1. people are poor because society has

1.      Why
are poor people poor?

Poor people are poor because society has made it its
business to make sure it stays that way. And what I mean by that is that social
stratification; a system by which society categorizes the people in hierarchy. Which
in return creates a system of inequality. The government provides opportunities
where they see fit, this has been going on for decades. Desegregation and
inequality is the reason why minorities cannot build their future and why the
rich are rich and the poor are poor. It all depends on your position in the
social structure.

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2.      Are
you a feminist? Why or why not?

Being a feminist basically means being equal on
every aspect with men, so yes, I am a feminist. We work just as hard for the
things like men do, if anything harder sometimes because it is not as easy for us,
but we all just want to be seen as equal, women aren’t weaker than men like the
world perceives it. Being told that we cannot be equal to men because we are
weaker physically really puts into perspective how the world is twisted and preys
on those that are different. Everyone has a different personality, strengths, and
what they are good at. People think being a feminist means that you want dominance
over men, no its just wanting equality and to be recognized for our accomplishments.
Its simple as that.

3.      What
factors impact whether an individual can achieve the American Dream?

It is highly dependent on your statues and how privileged
you are. Where you stand on the social hierarchy scale. If you are a rich white
man the American Dream is at the tip of your finger, you can have anything and everything
that you desire and then have some more, but if you are a member of a minority
group it is a way more complicated than that. For them an American Dream is simply
having a nice and safe place to stay and a stable job to keep their families from
hitting rock-bottom. Your socio-economic status is what determines your American
Dream, no one really starts on the same spot and that is all dependent on your
race, class, and even gender. Doing the “throw the paper ball into the box” experiment
made me realize how true this is, in everything you do your social status plays
a major role in it.

4.     
In
what ways are you privileged compared to others?

Compared
to others I realized I am way more privileged than some will ever be. My biggest
privilege is that I am able to get a good education and a place I can call home.
My parents came from a generation who struggled to make a living in a foreign
country that were not very accepting of different people, and I will be the
generation that makes a difference and fight for those who cannot even get a
decent education because the rich keep getting rich by making money off of the
poor from putting them in jails for crimes they have not committed to not
hiring those who are different in race and class.

5.      Why do you think that people of color
have higher rates of poverty than whites?

It
is because of the impact of historic and ongoing racial discrimination. We
discussed in class how there was no segregation anymore but after world war II
the whites discriminated by creating red lining which was basically whites not
living in an area where there was a higher percent of people of color living and
for that the land owners sold their houses being for more than they were bought.
Being white rather than
a person of color made
a big difference in your socioeconomic status which resulted in public perception and treatment.

6.     
How
many genders are there? Explain your answer to the best of your ability.

From
the discussions we had in class and what I read in the article talking about the
five sexes reviled made me realize that there are more than two genders that people
identify themselves with. So, there is
male, female, transgender, non-binary, intersex and etc. I also read about
genital ambiguity where infants are born with a mixture of either male and female anatomy, or genitals
that appear to differ from their chromosomal sex. And then there
are transsexuals who have
an emotional gender at odds with their physical sex, they
describe themselves in terms of dimorphic
absolutes-males trapped in female bodies, or vice versa. Lastly,
I read about hermaphrodite who are a genuine mix of male and female.

7.      Reflection

      Although my answers have not really changed
much since the beginning of this course, I have learned in depth about them and
because of that I am able to reflect on them on a more deeper level. For my
first question, I had always known that poor people are poor because of social
economy in this country but never really thought about how it was socially constructed
by people because it was a way of defining or a way to back their theory that
one race was and will always be superior to all other races and that is how the
hierarchy was created. People on top of the hierarchy have better access to
goods and service compared to those on the bottom of the hierarchy.

      When it
came to being a feminist, I always second guessed myself because every time I mentioned
to someone I was a feminist, they usually laughed and said why are you an “angry
person” or “why do you want to dominate men”? and it really made me think what
did being a feminist really mean? After doing a survey in class about being a feminist
and wanting equal opportunity for both men and women, the answers really
surprised me because it seemed like everyone thinks being a feminist means that
we want to dominate men and or that women deserve more recognition than men,
but really It just means that we all want equal opportunity for both who play a
huge part in the society.

      The last question
on the assignment had complete different answer than when I first did the assignment.
I always knew what being a transgender or gender flued was but other than that I
had no idea people identified themselves outside of the four categories I was only
aware of (male, female, transgender, gender fluid).  When I thought about gender I always thought
about the sex of the person but as we discussed in class that is it a wrong way
to use that term. In fact, those are both completely different things. Sex refers
to your biological difference and gender refers to the role the society
constructs for you when you are born.