The next part of class we talked about the two stories we read at home. Then that led into stereotypes of lesbians and gay men. From there we went into how you have to be masculine in America even if you’re a gay man so you can get the respect you feel that you deserve. That led into multiple stories of people’s experiences of helping people come to terms with who it is that they are. Also they spoke on their own experiences about accepting themselves whenever they thought that they were homosexual or not.The “Celluloid Closet” was a very interesting movie. I might actually re-watch it to see what else that I missed. I usually learn more when I re-watch things.
Tonight we had a guest speaker (Tyler Curly) who is HIV positive and he told us his story and what he is going through now that he is HIV Positive. He also told us how he’s able to use his status to inform people by becoming a journalist. He also talked about how there is a “morning after” pill for aids. Something that I had no idea about. The next thing he talked about was Ebola and he told us about how we already knew about it and how no one ad treated it yet until the hospital in Dallas did. He talked to us about his website and going to work for him. While on that topic he also told us what it is that he looks for while working for him on his website.
Tonight we watched people present their projects. There was some really nice presentations about a lot of interesting findings in some of the aspects that my classmates presented to us. Some people used card boards to present their projects, others used powerpoint to show them. One of the presentations that caught my attention was the one with “Steven’s World”. I felt it was a clever topic to go with the animated series that was made by a woman. I also believe that this one was the longest presentations that we had tonight. We also went over our midterm exam review which was very helpful. I now know what it is that I am supposed to study. Overall a nice night of class before the midterm.
Tonight in class we talked about culture norms and how different they really are. Something that really stood out to me is how the Mexican race isn’t considered a race in America, but rather just an Ethnicity. Like they’re either White-Mexican or Black-Mexican, they really don’t have a race for themselves. I think that’s kind of sad, but it’s the way that America wants to do it. We also had a nice discussion about women in the work job and why women receive less money than men do in the workplace. Through discussing about women in the workplace, we started talking about how to ask for raises and how women are supposed to do it. I learned that during our first job we are supposed to ask for a lot of money when we go in for an interview. I didn’t know that until then. We also watched a document titled “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords”. It was about the newspaper that was ran by African Americans. It described to us the pain and struggle that they had to go through since they couldn’t get the word news that was important to them out into the media and neighborhoods that where it really mattered. The first ever African American newspaper was called “Freedom Journal”. They used this newspaper to get out the news that they needed to get out. Soon after it got started, it ended up being torn apart due to the differences between the two editors. The newspaper paved the way for 24 more other African American newspapers, including the one that introduced the media to Frederick Douglas.