Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Deadly Catch

Fish is the main food source for the people in Kenya.Women have to develop an sexual relationship  in order for them to be guaranteed that they will be able to get fish from the fisherman. One women who had aids was scared to tell her partners because she was scared they wouldn't have sex with her anymore. Some people say that they will continue having sex without condoms and fear because they think AIDS can effect them or their partner at anytime. The cultural tradition that when a man dies a close relative to him will inherit his wife is another way  the AIDS disease can spread.
The stories on AIDS were very touching to me. It explains how people in Africa was effected by the disease and how people struggled with the disease. She tells how the Africans inspire her instead of depressing her, as many people assume it would.
I think the effects of AIDS are so massive in Africa because women are forced to have sex at a young age to collect money so they can help provide for their family. Also because the country is so poor, most people  don't have the money to buy medicine. My had little knowledge about AIDS in Africa before I watched the videos. I knew that kids were having sex, but I didn't imagine them doing it to the extent they were, starting at the age of ten and younger, and catching the disease at such a young age. The culture plays a major role with the effect of AIDS in Africa. The culture helps the disease spread around more, because wife's a man who dies is passed down to someone close to the family. If her husband died from AIDS, it's likely that she has the   disease too. She will then pass it to her new husband, which in most cases, will go out and have sex with a women while going out in town.
I'm not sure to what can be done to solve this problem. My best guess is to educate all the Africans about the dangers of the disease and that they may have to change their lifestyles. Find other ways to try to make money and to get food for their family. Also try to make more charities to rise money so that people can be able to afford some medicine, and stop being out in the streets.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kimbel Library

The videos gives you useful information about how to write a paper. A summary is a brief restatement of what you just read or learned. Restating means that you're using your own words

You need keywords to find sources. In a library databases you will need to be more exact with the words you need. Don't just dump words into the search engine. You should use two to four keywords when using the library database

Citation is important because it makes you seem more creditable. Also you can flunk your classes and get an Fx on your transcript, which means that you cheated

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Aids

America in the 1980's were terrified of the aids disease. It was first thought to be a disease of just homosexuals and heavy IV users. The government didn't want to put the tax dollars into building labs to find a cure. Those who were in congress felt that the disease were getting rid of people not wanted in the society.

Over in Uganda, when aids first popped up,  the nurses were scared to treat people who were infected and would not come in the room. When they elected their new president, he traveled the country and educated his people about aids. Everyone got involved on spreading the words of abstinence, being faithful, and using condoms. The numbers of HIV infections eventually declined.

In the jails of Thailand, it was common for the inmates to share needles. This lead to the increase of HIV. Thailand ordered that every radio station and TV station must have a thirty second AIDS education on every broadcast.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is a very serious viruses that attacks your immune system. It was more feared in the eighties through the nineties. In today's world the number of cases are still increasing, but less people seem to be worried about catching it. When people talk about unprotected sex, most bring up having babies first. Catching an STD will later come up in the conversation. Since some has had unprotected sex so many times, I heard some say " I've been doing it so long, what's the chances of me catching it now." This people fail to realize that it only takes that one time for it to completely change your life drastically. The seriousness of wrapping it up is now being advertised highly on TV to prevent the transfer of std's. I hope this will open people eyes so they can make smarter decisions.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gay Marriage

I'm  not completely sure of what's the issues within the debates of gay marriage, so i can't go into much detail into the situation. With the way I was brought up, I was taught that boys and girls should only be with each other. Me and my parents never really had a conversation about me being gay or any of them going that route. My position on the situation is that marriage should be between women and man, but if people truly think that they are in love why not let them do it. I'm not against gay relationships, but that just don't fit right for me.With the society we live in today, I don't think it'll ever be accepted by majority of the Nation. Marriage comes with a lot of responsibility  Therefor, I think with the stress from their surroundings, a same sex marriage wouldn't last. It would also be hard on kids to grow up with two parents of the same sex.

The percent of married couple in a household has had a dramatic drop in percentage over the past few decades . So my question is, why would they want to go through all that they'll have to go through to get married when chances are that it wouldn't last. At the moment I do want to get married one day and have kids. I want to get married for the right reasons and make it last. My parents are divorced so I know the affects it can have on the children.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Whitehead

Responding to what the writer Whitehead wrote, I disagree with the conservatives that pointing to abortion, illegitimacy, and homosexuality are forces that are destroying families. Even though it's an big issue in today's society, I see it as a small problem that people can be overcome within the family.

I agree more with the liberals that domestic violence, economic insecurity, and inadequate public supports as the key problems afflicting the family. These issues can play a key role in a family's household. To how a kids' behavior is, to the parents not having money to support the family and the kids having to make their own money, and to the schools not having money to give people the right education they need. This leads to people selling drugs and doing other illegal things in the streets

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Marriage

Knowing the history of marriage and divorce in Western civilization helps me understand why we have the traditions we have today, and how marriage changed dramatically over the centuries. Back in Ancient Rome  people only got married based on duty to the society. Those who were not married were socially  and legally penalized, and divorce was easily granted. In Christianity/ Medieval  Period  marriage was duty to God and the society. Marriage is now a moral/ religious obligation, and divorce was forbidden by the church. In the modern period marriage it duty to self, and is based on love. It's more focused on individuality and freedom / partnership.

I really enjoyed our class conversation that we had in class Tuesday. It was really a eye opener about my outlook to marriage. I thought that i wanted to get married at the beginning of class just because i wanted the whole family experience, and to have someone that I can relay on to be there for me. I now see that you don't actually have to be married to have that. You can have a good friend that will always be by your side and be that person to be there for you. Although u will still need a wife to really enjoy the family experience without the "baby mama" drama. In today's society, when you turn on the TV and look at the different shows,  majority of what you see is big happy families. And if a mom or dad is missing in the picture, it's because one or the other has died. So what i saw from television and from my friends parents made me want to get married.

Now a days people get married for the wrong reasons. For example, having a baby together, being young and thinking that they love each other, or for some type of benefits. To me, that's why the divorce rates skyrocketed over the last couple centuries. I still think some time in my life i would still want to get married. It won't be any time soon though, but time will tell.