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Love Got to Do With Essay

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The only thing that is missing is the freedom to make that choice, the freedom to do it without pain or sacrifice. But freedom always comes with a price, especially for women. In the process of gaining her choice, Ada loses a finger, loses her piano, and almost loses her life.

We have to also look at history in the film. The Piano seems historically correct because women didn't have the right to choose their mates during this time. Love almost always came at some price. Ada chose to express her love the only way she knew how -- through her piano. But she is not making the right choice, because in the process she is sacrificing herself. She is unable to stand up for what is right because the pain is too great and too lonely to bear.

While I think Hook's view of male supremacy seems somewhat harsh, I think she has a point. There is clearly male domination in the film; Ada was dominated by her husband, father, and her lover -- by every male she came to love. But this is also where we can discuss money as being the motive for everything. It seems to come up in almost any argument, and it can be argued in regard to this film, too. Ada, while limited in her choices because of the times, still had choices before her. She had choices of love, of money, of lifestyle, and ultimately she chose the easy way, which involved being with a man she did not love. In gangsta rap, it's the same thing. These women, while they may not agree or like the way they are portrayed in these videos, are ultimately willing to sacrifice their image and every other woman's image, for the money. Ada did the same thing, she could have been poor, her daughter could have learned differently about love, but her love for the piano motivated her to throw everything else out the door. Love may have been part of her motivation, but it wasn't the greatest, and it wasn't what ultimately prevailed.

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American Labor Movement History of Labor Movement Essay

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American Labor Movement

The "labor question," its origins, components, and whether or not it is still relevant.

The "labor question" is the foundation of the American Labor Movement. Drawing from our classwork and paraphrasing Rosanne Currarino's modern restatement of the "labor question(s)": "What should constitute full participation in American society? What standard of living should citizens expect and demand?" (Currarino 112). Concerned with the ideal of an industrial democracy, including a more equitable society with social and financial betterment of working class people, the "labor question" arose during and in response to America's 19th Century (Second) Industrial Revolution. America's Industrial Revolution occurred within the "Gilded Age," named by Mark Twain (Mintz), and lasting roughly from the end of the U.S. Civil War until the beginning of World War I (D.C. Shouter and RAKEN Services). Fueled in part by refined coal and steam power, the American Industrial Revolution transformed America from an agrarian society to an industrialized society and gave rise to significantly wealthy railroad barons such as Jay Gould, banking princes such as Jay Cooke, oil kings such as John D. Rockefeller and industrial tycoons such as Andrew Carnegie (D.C. Shouter and RAKEN Services).

While the Industrial Revolution created enormous wealth for the few who controlled railroads, banks, fuel, utilities and industry, it developed into an unofficial "Dark Ages" for the industrial working class. The pre-union Industrial Revolution feasted on child labor, convict labor and work schedules of 10 -- 16-hour per day, six days per week (, for wages of approximately $1.00 per day (Grimes). At that time, "the richest 1% owned 26% of the wealth, and the richest 10% owned 72%" (Grimes). Illustrating the arrogance of the wealthy toward the near-powerless and desperately impoverished industrial working class, railroad baron Jay Gould bragged, "I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half" (Grimes).

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AFL-CIO. Samuel Gompers (1850-1924). 2012. Web. 7 February 2012.

Currarino, Rosanne. The Labor Question in America: Economic Democracy in the Gilded Age. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2011. Print.
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Gender and Sexuality Essay

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Gender and Sexuality

Define sex.

The term sex means those characteristics, biological as well as physiological, that define men and women. Sex is better defined by categorizing sexes such as make and females. Major characteristic of sex is that its aspects do not considerably change within different societies. To further explain, specific sex related examples are that women menstruate and have breasts developed capable of lactation. Such characteristics are absent in male sex. Male sex on the other hand has testicles and carries stronger bones. Such is not the case with female sex (WHO).

Define gender.

Gender is different from sex and is generally referred as socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and expectation societies that are associated with male and female sex. The gender roles are usually the construction that a society gives to male and female roles. For instance women in the U.S. earn significantly less money than male role. This is due to the role (male as breadwinner) that American society has assigned to respective genders. In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive whereas men are and in Vietnam more men as compared to women smoke. It is the society in which the women live that has considered inappropriate for women in Saudi Arabia to drive and in Vietnam to smoke. The aforementioned differences, with help of examples and explanation, helps differentiate between 'sex' and 'gender'. Sex is related to biological and physiological characteristics whereas gender is related to role constructed by the respective society. Sex is what a human being is born with whereas gender is what is constructed by the society where he/she lives (WHO).

3. Fausto-Sterling argues that labeling someone a man or woman is a social decision (Dualing Dualisms, p. 7). Why does she make this argument? Be specific.

Fausto-Sterling argues so because she opines in her work "Dueling Dualisms" that the decision to label only two sexes i.e. male and female is based on socialization rather than scientific inquiry or empirical evidence. Thus, in reality there exist five sexes such as male, female, merm, ferm, and…… [Read More]

Adriaens, Andreas, and de Block Adriaens. "The evolution of a social construction: the case of male homosexuality." Perspectives in biology and medicine. 49.4 (2006): 570-585. Web. 1 Mar. 2013.

Allan, Elizabeth J. "Hazing and gender: Analyzing the obvious." The hazing reader (2004): 275-294.
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Othello by William Shakespeare With Essay

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He had sent all the servants for a leave with an excuse that it was carnival time, though his intention was to conceal his action (Rawls 54). He managed to convince Fortunato to put on a cloak so that nobody would recognize him on the way and this was another way of concealing the intended action.

Some of the remarks that Fortunate made on the way hurt Montresor making him to justify and accomplish his mission. At one time Fortunato told Montresor that he does not remember Montresor's court of arms. He tried to illustrate as containing a human foot that crushes a serpent with words such as no one that has impunity that can attack. The illustration and the message was a way of showing that Montresor's family was always on revenge mission. Montresor considered it as an insult and triggered his urge to revenge. On the way, they discovered catacombs where relatives who had died long time ago were buried (Rawls 56). When Fortunato went to get it he was locked inside by Montresor, and did not realize what was happening since he was too drunk.


Both writers illustrate sexism in their stories at different instances. A look at the Othello's story, one of the soldiers had talked to Desdemona's father without her knowledge about marriage. This illustrates a situation where she was not meant to make a decision about her marriage on her own. In another incident, Iago tried to stop his wife from telling the truth about Desdemona's handkerchief in Cassio's clothes. This was an action meant to intimidate her, and when she did not comply, he stubbed her to death. In another incident, Othello demoted Cassio on the basis that he was under the control of alcohol and caused disturbance. He should have first tried to find out the facts that attributed Cassio's behavior. Othello's action was not justified, and according to Rawls, justice is the adherence of principles, rules and obligation (p. 58). In Edgar Allan Poe short story, The Cask of Amontillado, there are two occasions that Fortunato used to…… [Read More]

Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, 1999. Print.

Sandel, Michael J. Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. Print.
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Media Review the Black Swan Essay

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Her day's routine and life merely revolved around these characters that cause her to think or act differently. All of these characters have quite an influential pressure on her that the Nina eventually becomes an amalgamation of thoughts. Pretty soon she gives into the evil desires that she cannot distinguish reality from illusions.

Stone and Church (1989) have called adolescence a very vulnerable period. According to them, adolescence is full of continuous feeling of emotional volatility, rebelliousness and intense idealism. It is seen that adolescence needs to develop a tough inside full of security and confidence. Only if they are sure about themselves and their abilities, these adolescents will go on to take the different problems in life. Rebellion and intense idealism is quite prominent during this stage. The adolescent wants to do things and hopes to aspire activities that will make him or her better than everybody else. If the adolescent is not given independence, he or she attains through any means possible.

Thus all these assertions are quite apparent in the movie. We see that Nina is put through different tests and trials to gain personal independent and freedom. She shows hesitation, rebelliousness and confusion to be the kind of person she wants to be. Her psychosocial development is has quite some insecurities in them which push her towards pursing the negative roles. Apart from development, the kind of environment she is in also gives stimulus for the bad side to come out. Even though there is no direct impact on alcohol or drugs, Nina does aspire to try them out. The night that she spends with Lily, she tries out drinking and drugs only because she wants to be like Lily.

Taking on a role for a stage show is not a difficult task but Nina experiences difficulties due to the closed container she had been kept in all her life. Her obsessions and compulsions therefore drive her towards the wrong activities and before she realizes it, she cannot take over her mind. She is empowered by the pressures around her and the emotions that she goes through.… [Read More]

Black Swan (2010). [DVD] Darren Aronofsky.

Hall, G. (1904). Adolescence. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice Hall..