Monthly Archives: November 2012

Most kids say they want to be a doctor when they grow up. Also, most parents want their children to grow up to be doctors and make a lot of money. So, why do we think so highly of doctors?

Doctors have a huge amount of social power,political power, and prestige. We trust doctors with our lives and hope that they will cure us with whatever may be wrong with us at a given time. One reason doctors have so much social prestige is their individualized objectivity, which gives them a certain power in their relationships with clients. Doctors sometimes have to get very personal with a patient depending on what their field (I’ll let you use your imagine on those). Not everyone would want to perform these exams, but it has to be done in order to make patients healthy.

In the video we watched in class, “Frontline: Sick Around the World”, it really amazed me to see how little doctors were paid. I was also amazed to see how cheap their healthcare was. It said that in Japan the prices aren’t really high enough to keep the hospitals running. This was very shocking to me that doctors weren’t paid very much compared to the doctors in the U.S. It seemed to me that they don’t care how much doctors are paid for what they are doing. Though the doctors themselves seemed to want more money and I would to if I was doing the work that they are. Especially if i was a doctor in Japan where the people can go to any specialist at any time without an appointment. If I wasa doctor that would be very stressful to me and very discouraging as a career for all the hard school work and not getting paid a lot.

I believe it comes down to what you value most and in the other countries it seems that they value having cheaper healthcare for everyone. and this cuts down on doctor’s pay


Conley, Dalton. (2011). You May Ask Yourself. New York, NY: W.W.Norton & Company, Inc.


Race is a group of people who share a set of characteristics, typically physical ones, and are said to share a common bloodline. There are 6 different things that we see in others in order to say they are a certain race. The first one is externally imposed which means someone else defines you as black,white, or other. The second is involuntary which means it’s not up to you to decide which category you belong. The third is usually based on physical differences. The fourth is hierarchal which means if you aren’t a certain race, you go down the ranks in number. The fifth is exclusive which means you don’t get to check more than one box. The last one is unequal which means it’s about power conflicts and struggles.

Do we want others to define us or do we want to define ourselves? When you let others define who you are that’s when a lot of problems come to play. We could eliminate the term race and solely go by ethnicity. Ethnicity is one’s ethnic quality or affliation. It isvoluntary, self-defined, nonhierarchal, fluid and multiple, and basedon cultural differences, not physical ones. This allows you to define who you are and it can be based on your cultural differnces like language, food,music, etc. instead of by skin color or the way someone looks. This allows you to acknowledge more than one category you may fall into as well. You can claim to be Italian and German and this will be accepted.

I think if we go by ethnicity and not by race then rascism wouldn’t exist anymore between any races. You wouldn’t have to worry about it as much because people woould see how they are equal and alike. They would see that they have more in  common and wouldn’t pay attention to the color of their skin.


You May Ask Yourself By Dalton Conley

Gender roles are sets of behavioral norms assumed to ccomany one’s status as a male or female. In Disney movies The male characters are generally created to be very masculine, like in the image above. They are usually pretty strong, have big muscles, handsome, and can do just about anything they want. One thing In Disney movies that is seen a lot is the fighing of the male characters and that it is okay to fight. They show how it is right and how it makes them look tough, but it doesn’t teach young boys that it can get them into trouble. Do we want to send this message out to young boys? I think they should know their consquences.

Acting like a man and fighting can really lead to bad consquences. The main one being jail. Even though in movies it is seen as a very masculine trait to fight, it is considered assault in reality. You can be charged and sent to jail. Also, you could really hurt someone and that is never good. I know women want a masculine man but they do not want an abusive man. Is there an opposite side to this?

Hmmm,..on the other hand, society doesn’t accept a feminine man. This isn’t right to them. Society doesn’t think a man should wear makeup, dresses,play with dolls, carry purses, etc. Does this really make him less of a man/boy? In most cases the men who do prefer this are homosexual and probably don’t care about their masculinity.

So which is right? Well some theorists argue that today there exists a hegemonic masculinity. Hegemonic Masculinity is described by Erving Goffman as a young man who is married, white, urban, northern, heterosexual, Protestant, father, of college education, fully emplyed, of good complexion, weight and height, and with a decent record in sports. In my opinion, I would want a guy who has a mixture of both. I wouldn’t want a guy who would beat me or anything, and I don’t want a guy that I can beat up. I want a masculine guy who can defend me when needed but who is also sensitive and sweet. But we hardly get what we want. haha.