Feminism- Is Anybody Listening?

Feminism- Is Anybody Listening?

Length: 991 words (2.8 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
Is Anybody Listening?

Okay, ready or not, here I go on my, what may be considered an overly naïve, reflection of my experience in this course, Feminist and Critical Pedagogies in English Studies. Through my reading and writing in this course I have come to many realizations about myself as a possible teacher and what I want to see start happening in writing classrooms. First and most importantly, I want to see teachers more connected and active in the process of their students writing and learning, as I have outlined in my research paper for this course. I believe if students and teachers connect more whether it is through a ìnurturing attitudeî on the part of the teacher or a more ìempathicî role of a teacher students will be able to understand ìwhereî teachers are coming from and why certain kinds of writing and expression are necessary and vice versa. I also would like to see the act of writing taken to the next level in colleges and universities. I think that teaching writing should not be relegated as non-intellectual and taught only at the freshman level. Programs such as Writing Across the Curriculum, which many colleges use, should be mandated at all public universities with the hope the private ones will catch on. This type of program magnifies the importance of writing for all students no matter what field he or she is entering into. While these goals seem a bit grand for me to accomplish in this lifetime, they are the issues which I am found myself thinking about again and again throughout this semester. I feel very strongly that there is a tremendous value is the ability to write well and communicate ideas in an organized, correct, and functional essay or any other form of writing. Hopefully in achieving some of these goals this end will be accomplished.

Through the class readings on nurturance and my own separate research on the subject I have come to believe strongly that a nurturing attitude in the composition classroom is a must for student learning. I know that many teacher and theorists, alike, believe that being more connected to students and sharing with them a more understanding attitude along with personal experiences, would negate any authority that this teacher would have in the classroom.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Feminism- Is Anybody Listening?." 123HelpMe.com. 29 Feb 2020

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Racism, Feminism, And Feminism Essay

- To combat the presence of sexism third wave feminism has begun to make its way back into our media. The word feminism has often been treated as a sort of swear word by celebrities not many willing to claim the word because it still has a negative connotation attached to it. Feminism at it’s roots is the belief that regardless of gender, race, ability, or sexual orientation, we are all equal and deserve to be treated as such. The feminism that has made it’s way to the forefront of our media is feminism at isn’t intersectional but white feminism....   [tags: Gender, Transgender, Woman, Feminism]

Research Papers
1452 words (4.1 pages)

Feminism : The, Feminist, And Post Modern Feminism Essay

- Feminism includes more than ten types feminists. The three significant and standing out groups are Liberal, Radical, and Post-modern. Liberal feminists believe that unless women have the same opportunities and treatment as men, they will not be able to achieve their full potential. Another type is Radical feminists who believe the world would be so much better without men in it. Because they accept heterosexuality, lesbians are dominant in the radical feminism pool. Lastly, Post-modern feminists believe and fight for the equality for all genders not just only female....   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Radical feminism]

Research Papers
822 words (2.3 pages)

The Three Levels of Listening Essay

- ... There might be great chaos all around her, but the mother stays focused on the child and the child’s needs. Another example is, picture two young lovers sitting on a park bench, they’re both at Level 2 with their attention completely focused on the other person, and they can be oblivious to the world around them. They are two people completely at Level 2, listening intently to every word and “listening” for every nuance in the conversation. As a listener operating at level 2 you are focusing totally on the speaker, listening to their words, tone of voice and body language and are not distracted by your own thoughts and feelings....   [tags: internal, focused and active listening]

Research Papers
1795 words (5.1 pages)

Feminism : Defining Radical Feminism Essay

- Introduction: As written by Bell Hooks (2000:1) “Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression”, this essay contains a few on my views on feminism and a summary of radical feminism and borders or boundaries that challenge feminism as explained in the textbook in chapter 1: pages 21-25 and chapter 2: pages 48-57 respectively. Radical Feminism: Defining Radical Feminism. The author Nancy Mandell starts by trying to put a face and a form of familiarity to radical feminism as seen in a part of the first sentence which goes “Have you ever wondered when women started to ‘Take Back the Night’, Although no straight cut definition is provided by Mandell in thi...   [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Radical feminism]

Research Papers
1699 words (4.9 pages)

Importance Of Listening Essay

- The importance of Listening Rodney Thomas Sr. Western International University Human Relation and Intercommunication BEH-423-3277 Mollie Surgine November 20, 2017 The Importance of Listening Listening for all purposes is exactly what is needed for people to be heard and understood. Listening to what others have to say is always important. Effective listening is part of an interpersonal relationship between workers as well as social media relationships. Looking at it from a personal stand point, effective listening enables me to relate to other individuals more in my native language however, effective listening is also part of my day to day interactions with different people from diff...   [tags: Hearing, Hearing, Active listening, Understanding]

Research Papers
910 words (2.6 pages)

Essay on The Importance of Listening

- A skill, according the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, is a learned power of doing something competently: a developed aptitude or ability. The skill of listening is a skill that I believe everyone should have but most people lack. Many people do not realize that listening is not merely the act of hearing a sound but of paying close attention to what someone is saying and trying to understand the message that they are trying to relate to you. Most times people say they are listening when in all actuality they are merely hearing you but not even attempting to understand what is being spoken of....   [tags: Communication Listening Interaction]

Free Essays
759 words (2.2 pages)

Essay on Anthropological Feminism in The Piano

- Anthropological Feminism in The Piano   There is a moment in The Piano when the crazed husband takes an axe and chops off his wife's finger. We do not see the awful blow, but both times I watched the film the audience gasped and a few women hurried from the theater. It is a disturbing but crucial scene, the culmination of a sado-masochistic screenplay which has been condemned by some as harmful to women and welcomed by others as an important feminist work. Critics have been more nearly unanimous in their praise for The Piano, and for writer and director Jane Campion....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

Free Essays
4530 words (12.9 pages)

Listening Skills Essay

- Listening Skills      The importance of listening effectively is obvious to our everyday activities. The fundamentals of listening appear to be quite simple; however, with a little thought on the matter, the depth of the listening is far from basic. The similarities between hearing and listening can be deceiving. Hearing is a physical process and listening is both physical and psychological. There are several purposes of listening. If you are a good listener, it will be a huge help in school, at work, in relationship, and in other situations....   [tags: Listening Skills Listen Essays]

Research Papers
940 words (2.7 pages)

Feminism Essay

- Feminism There has been a great deal of discussion over the Feminist & Gender Studies Program changing its name to Gender & Sexuality. The basis of this debate is over the exclusion of the word "feminist" from the title. It is important to question how this modification will affect the direction of the program and the feminist movement as a whole. The categorization of this area of study must be sensitive to the complex social issues it represents. Bringing the term "gender" to the fore-front, and focusing less on women, is a necessary "part of the attempt by contemporary feminists to stake claim to a certain definitional ground, to insist on the inadequacies of existing bodies of men" (Sco...   [tags: Feminism Sociology Essays]

Research Papers
1514 words (4.3 pages)

Feminism Essay

- Feminism The notion of difference among the sexes has been studied extensively in terms of cognition and brain activity. An MRI can back these claims, showing male and female brains 'lighting up' in different locations based upon different stimuli. Anyone with a close relationship to a child can attest to the fact that they were born with certain traits. Perhaps their nephew is very shy, while their niece has never met a stranger. In other words, some difference among individuals is innate, fundamental....   [tags: Women Rights Feminist Papers]

Research Papers
3953 words (11.3 pages)

Related Searches

This is a valid caution because students might very well take advantage of this kind of situation where a teacher leaves him or herself vulnerable. However, I believe that if a teacher is good at being an authority this would not happen. From my own experiences, I see a tremendous amount of authority in the mere presence of a teacher and if he or she makes that authority verbally known at the start I donít see he or she having a problem with trying to be connected to his or her students. Aside from problem arising out of a nurturing attitude I would also like to refer back to Susan C. Jarrettís essay, ìFeminism and Composition,î we read earlier in the semester that really inspired me to write about the value of nurturance as my final paper topic. Jarrett views the ideal composition course as one ìÖin which students argue about the ethical implications of discourse on a wide range of subjects and, in so doing, come to identify their personal interests with others, understand those interests as implicated in a larger communal setting, and advance them in a public voiceî(121). At the beginning of this reflection essay I noted that the ideas I came away from this course with are a bit naïve and here is where this is most apparent. I know such a classroom might not exist yet, but it is my hope that through nurturing and connected teaching that students are able to become empowered and see the importance of who they are personally in relation to their academic setting.

In ìWriting Beyond the Curriculum,î Steve Parks and Eli Goldblatt assert that writing must not be restricted to the writing classroom and brought into other areas of the college curriculum along with secondary schools and the community as a whole. This essay really made me think about the overall and all-encompassing important role of writing. While I felt that Parks and Goldblatt took on a little too much in trying to incorporate writing into everyoneís lives, I was inspired as to the importance of writing as a basic function all people should possess. I think their emphasis on Writing Across the Curriculum is important because it ensures that every person graduating from the college, no matter what their major, has a strong writing foundation that he or she can carry with them for the rest of his or her life. Too often students think that just because they are math or science majors that the ability to write strong prose is not important for them. This idea, however, is not true and more often than not these same people will be expected to write well later on in life. Therefore, I only see benefits for students now and in their future lives if they learn how to write and write well!!

Even though I began my reflection stating that it was naïve and restating it later, I truly believe my goals for the future can be reached. This is my first semester as a graduate student and I am not sure if I am going to be a teacher and/or be able to realize any of these goals. I am certain, however, that whether I implement them or not, teachers and theorists will begin to realize their logical merit. Theorists such as Jarrett, Parks, and Goldblatt have in part started the ìball rollingî and I do not believe it will stop with them. I see great things happening in the composition classroom in the future and I believe nurturing teaching and an emphasis on cross curriculum writing will be a part of it.
Return to 123HelpMe.com