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The blindspot of inequality

domejm's B102 F16 Class
Inequality will always be present no matter where you are. Since the beginning of mankind, women were tagged as being the inferior species towards men. Through time and hard work, women battled for human rights and obtaining equality. They had no rights for education and so they were doomed to...

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The First Thing We Learn In School: Colors

Race and Racism Fall16 Gr.545
For the past 18 years of my life, I have classify human beings into “races”. Why would I categorize people with skin color? In my opinion, it was just easier and obvious until one day I realized that human classification was a whole lot more complex than I thought. In the following text, we will...

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Highway threatens wildlife in the Serengeti: economic development or conservation of the environment...

ETHICS 1290 (Fournier-Sylvester @ Champlain) FALL 2016
The Serengeti is a huge grassland that covers 15 000 square kilometers and is home to a huge diversity of species. Its name, derived from the Maasai language, translates into “endless” or “extended”. The Serengeti’s most famous feature is the wildebeest migration that is known to be the largest...
Fred Munro

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Classification is for Animals, not Humans

Race and Racism Fall16 Gr.545
  “Race”, how can one simply define “race”? For centuries, we have thought of “race” as a deep-founded way to categorize and classify individuals. Well, scientifically; biologically to be more precise, it has been proven that “race” as is doesn’t exist, and it certainly doesn’t make-up the human...

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The Reality of Racism and the Absurdity of it

Race and Racism Fall16 Gr.544
As a white female being of Dutch and Irish descent, I have not experienced a ton of racism in my life thus far. Everyone in my family is Caucasian as well and no one has ever been mistaken for anything other than white. We all have green or blue eyes, and relatively light hair, with the exception...

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Basic Coding: A Mandatory Class?

Development of Knowledge 2016- Flacks
Basic Coding: A Mandatory Class? Link to the article: This article, written by Tim Bajarin, an analyst of technologies and computers, addresses the issue “Should basic coding be a mandatory class in Junior High?” With the use of multiple premises,...

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Dangers of Trans Fats

Dr Decker's Spring 2016 BIO 109 Human Biology
                                                                                      Dangers of Trans Fats               I chose to summarize an article about trans fats. I was shocked after learning about how dangerous trans fats are throughout our studies. This article goes over a lot of what we...

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Exploring the Link Between Alzheimer's and Sleep Apnea

Dr Decker's Spring 2016 BIO 109 Human Biology Alzheimer’s Research in America is in a state of crisis. Looking forward over the course of the next 4 decades, it is projected that this terrible disease that afflicts the minds of so...

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Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

Dr Decker's Spring 2016 BIO 109 Human Biology   Science has become a major part of our everyday lives. It has been a major factor in explaining events of the past, setbacks in our present and problems for our future. We were never taught that science is perfect or that...

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How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Death Ripples Across America

Dr Decker's Spring 2016 BIO 109 Human Biology
Marianne Jenkins May 4, 2016 Dr. Decker Human Biology   Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug that does not discriminate upon race or socioeconomic status and can change someone's life in an instant. Heroin use can lead to a downward spiral of addiction or even death, and no one is immune to...
Marianne Jenkins

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A Slap in the Face to Gender Equality: Hair Salon Ad Highlights Domestic Violence

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 17)
In this advertisement, a young woman looks straight at the camera. She sports a black eye, and is sitting on an expensive couch. A young man, dressed in a suit stands behind her, holding a diamond necklace. The ad reads: “Look good in all you do”. This ad is for a hair salon in Edmonton, Alberta, and has received a lot of negative press for the way the woman is portrayed. To start, the black eye is a sign of physical damage, usually associated to rape or intimate partner abuse.

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One Step Forward for Valentino, 100 Steps Back for Women

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 17)
Prior to 2012, Valentino launched its Vogue Vanity campaign and it has since then received attention for all the wrong reasons. While the ad is meant to market an actually rather stunning red dress, it draws our attention instead to the mistreatment against women. In this advertisement, a woman is being pinned to the ground by a police officer as another man observes what is perceived by many as an act of violence. The subliminal message behind this ad is one of male dominance and authority over women.

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Nice Body, How is the Performance

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 9)   Cars are often seen as extension to men. Many people might even say that cars are more important than women or equally valuable. The advertisement from the Fiat 500 Abarth portraits an Italian woman as the new Fiat. Now, it might seem normal due to the fact that men love cars and women, but the sexism play such a huge role in the ad.

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Low pants or prices?

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 17)
As the world is dominated by the hegemonic male ideology, the media and advertisements are often targeted towards men. Products geared towards the consumption of the stereotypical heterosexual male are conditioned to view women as objects by the media. 

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An Ad for Shoes or Women?

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 17)
           In this shoe advertisement, a young woman is gripping the selling product while being completely naked. The shoe being the only coloured aspect in this black and white image clearly portrays as the most dominant feature in the advertisement. Thus, stating that even the male orientated object itself is more important and dominating than the young woman modelling in the image.

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The Key to Opening Their Legs

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 17)
Have you ever wanted to feel as powerful as you can? To have the utmost control over every single aspect of your life, including, and most importantly, over the people around you? Then look no further than any of the exquisite wedding rings available at Natan Jewellers. It may not help you make your boss give you that impressive promotion, or your professor finally change your 49 to a 90, but at least it will make your girlfriend’s, or future fiancé’s, legs fly open the moment they see that expensive diamond you got them.

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Gem's and Jewels

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 17)
                Objectification in the media is something we all see everyday. It is in the ads we are exposed to, in the movies we watch and in the shows we enjoy. Women are often portrayed as objects, incapable of owning their own selves. Society has become desensitized to how demeaning this is to a half the population, and the message it sends to the other half.

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Tom Bored (and fed up of gender inequality)

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 17)
             Look at this ad. And I mean really look at it.  

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Have A Heart, Be Feminists

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 17)
In the above Peta advertisement, Pamela Anderson is show in very revealing clothing with her body sliced into sections. Also, Pamela is being called an animal when the advertisement states, “all animals have the same parts” (“The Punishment Was Death By Stoning”). While the purpose of this advertisement was to encourage people to become vegetarian with the help of a shock factor, this simply raised the new issue revolving around of sexually objectifying women in advertising.

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Is that Really Necessary?

Gendered World Views (Fall 2016, Section 17)
In the valentine’s day advertisement for Natan Jewelry, two pictures are shown side by side. The first is a picture taken from a birds eye view, and shows a man holding a closed box while facing a female that has her legs crossed. The woman’s legs and the box are the main focus. In the second picture, shot from the same perspective as the first, shows the man holding the open box with a ring in it to the girl. The girl in turn spreads her legs open.

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