Influential Global Female Leader: Aung San Suu Kyi

One very influential global leader is Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma. Aung is Burma’s pro-democracy leader who fights for non-violent resistance to brutal dictatorship. She has shown great courage to face down the military regime, with her belief that no regime is stronger than people’s yearning to be free. Aung returned to Burma in 1995 after starting a family in the UK, in order to take care of her ill mother. Upon returning she was swept into the pro-democracy movement and soon became general secretary of the National League for Democracy. The reason she joined politics was not for personal power but for “the right of a people to govern themselves and the belief that democracy is the means by which free people deliberate about a shared future”. Being committed to this cause Aung has had to face detention and brutal attacks on her and her supporters for more than 15 years. Since the junta fears Aung so much she has lived years with threats to her life and that’s not even her biggest sacrifice. She also sacrificed being separated from her family, she has not seen her children since 1995. Through all of this, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now 65, has remained firm for non-violence and has fought for freedom of her people with great dignity.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/mar/08/aung-san-suu-kyi-women

Attachment Parenting

When I first viewed TIME Magazine’s cover photo about attachment parenting, I was shocked. It was really weird to see a women with a child who looks like he was 5 years old breastfeeding. This article is about Dr.Sears idea of attachment parenting and how some women are practicing it. Some things that are involved in attachment parenting is breastfeeding until your baby is 1 or 2 years old, having your baby sleep in your bed, and holding your baby in slings close to your body. I wouldn’t say this approach is a negative representation of women, because I think it’s something that is women’s choice. Not every women in the world has to practice attachment parenting. I also don’t think that if a women chooses not to perform attachment parenting that they’re a bad parent. Some people have different approaches when it comes to nurturing their baby and may not believe that attachment parenting is for them. Some claims being made about motherhood is that as a mother it is your natural instinct to be close to your baby at all times. And that somehow by doing so it will help you to have a better connection with your child. All in all I do not believe that attachment parenting is anti-feminist, I think it just depends on the person and if this is something they want to do.

Menstruation

Menstruation, I don’t even know where to start. I remember when I was younger I really wanted to get my period. I thought I would somehow be more grown up once I got it. However, when I got my period for the first time in seventh I realized it was not at all what I expected.Not only did I not feel any older, but I was also in pain and there was blood pouring out of my body. From that point on I always dreaded the time of the month when I was supposed to get my period. It’s not only the blood that bothers me but it’s the severe pain and mood swings that come with it. Someones I get such bad cramps that all I wanna do all day is lay in bed in fetal position and not move. And when I am on my period the tinniest things that happen can just make me cry or just angry. Something else that’s horrible about periods is the fact that you never know when it’s going to start. You know the general day of the month, but it’s not always on the day you think and you never know what time. So you can be in class or some other public place and it can just start which can be very uncomfortable, especially if you do not have a tampon or pad. So than you need to ask around and hope someone has one and if not you need to excuse yourself to find one. So pretty much, just thinking about my period makes me pissed off.  

Gay Rights

red-equal-signs-marriage-equalityjpg-0fababd8b362bf7cI have always been a supporter of gay rights. I believe that everybody has the right to be who there and love who they want. The material we discussed and viewed in class also had an impact on me. I thought the Australian announcement about gay marriage was very cleverly  put together. It showed that gay love is no different then heterosexual love and that no one should be denied the right to marry the person they love, based on their sexual preference. I do believe that their can be a possibility for gay rights to be granted across the globe in the future. However, I am not so sure that certain individuals hate and intolerance of homosexuality will ever  go away. I believe this hate comes from peoples belief that being different is somehow a bad thing. Some people may have also grown up in a religious family where homosexuality is against their morals. But, overall some people in our society are just not accepting of those who don’t fit the the mold of “normal”.