo-traditional ideas (2010). Because the majority of her sample consisted of White middle-class individuals I was interested in observing whether these findings were applicable to marginalized identities in a college setting that have different experiences from the dominant society. After conducting a qualitative analysis on a sample of 12 self-identified Latina Berkeley students, I found that while marriage and children were in most of their family plans, the majority would not sacrifice their careers and regarded them as significant. These women emphasized an importance on personal growth and necessitated egalitarian partners that would support them in their careers. This is a significant shift away from gendered ideas present in Latino culture.
Religion was involved with many things in a person’s life. It affects things like social status, relationships, the economy, culture, and politics. The complex ideas of religion and politics have shaped societies. The Puritans have set their goal to make their society and way of living connected to God in every way, shape, and form. In the seventeenth century this standard to keep God by your side has deeply affected politics and lawmaking, and has even caused some people to be continuously persecuted. From the strength of their religious beliefs stemmed these radical ideas, which deeply affected lives in the 17th century. Though these ideas were a way of life at one point in time, if these ideas were applied to our government today the
Feminists see religion as an instrument of patriarchy which means that society is based around male domination; they believe that this is a set of beliefs and practices responsible for women’s subordination. However functionalists believe otherwise and argue that its function is not to oppress women but to keep society stable whilst Marxists believe that religion oppresses the working class not females.
In all parts of the world people have been speaking their minds since the beginning of time in every single race/ethnicity. People have been rioting for the right for equality for as long as time. If it was not one race it was another. In the 1960’s riots had sprung in Los Angeles, Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago, Newark, and Detroit. All for the same reason that people are beginning to riot about in today’s world for Equality no matter what race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
Gender roles, like all other facets of society, have changed greatly since the Pilgrims landed in 1620. While Christians were the first to practice an Abrahamic religion in what is now the United States, Jews and Muslims quickly followed, and they had to situate themselves within a predominantly Christian societal framework.
Women of colour were the first to advance frameworks for recognizing the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, and class (11). Frankenberg and hooks share a racist discourse of hyper visibility towards African Americans; however, Frankenberg notes the invisibility towards Asian Americans and Native American minorities (12). Here, race is constructed as a biological category while whiteness embodies superiority. Hooks argues that stereotypes; however inaccurate, are one form of representation for a desired category and project a myth of sameness (341). Stereotypes perpetuate a single story thus excluding any opportunity for unique difference. Categorizations are a fantasy of whiteness that validates the dominant status quo. White supremacists demonstrate an inability to comprehend reason by projecting their inadequacies onto the Other. hooks does not claim white people are evil nor does she intend to evaluate them, rather she is acknowledging the terror she feels in response. Whites feared interracial relationships would erode the colour line and thus segregation was an effective strategy that limited people of colours opportunities to compete in the marketplace or hold political power. Lastly, both scholars criticize the educational systems lack of popular discourse towards multiculturalism in the curricula or media (15).
During the time I observed Mass there was a dominate race in attendance—mostly Caucasian (around 200) with several Hispanics (around 50) and very few African Americans (only three); however, there was not a dominate sex or age of the attendees. There seemed to be an equal amount of males and females, and a vast degree of age—newborns to very elderly among the participants. The clothing of the participants was very formal and respectful. Most women either wore long dresses or skirt with leggings or tights underneath, some women wore pants; however, there was only a few women in pants; all women wore shirts that did not show very much (if any) cleavage—some women (around ten) wore black, white, gray, or brown veils over their heads—at first I believed that the veils were a sign that the women wearing them were preparing to become nuns; however, several small children were wearing the veils over their heads, and according to Lauren, the veils are symbolic—they show respect to the Saints and God by allowing women to observe submissiveness and obedience. There seems to be no correlation between the veils color and a symbolic meaning behind the veil color. Men wore suits or khakis and a button up shirt. Women and men were all aware that they were in a church and must be modest—not shorts or t-shirts or cocktail dresses were seen of the participants—if someone was to show up to Mass in this attire it would be deemed inappropriate. Even the priest and altar servers and choir member
Not many students would care to contemplate whether or not the material they are being taught was civil or uncivil. However, if students are learning uncivil material during their undergraduate studies, are they more likely to reciprocate incivility in their everyday lives? Therefore, throughout this essay I will reflect on classes I have taken throughout my time here at Baker University; looking directly at the material that was covered during the class and comparing this information to what has been taught thus far in this Quest 212 class. The three classes that will be covered in this comparison are as follows: anatomy and physiology, theories of religion: gender, power, and race, and Quest 111. “Civility requires mutual respect to be extended to others and an individual commitment to engage and strengthen the community,” Weeks puts this so well as to what civility entails in his book Doing Civility. With that, we will dive into find whether or not Baker University classes embody these qualities when teaching its undergraduate students, (Weeks, 2).
For our topic, gender roles in religion, we decided to examine Mormonism and see how gender roles are played out among their religion. Before starting our interviews, we did research, and during our research process, we learned many interesting facts about Mormons and Mormonism. People usually think that Mormons are most likely people from Utah, but we found that to be false. Although the Mormon headquarter is in Utah, many Mormons are from other places, like California. Moreover, we found out that the idea of polygamy is actually banned from Mormon churches and if anyone were to practice it, they would be excommunicated from the church. All in all, after our research, we acknowledged that Mormons are not what the stereotypes show them to
backs them with direct support form religious text that identifies women as having a much more prominent role in religion than even today.
One of the most widely discussed topics throughout the world as of late is gender. Gender, sex, and sexuality are very controversial and can stir up emotions among lots of people. I joined this gender class in order to “expand my horizons” and honestly, to learn and understand more about the struggles so many people go through in this world in trying to be who they really are.
Sociologists reject the idea that behavioural differences between men and women are biologically determined. Outline the key grounds for this rejection and discuss what this means for a sociological understanding of gender.
Gender Issues in Religion Amongst the world religions are many different attitudes towards gender issues and sexuality. A hundred years ago, or even a lot less, these different perspectives did not exist, as they were often considered unimportant, as King noted 'until
I believe gender and religion is a very interesting topic because there are many ways these two topics intermingle and affect each other. There are many ways that one could go about analyzing the complex and ever-changing relationship between religion and gender. It is important to look at the higher spiritual being or beings that are worshiped, the religious leader such as a priest or rabbi, and also the members of a certain religion and asses how gender affects it.
A few relationships tend to be based solely on their partner’s level of attractiveness. We determine how attractive someone is, “ the prejudice of deciding what to do based solely on outward appearance could cost the pursuer the chance of a meaningful relationship” (Modern Day Adages). Although someone is “better” looking doesn’t mean anything when it comes to their character and personality. An “average” person can be more beautiful on the inside than a “better” looking person. As a society, we need to give others the opportunity to show themselves even if they’re “average.”