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I will admit that the people in prison are usually an afterthought, I rarely think about these people and how they feel, but after reading this I don’t think that these people will be able to just be an afterthought anymore. This letter played to feelings in everyone’s heart, everyone makes mistakes, the “lifers” made mistakes and although the severity of these mistakes differentiates them from us, they really are no different and are truly as human as any other person.
After reading the letter this man wrote I began to think, what if I was put into a room with 10 people one being a “lifer” would I be able to tell which one is the convict? After reading this letter, and being able to see into the heart and mind of a “hardened” criminal I highly doubt I would be able to do that correctly, I know I would probably actually pick the wrong person. There really is no difference between someone on the outside and some inmates, other than one mistake or a few, these people are living the same lives as us as human beings on this Earth. It really is amazing the insight that this inmate has given me through the letter he wrote, I really was touched by what this man and his experience.
I feel as if most guys are more comfortable with themselves and don’t feel the pressure that most women are facing with issues seen in such as these. Girls dress up and try to look perfect, but most guys don’t really care how perfect you look, guys don’t care what a girl is wearing and a lot of the time like their girls dressed down, but still women continue to dress up and put too much pressure on themselves to be perfect or look like those girls on the covers of magazines. Men on the other hand don’t really feel these pressures to be perfect in your looks and don’t feel the need to dress up and be perfect for anyone else. Although men don’t feel as much pressure to be just like that guy on the cover of the magazine, they feel pressure in other areas such as being “the man” being strong, unemotional, and above all else tough. Everyone feels the pressure to be a part of the majority whether you are a man or a woman.
Another thing is how could this game possibly be fun to any sane person? I immediately thought that a game like this being made could only be popular or even bought by sociopaths who get off to the thought of actually raping someone. Now that I actually think about it the person who created this game has to have some sort of fantasies about rape to even think that a game like this could even be sold or accepted anywhere. This game is not artistic, and is depicting one of the biggest travesties in the world today, rape is in no way something that should be put into a videogame where someone can control a character rape, sodomize, or molest a helpless woman.
Although there are plenty of shoot ‘em up games and games such as grand theft auto that also have questionable basis this game has taken this to a new level. I cannot believe that someone would purchase this, support this, or otherwise have no opinion about this game. This game needs to be taken off the shelves and no game like this should ever be put into circulation ever again.
I know that as a white person when I was a child if I was given the choice to pick between the two dolls, I would have picked the white doll if not for the only reason being that I look like this doll and have the same color skin. It should work the same way for little children with black or brown skin as well, but when I saw most of them pick the white doll I not only began to feel a little guilty, I actually begin to get extremely upset when the children chose the doll with the white skin. I wish that there was a way to stop influencing these children in this way so that they can see that the color of their skin doesn’t determine if they are bad or good like what the woman asked them. One of the most upsetting parts in this video is when the young black boy was asked which of the dolls was good or bad, and he chose the black doll to be bad because of its skin, and after being asked which doll he resembled he chose the “bad” one, you could see in his face that he began to question if he was bad because of his skin.
It isn’t possible for these kids to think that being black is bad and being white is good just when they are born, this video shows the power that the media has over young kids and over everyone. What is being put into these kids brains is real how could so many kids pick the white doll because they thought it was prettier or because it was the “good” doll if society wasn’t built like this or the media hadn’t portrayed it like this. Hopefully one day the message will be that everyone is equal that good in bad is based on the person not the skin color.
I like the whole idea of no political correctness in the text messages but I also believe that if that is really what you want to say or how you really feel, you should say it out loud and not hide behind a text message. Stand up and be heard, and be the person to start a debate. I think that Sam would love it and be able to run with what someone says and be able to convey a lesson to us students that we may not have had the opportunity to have before. We are all hear to learn and we are safe to say what we feel in this class so I guess I really am all about everyone being able to speak their mind. Being able to speak your mind is what this class is all about, and although some of the text messages in the discussion were “offensive” or mean these are some of the things that need to be said to spark a true debate about the differences that are seen by all of the races in this class. I just don’t know if the text message debates are really helping us to learn about race relations, it seems like it is being more abused for cheap jokes then for constructive comments. And even sometimes when the comments are constructive it seems like a lot of people are offended by them, we just need to stop being offended and be able to take what we dish out.
As a college student, I realize that Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister are iconic brands that a lot of people shop almost exclusively at. I was one of those people that would occasionally shop there but, after hearing this and knowing some of the companies past, I would hesitate to begin to shop at these stores again. Since it is a corporate policy to discriminate against Muslims with their religious scarves and not an isolated incident based on misled decisions of a single store, I don’t think I could give my business to such a company. Historically, it sounds as if A and F is taking a step in the wrong direction, instead of being more open to diversity in the workplace, they are keeping up their own trend of hiring mostly white employees. Even as a business decision I think that, If A and F broke away from the bulk of employees being white, then maybe they could even gain a greater majority of the market, more people of color may be willing to buy from this company, and the negative connotation that Abercrombie and Fitch has due to their discrimination would be diminished. Getting back to the Muslim woman and her problem with A and F I think that she should continue to sue the company and hopefully justice will prevail and she will receive compensation and send a message to this company and others that discrimination and against what America believes in.
To be completely honest if I wanted to go see a bunch of white guys run pick and rolls, the motion offense, and shoot some threes, I could just go watch any number of suburban high schools throughout the country. The majority of basketball fans that follow the NBA would agree that the unbelievable superhuman athletes throwing down ridiculous dunks and playing above the rim is an integral part of the game today that makes the NBA so much fun to watch. Moose claims that breaking the game down to the fundamentals would be good for the sport, which may be true but, putting limitations on who can play based on race is definitely the wrong way to go about it. In my opinion “moose” is being racist in his attempt to make this all white U.S. born league.
“Moose” says that a lot of the white players don’t like the up tempo game played today in the NBA and that they deserve a chance to make a living off of their skills. But what about the Chinese ball player who doesn’t like the speed of today’s game, or a Black player who doesn’t like the speed of the game. Why should white basketball players get special treatment and get another chance at playing “pro” basketball when there are so many other people of all races who could and can play just as well if not better fundamental basketball then white players. Although “Moose” says that it is just a business plan to fill a “niche” in the market, the reality is that he wants to support an all white basketball league, not a basketball league based on a different style of play and focused on the fundamentals.
This question specifically addressed where the line is drawn at being bisexual and just having love for a person of the same sex. I think that this not only applies to bisexuals but, also to people who identify as heterosexual and homosexual as well. Where do u draw the line between love sex and being bisexual? Sometimes this is a fine line and, I think that this line would be drawn when you have a sexual attraction to that person. As Sam put it when you get that feeling “Down there” the sex of the person that you are looking at or fantasizing about would decide you’re your actual sexual orientation is. So if you get aroused when you think about your best friend or your roommate then that is the deciding factor on what your orientation is. So in response to the woman who asked the question, her not feeling that way toward her roommate would mean that she loves her roommate but, in a non sexual way. If she were to ever develop sexual feelings for her roommate and were to act on those feelings then that would be a different situation. On the other hand there are also other situations that not necessarily make someone bisexual even if they experiment with someone of the same sex.
Since love and sex are not always linked it is possible to have a sexual relationship with someone without love, and to have love without sex like in the case of the woman who asked this question. As a heterosexual male I know that I have many female friends that I have no sexual attraction to and love, as well as others that I am extremely attracted to but have never met and do not love.
The creator of this product has a projected consumer base of lonely men who have an extremely hard time talking to women. I understand the frustration of what some of these men feel, but I don’t believe that a created sex doll that simulates real female human interaction is the answer that these men should look for. Then again I may be wrong because there have already been a couple thousand pre-orders for the new product. I don’t know if I could actually take someone who uses this product seriously, to me this sort of seems like a plot line to a bad movie or just a joke. It seems like you would see this doll in an American Pie movie, something to laugh at but not to take seriously. It also brings to mind the Fembots from one of the Austin Power’s movies. I feel like a sex toy such as this doll would be like having sex with a robot, a “woman” with a computer for a mind. Now I am sure that robot sex is a fetish that plenty of people throughout the world thoroughly enjoy but, I don’t how many people would actually be comfortable with the idea of having sex with a robot.
The inventor of the Roxxxy also was marketing the sex doll to not only single males but, to couples stating that sometimes “a few straight women who wished that they had a Roxxxy to take over the bedroom chores.” That statement that the inventor made just made me want to ask what woman in a healthy relationship would want a robot sex doll to “satisfy” her man? As a man, I would like to think that woman would want to satisfy her man as well as get satisfaction back from him.
He said that he was just using an “analogy” but what a poor analogy to use when referring to a group of human beings who are going through life and its hardships just like so many of us taking this class and in this world. Being referred to as an animal would piss me off beyond belief ,and just reading that this politician decided that he would call any human being an animal is making me mad. This man supposedly represents the views of the citizens in his state, but I don’t know one person who would agree with this man.
I understand there are some people that abuse the welfare benefits and are living off of this, but seriously in the comments that Bauer made he is putting children who need to eat, parents who lost their jobs, and elderly people who cant work because of disabilities. To me that just doesn’t seem fair. If I were put into a situation where I had no where else to go and felt like the only way to get back on my feet was to take advantage of welfare benefits I would be so thankful that I could feed my family or help myself. But I would also be working my ass off to try and get back onto my feet.
Life is an uphill climb and for some that climb seems more like Mount Everest than a hill. Everyone can use help in this climb, and others need more, welfare is there to help people who have fell and need to get up and start reaching for the top again. No human being deserves to be called an animal and I don’t believe that anyone has the right to judge someone based on if they receive benefits available. This is America after all, everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed.