Thursday, April 16, 2009

post #3

Since the beginning of time there was been things that females couldn't do that males can and vice versa. This is no different from modern day society has viewed gender and work. Although thinghs have progressed society has still put some type of standard on the types of work that men and women can and can not do.
I've heard people imply that women shouldn't do construction and I've also heard people say that men shouldn't do hair. It is indeed true that mostly men are in the construction occupation and by nature men are stronger that women so maybe that's one reason why there are mostly men in this occupation. There are more women than men in the hair salon business, possibly becasue mainly womne get their hair done at hair salons.
In my family and the others who surrounded me when I was a young child we didn't and still don't expect women and men to do certain jobs. Because of these things that I've mentioned as well as other things I've never had the type of mentality that put gender labels on certain types of work.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

post #2

Ultimately status is whatever you want it to be. There's no concrete definition for status anymore. It alters by individuals thoughts and standards and a combination of other things.

With my family, friends, and neighborhood status varies from the way you dress, how much your clothing costs, where you live, where you work, and/or how much money you have.
In my community for the most part having high status is to say that you dress well meaning you're fly or fresh. Having a car (preferably a mercedes benz, lexus or any other luxury type car) would also mean that you have high status.

To many people money means a lot, and it's not just because it's needed for the necessities of life but because we have other desires that we categorize as necessities such as the ones I've mentioned before hand.

Unlike many others that I've met I don't "aspire" to have status in my community; I just want to be happy.

post # 1

Like those who I saw in the film Wal*Mart: The High Cost of a Low Price and reading the book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, I work in the service industry trying to cater to people.

A day at work in my position pretty much non-stop you are dealing with different people with specific requests and all different types of personalities, moods, and attitudes. I am to provide legendary service to these people who are paying at least two dollars for a small cup of starbucks coffee. I am to make connections with customers while keeping the line moving steady. That's damn near impossible. Working in the service industry and meeting the company's standards in terms of satisfying the customers is IMPOSSIBLE.