isn’t there a robot somewhere that can answer all my questions?
2009 February 24
- i left class yesterday with a few random questions, one of which I see is similar to Simran’s below. On that note, my question for Anna was, how do you respond to the claims that the cover of Vogue is misrepresentative of the average woman? Maybe (definitely) even more so because of all the airbrushing scandals that have surfaced in the past 5 years. How can Vogue claim to be a woman’s fashion magazine when the women on the cover are virtually digital creations– or digitially enhanced at the least– that the “average” woman is supposed to look up to? Simran- I whole heartedly agree with what you wrote about the difference and confusion about whether the clothes or the body is the accessory here.
- Anne asked “is everyone here a professional?” and Nadya said no. Why isn’t “mom” a profession? 14 kids… sounds like a professional mom to me.
- Sometime in the past week a man has come forward claiming that he is the sperm donor of Nadya’s 14 children. Does it matter? What are the social implications of a man even attempting to say “those are my children”? clearly, a sperm donor may or may not someday be a father, but the catch is that he’ll never know. He didn’t donate sperm to become a dad– he donated sperm hopefully to help someone out somewhere, and to make $50. So now…he wants to be recognized as what… a father? or just as the proud generator of powersperm? WHATS THE POINT?
- Also, I’m glad that Waris picked up on the structure of the question I asked, concerning whether or not there is a link between the gender issues in 3rd (eastern hemisphere) and 1st (western hemisphere) world. I believe it to be 100% true that in general, people in the western world see the gender issues as detached for the most part from others around the world. And when Western hemisphere people help to subdue Eastern hemisphere gender issues, Waris said “they are helping themselves” and this is exactly right–they help themselves by feeling good that they helped someone else. i’ll make an uneducated guess that many individuals who provide aid from West to East often do not recognize or cannot acknowledge the full imact that eastern cultures have on their own. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t fit into this category, but at the same time, I don’t think its ever possible to know the entirety of the impact one society can have on another, especially while you’re existing in one of these said societies.
- my last comment I had was in response to Wenza. When she said that her brother was also a suicide bomber, the first thought that went through my head was, “how does a mother raise two suicide bombers?” Clearly I have no information on their mother’s involvement in their lives, but I’m always fascinated by the ignorant things that pop up in my mind. WHO PUT THOSE THOUGHTS THERE?