Monday, October 17, 2011

AIDS impact of Africa

        Fishing is a competitive industry in Africa. It is labored by men but run by woman. In the opportunity to get fish to provide for their families woman will do anything even provide sex for the men. This has become a system exploiting AIDS this system is called Jaboya.  Due to systems like Jaboya the effects of AIDS are extremely massive. Africa seems almost in denial of the fact that AIDS can be prevented. In the videos given one woman from a community in Kenya speaks about how she does now fear this awful virus. She in fact chooses to sleep with whomever she wishes stating that “I do not fear death because death is waiting for all of us. AIDS can affect me or the person I am with at any time so I carry on and have sex without fear”. Ignorance is common in Africa this being one of the main reasons why it is so massive.
        I was aware that AIDS had been so widely spread throughout Africa before I watched these videos however I was unsure as to why. The US provides programs that enable us to become aware of the fact that AIDS is 100% preventable. With gaining knowledge from these videos it is clear that Africa is unaware of this prevention. Prior to watching these clips I had never heard of Jaboya and I found it extremely interesting to learn of such a system. This video provided me with astonishing statistics and knowledge of this virus.
        The cultural attitudes of the people in Africa appear to except this virus being that sex is so commonly practiced. A man having multiple wives is normal to this culture and with that being said AIDS is being drastically spread.  Prostitution is another culturally excepted tradition that leads to the spread of AIDS. In the films provided it discussed how woman felt vulnerable and needed to provide sex for the men.  Africa needs to be provided with awareness. The people of Africa are continuing to have unprotected sex and continuing to live life unaware that they are even infected with this deadly disease. If these people were made aware that such a devastating disease that has impacted their population drastically could be prevented they would use precautions in order to make a change.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kimbel Library

        A summary is a brief restatement of a sources main idea. Summaries are descriptions not evaluations so using my own words is important but not my own opinions. A summary is something that is summarized so it is shorter than the source it is coming from. Sources are extremely important to cite. When citing all of the sources used in the correct format it makes one appear more credible and it is respectful. Finding these resources is easy using the Kimbel Library Database it is not like the Google search engine but it is similar. The differences between the two are the keywords. When using this database it is important to search words pertaining to the words you may find in an article you would use. Unlike typical search engines questions and useless words are not used and only 2-4 words are needed.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The U.S. handling the rise of HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, versus how Uganda and Thailand.

        In Thailand the use of condoms basically became mandatory due to goverment regulations. Thailand and Uganda were the two developing nations which experienced a drop in HIV infection rates and practiced prevention. Uganda was the first country to report its AIDS cases. In the 1980s these countries had extremely high HIV infection rates, but the government responded quickly. After prevention through education and the promotion of safe sex practices they experienced a decline in HIV rates. Theses goverments demonstrated a commitmnet to understand and address this problem. Outstanding progression was taking place and the infection was remaining stable or even decreasing in the 1980s-1990s. The United States however was sluggish from the start. HIV/AIDS was discriminated it was a virus that had been killing so many yet the goverment was turning away and society was in rage. The goverment could not see that education and organizations would help this battle. It took time for society to come to an understanding of what exactly HIV/AIDS was. Children were being kicked out of schools, segregation was taking place, gays were causing riots, and thousands were dying. The US however has grown from this and today HIV/AIDS is stable and decreasing.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


HIV/AIDS is something that is known in this world we live in today. It is a chapter studied in high school and it is a common term used in everyday conversation. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has impacted the lives of so many in an unfortunate way. The way HIV/AIDS has become a part of my society is through fear. The fear of the epidemic directly affecting my family or even myself. The fear that this sickness will continue to increase and that a cure will not be found. HIV/AIDS has become all about awareness and everyone has been given knowledgeable information along with advice. In the world we live in today it is better to be safe than sorry. No one can be sure of the past of every individual they encounter in. With HIV/AIDS increasing, society has become more aware.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gay Marriage Controversy

   I believe marriage should be available to whom ever wishes to get married. I do think that many marry for all the wrong reasons such as tax breaks, inheritance arrangements, access to health care, or even just to say they're married. In my personal opinion I think gay people should absolutely be able to marry if they please but I’d say it is more of wanting something that they cant have. If gay marriage was not prohibited in certain states for all this time I think that gay individuals would not have such an urge to marry. It has become an unfortunate matter that 50% of marriages fail and with these statistics why is it that gay people are bending over backwards to take that risk. Striving for equality is understandable, people should not be punished based upon their desire of whom they love whether it be a female or a male. Marriage should not be treated as a privilege it should be a right and accessible to whoever wishes to get married.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Conservatives pointed to abortion, illegitimacy, and homosexuality as forces destroying the family. Liberals cited domestic violence, economic insecurity, and inadequate public supports as the key problems afflicting the family. Now this is what I think about the merits and weaknesses of these ideas along with divorce and its impact on families and society.

       Divorce certainly does have a harmful impact on families and society and each family has problems of their own. These problems absolutely support both the conservatives reasons as well as the liberals reasons. I believe domestic violence, economic insecurity, and inadequate public support are incidents that lead to failed marriages. Abortion, illegitimacy, and homosexuality destroys families as well. Whether these incidents are chosen or completely uncontrollable it is up to that partnership to either pull through or divorce.
      Barbara Defoe Whitehead in " The Making of a Divorce Culture" certainly lays out reality. We as Americans all wish to go into a marriage believing that it will last until eternity but it is factual that the percentage of lasting marriages has decreased significantly. Why is it that divorce is frowned upon? After all it is not our life, we are not struggling and all though the actual process of divorce may seem easy I am sure the emotional toll it takes on the family is far from easy.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ancient Marriage Traditons vs. Present Marriage Traditions

       In several different ancient cultures like Greece, Rome, Israel, and Medieval Europe marriage traditions differed based on diverse religious beliefs and cultural traditions. The drastic changes between now and then are more then obvious. I do believe that marriage should involve governmental approvement just as Martin Luther once declared marriage to be "a worldly thing... that belongs to the realm of government". Ancient Rome did not seem to agree, governmental and religious approval was not necessary and marriage was just simply an agreement. The ancient traditions that I am strongly opposed to were things like marriage being used as a way to bear offspring and it was not something of a romantic matter, the fact that it was tolerated for a husband to kill his own wife, and the actual status of women in ancient times.

       Although many people still have there own marital opinions I do believe that progress has been made. I stand strong in my beliefs that marriage is for two individuals who love one another and are ready to share a life together. Present times are much more equalized rather then the ancient times where women were used as bearers of children or to carry on the male‘s name generation after generation. Gaining knowledge of the ancient western civilization marriage traditions makes me be thankful for today’s present traditions.