Tuesday, October 18, 2011

AIDs in Africa and Jaboya

These videos really show how awful the AIDs epidemic is in Africa. I thought Stephanie Nolan's way of approaching this topic is creative and a good way. It takes us to a personal level so we can make a connection with some of the victims who have a lot of the same problems as millions of other people. I also like he she did not just say this was sad over and over again. She told us the stories about a few heroes who are doing what they can to fight AIDs or just stay a live after this disease has affect there families. Hearing of the two kids who decided to raise themselves amazes me. THeir world is so much different than ours and it just makes me appreciate what I have and where I am from. Also the Politician who was just trying to be peaceful and then got ostracized was a sad story. This guy was just trying to do the right thing and it flipped his whole life upside down. Then he had to watch his wife and child pass away, and instead of being crippled by this tragedy he went out and tried to help and educate others. I was surprised the way his students reacted but that is the reaction they should have had because he is a hero. I think telling stories like this is the right way to go about spreading AIDs awareness.
The Jaboya system appalls me. No one should ever have to live like that. I know we have poor women who are prostitutes right here in our country but, women and girls having sex with men for a few fish is just awful. No one deserves that for any reason. THese girls are having sex with 2-3 men just to get the opportunity to try to sell their fish which is not even guaranteed. No one has condoms and with the AIDs rate so high it is not a question of if these girls will get infected it is a question of when they will. They constantly live in fear. When they do get infected they do not tell anyone because then they will have no possible way to feed themselves or their families. There is no way to stop this epidemic with systems like this continuing to happen. Seeing that fourteen year old girl raise all those kids amazes me, but deeply saddens me. Something needs to change but the people do not even listen to the educators and the only way to stop this is education and people need to start caring.
I think the massive effect of AIDs in Africa is so different than here is because of the poverty, lack of education, and pure desperation of the people in Africa. Also anyone who is infected is too ashamed to tell anyone so they just spread it. Even if they did tell people they have no way to get treated so they will die of hunger or AIDs so they almost cannot tell people. Before these videos I knew it was a big epidemic in Africa but I did not realize how bad it was. I did not realize the social constructs in place that keep this epidemic going. Everyone is affected from rich to poor but no one tells anyone so the virus just spreads over and over. The only way to stop this is education and people starting to care. People need to stop thinking it is a punishment for bad deeds and start listening to the facts. People need to use condoms and get treated and stop ostracizing those infected.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Aids in the 80's

I do not think The U.S. handled the AIDS epidemic in the 1980's well at all. With the resources we have in this country there is no plausible reason it should have been ignored like it was. The word should have been spread, treatments should have been worked on more, and it should have been ignored. It shouldn't take famous people getting it to make people aware of it. I think the U.S. handled it way worse than other country because we did not even go near utilizing the resources we have to use.

Monday, October 3, 2011

HIV/AIDS

To be honest, I do not think about HIV/AIDS often. I do not know why but I think of this as a thing of the past, something we do not have to be scared of anymore. I do not think I know anyone who is infected right now. I do not view as just a disease that afflicts homosexuals. I think its affects everyone or at least used too. Were not often told to worry about it anymore it almost just associated with any other STD. I do not think this is right I just think that is how it is looked at by people of my age where I'm from.

The more I do thnk about I think I should definitely be more careful and worried about it now that I am at college and everything is different. I should all diseases more seriously. I think we should all get regular check ups at school and not just for sexually transmitted diseases.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Gay Marriage

I think the debate on gay marriage is over whether it is right or wrong or whether or not it should be legal. In my opinion gay marriage should be completely legal. It is not a religious issue. This country was founded on religious so we can not bring our religious beliefs and customs into law. That is like telling everyone else our religion is right so you have to follow what we say. I don't think that is morally right to do. If you don't believe in something do not do it but don't force others to follow your ways. Also personally I think why do I care if two gay people get married. If they are going to live together and be gay either way why do I care if they get the tax benefits and call themselves married. Personally I could care less if they want to get married, but I do not think there is any room for religious customs to get involved in the debate.

Quote from pg 736

    • "On the one side, conservatives pointed to abortion, illegitimacy, and homosexuality as forces destroying the family. On the other, liberals cited domestic violence, economic insecurity, and inadequate public supports as the key problems afflicting the family.
    I think both sides are trying to point at things that will not offend there constituents. They want to act like they know what is destroying the American and act like they have ways to solve it. It is probably as combination of everything named by both sides plus even more. All of the things named can destroy a family whether it is right or wrong. If someone is homosexual and has an abortion it can break up a family who doesn't believe that is ok. I think those decisions are personal and no one has the right to say if they are right or wrong but some families would break up or get in long term fights over those issues. Financial insecurities always adds more stress and problems to a family. Domestic violence is also never acceptable in a family without there being a problem.