• Women's Studies,  Writings

    Final Reflection on Women’s Studies

    I’ve been wanting to take WGS210 since I started at Ball State, but it just never quite fit into my schedule, but it was the perfect class to end my senior year. My mother always told me growing up that it was important to learn history so we didn’t repeat our mistakes. I think that perfectly sums up why it’s so important to teach women’s history and women’s studies. Society is too often seen through the eyes of men, but we can learn so much from studying women. I’m a student in the public relations program and it’s predominantly women, so learning how women communicate and think is vital to…

  • Women's Studies,  Writings

    Two Essays about Egalia’s Daughters

    Beauty and Shame Within Egalia’s Daughters In Gerd Brantenberg’s satire about sex and gender, Egalia’s Daughters, readers are brought into a society where men, called menwim, are the homemakers and the women, called wom, are the more aggressive sex, leading the world of politics and business. The story surrounds a young menwim named Petronius that struggles through growing up as a non-traditional beauty in the eyes of his peers. Like many young women in our society, growing up a menwim is especially difficult when, because of your gender, there are expectations for your health, beauty, and sexual identity that can leave you feeling dejected and embarrassed. Early on in the…

  • Women's Studies,  Writings

    Gendered Law: 2 Essays

    There’s a prejudice against disabled people in society, but when looking at the reproductive rights of women, is there discrimination in how our government treats women with disabilities? The author Mia Mingus would say absolutely. According to the author, it all starts with the stigma of women with disabilities as unfit to be mothers. They’re often discouraged from having children. This sets a standard for women with disabilities to live alone, never marry, not have children. This is a serious contributing factor to the way women with disabilities are treated when it comes to reproductive rights. This includes a lack of access to health education, pelvic exams, birth control, or…