Wednesday, May 24, 2006

elimination of discrimination

While sorting through my masses of junk I found this speech that I had written in high school. Just wanted to share it with everyone:
Elimination of discrimination (1994)
We all know that judging people is inappropriate. There is no honest religion or honest government that teaches otherwise. Every person is free to choose their life and what they will be, therefore we are agents unto ourselves. We choose our imperfections. None of us are good enough or wise enough to judge another human mind. None of us can perfectly temper justice and mercy enough to punish or reward a man or woman to the extent that they deserve. It doesnt matter if you are the world's best scholar you are still out of line to judge another, whether it be race gender, handicap, or even simple things like taste in music, clothing, or the car they drive. An associate once took Abraham Lincoln the task for his attitude towards his enemies. "Why do you try to make friends of them? You should try to destroy them." He replied," Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them my friends?" He also said,” Quarrel not at all. No man who is resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him." A person cannot deny the humanity of another without diminishing his own humanity. How can we mock those who have nothing while we ourselves have nothing? WE need to be able to live in harmony. The wife of Richard Nixon once said," Harmony is the ability to differ, not to disagree." We are all unique and these differences should be praised, not punished. Quoting Mark Twain," Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read."

Monday, May 8, 2006

sexist advertising

something's been really bothering me and it's the portrayal of women in the media. Of course we are all disgusted by the overuse of the female body to sell products. But there is a more subtlety disturbing portrayal of woman and it is that of the "perfect mom". Not all advertising is bad, but I'll give you an example of one that is. the scenario is a mother, perfectly groomed standing in her immaculate kitchen, making food for her family while they all sit at the table waiting for her. everyone is smiling, nobody is helping her, and nobody says thank you when she brings over some gourmet desserts. is this a perfect world? the woman is still depicted as a servant and the husband and children are taking advantage of her. here is another example: the husband is holding a toilet bowl cleaner, not sure how to use it, and currently on the phone to his wife who has to remind him of the chores that she previously assigned to him. maybe this is supposed to be a funny way of showing that woman really can be the boss, but underneath that you realize that she has always done all the cleaning. our young boys see these commercials and think that maybe that's the way women are supposed to be treated. our young girls see them and think, maybe that's all women are good for. Now I kind of like cooking and i realize that cleaning has to be done. i am honoured to be responsible for a family, but the hidden messages i am getting sometimes insult my intelligence. the worst of course is the false sence of importance and pride a woman is supposedly supposed to feel for her ability to flaunt her body. what about the theory that it seems like the only way to control a man is by arousing his faculties. Is that all we've got?