Social Thoughts

Community

Community

You know how on TV, people tend to have a close knit group of friends who are like family, and/or a close knit family? Friends, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother all revolve around friendships and romantic relationships. Brothers & Sisters and Parenthood are based on big families that […]

Anti-science or anti-corporation??

Anti-science or anti-corporation??

Vaccination compliance has been in the news recently. According to journalists, whooping cough is showing up in places, kids are getting measles, stuff we thought were ancient illnesses and popping up again. Now there is concern about super-illnesses. Vaccination discussions are an uncomfortable place for me. My facebook wall has […]

Change

Change

The Dude has been mentioning my lack of awareness to visual details. For instance, there is a new house in the neighborhood, and I said, “Huh, that house looks new.” He was flabbergasted, because they had been building it and working on it since we moved in, and I didn’t […]

How can men opt out so that women can opt in?

How can men opt out so that women can opt in?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-j-ely/workfamily-conflict-is-no_b_4221360.html?utm_hp_ref=third-metric The gender gap in wages is a result of men’s overtime on the job. The problem is that men are overworking, and are expected to, so women have to pick up the slack at home and so work less. This leads women to lower career paths. Although it is […]

Gender and Work in Toys

Gender and Work in Toys

Hello everyone, and welcome to Black Friday weekend! Yes, after a month of pushing the holiday season on us, retailers can finally fully embrace it! No more Pre-Black Friday sales, like the ones Shopko has been having all month. In honor of this illustrious holiday, I would like to turn […]

Analysis: DJ The Octonauts

Analysis: DJ The Octonauts

Hello blog readers, It has occurred to me that this will probably take a year or longer to parse out. So, I have shortened the name and will focus on one or two shows per post. I will shoot for one post per week, and more when I can swing […]

Staying home versus opting out, and the role of social class Part II

Staying home versus opting out, and the role of social class Part II

Part 1 of this post can be found here. Part II speaks directly to the article in question. Note: in this post, I am replying to the article, and so I am assuming married (and divorced), heterosexual households, because that is what the author of the article wrote about. Photo […]

Staying home versus opting out, and the role of social class

Staying home versus opting out, and the role of social class

I ran into a lengthy article about the pitfalls of the stay-at-home career.The author stayed home with her 2 kids, trading her journalism career for freelance work. Now divorced with kids nearing college age, she is broke and trying to get her career back on track, with little success. Meanwhile, […]

Gender and the Media, Disney Junior

Gender and the Media, Disney Junior

I have started blogging about gender representations in preschool programming. I am writing it in my media blog, but I think it is also an important subject for gender and work, because attitudes about gender and abilities start young and influence decisions for a life time. I think media has […]

Gender Representations in Media-Some Disney Jr. shows

Gender Representations in Media-Some Disney Jr. shows

I found myself thinking about gender representations in children’s programming today. I was looking at the WalMart toys page. And there was Dora, listed under “girls.” Picture: Mega Bloks I looked under “boys,” and didn’t see Dora there. It struck me as odd, because Dora is a show that appeals […]