Hello world, my name is Tyanna Pleasant, I am 15 years old, and I am a freshman at Science Leadership Academy. My issue is about HIV/AIDS; the reason why is I have a friend who just died from AIDS and it was very upsetting. I wanted to explore more about what HIV/AIDS is and how to prevent it so I can spread my knowledge around to my friends and family members.
So far in my research I learned a lot about my topic. I learned that AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the final stage of HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus). Scientists first recognized HIV/AIDS in 1981 in two homosexual men, one in Los Angeles and he other in New York. The two men had pneumonia and rare skin tumors called Kaposi's sarcomas. Soon this disease was recongnized all over the United Sates, Western Europe, and Africa. In 1983 scientists described the cause of AIDS, which is HIV, which is an increase in low CD4 cell count.
I wonder if there is any way to stop this disease from spreading and if there is a cure or something to stop it from expanding in their bodies for the ones who have HIV/AIDS. Also, if there are any symptoms that you would have that may give you an idea that you have HIV/AIDS in the beginning stages. Next, I want to go more into detail about HIV and what is it, how does it grow, maybe even what does the cell look like inside of you.
Throughout the 4th
quarter of English 1 we will be researching about things that interest us the
most. You and the World is our project where we take everyday issues that
many people don't have much background information about or just put it aside and
make it less of a deal than it really is. These issues that we choose are revealed with its affects toward the world. Although, the topic that we are
researching should regard our curiosity in order to successfully complete this
assignment without us having a monotonous feeling towards it.
Therefore, for my issue there will be talk about Sex Slave Trade. Until about a
month ago, I didn't have knowledge of the existence of Sex Slave Trade. In
my opinion few people are informed about this issue because it is a true event
where many young women are getting and have been traumatized mentally, physically, and emotionally throughout the years.
In Islamic culture
men started a practice in the years of the war in Quran. This practice
consisted of women who were treated as if they were property. This was similar
to slavery except for there was a twist to it. Women were forced to have sexual
relations with their “masters” and eventually had to marry them against their
will. Sadly this was considered to be legal in the Islamic culture and was
brought out to different cultures and parts of the world. This topic is a more
severe version of human trafficking, which is an exploitation of young women.
The men had to work in dangerous conditions while the women worked in sex
most of this information, many questions come to my mind. Although, one major
concern comes to mind. Is this happening in America at the moment and if so in
what parts of the U.S.? Next, I feel like that is a concept that I will
consider researching as well as were are parts in the world where the Sex Slave
Trade is most common.
It may seem that the term individualism isn't even an important issue in the world. We are constantly shadowed and boxed in by current things like politics, war, school, work, and all residing topics in the daily news. It's almost as if we live in a box, walls stop us from thinking beyond the scene, so we often get trapped in our own daily lives, trying to make ends meet, and basically spend all of our time trying to do things to become functioning members of society.
Individualism is the philosophical, and political belief of the worth of the individual and their desires are more important than what society, family, or institutions expect of them. Individualism is basically about not dealing with humans as numbers, and allowing them to exercise rights to provide for themselves and live their lives freely. The belief is a very narrow, straight to the root theory of how the human race should survive, because the entire philosophy is tied with government, and economy. I believe it is a huge issue in the world because in many parts of the world people are not allowed to exercise the right to pursue themselves. It is directly theorized that laws, family, society, government, religion, class,sex, race, traditional institutions (such as school, churches, etc.), and other concepts fence people in from true freedom.
So far, I've discovered the definition of individualism. I knew that individualism had to be tied into some form of anarchy, so that was certified. I am on the constant expedition on how I will start my paper. Will I start from the smaller part of the spectrum or the lower and grow out. I've realized that the entire project will mainly result in decomposition of capitalism, democracy, and political systems in general, and obviously point towards anarchy.
My next steps are to do tons of more research and plan everything, even though I think I have a plan. My goal in this assignment is not to criminalize everything outside of my topic but to compare it enough so maybe people can realize that it is some sort of issue.
over the next couple of weeks I will be involved in a project with my english class where we study a world issue that interests us personally. I chose materialism because I wanted to choose something that I could relate to personally. When I was younger, I had a disease called vitiligo. Vitiligo is a disease where your pigment cells begins to loose their melatonin which is what gives it coloring. This disease tends to be caused by depression, and sometimes genetics. It is not contagious. I got vitiligo the summer that my parents got divorced, I was about 9 years old. I had it for around 4 years, and it completely changed my view on materialism, people, and myself. I grew up thinking that what society told you to like and care about was what really mattered. I felt hideous because half of my face had turned white right as I was reaching my teen years. That year I learned a lot about materialism, and a lot about myself. I learned that some people choose their friends based on their looks, and based on what they wear. I spent about 3 years hating myself for not looking the way everyone else did, and all I wanted was to change. I tried dying my hair, wearing makeup, and it all just made me feel worse. Eventually I stopped caring so much, and I started accepting myself the way I was, around then it started to go away. I was lucky that my vitiligo went away, because most people who get it have it for life. What I took from that experience was that no one should be able to tell me what to look like, what to dress like, how to do my hair, or how to decorate my room. None of these things can bring me real pleasure and joy. What i've learned so far about materialism is that it makes people unhappy. The reason people go shopping, or get haircuts is because they think it is going to add on to who they are. They do these things to appear certain ways and to emphasize who they are. I think that it's okay to dress to express yourself, but often times people are just trying to appear certain ways by dressing the way they do. They think that clothing and makeup and hairstyles will bring them popularity, or make them seem certain ways to certain people. This can be true, but no matter what, material things can't bring anyone real happiness. People who splurge and buy when their anxious or depressed or stressed feel a brief and temporary relief, but it comes back and they feel like no matter what they can never get enough. I read an article on a college experiment that showed that people felt happier spending money on material experiences like going to a concert or the movie theatre than spending it on an object or a piece of clothing. For my next blog entry I would like to look more into why people turn to material things to feel better, and how stereotypes influence the material world. I would also like to look more at material trends over the years and if advertisement for it can cause people to want to loose or gain weight, or do certain things they normally wouldn't.
Sexism is everywhere around the world, and it saddens me to
say that it also exists in the “country of the free”.
Sexism and Racism are
both issues here, however racism existed before sexism, and it was supposed to
be a resolved issue in America after the declaration of Independence. However,
racism still a stain all through history and it remains a stain up until now.
Racism was supposed to be gone and it eventually left, but sexism on the other
hand was never supposed to be gone (according to the laws) and never left as an
Women of either race
were never declared equal rights as African American men where. I am not saying
that the rights of women should come before the rights of men who are darker in
complexion, all I am saying is that when it is declared for “people” meaning
men and women of a black race to equate with “people” of a white race, it
doesn’t happen. People who are darker are supposed to have the same rights as
people who are lighter. That’s all that was declared. But then society goes
ahead and divides women from men making people not one of the same whole
anymore but instead two very different wholes. And I find this totally preposterous.
When it is declared that all people of all genders and races are people are
supposed to be one whole, it’s not right for “people”-men to not follow those
published words in reality.
Up to this day sexism
remains all around the world. Maybe in America not as severely compared to its
past and other countries, but after so many people where disturbed by a stain,
and most all cleaning substances where used to rid of this stupid stain (gender
division that society did) the stain still remains slightly in sight (in
America). Slightly is defiantly better than distinctly however… But it
shouldn’t have to be that way. The stain shouldn’t have to be slightly in any
country of the world, yet it is distinct in all other countries besides
America. The stain is unfortunately and simply not leaving. Women who are
equally as smart or strong as men should not be treated anything less than what
they deserve yet it is up to this day that a woman gets paid 70cents for every
dollar that a man gets paid in America.