Monday, October 17, 2011

AIDS in Kenya

Jaboya - Sex in Exchange for Fish
I think that this is very saddening to hear that the women on the shores of Lake Victoria have to resort to selling themselves for sex in exchange for a small amount of fish. This amount of fish is just enough food to keep these people alive. This really puts into perspective the hardships of America versus the hardships that Africans have to face each and every day.

Deadly Catch
Going off of what I had to say about the Jaboya video I think that this is quite a somber subject that needs to be addressed by the more-developed nations of the world. In no society should someone have to whore themselves in exchange for a meager amount of food. That is just wrong and immoral. This jaboya practice seems to be quite popular along the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. It comes to me as no surprise that this practice is decimating populations of people along the shores due to AIDS. If you are going to have unprotected sex with the fisherman, bus drivers, and market workers there will be a considerable risk for a sexually transmitted disease, especially in areas in Africa.

Stephanie Nolan Talk About 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa
 This reporter had a whole lot to say on such a ravaging subject. This really makes us wonder and realize what extents people will go to when scared or faced with difficult decisions that need to be faced. These stories are very tragic and harrowing, and it allows us, the audience, to begin to put these situations into perspective.

I think that these effects are so much worse in Africa because many people cannot afford rugs to help subside the symptoms that AIDS brings upon them. The continent is overall very poor and the drugs that help with aids are very expensive.

Before watching these videos I knew that people couldn't afford the medication for AIDS in Africa. I also knew that Africa is the spot on Earth where the disease is most prevalent and destructive.I was aware that the areas in Africa where the disease was particularly catastrophic was in Sub-Saharan Africa.

I think culture plays a large role in the spread of AIDS in Africa and as well as other parts of the world.  People tend to conform to culture instead of going their own way and this is turn more than likely negatively affected Africa.

I think the solutions to these problems would have to be to increase education of AIDS and to make condoms and anti-retro-viral drugs more affordable to all peoples.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Videos Blog

The summary video was quite informative. It summed up the process of paper-writing while providing some sick drawings! The video gave info on paraphasing, quotes, summarizing, and more.

The video on keywords revamped what we learned about in the library. To pick several related words to a topic and see what results it gives you.

Third video is the same as the second.

What the last video explains is that by citing, it makes you look more presentable and shows respect to the person with the original quote or idea. This was an odd analogy to compare citing to, but it works to get the point across all the same.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

AIDS Response in US vs Thailand and Uganda

The United State's response to the AIDS epidemic could be put into several words, slow and unresponsive. During Reagan's time in power as President, he virtually did nothing in the area of prevention against AIDS. It took him up until 1985 to even mention AIDS publicly. The US's response was slow and ineffective in informing the public of what this disease was and how to prevent obtaining it. Reagan basically ignored the issue, and when he finally decided to speak about it he told the US that prevention and sexual education was best kept out of government and instead taught in school and by parents.

Uganda and Thailand, on the other hand, approached the AIDS epidemic with swifter actions and responses. Uganda, under strong political leadership, had major AIDS prevention programs in effect an actively advised the public on prevention techniques. Thailand imposed similar tactics against the AIDS outbreak. Swift actions by political leaders were essential in affecting the decline of AIDS within the country. They launched massive prevention campaigned that reduced drug rates and sharply increased condom usage rates.

Monday, October 3, 2011

AIDS as Part of the World

AIDS has different views from people in society today. Some shows display AIDS with humor such as South Park, Family Guy, etc. while many others, for example the Academy Awarding winning film Forrest Gump, view AIDS as  very serious condition. I for one believe AIDS is most definitely a matter that should not be taken lightly. Today it is a highly relevant topic that many people should know something about. This killer disease, although lightened and garnished with humor, deserves more recognition.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gay Marriage

The gay marriage debate has been ongoing for some time now, but has really intensified within the last couple years. So far, six states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire, New York and Washington DC have permitted the issuing of same sex marriage licenses. My home state of Maryland still does not issue same sex marriage licenses but do recognize same sex marriages from other states.

There are many reasons why partners of the same sex might want to become married. They could receive larger tax breaks, access to health care, guaranteed loans, and inheritance arrangements.

I honestly have a neutral stand when it comes to the issue of gay marriage. I believe that both sides of the debate pose valid points. I do believe all people of this country should be entitled to equal rights regardless of sexual orientation. But, at the same time, due to my life teachings in religion and ethics, I have been raised to believe that homosexuality is morally unjust. With that being said, I do not dislike homosexuals, I am merely stating what I have been taught and what I believe on the issue presented. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Problems Affecting the Family

As far as ideas presented by liberal and conservative ranks, I would have to agree that both sides present legitimate viewpoints onto problems that affect American families.

Conservatives present controversial issues such as abortion and homosexuality as the forces driving families apart. Abortion and homosexuality are subjects that I normally do not take a large stand on. But I must admit that they could cause major problems within the household if they arose. For example, imagine if a close family member came out to you randomly one day. How would you react? I would be very surprised to say the least. Many families within our great country would be shocked at the idea of a family member coming out, but I think the idea of homosexuality tearing a family completely apart is slightly melodramatic. 

Liberals present ideas such as domestic violence and economic affairs. Compared to the conservatives presented issues, these problems seem to be the more common and realistic family issues that exist today. We all have seen families that have major debt or financial obligations that they are unable to pay off. It is stressful and leads to family problems in many cases. Also, violence and abuse result in legal trouble and separation in many cases as well.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

History of Marriage

Over the course of many empires and periods of history marriage customs and laws have been ever changing. It seems that as time continues throughout recent history marriage laws become less strict and also presented more favorable rights to women on the issue.

When marriage first starts becoming prevalent back in ancient Greece and Rome laws and customs were highly varied. At this time arranged marriages were common and older men, sometimes in their thirties, married young teenage girls. Any healthy person was viewed with scorn. I don't particularly agree with this custom of age difference when marrying. I think that teenage years is too young for anybody to be married.

In ancient Israel, the male dominated the household and the marriage in general, which is called a Patriarchal society. In some cases, kings and officials held many wives and mistresses. I believe that a man should be entitled to have one wife is he gets married.

The influence of the church became common amongst marriages within Medieval Europe. Average marriage ages remained the same, although the social and legal status of women improved slightly in some countries.  Priests began preforming marital ceremonies and doctrines began.

Within modern day Europe and North America many traditions were developed during last European events such as the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution such as divorce procedures and wedding ceremonies.