of the Sexes
Do Men Make Better
Jessica: That's a hard
question. I think that they probably are better because we live in a culture
that tells us that men should be more physical and aggressive than women. So
they try to act that way to fulfill the stereotype that is placed upon them.
As a woman, I sure wouldn't want serve in the army.
Oscar: No, we don't
better soldiers because females are equal to men so men can't make
Tameeka: Men absolutely
do not make better soldiers than women. A good solider is determined by
that have nothing to do with gender, such as honor, loyalty, and
Therefore, it is impossible to perceive that a man will be able
to live up to these qualities better than a woman and vice-versa.
Khalid: Yes, men
soldiers because we are stronger than women are. Women get tired quicker
men. I'm not saying that women can't make good soldiers, but men just make
Since women are allowed
pregnancy leave, should they get equal pay?
Justin: Of course, it's
called "Pregnancy Leave" not retirement, so technically they are still
Jessica: Yes, we
as hard as men and have the babies too. Statistics show that women with
still have to go home and work a second shift because they have to cook
and take care of their children and spouse.
Tameeka: Definitely, we
are still working during that pregnancy leave; we have to go prenatal
OBGYN appointments, endure contractions, and blow up to the size of a whale till
we can't see our swollen feet anymore. Let's not forget that fateful day
we have to deliver the baby with all the hours waiting for a 15-20 minute
full of excruating pain to push a 10-pound kid out of us.
Do you think that
images portrayed in the music and film industry contribute to negative self
images women sometimes have?
Jessica: We see so much
violence against women on TV and so many songs refer to women in a derogatory way. But, there are women who are working to change those images into
positive ones like
Julie Dash (Director), Leslie Harris (Director), and Mary J. Blige (Music
Justin: It all depends
on the music and movies, certain songs and films have a set pattern as to what
women should look and be like.
Khalid: No, women
roles on TV and in the movies that are equal to those played by men. They get ample time to change
their images. It is all up to them.
Tameeka: Yes, I
music and movies can contribute to how women are portrayed to society and
they can start to feel about themselves, especially young women. Therapists
say that adolescence is one of the most fragile, formative, and
in a person's life. So, as young girls are developing and forming their
and ideas on how they should be they see these images and believe that they
should be that way. These images like the waif, thin model girl or strong
manless female that can have a great career but can't have a successful
help to turn girls into anorexic depressives before their sixteenth