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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Body Image

My junior theme is about body image. Why do 70% of young girls have body image and self-esteem issues?

It seems that most girls have body image issues because of models they see in magazines, or dainty sports players on commercials. It's not an uncommon thing for anyone to have body issues, but majority of them are girls. Even Serena Williams has body issues, and gets criticized for them a lot because she has big muscles. The root of many body image issues comes from girls looking looking at models and believe that's what they should look like, and don't feel good enough in their own body.

I chose  this topic because I feel that as society has become more involved in technology the issues of body image have gotten worse since no matter what social media you are on there will be picture of some skinny girl. Girls will feel bad about themselves because they feel that they need to look like that skinny girl. About 80% of girls up to the age of 10 have been on at least one diet in their life already. 35%-57% of girls are involved in extreme dieting, which will most likely lead to an eating disorder. 69% of girls say that they believe they should look like girls in magazines and out of 47% of that 69% says it influences them to diet.

Society shouldn't put the idea of being perfect in the minds of young girls today. There needs to be more people out there like Serena Williams who has grown to become comfortable with her body and does keeps her body the way she feels she should and not the way society feels she should. Serena is an inspiration for all girls out there and I hope they learn to love themselves and not change for anyone.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


Ehrenreich is not treated fairly by management because she is a woman Ibelieve, when she is working for Ted. He does not treat Barbara or any of the other employees with respect, until Barbara yells at him, and he still only is kind to her and not the other girls. I believe the jobs that are open to low income woman are very limited. I believe they only have a few options such as being a maid, or a waitress. As you see time and time again the manager position is filled by a male, not a female. "I'm taking it, rules or no rules, and if word gets back to Ted, I'll just say I thought it would be rude to refuse" (84). Ted is the manager and he is a very mean guy so when Barara is did something she wasn't supposed to do she was trying to cover for herself because he is such a mean boss.

"The big question is why Ted's approval means so much" (117). Even though Ted is a rude boss who doesn't treat his workers right they still try ad satisfy him no matter what. This shows these maids are willing to go through some rough times at work just to keep there jobs. It would be hard for them to find other jobs if they quit because there is such a limited window for low income woman when in comes to jobs. Ted feels he can treat these woman in a horrible way because he feels supieor because he is the male and the boss. Neither of those things gives someone the right to treat woman as poorly as Ted did.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Nickel and Dimed Part 1.

In the book Nickel and Dimed the author Barbara Ehrenreich shows us that poor people face other hardships other than money. At the first restaurant that Barbara works in she gets the background of most of her co-workers. They are all poor and face many struggles in their everyday lives. "Joan...lives in a van parked behind a shopping center" (26). "Andy, lives on his dry-docked boat" (26). Some of her co-workers don't even live in houses or trailer parks, they just live in vehicles. The poor also have to face not living in a proper living space. I believe everyone deserves to live in some sort of home, no one should live in their car or boat. According to Wikipedia the top three cities that have people living in their cars are New York (56%), Washington D.C. (38%), and Boston (37%). 

Poor people are also missing out on some of the things that we do in our everyday lives that we take for granted. We can go to the movies or the mall whenever we want with out thinking about it, not everyone can have that luxury. "Though no one, I notice, ever brings up anything potentially expensive, like shopping or movies" (36). I never really think about the things that poor people don't have besides money. I believe Barbara didn't think about things poor people are missing out on since she just realized the girls she works with never talk about expensive things. I never looked passed the money, I just kind of forgot that you need to have money to do a lot of things that are normal in my everyday life. This makes me want to work harder for the benefits in life like the people in this story have to. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Final: Same Love

Macklemore is a nonconformist. He isn't the most popular rapper, some people may even think of him as a joke. Even if he is conceived as a joke his songs have meaning and get topics across that some people consider uncomfortable to talk about. He is a nonconformist because he goes against what people think rap music is. Instead of rapping about drugs, money, and sex, Macklemore raps about problems in today's society. In the song "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis they sing/ rap about how gay people should be equal in society and should't be discriminated against because of the way they live their lives.

Even though society today is way more accepting of gay people than they were even 5 years ago, there are still people who believe that being gay is wrong and that it can be fixed. Many different types of people don't believe that being gay is politically correct. "The right wing conservatives think it's a decision and you can be cured with some treatment and religion" (line 11-12). The "right wing conservatives" believe that everything should be traditional. They believe that gay people are nonconformists, in a bad way may I add, because they aren't your "traditional" relationship and go against what the more conservative and traditional people believe as normal. You are taught to be yourself, but how can you be if there are so many different people knocking you down when you are yourself. "Live on be yourself When I was at church they taught me something else" (line 31). The church wants you to conform to societies expectations of being perfect. I believe that no matter who you like or what you believe in, you should be accepted in today's society. Clearly we aren't as progressed as we should be since the church and conservatives still believe that you have to be traditional to be equal. I don't understand why being different is a big deal , I thought everyone was supposed to be different and unique in their own way. We are taught this in kindergarten, yet when some people show who they really are they aren't treated as equals.

Inequality in our society has always been a problem, if it comes to African American, Muslims, gays, etc. Inequality has lead people to not conform to the perfect expectations of society. "The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins" (line 29). When people are participating in walks, protests, and sit ins they are fighting for something they believe in. They are fighting against society to be equal. Just like the book March we read in class, the gay community and it's supporters protested against the laws and discrimination they received from the general public through the same tactics as African Americans have. Macklemore believes that you should test the boundaries of society. As he did when writing a rap song about gay rights. And as gay people did when fighting for equality. He believes you shouldn't conform to staying silent, you should be heard and have a voice. "Everyone...more comfortable remaining voiceless" (line 3 pg.2). You need to fight against conformity and fight for your human rights so you aren't discriminated for just being yourself.

Overall, I believe the song "Same Love" doesn't conform to society. Even though gay marriage is legal in the U.S. now, and many of our younger generations are more accepting of how people live their lives, I feel that their is still a little ways to go for the gay community in terms of being treated equal by some individuals. I also believe this song doesn't conform to society because it goes against rap the stereotypical "rap music" that is popular throughout many young people. "If I was gay I would think hip-hop music hates me" (line 22). Macklemore even states in his song that this genre of music and gay people don't mesh. He would rather get an important message out to the public about gay rights and suffer some hate from the hip- hop community, than conform to the ways of rap music and be like every other rapper that is on the radio. Macklemore is a nonconformist.

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Finals are a stressful time. Students overwhelm themselves for basically no reason. I don't think that finals should be such a big deal. One day shouldn't determine how smart you are or what grade you have in a class. Overall, the final doesn't affect your grade that much, you usually get the grade on it that you have in that class. So it is kind of pointless to take a test that already shows your results in the class. Another pointless thing about finals is that you already learned and took tests for all the material that is on the final, so why do we have to show our teachers that we know how to do things that we were already graded on.

I actually don't mind studying for the tests because it makes me feel smart. I already learned all the material and know how to do it all. The actual test is what stresses me out because I always leave the room feeling like I bombed it. I know it is the other way around for most students because of all the organization that you need to do to lead up to the actual studying. If there was a choice between having to do finals at the end of each semester and having to take one accumulative final I think many people would choose to have two because it wouldn't be as stressful and as much material on each test. Overall, I believe that finals should't be a thing because it exhausts and stresses students out, for a test that won't really swing their grade at all.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Did Christmas Come too Early This Year?

I don't know if I'm the only one who noticed this, but Christmas came to early this year. Grocery stores all around the Northshore had their holiday decoration up even before Thanksgiving. In my opinion grocery stores should advertise Thanksgiving before Christmas, the food is the most important part of Thanksgiving. I saw lights up around town before Thanksgiving as well. 93.9 always starts their holiday celebration prematurely, Christmas music is being played the second November 1st hits the clock. By the time December rolls around I'm tired of hearing the songs because my mom insists on playing Christmas music whenever we are in the car. No need to sound like the scrooge here but I think everyone can only listen to Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
a certain amount of times before losing it.

Don't get me wrong I love Christmas, it is such a happy time of the year around here, but sometimes it can be much. Some of the positives of early Christmas is it gives you something to look forward to, even if it is pretty far away. It also makes a really pretty scene with the lights and trees. My favorite part about Christmas is going downtown and seeing all the lights and going ice skating. What is your favorite part of the holiday season?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Keep the Fans in the Stands

Congratulations go out to Coach Doll and the entire varsity New Trier football team for another great season of exciting football. Making the state playoffs and winning their first round game is a wonderful accomplishment, the best news being they are still alive on the road to the state championship. The students who came out all season long to support the team should be applauded as well. The home field advantage the team enjoyed was the result of students cheering the team on in spite of discouragement from the administration to continue to attend games en mass. An email was sent out earlier this fall, that in my opinion, had the effect of discouraging fans from turning out at the games, particularly students.  These are the very people however, that we want in the stands, rooting the team on, and displaying school spirit while staying out of trouble. Now I know the email expressed concern about the safety of the fans in the stands, as well it should. But rather than have the students who wanted to attend the game jump through wristband hoops to get into the stadium, why not come up with an alternative idea to try and accommodate all who would like to attend the games. A school in excess of 4000 students should have a better solution than to offer just 800 seats in the student section. How about asking for parent volunteers to oversee sections of overflow students in either of the end zones or on the hill adjacent to the entrance rather than dispersing them into areas where they cannot sit together. What about some temporary student bleachers at the south end? Granted safety and logistics need to be ironed out but a goal of the athletic department for next year should be to find a way to have all the students who would like to attend the football games be given that opportunity to do so without the restraints of wristbands and/or lotteries. We are fortunate to live in a community that has in the past shown a willingness to meet challenges such as these with great resolve. Hopefully the administration will see fit to being a little more accommodating next year to the students wishing to simply display some school spirit at future football games.

- Dave O'Donoghue