Personal Reflection

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When reflecting on life, there are always those selective memories that I could recall as if they just happened yesterday. Those specific memories are based on events that had shaped the person I am today and I will keep using them as motivation. For the most, my selective memories fall down 7 categories of: Health Obstacles, Bullied, Education, Family, Life, Death, and Self-esteem. Through the readings, I was able to make the connection between my life and the readings that fell under: Sexuality & Marriage, The Cultural Politics of Childhood, Women’s Resistance to Cultural Oppression Perspective on Gender Hierarchy, From Systems to Stories/Narrative Therapy and Latino Men & Masculinity/ Gender Roles/ Reproductive Rights. When I used to…show more content…
In the reading Mamitis and the Traumas of Development in a Colonia Popular of Mexico City by Matthew C. Gutmann describes Mamitis as “ intimately tied to the internalization on the part of the individuals of widespread and often conflictive social change with respect to gender identities and relation” ( Pg.130). When I reflect about my qualities of endurance, resilience, honor, visionary, etc; I see that does qualities came because my mom demonstrated them to me through her life. Just remembering how the divorce took a toll on her because the cause of the divorce was that my father got with a different woman. Thus, my mother has seen how that same accident happened with her older sister, Juanita and she didn’t want to have the same Fate. Upon seeing her wanted to continue, she always mentioned that because of us she was able to endure and flourish. The author Gutmann mentions “ women’s role in paid work and in social movements has brought changes to the meanings and practices associated with mothering” (Page. 133). Since my mother rebel against the norm that women aren’t suppose to be the breadwinners, my mother demonstrated to us that the beliefs of gender roles can be broken and nothing in life is written in stone. During this time my mother was completely in charge of us, and she…show more content…
The only timed I heard of such thing was during my Sed Ed class in my Junior year. Nevertheless, during me being sexually active in High School I knew the risk of either obtaining a disease or being a father was high. During the time in one of my relationships, I remember asking a question if there are contraceptives for men that weren’t condoms? She responded by laughing and just making jokes that guy shouldn’t worry of getting pregnant. In the reading Fixing Men: Sex, Birth Control, and AIDS in Mexico by Matthew Gutmann brings up how “this situation exists because women must ingest, insert, or inject is far from clear. There are, in fact, few birth control options for men” (Pg.38). Despite the reading,talking about this particular situation in Mexico, on how women are raised to only worry about using contraceptives, while men shouldn’t since the end of the day the women would be the only ones responsible. I connected how this mentally isn’t only in Mexico, till this day I am still in search different contraceptives for myself but, haven’t had much success. Wasn’t until I reached my senior year, that I had a talk with my Uncle Juan who lives in Turlock, California, mentioned how he was going to obtain a vasectomy, since he didn’t want to lose his wife. Upon him connecting vasectomy with the possible death of his loved one I have to ask why? He mentioned how women who have 3 C-section
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