Central Michigan University Sexual Freedom to Personal Freedom Reflection Paper

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In this space you will summarize (600 – 1000 words) your metacognition and reflection experiences throughout the semester focusing on the metacognition practices and ALL lectures. 
In this reflection assignment should assess your growth in understanding your own process of learning and absorbing information in the metacognitive process as well as analyzing your progress and intention in analyzing gender issues. 
(Practice Summery one )
The metacognition reflection concerning the videos gives an outlook of what we should be ready for and what we are experiencing. It shows that challenges are there and need to be overcome, as demonstrated in the Poetry Found/tonight, which also indicates that every person has time to be successful and write one’s history (Miranda & Platt, 2018). Today’s challenges endurance is a sign of hope to the rising generation. Here I would express my feelings, that is, feeling timid and distressed, impressed, and a sense of self-belief because listening to all songs gives e a sense of hope and self-belief. I think this is a good use of poetry and drama as a way of expression.
Alison starts the presentation about how she and her dad were gay (Awards 2015). Surprisingly, Alison did not know until she saw a woman walking in, and she explained that she had not seen a woman such beautiful. The first view of the woman Alison sees here is very much attractive. Alison explains in her song how she dressed and the beautiful outlook. Her father is also gay because the woman’s appearance does not attract him; he concentrates on his magazine; additionally, he tells Alison to fix her hair and look like a boy. When I listened to Alison, I felt timid and distressed, as if I am a person denied what I deserve. I also feel impressed by the way she describes the delivery woman. However, there is fear of her being accepted as per her feelings. Concerning the feminism journal, in the second wave of feminism, women are seen to campaign for the general allowance of lesbianism as a way of being free, thus bringing the sense of freedom that conquers with the reflection. And fights the feeling of fear.
. Helen Reddy’s –I am a woman is a song that indicates the stronghold of a woman; strong, invincible and hardworking, and determined (Reddy, 1971). Listening to this song makes me feel reborn and energized. It makes me feel the importance of women and a new strength at low expectations. A sense of self-belief is created in me. In her piece, the elements of women being incorporated and considered are seen in the third wave of feminism where Rebecca wanted a balance for all women and gain freedom and bring change, which is celebrated today,
Lin-Manual Miranda & Ben Platt found song is a song that focuses on having the freedom to make one’s legacy known (Miranda & Platt, 2018). The song indicates that change may not be immediate, but it will eventually come. The singing of the line “Have you ever felt forgotten…”makes me have a feeling of fear. Additionally, the continuation makes me feel hope, joy, and happiness. It gives me a sense of energy and belief that I can still make it even when least expected to. It complements the journals, which have helped me understand how gendered communication is achieved. In conclusion, the reflection clearly shows how gender communication is well brought out from the biological formation and disparities such as hormonal imbalance to being listened to by the other societies and the feelings experienced, their effects, and the growth as such communication.
References
Helen Reddy, (1971). I Am a Woman. YouTube. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rptW7zOPX2E (Links to an external site.)
Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ben Platt. (2018). Found/Tonight. YouTube. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aQykuIaJVI (Links to an external site.)
Tonny Awards. (2015). Funny Home Performance Tony Awards. YouTube. Retrieved from:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMAuesRJm1E (Links to an external site.)
(Practice summery two )
Watching the videos has given me an idea of how reality in life reflects the experiences we face daily. The videos help individuals understand how to tackle problems in life. The Schuyler Sister video gave me energy while listening to it. The video portrayed Eliza, Angelica, and Peggy as sisters who had different personalities and ideologies in life (Takaya, 2021). The story behind the videos complements the journals by bringing insight into gender communication. The sisters worked with the founding fathers to fight for revolution. The video helped me understand the phenomenal work of women to bring change to society. Besides, it helps me learn that strength and patience are needed before achieving certain goals in life. 
Raise you is a great song that gives hope and desire for a better life. Watching the video gave me peace and assurance that the challenges I’m facing are not there to stay. Besides, the song advocates for self-care and should strive to love themselves more each day. The video also reflects on finding strength when individuals feel low on life (Broadwaycom, 2020). Through reflecting on the violence lecture, the song helped me gain more insight into the importance of loving the people around us. Individuals should not practice violence in the community and learn to take care of each other. 
Samantha and Bryan’s song is another beautiful piece that has changed my perception of life. Samantha’s voice gave me chills while listening to it. The instrumental production was also amazing (Musical, 2018). The video complements the lecture on feminism that explains how change has helped create a good future for women. Individuals did not dwell on the terms created in the past about women, and modernization has led to the invention of feminism. The song led me to reflect on my past life. It helped me understand that I should not live with regrets due to things I did before in my life. After finishing watching the video, I sat back to forgive myself for what I was bitter about within life. “I can’t go back,” as Samantha says out loud, helped me find joy in the lessons learned in the past and understand that every choice made has a consequence. 
The strongest suit video is a presentation of a song that advocates for courage and happiness. Watching the video makes me feel the importance of loving yourself and creating joy within an individual. The woman in the video insists that people wear clothes that make them smile (Academy, 2019). Besides, she indicates that we should never compromise happiness in life. The song has helped me learn to chase things that enable me to find joy, and they will help bring out the best in me. Also, I learned that I should not care about what other people think about me. 
References
Academy, T. K. (Director). (2019). AIDA Live (2019) – My Strongest Suit [Motion Picture]. Retrieved from 
Broadwaycom (Director). (2020). KINKY BOOTS – “Raise You Up” – International Pride Cast Reunion 2020 [Motion Picture]. Retrieved from 
Musical, P. W. (Director). (2018). “I Can’t Go Back” | Pretty Woman: The Musical [Motion Picture]. Retrieved from 
Takaya, A. (Director). (2021). The Schuyler sisters – Hamilton [Motion Picture]. Retrieved from 

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BIOLOGICAL
ASSIGNMENT AND
GENDER
SIGMUND FREUD (1905) “THREE ESSAYS ON THEORIES
OF SEXUALITY”
“Everyday language possesses no counterpart to the word ‘hunger’, but science makes
use of the word ‘libido’ for that purpose.” – S. Freud
• Refers to homosexuality as inversion
• Foreshadowed the discovery of hormones
HORMONAL
DIFFERENCES IN
BIOLOGICAL
ASSIGNMENT
• Estrogen and Testosterone
• Who has them
• What they do
• Chromosomal Differences
• Male – XY
• Female – XX
• The SRY GENE (Sex-determining Region Y
Gene)
• 6-7 weeks – testosterone activates gene
• Impact of testosterone on Gonads
• Impact of inactive SRY GENE – Testicular
Feminization
IMPACT OF
THE SRY GENE
ON
BIOLOGICAL
ASSIGNMENT
CONTROVERSY IN TESTING
Koopman et al (1991) SRY
gene mice study released
1992
1991
International Olympic
Committee decides anyone
with SRY gene cannot
participate as female
athletes
ATYPICAL CHROMOSOMES / HORMONAL DISORDERS /
INTERSEX
• Turners syndrome (XO)
• 1 in 5000
• Fertility issues
• Stein-Leventhal Syndrome (PCOS)
ATYPICAL
CHROMOSOMES /
HORMONAL
DISORDERS /
INTERSEX
• Klinefelter’s syndrome (XXY)
• 1 in 750 biologically assigned
males
• Breast development and underdeveloped testes
• Natalie Angier (1999)
• Clitoris = Glans
• Labia minora = Shaft of penis
STUDYING THE SEX
ORGANS
• Labia majora = Scrotum
• Vaginal wall = ???
Masters and Johnson (1957 –
1990) Published Human Sexual
Response (1966)
THE KINSEY SCALE (1948)
Rating | Description
0 | Exclusively heterosexual
1 | Predominantly heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual
2 | Predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual
3 | Equally heterosexual and homosexual
4 | Predominantly homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual
5 | Predominantly homosexual, only incidentally heterosexual
6 | Exclusively homosexual
• Can we then apply the Kinsey Scale to
all identities (Sexual, Gender, Romantic)?
• Consider the continuum within each
spectrum (A – Pan)
Gender and
Aging
Impacts and effects
Gerontology –
Scientific Study
of Aging
• Beanpole Families
• Ageism
• When are you “old”?
Biological Aging
• Intrinsic
• Extrinsic
• Musculoskeletal System
• Endocrine System
Sensory Changes
• Taste and Smell
• Touch
• Sight and Hearing
Life Course
Perspective
• Impacts on development
• Normative age graded events
• Normative history graded
events
• Nonnormative life events
Bereavement
• Chronic grief
• Common grief
• Resilience
• Depressed improved
• Chronic Depression
• Gendered impacts
Where I
leave you
Gender
AND THE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP
Opening discussion question
“What does it FEEL
like to fall in love?”
Characteristics of
Romantic
Relationships
 Passion
 Intimacy
 Commitment
Schaefer and Olson –
Five facets of Intimacy
Emotional
Social
Sexual
Intellectual
Recreational
 What is fantasy?
 What does fantasy do?
The role of
fantasy
 Why is this important to
intrapersonal relational
development?
 Masculine and feminine
socialization
Interpersonal stage
development in
Romantic Relationships
10 stage
model
from
Knapp
and
Vangelisti
Initiating
Experimenting
Intensifying
Integrating
Bonding
Differentiating
Circumscribing
Stagnating
Avoiding
Terminating
Gender Communication
Lecture one
Facets of Identification
Differentiating
between
biological
assignment
and socially
identified
constructs
Sexual Gender
Identity Identity
Romantic
Identity
One identity is not
dependent on
another.
All identities
in all people
may be fluid
Dr. Sandra Bem (1974)
From the Greek
words Andros
(male) and
Gyne (female)
Androgynous
Masculine
Gender
Undifferentiated
Feminine
• Cisgender (1994) to parallel
Evolving
Gender
Language
Transgender (p. 16 in your
text).
• Gender natural pronouns
(they, them, theirs)
• Gendering and Gendered
Communication
BIOLOGICAL
ASSIGNMENT AND
GENDER
SIGMUND FREUD (1905) “THREE ESSAYS ON THEORIES
OF SEXUALITY”
“Everyday language possesses no counterpart to the word ‘hunger’, but science makes
use of the word ‘libido’ for that purpose.” – S. Freud
• Refers to homosexuality as inversion
• Foreshadowed the discovery of hormones
HORMONAL
DIFFERENCES IN
BIOLOGICAL
ASSIGNMENT
• Estrogen and Testosterone
• Who has them
• What they do
• Chromosomal Differences
• Male – XY
• Female – XX
• The SRY GENE (Sex-determining Region Y
Gene)
• 6-7 weeks – testosterone activates gene
• Impact of testosterone on Gonads
• Impact of inactive SRY GENE – Testicular
Feminization
IMPACT OF
THE SRY GENE
ON
BIOLOGICAL
ASSIGNMENT
CONTROVERSY IN TESTING
Koopman et al (1991) SRY
gene mice study released
1992
1991
International Olympic
Committee decides anyone
with SRY gene cannot
participate as female
athletes
ATYPICAL CHROMOSOMES / HORMONAL DISORDERS /
INTERSEX
• Turners syndrome (XO)
• 1 in 5000
• Fertility issues
• Stein-Leventhal Syndrome (PCOS)
ATYPICAL
CHROMOSOMES /
HORMONAL
DISORDERS /
INTERSEX
• Klinefelter’s syndrome (XXY)
• 1 in 750 biologically assigned
males
• Breast development and underdeveloped testes
• Natalie Angier (1999)
• Clitoris = Glans
• Labia minora = Shaft of penis
STUDYING THE SEX
ORGANS
• Labia majora = Scrotum
• Vaginal wall = ???
Masters and Johnson (1957 –
1990) Published Human Sexual
Response (1966)
THE KINSEY SCALE (1948)
Rating | Description
0 | Exclusively heterosexual
1 | Predominantly heterosexual, only incidentally homosexual
2 | Predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual
3 | Equally heterosexual and homosexual
4 | Predominantly homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual
5 | Predominantly homosexual, only incidentally heterosexual
6 | Exclusively homosexual
• Can we then apply the Kinsey Scale to
all identities (Sexual, Gender, Romantic)?
• Consider the continuum within each
spectrum (A – Pan)

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