I do not keep up with politics as much as I should so when the “Religious Liberty” Executive Order was brought to my attention, I was shocked. Partially because this would allow even more discrimination than there already is in this country and the fact that Thomas Jefferson said in 1802 that there should be a separation from church and state in our Constitution and that the issue still arises over 200 years later is whacked. Come on United States! Moving forward should not mean going two steps back. As much as this order would give white Christians an advantage (even though they are more privileged already than the majority in this country), calling the executive order “Religious Liberty” is very narrow minded and hypocritical. Promoting a religious liberty while banning and discriminating muslims and other groups of people, is not very encompassing of all religions. It should be called Christian Liberty Executive Order. Not to mention, that Trump had to dial back the EO because of homophobic wording, is horrific. If you had to dial back because you slipped in some LGBTQ+ discrimination, well guess what? Just from that we already know your intentions of the EO so you might as well scrap the damn thing. Allowing hate back into the lives of others because of some health care bans is some bull and you can only justify your actions with your religious beliefs so far until shit hits the fan.
This week in class we discussed a discourse analysis of the movie Beauty and the Beast. I was intrigued by this topic because I did not think much of the childhood Disney princess film till we discussed in the class the normativity of the story with our society and also the nonnormativity of the movie that is often overlooked. Like any other Disney princess film, the viewer goes in watching the movie knowing that they are about to watch the love story unfold and that there is some curse that must be broken for the characters to live happily ever after…yet no one questions it. As we discussed in the class, the normativity of the movie is that she falls in love and lives happily ever after with her man. But let me not leave out the nonnormativity of the whole fairytale, first the girl full of brains who don’t need no man ends up falling for a beast that walks on his hind legs and has CLAWS. Not mention she falls in love with him after he’s locked her and casted her to the tower and has been coerced several times from a talking candle stick and a clock who are mostly worried about THEMSELVES not being able to turn back into humans before the last rose petal falls. Yes its a fairytale but the issue is its acceptable by the viewer that she falls in love with a beast but if she happened to ménage á trois with some girls everyone would lose their shit. Kidding, kidding… but it makes you think.
From our readings this week, “Do These Earrings Make Me Look Bad?” by Kate Nobles was eye opening for me. With society ever so changing before progression can catch up, Nobles discusses the importance of research in the academy. In a gender studies perspective, many times the research of gender and specifically transgender, is misguided by the representation of the researcher as an outsider. The research of gender studies as Nobles mentions is that many times it is performed by “cissexual gendertheorists” who ultimately decide our society’s “gender orthodoxy.” The thing with research though is that its valuable to have primary sources and as Nobles points out about transgender studies is that she is a valid primary account and it goes unnoticed because she does not have the “academic credentials” which doesn’t allow her to speak on the matter even though the research is of her gender. I think its absolutely ridiculous not to include trans perspective in gender studies because how we supposed to progress on matters that are vital to individuals. Improving the research done in the academy would lead to progression with transgender studies. This research could include medical improvements for trans people, equality and improve society’s view on trans people. If the person who lives the life of whats being researched has a voice in the matter then other people can relate more to it. This piece made me more aware of how skewed the academy is and how not diverse it is. Its unfair for people who do not have the academic credentials but the experience that is important in the progression of the research.
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