Posted at 10.08.2018
For the Situated Knowledge Map, I created five pins entitled Hairy Thighs, "CAN GET ON The Scale", "SPEAK TO YOUR Sister", Crazy Feminist, and No under the pseudonym BS. These pins give attention to body image, fatphobia, the feminist killjoy, and racism. On this reflection, I will examine how these occasions in my life modified my perspective then think about the system and other posts I read while positioning my very own pins. While I found the assignment slightly difficult due to the nature of the content, I believe the analysis induced by the assignment is valuable and I came across the system applied simple but possibly exclusive.
Hairy Hip and legs, "Get On The Scale", and "Talk to Your Sister" all give attention to body image with the previous two concentrating specifically on fatphobia inside our society. Hairy Thighs discusses the very first time I identified gender performance and exactly how it influences body mane for women and men. To be a 3rd grader at that time, I did so not understand why my "hairy" legs were an issue however the boy's hairy hip and legs were fine. Now I discover hairlessness is a societal standard of gender performance for women. This was the very first time I had a poor comment directed towards my body and the very first time I thought of my body in term of "good" and "bad". "Get On The Scale" and "Speak to your Sister" are 2 occurrences about a 10 years apart that made me realize how people treat my sister and I differently due to our weights. As a little girl and girl, my mother only described my weight when she thought I might provide an eating disorder. However, my mom started talking about weight with my sister more often when she started out to get weight; even going so far as to try to convince me to talk to me sister about losing weight. After the incidents in "Speak to your Sister", I regarded it and the events of "Get On The Size" as the dual standards bordering weight women face and the overall fatphobia in our society. These occasions remind me of a offer from "YOUR BODY Politic-Meditations on Individuality" by Elana Dykewomon: "Women in almost every modern culture offer their daughters up to the prevailing ethnic expectations of beauty and effectiveness for girls. . . if women don't prepare their daughters to meet institutionalized male requirements, they know their daughters are affected in life" (Dykewomon 453). I really believe this accurately explains what my sister and I experienced in these events.
The third post, Crazy Feminist, explains the start of how I emerged to comprehend my id as a feminist and exactly how thankful I am when planning on taking that step. I had not thought of feminism or considered calling myself a feminist until I joined up with Women in Learning and Command (WILL). I had been discouraged from joining and residing in the group within my first and second time of college or university. First from my friend's sister commenting how this can be a "crazy feminist" group then with my parents' extended attempts to persuade me to drop the group and Women and Gender Studies minor for a "more useful" mathematics minor. It had been these tries and the influences of WILL the led me to my "crazy feminist" identification which includes been more helpful to me and given me more skills, for me, than a mathematics minor could have as a female in science. The ultimate post, No, is the story of the day I discovered my dad holds racists beliefs. I was shocked when he arrived to me asking me to clarify to my sister that she cannot date an African American boy. This event didn't change my view of racism much as it made me realize how truly wide spread it is in my life. It made me look more strongly for simple racism in my own life as well.
I found the machine used for the Situated Knowledge Map easy to use overall. I really believe it's important to make online tools that are easy to get around if the group creating the tools want them to be accessible for everybody. In this article "Invisible feminists? Social media and young women's politics involvement", Julia Schuster argues that the use of social mass media and the internet by young feminists make sure they are invisible to more mature feminists and the use of the tools contributes to the exclusion of certain sets of feminists. This effect seems to be going on with this tool, as the clear majority of the pins I viewed were authored by clear college students, and could be unseen to old feminist communities who are not using these forms of advertising. I also examined interesting perspectives from reading several of the pins on the map. A definite pin that made me study my standpoint was Church; a pin written from the point of view of a Methodist speaking about the Catholic service of Confirmation. This pin made me think about spiritual privilege from the perspective of a kid not experiencing violent spiritual percussion but delicate spiritual exclusion. Before scanning this pin, I experienced never considered how a child may feel excluded and othered by other children's shared experience from and dislike of the parents' faith.
I found this task to be just a little problematic for me because I had developed to admit, not and then myself but to possible a huge selection of people, that these experiences affected my behavior, specifically in Hairy Feet, and that my family holds these values. However, I also think it is important that I examine these events which may have clearly formed who I am today. In regards to the system used for this project, I found it simple to use; however, I am an individual who has already established the privilege of growing up encircled by this technology. People and communities who don't have this privilege may be excluded from using these tools. Furthermore, reading the perspective of past posters led me to thought operations I would not need if I had not read their activities.
Dykewomon, Elana. "YOUR BODY Politic-Meditations on Id. " This Bridge We Call Home-Radical Visions for Transformation. Ed. Gloria Anzaldєa and Anaouise Keating. NY: Routledge, 2002. 450-457. Print.
Schuster, Julia. "Invisible feminists? Social media and young women's politics contribution. " Political Science 65. 1 (2013): 8-24.