• education,  excellence,  respect

    Does “meeting the requirement” equal excellence?

    A discussion in my online class made me think about this. A classmate objected when I encouraged the group to finish a group task worth 4% of our grade early in the week so we could individually concentrate on another task that is worth 10% of our grade and a major requirement in our doctoral program. The classmate accused me of being aggressive, and I was told that she had “met the requirement” for posting by midnight on Sunday. (aggressive v. assertive… that is a post for another day) I am the very best at procrastinating when I have a paper due. It is amazing how many pressing chores I…

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  • equality,  men,  objectification,  respect,  women

    Men as Objects

    Once upon a time, women fought to become more than objects of men’s desires. They fought for the right to own property, to vote, for equal education, for equal pay and for the opportunity to live up to their full potential as human beings. All noble and laudable goals. So when I read this op-ed piece in the Daily Oklahoman, Child’s pay: Support collections, unwed births on rise, I wonder if the tables have now turned. Instead of women being the objects of men’s desires, men have become the objects of women’s desires. For many women and children, a man no longer plays a vital role in their lives. He…