Fat Shaming from Professor Collin

Thanks, But No Fatties Allowed is a trending controversy by a University of New Mexico psychologist who told obese applicants that they did not have the willpower to become successful PhDs. Professor Collin gives his two cents on this twitter post on his personal blog and makes his point coming from the view of a once very overweight individual. Logically, Collin shares that he does not agree with Geoffrey Miller’s tweet and reveals his life story when he was well overweight, but he uses it as a way to combat Miller’s stand on the lack of “willpower” obese people have. Collin argued that there is more than one “willpower” and that he was able to write his whole dissertation in less than three months as an overweight person. Context wise, Collin used his credibility as a university professor in Rhetoric and Writing to place himself on the same level as Collin and develop his own thought on what it means to be obese and try to convert it to awareness. The past view readings we have had all try to persuade the reader to think in a new way and become more aware of our on doings and what certain topics mean to society. I guess from this blog, I was not necessarily interested in the comment made, but how Collins used the comment as a way to critically think of his life and apply it to this incident to form new knowledge and ideas of everyday things like Big and Tall clothing.



After listening to the few examples shared in class, I decided to deviate from the usual topics (race and gender) I write about and explore a whole new areas of issues. The first is the young adult violent psyche. In the past couple of years, there has been an increase in young adult suicides due to bullying and deadly school/ university shootings. Being both a young adult and just entering college, I find this issue very personal. I question my behavior and how it will affect others emotionally. Also, I constantly question the sanity of others in a place that should be mostly safe. These incidents have been thrown into the public’s face through all types of media, and even actions have been implemented, but it has not slowed down the roll of violence.

Another pressing issue is social media and its effects on society. The 21st century is undoubtedly the age of technology and social media with the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Myspace, Buzzfeed, etc. boom. Even though more and more information is passing through the eyes of millions of people on numerous devices, there are groups that blame social media for injuring the minds of future generations. Face to face interaction occurs less often, personal information is available to all with a couple of clicks, new forms of bullying are growing and this only covers a small amount of offenses due to this technology.


Owning the Middle

First, I am disappointed that this is the first time I am hearing anything about Brittney Griner and her life story. I believe that as a female African American athlete, I should be up to date on these issues so I can support. Griner’s story of struggle and pain then liberation by finding acceptance through herself, was my highlight of the text. Remembering our lesson on rhetorical questions, I noticed that this text was filled with them. From personal narrative to italics, pictures to hyperlinked phrases, ESPN’s Kate Fagan lined this text with emotional content. This strategy, of course, appealing to readers. However, the text stealthy transitioned into a greater project on the affects of sports on the different sexualities and how society has constructed their negative meaning. Fagan used Griner’s story in order to draw the public’s attention to the humiliating life one faces, but quickly regroups and tries to show that progress has been made to end this unnecessary controversy. This part was not particularly interesting to me, and I guess it is because Griner and I are not exactly on the same standpoint, but I agree that the message needs to be addressed. The last two paragraphs nicely concluded the text by returning to her personal content and uses it to leave the reader with a strong, final statement.

#personalthoughts #sexuality

Pigskin, Patriarchy, and Pain

First, I want to begin with acknowledging this narration for being short, concise, and entertaining; so it is a keeper. Don Sabo immediately draws the reader’s attention with the line, “I’m not in pain.” I am sad to admit, though, that his pain and suffering made me more interested in reading his story. Sabo creatively hits all three points in his title in a way that a book does not let you put it down even though it is 3:25 in the morning. Not only was his story relatable, but I felt that I was reflecting and internalizing his pain and desire for greatness. As a long time competitive volleyball player, I understand what Sabo wants to accomplish as a football player. One works as hard as possible to be the best to exceed the standard set by the politics of the sport, but never considers the physical and mental harm created till it is too late. From irreplaceable torn ligaments to life threatening health issues, the game has become a dangerous environment. Now, in terms of purpose, I am not entirely sure what Sabo is trying to convey to the reader other than it’s just a game, but I have a feeling he appreciates the experience because it made him wiser. As a side note, I was happy that I picked up on his “Death of a Salesman” reference. His story is practically the real life interpretation of Arthur Miller’s play and it only reinforced my understanding of Sabo’s pain caused by external forces.

#personalthoughts #IBhelp

The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality

Due to my extensive use of writing over the past two years, I naturally point out the origin, purpose, value, and limitations (OPVL) of the text I read. Hence, I am very interested in Tracy E. Ore’s purpose for writing this introduction. Initially, I thought the purpose was to structure and introduce her project to her audience and funnel their thoughts for a specific theme, but that is only scratching the surface. After completing the read, I realized the true meaning for her introduction was to spark an unpopular thought into the minds of an audience and hope it motivates a need or desire to change one’s outlook on what it means to categorize the social differences in our society.

As I read, I felt a familiar feeling – that I need to question everything I thought I knew to be true – I only experienced in my Theory of Knowledge class in high school.  As expected it scared me that the years of education are just an arbitrary reciting of information agreed to be true by the mass majority. Ore’s introduction added to the “reality check” by showing me that practically all of my beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors are not generated on my own, but was inherited by institutions which are filled with bias. Then I wonder if an unbiased thought could actually exist in a world where hidden and sublime messages are sugar coated on every word and gesture spoken and unspoken.

By the end of the introduction, I was intrigued to continue reading, and hope that I will refer back to this text during my Sociology classes over the next couple of years.

#personalthoughts #articles

The Extent of My Writing History

From a very young age, I have been encouraged to write. Whether it was purely academic or just for my emotional benefit, I would write it down. I was introduced to the latter when my mother gave me a plain journal in 2006. Every other night I would have a new entry and I would hide it in a new location so nobody could read – what I thought was embarrassing and unimportant – my stories. By the next year I only wrote once every couple of months. Then it turned into once or twice a year. Whenever I felt motivated to write in the journal a wave of excitement will rush over me because I like looking at how my manuscript has changed over the years or read how mature my thoughts have become. I brought my journal with me to school and I plan to document all the crazy moments that will occur in the next four years.

As I moved on through middle and high school, academic writing only got minimally challenging. Then a reality called the International Baccalaureate Program showed me the depths of hell. Writing was life my junior and senior year with the Internal Assessments, Theory of Knowledge essay, and Extended Essay. Even my notes were a struggle at first. However, I started to write with more fluidity and charisma. No longer was I the only person in the audience to read my beliefs and observations; the items I think are meaningful. The best consequence was that I learned how to evaluate my writing and the papers of my peers, and I will happily use this skill in the coming weeks.

#personalthoughts #past