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Guest Blog Series 3: “More Than a Body”

This is the third in a series of guest blogs ranging from short prose pieces to poetry composed for member, Chelsea Nabozny’s, high-school creative writing class.

Nabozny explains, “Over the past eighteen weeks, I have been using my senior elective Creative Writing class as a space for students to explore ideas and issues that are important to them and reflect on their ideas through various types of writing. After several weeks of talking as a class about generational issues, technology, and media, I noticed that many females in my class were particularly interested in the way women are represented across these mediums. As a culminating project, I asked my students to create a written piece on any topic that we discussed that they felt particularly passionate about. The students below are a select group who decided to share their thoughts, opinions, and beliefs about what it is like to be a young woman in 2015. The way that this group of students articulated themselves through a variety of writing styles allows for a truly fascinating glimpse into the minds, thoughts, and daily struggles that these young women face. Through these pieces, I hope that other  teachers find the confidence and trust to have conversations about gender in their own classrooms and allow their students to explore and grapple with these issues.”

January and February pieces have been submitted by secondary and post-secondary students interested in gender. If you are interested in submitting a piece, please get in touch with us at willancte@gmail.com. In the subject line, please mark the message for the webmaster.

 

MORE THAN A BODY

DO MENTAL CAPACITIES CHANGE WHEN THEY REMOVE A SWEATER?

HOW COULD REMOVING A PIECE OF CLOTHING CHANGE ONE’S ACTING OR FEELING?

TAKING OFF A SWEATER

REVEALING FLESH

PERCEIVED.

BODY

PERCEIVED.

PAIN

PLANNED ACTION

OBJECTIFICATION

PERCEIVED

SEXUAL LOVE

OBJECT OF APPETITE

CASTS AWAY

SEXUAL DESIRE

ACHIEVE SATISFACTION

OBJECTS

SEXUAL DESIRE

MINDLESS PHYSICAL OBJECTS

OBJECTIFICATION

PERCEIVING

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

MORAL STATUS

DENIAL

FAILING

SELF-DETERMINATION

SUBJECTIVITY

EXPERIENCE AND FEELINGS

REDUCED PERCEPTIONS OF MIND

WOMEN; EASY

PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED

MEN; FACES

“FACE-ISM”

LESS INTELLIGENT,

AMBITIOUS,

COMPETENT,

LIKEABLE

DCREASED PERCETIONS OF;

PAIN SENSITIVITY,

EMOTION

AND EVEN MORAL STATUS.

IMPACT BEHAVIOUR

BODY-FOCUSED

OBJECTIFYING GAZE

SEXUALIZING

DE-MENTALIZE OTHERS

DISGUST

OBJECTIFY ONSELF

SELF-OBJECTIFICATION

LINKED

DISORDERED EATING,

COGNITIVE DISTRACTION,

DEPRESSION,

SELF HARM

THINKING OF SOMEONE AS A BODY REDUCES ASCRIPTIONS OF MIND

MoreThanabody

poem by: Grace Flier

Grace Flier is a senior at Springville-Griffith Institute High school. She is an excellent musician who specializes in the violin, but also plays a variety of other instruments. She’s currently planning to take a gap-year before college and take some time to travel. After her gap-year, she would like to go to Boston University for the pre-Dental program and a minor in violin performance.

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