Sunday, February 28, 2010

Two Ideas for Essay 3

For the first choice, the photo essay, I thought a great place to observe would be my local Starbucks. I know there are many regulars there, and have recognized people at many times. The employees are always friendly as well, and will eventually start to remember your order, which makes it personable.
For the second prompt, out of the book, I chose to consider prompt 8. I think that is a great topic, that can be widely discussed. I am sure there are many different opinions about this certain subject as well.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

essay three ideas

I choose to write this paper about a restaurant called African Pradies. this is a very speciall restaurant that salws somali food whic is located colubus area. they sale very nice food, i met the owner and intervie, asked him what kind of food they sale, and he said he sales Somali and ,middle Eastran food.

Essay Three

My first idea is to do a photo essay on the cafe I am currently working it. I feel that this public place will work well for this essay, because I see many regulars whenever I am working and they seem thrilled to come get their daily Starbucks coffee. They always strike up a conversation with you up at the counter while you prepare their drink. This is my favorite part of my job, for the friendly customers make working so much more enjoyable.
My second idea is prompt number ten. I would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom to make sure that no one goes hungry. This is very important to me because I feel that our nation needs to take care of our brothers and sisters. Everyone deserves to be given a chance to survive.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Essay Three ideas

I was thinking about going to my family own local restaurant which I always go. I really enjoy going there. It is located on the corner of Ferris Rd and Cleveland Ave. It's called Billan restaurant and it have opened up for about two and a half years ago. The restuatant itself occasionally advertieses with flyers and has daily specials. Therefore, it is simple for me to gather more information about the place and take pictures.

I personally would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom to obstruct texting while driving. This cause is effecting many people speacailly young people and it has taken so many lives and is one hundred percent escapable in this country. So I would secrifice my time and freedom to take action on this issue.

Essay Ideas

1.) For prompt number one, I will give my definition of peace and analyze how it relates to the differing ideologies of past Nobel Peace Prize recipients Theodore Roosevelt, Lech Walesa, and Barack Obama. As these men all came from very different backgrounds, and confronted a wide range of problems, their ideas about peace are diverse. I will use their speeches to support my view that peace is a term that changes over time.

2.) For prompt nine, I will argue that the qualities necessary for a distinguished leader are vision, communication, and knowledge. A leader needs the vision to affect change for his constituents, the ability to communicate sincerely and clearly with his country, and a strong knowledge of past history.To support this, I will discuss Peace Prize winners Martin Luther King Jr., Woodrow Wilson, and Nelson Mandela.

Brainstorming Essay Ideas

1. My idea for the photo essay is my work, Sport Clips. It's a men's hair salon with many of our clients being regulars. I still have it yet to be approved because it's my job, but I think it would be a good idea. We know our regular clients very well and I could interview a couple of them for my paper for their personal opinions and reasons they continue to come back to our business.
2. Personally, I would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom for prevention of drinking and driving. Although it is impossible to stop everyone, I would definitely give up a lot to support the causes such as MADD and to stop others from drinking and driving. Drinking and driving has taken so many lives and is one hundred percent preventable. It's something that is personal for my family and I, so I would absolutely be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom. I think it would be a good idea to write about for my last essay.

Essay Three

1. I was thinking of this restaurant near my house that enjoy going to for breakfast. Its called Hellas Kitchen. Its a family owned restaurant that has regulars every week, if not every day. Their breakfast food is the best in town.

2. I personally would be willing to sacrifice my time and freedom to find the cure to cancer. Cancer is an illness that takes thousands of lives every year, therefore it is worth the commitment to sacrifice my freedom and time to attain a cure.

Essay 3 Ideas.

Ideas for Essay 3:

1. I plan to go to my local coffee shop where there are lots of regulars. I have been going there since I was really young so it has good significance for me. I am going to go there on a friday to take pictures while there is live music going on, which is a big event they always do.

2. I might go to a indoor skatepark that just opened up near my house. It is the first only skateboard park in town. Regulars come daily and it is a great time for everyone. It is a good atmosphere, with music playing, drinks and food. I would like to do this because skateboarding is a huge part of my life and people don't usually know what a tight knit group of people skateboarders really are.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

spiritual love vs. physical love

The author is torn between what she feels is acceptable and what those in Iran consider appropriate. She doesn't mind wearing the hijab but remembers being accepted in a mini skirt while in America. There is a contradiction between her flesh and serving Islam when she is scolded for baring her neck in public on a hot day. The author says, " I want to argue. I feel like a child. Defiant, but powerless. Burning with injustice, but also a hint of shame". In America the majority of our actions result from how we feel or what we want. But in Iran, Islam has a much larger role than fleshly desires. Asayesh reflects on spiritual love versus physical love and says, " All I know is that such moments of passionate abandon, within the circle of invisibility created by the veil, offer an emotional catharsis every bit as potent as any sexual release". I believe that this is significant because it shows the meaning of the hijab beyond the obvious physical purpose. She appreciates it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

exploration 8 Shrouded in Contradiction

In the essays “Shrouded in Contradiction” the author felt let bit confused because she grew up in America and got used to American culture. The author didn’t have problem wearing the hijab but when she went to visit her native country Iran she been question a lot and that made her uncomfortable with her feelings. She said, “I grew up wearing the miniskirt to school, the veil to the mosque. In the Tehran of my childhood, women in bright sundresses shared the sidewalk with women swathed in black.” She is torn between two different cultures. She wants to be like the Iranians that wear veils. The reason Muslim women wear hijabs is to hide their beauty. In Islam your hair is considered part of your beauty, and if you show your beauty you are increasing likelihood of temptation. Temptation is the first step to committing many sins. And it can lead to one of the biggest sins, committing fornication. Women are not required to wear the hijab 24/7, only when there are individuals of the opposite sex who are mahram. Mahram refers to men who are of no relation whom you can marry. It was contradicting because there are a lot of women who feels the same way when they go from the U.S. to a very strict Islam country.

exploration 8

what contradicts is that the writer is trying to make thin people not as good as fat people. by cracking jokes at thin people and the writer giving examples of all the things that thin people do even if they a good things like being polite, being organized, watching you weight, and their good intentions. the writer is making fun of thin people that is what contradicts. fisrt of all the things that writer claimed about thin people doesnt neccessarly have to be true at all times.i believe the writer is trying to make fat people the best people out there at the same time while dissing thin people and claiming all the good things they do as not as good.

Exploration 8

In this essay, I feel like the author can't decide if she wants to wear the hijab or not. Sometimes she' wears it becuase she feels like she has to and other times she wears it becuase she wants to. The scarf makes her feel like a part of something but at times she just wants to fit in. She doesn't want to be hot but she doesn't want to be going against her religion. She feels as though she has to wear becuase her mother wore it and so on. She says "To wear hijab Islamic covering is to invite contradiction. Sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I value it". I feel like she's torn between what society might think of her and what she wants to for her self. In some situations she feels like she has to wear it becuase she wants to but then she finds herself questioning why she is wearing it.

exploration 8:shrouded in contradiction

I feel that this essay was the one that had the most contradition's its starts off the first sentence with a contradiciton. She says, "I grew up wearing the miniskirt to school, the veil to the mosque." A miniskirt symbolizes more sexual, flirty type of girl , eye catching. Allthough a veil is suppose to symbolize modesty, a religious type of girl, not at all eye catching. She even described as feeling uncomfortable at times with the scarf but then she when on to say she also feels uncomfortable wearing pantyhose. There was a lot of emotions going through her mind throughout the whole reading she felt torn between the two influences. The strong influence of Western society and the fact that you get to do what ever you want, dress freely, and fulfill your desires. Yet being drawn back to her religious culture knowing all the strict rules, and regulations have their reasons. They are all explained and are for her best interest at heart. That's what the author faces. Depending on who the audience is they can either relate to her struggle in some way or have a understanding. Or either feel one way like shes being a hypocrite of her religion if they are muslim. Or they can feel that she is trapped by her religion and she should stick with that of the freedoms of western society and throw off her scarf and let her hair blow freely in the wind. A passage she said, "To wear hijab -Islamic covering -is to invite contraditcion. Sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I value it." When I read this I basically thought she was saying that she hates the fact of it being restricting, but values the security it leaves her with God.

That Lean and Hungry Look

I disagree with this essay entirely. The author goes on to talk about how thin people are dangerous and menacing. I believe the opposite, fat people are dangerous and menacing. Obviously they eat to much and they can't stick to a diet plan. I guess that doesn't say much about their character, that is if they have any. Fat people are either lazy or have a disease that has made them that way. The author makes fat people look better than thin people, I don't think someones weight determines their character. The author says, "they think these 2,000-point plans lead to happiness. Fat people know happiness is elusive at best and even if they could get the kind thin people talk about, they wouldn't want it. Wisely, fat people see that such programs are too dull, too hard, too off the mark. They are never better than a whole cheesecake." For starters, I really hope this isn't how fat people think. The author condones an unhealthy lifestyle saying it is ok to be fat. I don't see how the author can say fat people are happy not being thin when she says that fat people think happiness is elusive.

Explorations 8

In the story That lean and hungry look the author Suzanne Britt talks much about the differences in "fat" people and "skinny" people. She discusses that the fat people are seen as "neurotic, sick, sad people" (282). She states that fat people aren't that way and that skinny people are in fact the ones who are mean and unhappy with life. She also talks a lot about how skinny people are more logical in their thinking, but fat people have a more rounded view on life. To be honest I don't know if I agree with everything she says about the differences between fat and skinny. I am not overweight but I still know how to have fun and how to relax at the end of the day. I enjoy working out and eating somewhat right but I can still appreciate the "value of a hot fudge sundae" (282). While I was reading this essay I kinda felt put down, much like many overweight people probably do. I truly believe its a personal choice; if someone, like myself, feels better both mentally and physically by working out and staying in shape that doesn't mean someone cant feel the same way by eating and watching television.

The quote I feel is very important to the essay is, "Long after fat people have removed their coats and shoes and put their feet up on the coffee table, thin people are still sitting on the edge of the sofa, looking neat as a pin, discussing rutabagas. Fat people are heavily into fits of laughter, slapping their thighs and whooping it up, while thin people are still politely waiting for the punch line" (283). She pointing out the fact that thin and fat are different and that people view them differently. People view thin as uptight and perfectionist, and fat people as relaxed and realistic. I believe this is important because it paints a picture for me. I can really see how people might view someones size as a indicator of fun or logic.

Though I enjoyed reading this essay I was a little confused about it as well. I don't understand satire very well because I tend to take things for face value when I read. Especially when the writer makes what they are saying seem so literal. So hopefully what I wrote here makes sense for most, though for the ones who totally understood it, it may not.

Shrouded in Contradiction

"Each time I return to Tehran, I wait until the last possible moment, when my plane lands on the tarmac, to don the scarf and long jacket that many Iranian women wear in lieu of a veil"

I like this passage because it shows how Asayesh is torn between two different cultural lifestyle. She values and respects her culture but she also enjoys the luxury and freedoms she has in America. She talks about how her sister comments on how she wears her makeshift scarf. She wants to feel "hot" at least according to what we Americans would consider to be hot. However, her sister believe that they are "hot" because she is a little more excepting of the things her culture wears. Yet, she describes what the hijab means in Iran. "The veil masks erotic freedom, but its advocates believe hijab transcend the erotic-or expands it." I think this best describes the conflict that Asayesh has between American and Iranian traditions and believes. I believe that this story helps the audience understand the cultural conflicts people have when they come to American or to another country and to show that it's not easy to transition from one place to another.

Exploration 8: Shrouded in Contradiction

Some of the feelings the woman in this story felt were wanting two different things in her life. She liked wearing the hijab and what it has represented for generations, but also she liked to have some freedom from that. She was being pulled in two different ways from her feelings. She sees other women wearing bright color dresses and working women wearing other clothes and then looks at herself, and wanting something different. The author is the one telling the story about herself so she is feeling this, but I do not have a religion such as this. I go to church at times but it is not as strong as these men and women have in their culture and religion.
"Sister, this isn't about men and women," she says shaking her head. "This is about Islam." I marked this as important because it's a key statement for women telling them how it is and has been, it's for the country not for yourselfs. The women cover their skin and men do not but it is for the country they live in, just like other countries have a certain norm to follow by, or at least try to follow it.

Shrouded in Contradiction

the author is torn about her clothing and the rules that apply to her beliefs. Sometimes she values wearing her scarf but other times she absolutely hates it. she really doesnt think wearing her scarf is as big of a deal as everyone in her culture makes it out to be. During a part of the story she explained how she was very hot so she turned her scarf into a turban so that her neck was bare and the wind could touch her bare skin to cool her down. then a paid government employee yelped at her to to put it back on the right way. she explained how she was hot but the woman didnt care. the author then murmerred under her breath "the men arent hot". her basic view is that she doesnt think the issue on clothing should be such a big deal.
"none have been more daring than i. ive wound my scarf into a turban, leaving my neck bare to the breeze." she made a huge statement when she did that. she didnt really care what people thought or what her beliefs were, she was hot so she took her scarf and turned it into a turban. the tradtional top that a male would wear. she was a rebel and in a way sort o proud of it.

that leam amd hungry look.

concratadiction of this write was two different subject about how thin people and fat people against each other. both people have different mantelity to share their ideas. but i feel people thin feel unhappy how the write describing them. some people prefer to be fat and other prefer to thin. the write more crising the thin people. " fat people are convivial. they will like you even if you are irrugular and have acne." sometimes fat people show a car even you are bad person. i disagree that because some of the treat you nice. it could be either way thin people sometimes say good things about the fat people. some of the time thin people they believe they are health and they watch out their diet. fat people doesnt care about their die they ate whenever they feel hungry they dont care about colories. Thy feel good about their self." thin people are downers. they like math and morality and reasoned evaluting of limitations of human beings. the reason they like math is they doing more excrise make their self more busy not to eat too much food.The thin show ed the fat people how to stay in health way and lose weight.

Exploration 8

Shrouded in Contradiction is a story about the way that cloths effect the way people are viewed in different countries around the world. The girl is torn between wearing a veil and not wearing one she says "Sometimes i hate it. Sometimes i value it". She longs for the freedom to wear cloths and walk freely down the street without being look upon for what different cloths meanings are. One of my favorite quotes from this piece was when shes controversing with a fellow woman police officer, Asayesh turns her scarf into a turban wearing it to where her neck is exposed. " Fix your scarf at once!" she snaps. "But I'm hot," i say. "You're hot?" she exclaims. "Dont you think we all are?" I Start unwinding my makeshift turban. "The men aren't hot," i mutter. This really stood out to me because she wants to be able to wear what she wants but at the same time she has respect for her homeland and the way they run things and the certain thins that they value. It would be hard to want to be your own individual and not get that chance because the way you were raised or brought up or what kind of culture you originate from.

That Lean and Hungry Look

One contradiction that the author makes is that thin people oppress their feelings. They do not act loud and obnoxious and focused on appearance where as fat people do not care about appearance and do not care about the same things that "thin" people do. This is contradictory because all people are self conscious about stuff and I'm sure that many large people are conscious about what people say about them.

"Thin people believe in logic. Fat people see all sides. The sides fat people see are rounded blobs, usually gray, always nebulous and truly not worth worrying about. But the thin persons persist." if you consume more calories than you burn," says one of my thin friends,"you will gain weight. Its that simple." Fat people always grin when they hear statements like that. They know better.

This is important because many people see an overweight person and automatically think that they are larger than normal because all they do is eat. Fat people rarely grin when they hear comments like that because truly they know that there is not much that they can do about it. and deep down many of the comments hurt. "She says that people say the business about the jolly fat person is a myth, that all of us chubbies are neurotic, sick, sad people." In many ways, some people use eating is a means of release.

Exploration 8:Shrouded in Contradiction

I recently read the story, "Shrouded in Contradiction' by Gelareh Asayesh. this story describes her conflict of clothing choice in her home country of Iran. Iran is an Islamic Republic. All of the women in the country are expected to follow both the written, and unwritten rules of Islam. Women in Iran are expected to wear hajba, which is Islamic covering. The covering of the body by clothing ensures that the people in an Islamic society find passion in the soul, and they do not become distracted by passion on the body. In theory, this rule of culture seems to be acceptable, but it becomes extremely annoying to some women, especially for those who have spent time in Western cultures, like Gelareh.

"The veil masks erotic freedom" Gelareh states in her writing. It makes sense, if a body is covered by clothing, then it will be harder for men to find them physically attractive, but why is it the woman's job to contain the sexual tendencies of men? If a man looks at a woman and finds her sexually attractive, it is not her fault that she is sexually attractive, it is the man's fault for thinking about sex so much. It would make sense to this reader, if the Men of Iran attempt to cleanse their thoughts in order to find religious peace. In stead of just covering every Woman's body in clothing, which makes them extremely uncomfortable.

Exploration 8 "That Lean and Hungry Look"

In the short story, "That Lean and Hungry Look", Suzanne Britt compares fat people with thin people. The author really criticizes thin people. Some of the things she says gives thin people the feeling of being torn. For example, Britt states in her story, "Thin people turn surly, mean and hard at a young age because they never learn the value of a hot fudge sundae for easing tension." Although this is funny, if somebody who is thin that reads this, they may have the feeling of being torn.

Throughout this short story, Suzanne Britt really shows how fat people are more laid back and sincere than thin people. She shows this at the end of the story by ending with, "Fat people have plenty of room. Fat people will take you in." I think this quote is important because it helps show what Suzanne thinks about fat people.

Shrouded in Contradiction

I think the author is torn between her beliefs and how she lives her westernized life. Because of this she is confused and objective of her own Iranian life. Anyone would feel this if they were put into a different culture and told to adapt. I believe she feels worse when a government employee tells her to cover up. the main contradiction here is when she wears all of these garments but hates wearing them. The passage I thought was the most important was the last one where she states "I gather up the wet and grimy folds with distaste, longing to be home, where I can cast off this curtain of cloth that gives with one hand, takes with the other." I believe that summed up her feelings in one simple sentence. She believes that when she wears the scarf it is a symbol of her country but it also limits her as a person.

Shrouded in Contradiction

The author is contradicted in the writing because she lives in America were she dose not have to wear it, but her faith still is telling her to wear it. She says she likes wearing it because shes says she finds passion in it and that it makes erotic freedom. Also she says that she dose not like wearing it because she wants to roam her country with the wind in her hair.
The quote i picked as being important is"its annoying, but so is wearing pantyhose to work. " This is talking about how she thinks wearing a hijab is annoying but in a way she has to, just like girls have to wear pantyhose to work. I liked this quote because it puts it in way to make sense to women who never had to wear a hijab. I also liked this quote because it made me realize more that it is just a way of life, something she has to do to fit into her social norms like many women carrying purses or wearying pantyhose.

That Lean and Hungry Look

"Thin people don't like gooey or soft things becuase they themselves are neither gooey nor soft" Why is it that we cannot choose the way we are, but yet we criticize and sterotype others for being different. I think that this piece makes us think about ourselves and why people are the way they are. It seems like in modern day most people bash people on their outside appearance and never really look inside. People are so caught up in fitting in and looking a certain way. The way the author turns the page and trys to make thin people feel bad is important because I have very rarely heard a good reverse argument for this debate. We all need to be conscious of what we say and be aware of the way we see people.

That Lean and Hungry Look

A major contridiction that the author faces in this writing is that she notes herself as being "plump." Throughout the reading, she puts down thin people, but in a way does the same for fat people. She makes fat people seem careless and lazy, which is putting down herself. An important passage from the reading that I found is, "The main problem with thin people is they oppress. Their good intentions, bony torsos, tight ships, neat corners, cerebral machinations and pat solutions loom like dark clouds over the loose, comfortable, spread-out, soft world of the fat." (283). The significance of this quote is that it basically sums up the reading. It shows that the author is vastly stereotyping thin and fat people as a satire. Though many of the things she says about thin and fat people may not be true, I think she is trying to get people to see how people may view others in the world. I think she recognizes the true problem of obesity and is showing her concerns through satire.

Exploration 8: "That Lean and Hungry Look"

Two Contradictions that Suzanne Britt is dealing with in That Lean and Hungry Look are whether thin people are too caught up in themselves and their work and if fat people are more carefree and accepting all other people. I think that she is taking a shot at thin people in this essay. She labels them all with hard working but snobby titles. I think that this true in some instances, but I think having the attitudes that she desrcribes comes with the persons personality and work ethic more than how they look physically. On the other hand I do not believe that all fat people are caring and joyful. There are many overweight people who work hard all the time, they just have an eating problem. I also know a few very mean fat people, they are all not jolly and accepting like the essay depicts.

A passage that I enjoy from the essay is in the middle of paragraph 4 on page 282. It says, "Thin people turn surly, mean and hard at a young age because they never learn the value of a hot-fudge sundae for easing tension. Thin people don't like gooey soft things because they themselves are neither gooey nor soft. They are crunchy and dull, like carrots. They go straight to the heart of the matter while fat people let things stay all blurry and hazy and vague, the way things actually are." I wanat to bash this in the literal sense first. I am quite thin, yet I enjoy hot-fudge sundaes as well as gooey soft things. This is because they are good and I know how to eat right and still enjoy sweets. I think that this passage really relates to how people are raised. People are crunchy and dull because of the environment they grew up in. People go straight to the heart of the matter because they think logically, they are problem solvers.

Shrouded in Contradiction

A major contradiction in this story is that the young woman feels torn between two different ways of life. One being an obedient Muslim in Tehran Iran, and the other taking place in her new American home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While staying in Iran she is forced to wear hijab, the Islamic covering, and at times she misses being able to feel the wind blow threw her hair. Having to go back and forth between two life styles is a hard adjustment for her to make. This causes her to question her views on Islam and to ask why women are so different from men. My favorite passage takes place after she gets in trouble for not wearing her scarf correctly. She states, "I want to argue. I feel like a child. Defiant, but powerless. Burning with injustice, but also with a hint of shame. I do as I am told, feeling acutely conscious of the bare skin I am covering". I like this passage because you can really understand how she is feeling, and how difficult it is for her to adjust to two different life styles.

That Lean and Hungry Look

In That Lean and Hungry Look, Britt is outspoken about how she feels about thin people, and fat people. According to her, thin people do not enjoy life, and are too critical. According to her, fat people know how to enjoy life. I think the audience are the ones who are torn when reading this essay. Britt really tries to influence on us that being overweight is a desirable way of life. What are we supposed to believe? How are we supposed to feel about thin, and fat people? Is Britt correct in her justifications? Are thin people really too uptight? Is being fat an essentially good thing?
One passage that I really did agree with was in paragraph 12, when she states of fat people "They will like you even if you're irregular and have acne." It sounds horrible, but obviouisly acne and fat are not things society finds overall desirable. I think people who suffer behind these problems can benefit from interacting with one another, because maybe they will inspire each other to accept themselves for who they really are.

"That Lean and Hungry Look"

While reading "The lean and Hungry Look," an essay by Suzanne Britt, I myself being the audience felt torn as to how I felt about the reading. Britt exaggerates on and on about how thin people are condescending, efficiency experts, there are tsk-tsk thin people, and are mechanical. All in which she claimed were dangerous people and needed to be watched, (Britt, 281.) She felt very differently about fat people saying that they realize that life is illogical and unfair. That all is not right with the world, (Britt,282.) So is she trying to say that fat people have more fun, are relaxed about life and don't have a care in the world? No she is not saying that. I personally think she is trying to make us as the reader feel a little more comfortable in our own skin. In today's society looks are everything it seems. Being 5 pounds overweight is the end of the world. Here she is saying that being thin is bad and if your fat you are in a sense normal. "Fat people are convivial. They will like you even if you're irregular and have acne, (Britt, 283.) Obviously being over weight is not a good thing health wise but if your comfortable with yourself shouldn't that be okay? The pressures that are put on people to look a certain way is very draining. She does not want us all to be fat in any sense she wants us to be happy with our selves and not to worry about the pressures that our society has put upon us.