I have learned that our world is not what it seems to be on the surface. There are hidden things that we are not exposed to until we reach an older age, unless we have personally gone through it. I have learned  that there is a great deal of poverty that I never knew about, hidden messages in media, and reproduction rights that are being revoked from men and women across the world. Though I cannot provide answers for these issues it is important that I start processing how I fit into this world that is so broken. Through this project I discovered what it means to find research that can make informed citizens think about the world they live in. The most important thing I have learned is that whether you agree or disagreeing with a topic it is important to synthesize the information so that you can make educated decisions on various issues. 



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“Forced Sterilization” is a term that we associate with the past. However, what many people fail to realize is that these procedures are still performed across the globe. Along with that, there are still scientists in the United States who believe that this should be put into practice once again. I chose this topic because it is very relevant to people today, and I think that people ought to be aware of it.

Scholarly Article: 

The following link will take you to The Harvard Law School Human Rights Journal. The article is about people forcibly being sterilized when they are HIV positive.

John P. Holdren is the assistant to President Barrack Obama for Science and Technology. The following link will take you to an article that references Holdren’s view on sterilizing people on welfare:


Video links:

This link will take you to a clip from the Anderson Show. It features a woman who was sterilized against her will after she was raped:

The following video link is about forced sterilization in American today. It describes the repercussions of sterilization that took place in America before WW2 and discusses what North Carolina did after the war when other states revoked the practice:!

“I’m appalled that the North Carolina Senate today took no action to compensate the victims that we as a state robbed of their rights to reproduce and to have children,” Parmon said. “At this point, I have lost all hope.”

-Democratic Rep. Earline Parmon


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The second topic that I chose is very important to address when thinking about how our society functions. Social Stratification in Chapter 8 is defined, by Anderson et all, as “the process by which different statuses develop in any group, organization, or society.” Our social status effects the way we perceive the world on a daily basis. I chose this topic  because it is an important part of examining how we fit into society and what role we should play.

Scholarly Article:

The Concept of ‘Social Division’ and Theorising

Social Stratification: Looking at Ethnicity and Class

The following link will take you to a copy of the article above. The article discusses the “unequal” outcomes typical of people with different statuses. The article uses examples such as gender, ethnicity, and race to examine unequal statuses.,%20Ethnicity%20and%20Class.pdf


Video link:


The Sciencedaily website provided information from  the Association for Psychological Science. The website discusses the implication of rising in the ranks of social classes.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology website sheds light on social stratification by giving us definitions and examples of key concepts. The website includes links to other websites that will help further your understanding of socioeconomic status and demographics.


We do not go to bed in single pairs; even if we choose not to refer to them, we still drag there with us the cultural impedimenta of our social class, our parents lives, our bank balances, our sexual and emotional expectations, our whole biographies / all the bits and pieces of our unique existences.” -Angela Carter


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The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.

-Malcolm X


The first chapter I chose is Chapter 2: Culture and the Media. Mass Media, according Sociology the essentials by Anderson et all, is defined as the channels of communication—the print, film, and electronic media, as well as Internet, such as Facebook. It is safe to say that we receive most, if not all, of our current event information from media. However, what we often fail to consider is how media skews our perceptions of the world on virtually anything and everything.

Scholarly Article:

The role of the media in body image concerns among women: a meta-analysis of experimental and correlational studies

The following link will take you to the preview of an article published by the Oxford University Press. The article discusses how being dissatisfied with your body has become a cultural norm thanks to media. The article reports that a staggering 50% of women admittedly fall into this category of body dissatisfaction.



Video link:

Websites that combat media:

This website breaks down how different forms of media try to skew perceptions of body image. The website also touches on a few media campaigns that are trying to give people back their body image confidence. The target audience seems to be parents who are trying to education themselves on these current issues.

Canada is really on to something with this website! This website is all about debunking what the media says in the “norm” for a variety of subjects ranging from diversity, to gender representation, and marketing consumptions.


Anderson, M. L., & Taylor, H. F. (2013). Sociology: The essentials. (p. 39). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning

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Hi all!

I absolutely love learning about how and why people do the things they do. Don’t you? For me sociology has been a way to be really reflective and examine my life while trying to understand people from other groups and cultures. It is about learning about the lenses that I view life through and pondering how that effects the way I view different situations. Image

This photograph in particular reflects just how much I have taken my privileged upbringing for granted, it wasn’t until this year when I read Robert Neuwirth’s Shadow Cities that this dawned on me.

This video really put me in my place this week and I think that you will find it particularly troubling as well that as privileged American’s we let our minute problems feel so large.

Check it out:

How did the video make you feel? I know that I am guilty of these sorts of complaints daily.

A little more about the author:

I am an advocate for minority voices being heard and I believe that there is something to be learned from every one of these individuals. My life has been greatly changed for the better through the lives of the people I have worked with and I don’t really have the words to give it justice. I have worn a lot of different hats when it comes to work but nothing can compare to the joy I find in being a Developmental Therapist.

-I am compassionate

-I am passionate

-I am a writer and painter

In my spare time when I am at work or school I paint and write. It is rare that I do not have something to say through the written word but I found one exception; painting. Painting is the only thing that clears my mind.

-strong willed

-lifelong learner

-animal lover

-child of God


-I am deeply troubled by injustice and I believe that you should be as well.

Take a look around and enjoy!!