Social Justice Research Paper

Daja Jones  
Social Justice 
Ms. Herkey
1 June 2012

I should be able to walk outside in shorts and a tank top without a man snickering and whistling at me. My sister should be ale to eat in public and feel full, and then have to be self-conscious about if she can still fit her size 6 pair of jeans. My mom should be able to go to work peacefully, instead of having to deal with sexual harassment by her male boss. 
An injustice is something that goes against the moral well-beings of others. Women and children doing things to their bodies to fit the norm of a spurious illusion on television is an injustice. This problem is very crucial to me because I find myself wanting to take every diet pill that is shown to me on television. Consistently being reminded that being “fat” or “big” or “overweight” is a problem has caused me to think this from advertisements and commercials. Everyone wants to feel beautiful and radiant, but people are being consistently reminded that skinny is the definition of true beauty.  
People who are privileged to watch television have had interactions with advertisements in their juncture of engaging in watching television, that are seen during commercial break of a television show they watch. Advertisements today objectify women in the media as weak and fragile people. For example, in a Gucci advertisement about shoes, a woman was displayed only in her under garments modeling the new shoes they wanted to sell that paid more attention to her body than the shoes itself. More teenagers and children are exposed to these types of commercials everyday. The number of 30- second TV commercials seen in a year by an average child is about 20,000. (www.csun.edu) According to psychologist, Aimee Tompkins, “Everything that children see or hear in the media early on affects them in some way.” (www.allpsych.com) this could build up a lack of remorse for consequences, as children get older. “Children who view media violence are more likely to have an increased feeling of hostility, decreased emotional response to the portrayal of violence and injury that lead to violent behavior through imitation.”(Tompkins) When children begin to believe that this is normal in their lives then they begin to accept it an inflicting it further on people in their actual lives such as friends, family, and themselves. The Academy of Pediatrics says, “More than one thousand scientific studies and reviews conclude that significant exposure to media violence increases the risk of aggressive behavior in certain children, desensitizes them to violence.” After seeing different models body parts combined by a program called “Photoshop” together to get a perfect body to show on television; advertisements give people an image of what women are supposed to look like. Male children begin to criticize the women surrounding them because they are not as impeccable as women on television. To get attention from men women are more likely to buy diet products, make-up, and implants to mock what women in the media look like, which can lead to a woman suffering from anxiety and depression. Women in commercials set a paradigm to how a women in reality should appear in our society. 
As children grow up, they gain the notion of women belonging in the kitchen because they recall the advertisement of the little girl playing with her Barbie kitchen set.   
The United States has struggled to abolish all stereotypes, but contradicts them by tacitly displaying results of stereotypes in the media creating future problems with the citizens and future citizens. By complying with the notions promoted in commercials are creating are making the problems of sexism increase. For example, if I see the color pink I would associate it being a girl color or comparing blue to a boy. The reason why we associate those colors with people is because the media reminds us of what is acceptable to certain people
An simple solution to overcoming this injustice is to simply TURN OFF the television. Limit your time watching shows that degrade you as a lady. Believe in yourself that you are beautiful. Invite your friends over for a dance party, because in the words of Lady Gaga, “I’m on the right track I was born this way.”    

Yearbook Class

Taking yearbook class my first year of high school happened to be the best arbitration I had ever experienced, but prior to this period in time, my class mates were not always comfortable with each other. At the beginning, the classroom was dreadful because the atmosphere was quiet and stolid, and I felt sequestered. My entire experience countered when Mr. Smith, yearbook teacher, assigned an assignment that involved pairing with a partner to complete an article. Savina Daniel was a coy and soft spoken girl in my diminutive class, and she was taciturn to everyone. Because I decided to work with Savina, it was significant to be the first person to break the barrier in our classroom.  In that juncture, we instantly connected. For the rest of the year, we were inseparable. In every assignment we had was completed together and to our best quality.

Captions

1) A golden egg is laying on a top of money because it symbolizes that blogging is like the gold of writing.

2) The man is willing to write a blog for money because he see how powerful blogging can be.

3) An elder man is deciding if he should blog or not and get criticized for his work.

4) A man  has a computer that is freely giving him money because of his blogging.

5) An annoucer guy is shouting to the world blog.

6) A community is blogging together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Slime

Pink Slime is ground beef is made from bits of meat left over from former cuts of meat. It is not healthy because it contains a chemical called hydroxide. Schools should not allow this because it contradicts their motto of always eating healthy and picking the smarter choice. For schools to allow this to be served is being a total hypocrite to the health of all children.

Love and Basketball

Love and Basketball came out in 2000. It is about a long lasting relationship that started between a girl and a basketball and a guy with a similar dream to the guy and girl having a strong relationship through their love of basketball. It was a really hopeless romantic movie full of drama. The women became her dream of a NBA women’s basketball champion by first getting her education through the school of ESC university, while her lover is drafted in the NBA right after high school. A life long friendship and drive for basketball bought this couple together.

Sleep

Have you ever been so exhausted that your body shut down? You were so tired that you couldn’t focus your eyes open. Well, with my demanding schedule at school made me yearn for the comfortableness of my bed.  Over spring break, I spent majority of my time sleeping. I would take 4-5 hour naps everyday and was always in the bed by 11:30. Taking advantage of the time that I had so that I would be ready to come back to work hard in school on my grades, so that I could set myself up for success in the years to come. Being a freshman is extremely difficult in any school that you attend.  There are so many changes that have to be made which could be stressful. Over spring break I really needed the week off to myself without any work.