Today I woke up and I was running a bit late. I could not decide on what to wear and I also needed to go get breakfast. After noticing that my cohort went to go get breakfast together I had to find other people to go eat with. After I managed to reach my destination I quickly ate and met two girls named Eve and Avery. They were nice enough to lead to me to our class since I get lost easily and I needed help.
When I walked into class I noticed that we had a guest who happened to be a male RA by the name of Toye. I immediately knew that this was going to be an interesting new dynamic in our class to implement the male prospective into our discussions. We usually have a stable support group when it comes to discussing the obstacles that women have to get past, but Toye would have to be the only voice for his gender’s point of view. As class began we talked about how there are certain characteristics associated with certain genders such as women being dependent or soft. Society has implanted an image in our hands before we even step foot on this Earth of what we are supposed to be like. Boys get race track themed nurseries with sports teams surrounding their cribs in order to preserve their presumed masculinity for the future. For girls they get dolls and everything on the room is ‘Pretty and Pink’ so that they learn how to emulate a “proper” women based on societies’ structure norms.We also discussed how women are trapped in these preconceived notions on what they should dress, act, or talk like and women who do not conform to those ideas are ostracized.
After discussing the assigned reading from last night I participated in a gender gallery walk. The gender gallery walk entailed going around the room and observing the pictures of how men or women are portrayed. These pictures gave me a physical image of what stereotypes and prejudices women are stricken with. We also had to connect the picture to a course concept to learn how to think critically and eventually make inferences in the future. The overall goal is to come up with an action plan which I am very nervous about due to the fact that we have to present in front of the entire Leadership Institute at Salomon Hall—a large auditorium used to compensate for large groups. After class was over I went out to eat with some of my friends.
After discussing our action plans my friends and I left and went to go get frozen yogurt and talked about how we are really starting to like going to Brown University. I am enjoying going to Brown University however, I am trying not to get attached to this school, because you never know if you will get accepted or not. I never want to become emotionally invested into a school and then get my heart broken by all of putting my eggs in one basket which would not be the smartest thing to do.
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