class discussion

Topic from class discussion:
great article concerning the woman who wanted to have a vaginal delivery for the birth of her child but was being forced into a C-section:

Mom fights, gets the delivery she wants

disturbing statistics here: 1 in 3 babies are delivered by C-section


Sorry for the external link…embedding just did not work for me tonight. You may have some ads to tolerate but they are short:

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

To correspond with Heywood, “All American Girls: Jock Chic, Body Image and Sports”

The video we watched in class and the one Tim suggested we watch. Both, very similar. Thanks to the female athletes in class that edu-ma-cated me on the difference between “strategy” and “dirty play” in sports!

New Mexico Lobos soccer player Elizabeth Lambert plays rough with BYU Going Viral ESPN

Raw Video: Brawl at Girls’ Soccer Game

Below is the video I showed in class on Thursday about David/Brenda. If you go to the actual YouTube page, they have more information.

and a few links for you to check out if you are interested in learning more about intersex:

Intersex Society of North America

“We’re all intersex”

The Intersex Spectrum

How common is intersex? A response to Anne Fausto-Sterling


Potent symbol
The word hijab comes from the Arabic for veil and is used to describe the headscarves worn by Muslim women. These scarves, regarded by many Muslims as a symbol of both religion and womanhood, come in a myriad of styles and colours. The type most commonly worn in the West is a square scarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear.


Conservative choice
The niqab is a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. However, it may be worn with a separate eye veil. The niqab attracted the attention of cabinet minister Jack Straw, who said he would prefer that Muslim women did not cover their faces. It is worn with an accompanying headscarf. The burka is the most concealing of all Islamic veils. It covers the entire face and body, leaving just a mesh screen to see through.


Popular styles
The al-amira is a two-piece veil. It consists of a close fitting cap, usually made from cotton or polyester, and an accompanying tube-like scarf. The shayla is a long, rectangular scarf popular in the Gulf region. It is wrapped around the head and tucked or pinned in place at the shoulders.


Covering up
The khimar is a long, cape-like veil that hangs down to just above the waist. It covers the hair, neck and shoulders completely, but leaves the face clear. The chador, worn by many Iranian women when outside the house, is a full-body cloak. It is often accompanied by a smaller headscarf underneath.

source: BBC News: Muslim Veils

Apologies that I didn’t play this in class the other day; I wanted to get started on discussion and then I got so into our discussion, I forgot!  Here is the film trailer (in English) and a small panel interview with Marjane Satrapi.  You can find the whole film on YouTube if you are interested.  I strongly suggest it as it just as amazing as the book.  (And film also covers her exile to Austria).

In honor of our reading for class on Tuesday, the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, I thought I might post these shots my niece took when she visited me this past winter.  This is where the Declaration was first read and the first American Women’s Rights Convention was kicked off.  The shell of the building still stands on Main Street in Seneca Falls, not 20 miles from campus: