Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Com 410 Unit 5

Unit 5 was about gender issues in the classroom and the workplace. We talked about the different ways male and female students and employees are treated differently - I thought it was really interesting to find out that many teachers give male students longer to answer questions! We also looked at gender bias in textbooks - this isn't something I've ever really noticed, but it's something I'll pay attention to in the future.

The other thing I really focused on in this unit is the differences between men and women when balancing school/work and families. It seems that even though more and more men are taking responsibility for child rearing, it's still the woman's job to do most of the parenting. And when women are also students or members of the workforce, our plates get really full! We discussed in the forum a lot about how women seem to be much better at multitasking - I'm still wondering whether this is partly biological or if it's completely a cultural phenomenon.

Com 410 Unit 4

Unit 4 focused on gender issues related to friendship and romantic relationships, as well as power issues.

One of the things I found most interesting was the issue of power versus empowerment. This was listed by the text as one of the common tensions within romantic relationships. I find that this is the issue that most frequently causes tension in my own relationship - we usually both want to be the one with the power and in control. I don't think either one of us is good at making sure the other is empowered. I really think that working on this issue would help a lot in our relationship.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


(Alternate title: how to cram 15 hours of video lectures into four or five hours)

In one of the Harry Potter books, Hermione uses a time-turner so that she can take twice the number of classes as anyone else. Sounds crazy, right?

Yeah. I need one.

Fifteen 50-minute lectures for my history class that I haven't watched yet. Exam to be finished by 11:59 pm. I'm at work till 3. Kids and supper and baths etc also will need done.